Friday, November 15, 2013

Rock and a Hard Place by Angie Stanton Excerpt and Giveaway

Rock and a Hard Place by Angie Stanton
Series: The Jamieson Collection #1
Published by HarperTeen
Publish Date: September 24, 2013
224 Pages
Find it here:  Goodreads / Amazon / B&N


In an instant, Libby's life went from picture-perfect to a nightmare. After surviving a terrible car accident, Libby is abandoned by her father and left with her controlling aunt. A new town, a new school, no friends--Libby is utterly alone. But then she meets Peter.

The lead singer in a rock band with his brothers, Peter hates that his parents overly manage his life. Constantly surrounded by family, Peter just wants to get away. And when he meets Libby, he's finally found the one person who just wants to be with him, not the rock star.

But while Peter battles his family's growing interference in both his music and personal life, Libby struggles with her aunt, who turns nastier each day. And even though Libby and Peter desperately want to be together, their drastically different lives threaten to keep them apart forever.




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I recently read Rock and a Hard Place by Angie Stanton and shared my thoughts here on the blog. I enjoyed the book so much and am eager to get started on the second book! Today, I'm excited to be sharing an excerpt from Rock and a Hard Place with you all! 

This is a very sweet part of the book, you guys!

“I have something for you.” He had moved heaven and earth to pull this together.

“You do?” Her eyes glittered in surprise.

“Yup. Close your eyes and hold out your hands.” He couldn’t wait to see what she thought. Libby obeyed. Her dark eyelashes lay against her rosy cheeks. His heart beat in anticipation. He reached into his jacket pocket and pulled out a white plastic bag, then glanced up. Her closed eyes changed to little slits.

“Hey, stop peeking!”

Libby squeezed her eyes closed and laughed. She held out her hands and waited. Peter pulled the slim item out of the bag and placed it in her hands.

“Okay, look.”

She peered at the shiny device and then back at him in disbelief. “You gave me a cell phone?” She stared at the gift. “You gave me a cell phone!” This time she yelled it.

Her excitement touched him. “It seemed like a good idea. You didn’t have a phone number to give me, and I really missed you. It’s gonna get harder to see you. I thought this way we could stay in touch and actually talk whenever we want.”

She closed her hand around the precious phone and turned pensive. 

“Is something wrong?” He wondered what could have upset her.

“I don’t know if I should accept this.” She gazed up at him with large doe eyes. He couldn’t believe this. She needed to take the phone.

“We barely know each other, and, well…” Mischief lit her face, and he wondered what she was up to. “We’ve never even kissed.”

Peter paused and took a good look at her. He’d been wondering how to sneak a kiss; she just made it simple.

He tossed the umbrella aside and pulled her close. He let his fingers tangle in her wet hair and lowered his mouth to hers. He kissed her long and slow, taking his sweet time. Cold rain trickled down his neck as he savored each moment. Startled at first, Libby now matched his kiss. He enjoyed each touch of her tender lips.

He slowly pulled away.

“Now can you take the phone?” His forehead rested against hers.

“Yeah, I think so,” she answered in a breathy voice.

“I’d better be sure.” Empowered by their perfect chemistry, he leaned in for more. Her body melted against him. He wrapped his other arm around her and pulled her close.

“Wow,” she whispered, her eyes dark and smoky.

“Haven’t you ever been kissed before?” His eyes searched hers.

“Not like that.”

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Rock and a Hard Place will appeal to fans of:


YA Contemporary Romance 
Romance: Develops quickly. No triangle. Clean.
Great Setting: Parfrey's Glen, Wisconsin
Some Issues: Drug Abuse (Libby's Aunt)
Rock Stars!
HEA 


Rock and a Hard Place by Angie Stanton
is currently available for purchase. 

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Angie Stanton never planned on writing books, she wanted to be a Rockette. However, growing up in a rural setting with her brothers' 4-H pigs as pets, dance didn't work out. Instead she became an avid daydreamer. After years of perfecting stories in her head she began to write them down and the rest is history.

