Blog Tour: Goodbye To You | A.J. Matthews | Dream Cast| Giveaway

Welcome to our stop on Goodbye to You tour for A.J. Matthews. This tour is hosted by YA Bound Book Tours.

Goodbye To You
Author: A.J. Matthews
Reading Level: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary
Released: July 1st 2014

A tragic diagnosis. A determination to survive. A drastic decision. The man who changes everything.

This summer, I'm playing nursemaid to my sister. Yeah, I know. Relatively good looking twenty-two-year-olds don't spend the summer bedside in the cancer ward but, that's the plan. Until my sister threatens me with bodily harm unless I get on a plane and take a trip like normal girls my age.

And even though I hate leaving her, I know she's right. At least I'll have stories to tell when I return. In the back of my mind, all I can think is, "Go and live your life, while you still can." So I go and promise to have a good time.

That's when I met him. He likes me. Really likes me. But more than that, he loves my boobs -- like can't get enough. I have no idea how to tell him that they'll be gone soon, courtesy of a preventative double mastectomy. Yep. That's what testing positive for the breast cancer gene mutation will do to a girl.

But don't feel sorry for me. I'm enjoying him, holding on until the last possible minute, while I muster up the strength to tell him, and watch him walk away.
I like looking at pretty people, and I am a visual writer, so coming up with a dream cast was easy for me. I’d cast the leads last year while I was writing the book, and I am really excited to share with you them and my cast of supporting characters from my debut novel, GOODBYE TO YOU.

Thea McBride
Blond, beautiful, bodacious body? Meet my ideal Thea, Scarlett Johansen. Thea loves her body, and Scarlett is well-known for showing off her famous curves.  They’re both on the shorter side, and the loose side braid in this photo of Scarlett reminds me so much of my cover. While they’re physically similar, I’ve seen Scarlett play characters like Thea really well. She has a strength, but vulnerability lies just below the surface. Thea is brave, making a decision in her early 20s that most of us will never have to make in a lifetime. She’s also afraid no one will love her after her body is altered by mastectomy, so she shields her heart. Or tries to, until she meets…

Shay Kelly
If you’re going to have a no-strings vacation fling, shouldn’t it be with someone who looks like an Olympic athlete? In this case, like 2012 Olympic gold-medal diver David Boudia? Oh, heck yeah. David isn’t an actor, but I’ve loved his sweet, unassuming personality since I saw him in interviews from the 2012 London games, and he worked hard to achieve his goals, much like Shay. When I was imagining Shay in my head, David came immediately to mind. It doesn’t hurt that he is incredibly handsome, and looks fantastic in a swimsuit. That smile…it kills me, and the dimples, especially that really deep one? I totally understand why Thea can’t resist touching it.

I also cast some of the supporting characters, so here’s a little about them.

Leesh: One side of the “besties” triangle, I imagined her to look like Karen Gillan, Amy Pond on DOCTOR WHO. She’s tall and slender with fiery red hair, freckles, and those big eyes. And sassy with a capital S-totally Leesh.

Bennie: Thea’s other best friend, Bennie is dark-haired and brown-eyed, with a strong, athletic body. She’s also supportive and strong-willed, but a bit of a romantic who tries to be tough but sometimes lets her guard down. Naya Rivera, best-known as Santana on GLEE, perfectly embodies these characteristics.

Fred: Shay’s best friend and fellow medical student, Fred is smart, a clean freak, and always ready to speak his mind. Maestro Harrell, who played Malik on SUBURGATORY, can make me laugh with just a look. His expression in this picture is how I envisioned Fred during a pivotal conversation he has with Shay.

Uncle Paddy: He surprised me. He’s only in a few scenes, but people have told me how much they liked him. His embarrassing behavior is the primary reason Thea and Shay actually speak to one another. He makes a brief appearance in book two about the three Kelly brothers, and plays a significant role in the final book. I wanted to include him here, though, because he’s so darn adorable. Irish actor Stuart Townsend is the perfect Paddy. Look at that mischievous expression!

If you’ve read GOODBYE TO YOU, who did you imagine in the roles? Close to my picks, or did you have completely different people in mind?