She loves dipping french fries in chocolate shakes, all natural disaster movies and Broadway Musicals. When not writing, Angie is concocting ways to make more dreams come true, whether it be tickets to a Broadway show or convincing her family they should rent an RV and travel the country. She's still working on that one.

Angie is a proud double finalist of the 2011 National Readers Choice Awards for Love 'em or Leave 'em, as well as a finalist for the Golden Quill Awards.


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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Cover Feature: GIVE ME SOMETHING by Elizabeth Lee

HEY GUYS! 

Check out the redesigned cover for Elizabeth Lee's Give Me Something!
You can grab this gorgeous redesign December 16th!


GIVE ME SOMETHING by Elizabeth Lee 
Originally Published: March 3, 2013
Redesign Available: December 16, 2013
Find It: Goodreads / Amazon / B&N 

Here's the deal... I learned a long time ago that sometimes you have to use what you've got to make things happen. What I happen to have is a pretty smile, long legs and the ability to make men believe anything I say. Before you get on your high horse and start judging me, can you honestly say you've never batted your lashes at some guy for a free drink at the bar? That's what I thought. 

Keep that in mind as I tell you my story of how I took it one step further. My story of lies, deceit, manipulation and love. Yeah, love. Believe me, it fits. Especially, when you factor in Nick and Tucker – one had my heart and the other one wanted it all for himself. Which one? Well, I can't tell you that. It would defeat the purpose of the story. If I'm going to fill you in about me, Lila Garrison, and my life as a con artist you're going to need to know all the facts, including the ones about the two guys who made me want to give up the life of fancy clothes, expensive jewelry, fast cars and easy money. Because sometimes, one person can give you something that's more valuable than all of that.

If you're still interested, stick around. Just remember, I'm pretty good at convincing people to do what I want, so if by the end of this whole thing you feel worked over, don't say I didn't warn you.

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When I'm not writing or playing the part of wife and mother, you can find me dancing back-up for Beyonce, singing back-up for Miranda, or sunning myself on the beach with a drink in hand.  Here's the thing about being born and raised in a small town—you have a very vivid imagination!  Now, I channel it all to create stories where the girl always ends up with the right guy, first kisses are magical, and a happy ending is just that!

Follow Elizabeth Lee:  Goodreads / Twitter / Facebook / Website 

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ALSO, SIDENOTE:

Author Elizabeth Lee flat-out captured my heart when I read the story of Whitney Vandaveer and Cole Pritchett in one my favorite books this year Escaping Me (check it out here).  I'm practically holding my breath for the next book in the series, Finding You

Elizabeth Lee has a history with beautiful covers. Check out Cole and Whitney from Escaping Me on this cover - lovely, right? YES. Certainly made me want to read this book and then I fell in love with it. HARD. 

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Somewhere To Dream by Genevieve Graham Review & Giveaway

Somewhere To Dream by Genevieve Graham
Series: The MacDonnells #3
Published by Berkeley Trade
Publish Date: November 5, 2013
336 Pages
Source: Publisher

Find It: Goodreads / Amazon / B&N

The Cherokee call her Shadow Girl. A white woman adopted by Indians, Adelaide is haunted by the dark dreams she hides—of her murdered family, of the men she fears, and most of all, of the ones that foretell the future. After her visions cause her to make a terrible mistake, she renounces her power and buries her dreams deep in her soul.

Until Jesse Black is captured by the tribe. His life is spared because the Cherokee believe his warrior spirit belongs to their fallen brother. Though he hates all Indians, Adelaide illuminates their way of life for him, just as he shines light into her shadowed heart. But when her dreams return, Jesse must help her face them…or die trying… (from Goodreads) 



Somewhere To Dream by Genevieve Graham 

My Thoughts:  I've read both of Genevieve Graham's previous books in this series and been properly schooled in and swooned over the MacDonnell family. I've loved both of the previous stories LIKE WHOA and I've waited patiently for the chance to read about sweet Adelaide, sister of Maggie. Every time Author Genevieve Graham publishes, I wonder if I can possibly love a book as much as the one before it (I say that all the time, but that feeling started with this series) and every time I hold my breath while I'm reading. Then, when I finish, I exhale and realize that YES, YES I CAN love a book as much as the previous one. 