I wrote my first book at six. A retelling of The Three Little Pigs, illustrated by my grandmother, the book was never picked up and was self-published instead, glued to cardboard with a cover fashioned from wallpaper scraps.

Today, I write stories featuring nice guys (or nice guys in-the-making) in between my other jobs writing research reports for a commercial real estate company, refereeing two young daughters, navigating the teen waters with a too-cute-for-his-own-good son, spoiling a neurotic cat, and making my darling, patient husband shake his head. I'm also an autism mom, chocolate enthusiast, sports-watcher, nacho-eater, and beer-drinker.

A Maryland native, I live in North Carolina now, but dreams of the beach fuel my fantasties, and my characters can often be found strolling in the sand or sailing along a coast.

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Book Review: Kiss of Broken Glass by Madeleine Kuderick

Kiss of Broken Glass
Author: Madeleine Kuderick
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary
Released: September 9th, 2014
Review Source: HarperTeen

After she’s caught in the school bathroom cutting herself with the blade from a pencil sharpener, fifteen-year-old Kenna is put under mandatory psychiatric watch. She has seventy-two hours to face her addiction, deal with rejection, and find a shred of hope.

When I started reading this book it kinda hit home for me. The main character in this book Kenna was caught trying to cut herself in the school bathroom. Well they send her to the psych ward where she is under 72 hours of watch. She needs to fight her addiction and dealing with rejection. When reading this book you were actually reading her diary that she wrote eveything down for us to read and be in her postition. The reason why this book hit home for me because I went through the same thing when I was younger after having my daughter. I ended up developing postpartum depression and was put on so many meds to try and help me. It didn't work and I tried commiting suicide twice and I ended up in the pysch ward twice. What she wrote in her book you actually see there. There was one girl that would be in there for cutting.Others were in there because if trying to commit suicide. It was the longest three days of my life. Your family can come and see you but your mostly locked in there and you can't have a phone or anything that you brought with you. It's like a prison.

When I was reading the book it was bringing back the past that I would love to forget and wish never happened. But if that didn't happen to me back then I wouldn't be where I am today. This is a good book if you want a quick read and plus it makes you look at your life and love everything around you even more.

Waiting on Wednesday: Glory O'Brien's History of the Future by A.S. King

Waiting on Wednesday
"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Glory O'Brien's History of the Future
Author: Jandy Nelson
Release Date: October 14th 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers


Graduating from high school is a time of limitless possibilities—but not for Glory, who has no plan for what's next. Her mother committed suicide when Glory was only four years old, and she’s never stopped wondering if she will eventually go the same way...until a transformative night when she begins to experience an astonishing new power to see a person’s infinite past and future. From ancient ancestors to many generations forward, Glory is bombarded with visions—and what she sees ahead of her is terrifying.

A tyrannical new leader raises an army. Women’s rights disappear. A violent second civil war breaks out. And young girls vanish daily, sold off or interned in camps. Glory makes it her mission to record everything she sees, hoping her notes will somehow make a difference. She may not see a future for herself, but she’ll do everything in her power to make sure this one doesn’t come to pass.

In this masterpiece about freedom, feminism, and destiny, Printz Honor author A.S. King tells the epic story of a girl coping with devastating loss at long last—a girl who has no idea that the future needs her, and that the present needs her even more.

Blog Tour: Where You Are | Alla Kar | Top 5 Favorite Books | Giveaway

Welcome to our stop on Where You Are tour for Alla Kar. This tour is hosted by YA Bound Book Tours.

Where You Are
Author: Alla Kar
Reading Level: New Adult
Genre: Romance
Released: July 14th 2014

Got boy problems? Call Laney Scott. She's good for advice, a shoulder, or a swift kick where you need it. When her roommate Bethany gets her heart broken, yet again, it's Laney to the rescue. But Laney's harboring a secret. She's nursing her own broken heart. She and her friends come up with a plan to break Aiden and set it into play. Laney wants Aiden to pay for what he's done to Bethany. She will make him fall in love with her, so can break his heart.