I basically just love the whole MacDonnell family and the people they fall in love with. That is all. 

(You can read my thoughts on Under the Same Sky HERE.)
(You can read my thoughts on Sound of the Heart HERE.)

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Somewhere To Dream by Genevieve Graham is the story of Adelaide, sister to Maggie and the "white girl" member of the Cherokee people in the Carolinas. Adelaide is a quiet girl, one with secrets and fears and some demons that she can't shake, but she finds comfort and acceptance among the people that she once thought were savages. While she doesn't always love their ways, she loves them and she has learned to live among them and speak their language. She has learned some of their healing techniques and she has learned a great deal about their culture, and more than anything else Adelaide has come to realize that the Cherokee people are not any more savage than the white people that live beyond. When her sister Maggie left the Cherokee a while back to make a family of her own, Adelaide was not yet ready to leave and so she remains, still learning, still protected, still a part of this group. Still the white girl, the odd one among them. 

And it stays this way until the men bring Jesse Black back after a fight. Suddenly Adelaide isn't the only white person in the village anymore. 

Jesse Black was captured by the Cherokee men and brought back to the village because he was believed to carry the soul of one of their fallen brothers. Trying not to appear afraid, Jesse was not only disgusted to be among this group of savages - he'd rather have died than be a part of their group. He has no idea what their plans are and he understands exactly nothing that they are saying. He is badly injured, and Adelaide is brought in to heal him. He is shocked to see another white person among them and assumes she was captured as well. Adelaide works to treat his injuries while trying to talk his anger down, as she is pretty much the only person around that can communicate with him. Eventually, over time, Jesse learns that he was brought back to live among the Cherokee as one of them because of his 'soul' and while this doesn't make him happy at all, he learns to cope. As he learns to open himself up to the Cherokee, he too learns that they aren't as savage as he once thought - they teach him hunting, things like that. He also learns that Adelaide chooses to stay there. 

The interesting thing in all of this is that Adelaide has similar visions that Maggie had in her previous story - visions of things to come. These visions are things that have always kept her afraid because of being called a witch - she never embraced these dreams or visions like her sister had. One part of her visions that had been recurring, it turns out, was Jesse. And suddenly, here he is. 

Certainly there is a romance that will bloom here. But along with that, Adelaide has to confront her absolute and paralyzing fear of white men (due to an attack years ago) and Jesse needs to confront his hatred of "Injuns" because of the role they played in the death of his family. And of course, there will be obstacles. 

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Genevieve Graham has never failed to stun me with these stories. Somewhere to Dream is a little bit different because it can be read as a standalone (but please read them all!) and because there is a ton more of the Native American culture vs the Highlander culture this time around. This is well and good to me because I enjoyed it as much as the previous two books - maybe more? - because I have always loved that the "American" setting she uses is the Carolinas and I'm located here in the Carolinas. Graham writes this area perfectly and she also describes the time setting so well which really works for me because I'm such a huge fan of this time in American History. Also, I love any fiction story in which I can learn more about other cultures, and HELLO there is plenty of the Cherokee nation here with Adelaide and her Cherokee community. I loved that. 

What gets me more than the place setting and the time setting, though, is the way the author writes her characters every time. I first met Adelaide way back in Under the Same Sky, which is the first book, and I loved that I'm finally getting a chance to get into her head and her heart and know her as more than a secondary character. Prior to the beginning of this book, Adelaide underwent something traumatizing at the hands of "white men" and she now has a fear of them that is pretty much crippling to her. While it is almost unheard of during this time period for white people to live among the natives, Adelaide has embraced her home with the Cherokee and she has warmed to them - she is still a quiet girl, not talking very much and very timid, but she feels protected and relatively comfortable among the people she once thought savage and dangerous. While she feels comfortable there, though, she still feels a little bit out of place because she is not Cherokee, she looks different, and she has that pesky little problem of her visions that just won't go away. Unlike her sister Maggie, she doesn't really like her ability. 

It's this ability that ends up partially responsible for the death of one of the men of the village - the one she was betrothed to - and this doesn't do anything at all to make her embrace it or love it any more. In fact, she only feels guilt and pain because she actually acted on her vision, actually telling someone about it so they could intervene in what was a dangerous situation, and disaster occurred. This, friends, is also how Jesse Black came into the picture. When her betrothed died, he was not only the man she was to marry - he was a brother, a son, a friend. Jesse was believed to be his soul reincarnated (sort of) so he was simply...captured and brought back. Simple as that. 

And Jesse - boy was he pretty angry about that! Jesse has spent his entire life hating the natives, no matter which tribe or group. To him, they are all evil and they all represent the ones that killed his family. So to be captured and brought back to their village was a fate worse than death. It was humiliating and enraging. He saw only red. When Adelaide treated his injuries, however, her kind and soothing words were able to calm him enough so he was able to think clearly - she told him that he could either accept this fate or be killed, and that's the way it was. Jesse didn't like it, and I loved his inner thoughts as he fought with himself over running and risking being caught and killed, or just staying and accepting this fate of being a white Cherokee person. Throughout his transition into a Cherokee - learning their ways, their language, their customs, etc - Adelaide was always there and always a welcome diversion. She was like a stress relief for him and he always was happy to see her. He found himself falling for her but it was also nice that he recognized that he had some issues or fears that she was dealing with where men were concerned. He was slow with her, never pushing her - even with communication and friendship - and I love how considerate he was for this.

This Jesse - he was a really nice guy. He just had some hate issues he had to deal with, you see. 

I loved their romance - slow and lovely - just like Genevieve Graham writes them. And I love everything else about this book. 

I recommend Somewhere To Dream by Genevieve Graham to fans of historical fiction/historical romances, books that are rich with setting and culture, fans of strong family ties, and character-driven stories. I am a hardcore fan of this series and am so happy to finally hear Adelaide's story. 



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Somewhere To Dream will appeal to fans of:

Historical Fiction/Historical Romance
with Paranormal

Slowly-Developing Romance with No Love Triangle
Multiple POV
Great Setting: America in the 1700’s
Rich Culture: Cherokee Nation

Somewhere To Dream by Genevieve Graham
is currently available for purchase.


**I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion and review. I received no compensation for my thoughts and they are my own! Thank you Berkeley Trade! 

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian Review

Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian
Published by Carolrhoda Lab
Publish Date: October 1, 2013 

304 Pages
Source: Publisher
Find it here:  Goodreads / Amazon / B&N


AT FIRST YOU DON'T SEE THE CONNECTION.

Sex has always come without consequences for seventeen-year-old Evan Carter. He has a strategy--knows the profile of The Girl Who Would Say Yes. In each new town, each new school, he can count on plenty of action before he and his father move again. Getting down is never a problem. Until he hooks up with the wrong girl and finds himself in the wrong place at very much the wrong time.

AND THEN YOU CAN'T SEE ANYTHING ELSE.

After an assault that leaves Evan bleeding and broken, his father takes him to the family cabin in rural Pearl Lake, Minnesota, so Evan's body can heal. But what about his mind?

HOW DO YOU GO ON, WHEN YOU CAN'T THINK OF ONE WITHOUT THE OTHER?


Nothing seems natural to Evan anymore. Nothing seems safe. The fear--and the guilt--are inescapable. He can't sort out how he feels about anyone, least of all himself. Evan's really never known another person well, and Pearl Lake is the kind of place where people know everything about each other--where there might be other reasons to talk to a girl. It's annoying as hell. It might also be Evan's best shot to untangle sex and violence. (from Goodreads) 



Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian 

My Thoughts:  This review is one of the hardest I probably will write because what I really want to do, rather than write it and post it online, is just sit down with everyone and just TALK ABOUT IT. There is so much depth to this book, to this amazing main character, and to this fantastic secondary cast of characters that I feel like any review that I write (however long it is) just won't be enough nor do the book any justice. 