Laney's ex-boyfriend Lachlan Hems is back in Florida, still Australian and sexy as hell. His best mate Lucas is getting married, and he is in town for the show. He just didn’t realize Laney would be there … in another guy’s arms, or that seeing her again would have such an effect on him. After the incident in high-school, he vowed to never care for her again. But sometimes fate has different plans.

When Laney’s resolve crumbles, Lachlan is the only one that can put her back together again.

Where You Are is the start of a three-books new adult series from Amazon and Barnes and Noble bestselling author Alla Kar.
My Top Five Favorite Books

This is such a freaking hard question. There are too many books that I love! But I’ll give it my best shot!
1.       The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I can’t imagine anyone not loving this book. I read it two years ago while I was still in college, and it was the only book that my entire class loved! That should tell you something right there!

2.       Easy by Tammara Webber. *Sigh.* It doesn’t get better than this. The sexual chemistry between the two main characters is off the charts. It had me flipping pages for an entire day!

3.       The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  I love this book for many reasons. I’m from the south and reading southern style books always makes me happy. I also loved the plotline because you don’t read a lot like this. To see this come to life in the movie was so exciting!

4.       Salvage The Bones by Jesmyn Ward. This book made me cry. I also read this in one of my classes. It’s set in the south, and full of heartache. It’s beautifully written and really pulls you into a world that you can see unfold around you.

5.       Real by Katy Evans. I don’t think I know anyone who has read anything to do with Remington Tate and not loved him. The sexual chemistry in this is probably one of the best I’ve ever read. It’s raw, gritty and addicting.

I go by Alla Kar. I live in the Deep South with my husband, Chihuahua and pit-bull puppy. I love to bring southern gentlemen, alpha males and all things new adult to life. I am an Amazon Best-Selling Author!

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Book Review: The Sound by Sarah Alderson

The Sound
Author: Sarah Alderson
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary | Mystery
Released: May 13th 2014
Review Source: Simon Pulse

When aspiring music journalist Ren Kingston takes a job nannying for a wealthy family on the exclusive island of Nantucket, playground for Boston's elite, she's hoping for a low-key summer reading books and blogging about bands. Boys are firmly off the agenda.

What she doesn't count on is falling in with a bunch of party-loving private school kids who are hiding some dark secrets, falling (possibly) in love with the local bad boy, and falling out with a dangerous serial killer...

The gripping new stand-alone novel from the author of Hunting Lila. Out August 2013

The Sound, a beautiful beach with a beautiful view, but when girls keep turning up dead the beauty seems to dissipate. Ren Kingston who has recently had her heart broken jumped the pond for the summer to be a nanny for The Tripps, but as the summer deepens secrets begin to unravel.

Ren Kingston an inspiring music journalist wanted to escape for the summer, but what she thought was going to be a quiet summer nannying has turned out to be a bit of a crazy ride. Not only has she recently made friends with the trust fund gossip girl kids, specifically the hot boy Jeremy, she’s also caught the eye of the town’s bad boy Jesse. With everyone’s warnings to stay away from Jesse, Ren just can’t seem to stay away, thankfully because hello who doesn’t love a bad boy. Aside from the elite, the bad boys, and the babies, there have been multiple murders happening in Nantucket, specifically murders of nannies, a definite problem for Ren.

First of all I love this book just for the Robert Pattinson and Twilight references, (hardcore twihard over here). Then second I loved the bad boy Jesse, who in my opinion didn’t get enough airtime. Ren has to learn for herself that everything is not what you expect, and she has an entire summer learning this the hard way. When I read the blurb about this book I was excited for the mystery aspect of it, but unfortunately there wasn’t much of it, until the end at least. I’m a Law & Order SUV addict and love getting the clues, all the suspects and all the craziness involving a serial killer take down. So that for me was a disappointment reading this, but that does not mean I didn’t love the book, just wish there was more of it.

The Sound covered it all though, bad boys, pretty boys, friendly girls, snarky mean girls, murders, and an attempt at a summer fling. I loved when Ren was spending time with the kids as well, more or less with the little girl Brodie who was filled with personality and the right amount of kid sass. This is a great summer contemporary with a tad of thriller, but more importantly Jesse. Go ahead pick it up, the cover is absolutely beautiful.

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