The first thing you need to know is this:
Evan Carter is the New Guy at his school.
Evan skips chapel at his boarding school one day to find Collette Holmander waiting for him in his dorm - girls aren't allowed! - so he lets her into his room. At first, it seems that Collette is only there as a messenger for another girl - and perhaps she is - but it isn't long before the two have this super-quick and super-steamy kiss. And it's enough for Evan and Collette to begin regularly skipping chapel to meet and engage in some, ahem, activities. 

Evan is one of those guys, you see. Being the New Guy at several schools all over the United States over the past few years certainly has had its advantages: Evan is like a novelty, a toy. He's shiny, something for the girls to want. This certainly pleases Evan, and this is again the case at this newest school. There are girls here that want him as well. One, for example, Farrah, is cute enough - but to Evan the looks don't really matter. All Evan wants is "Girls Who [Would] Say Yes" and by YES, he doesn't mean yes to hanging out or sharing their phone numbers - he wants naked or naked enough. 

YEP. Evan is THAT kind of guy. 

And apparently so is Collette, Farrah's friend and messenger. Because while Collette continues to meet Evan, she has no qualms about going a little further, a little further, a little further every time she sees Evan. 

Evan never even makes it as far as Farrah. He's happy enough with Collette, thankyouverymuch. She's a "Yes" girl, you see.

The second thing you need to know is this:
There are some people who aren't pleased with
the attention Evan is giving Collette 
NOR the attention Farrah is giving Evan. 
Evan's roommate Patrick "The Rammer" Ramsey used to date Collette - they didn't end on great terms, but he has some sort of unusual attachment to her even though she is over him completely. And Farrah has an on-again/off-again boyfriend (Tate Kerrigan) that she's been dating for a long time - apparently they are currently "off" but Tate doesn't really seem to understand this. Even though Tate thinks it's cool if HE dates other girls when he and Farrah are apart, he doesn't want anyone else touching what he considers his. (JERK.) 

Well, Patrick and Tate both have issues with Evan. All Evan is doing is being his regular "get-some" self - but only with Collette, mind you. He hasn't even considered Farrah! Unfortunately, both Patrick and Tate decide to teach Evan a message in the form of an extremely brutal, life-threatening beating that puts him in the hospital for days. Evan ends up requiring surgery and he actually could have died. 

Evan is immediately taken out of school and his father decides to move from Charlotte, NC to Pearl Lake, Minnesota with him - which is a really great thing for Evan. But it's also a scary thing for Evan because it forces him to really examine himself and confront some big issues in his life - stuff that he'd probably never have even noticed or been willing to change had this hateful crime not occurred

The third thing you need to know is this:
So...Minnesota...
Evan is in Minnesota for the summer with his father. While he's there, a bazillion things happen to him and for him. He begins to have a closer relationship with his father, which is something that he had been missing out on. His father spends time with him and teaches him things like boating, which is kind of cool. Also, his father makes him go to therapy, which at first makes him extremely angry. However, through these therapy sessions Evan is able to face some serious issues about what happened and how it has changed him - his intense anxiety and fear, and his inability to shake it. His therapist gives him an assignment - write a letter to someone each week - and it is through these letters (unsent, if he wishes) that he really gives his true, deep, inner feelings and we are able to learn who Evan is at his core. 

It is also during this time in Minnesota that we see Evan build relationships for the first time, both with adults and with people his own age. Remember that as a womanizing teenage sex-crazed boy, Evan was never establishing relationships with the girls he slept with - he often deleted their phone numbers right away and never saw them again, and he always deleted their phone numbers when he moved from school to school. He rarely had friends because he was the New Guy so frequently. But here, in Minnesota, he is basically forced to spend a summer around this group of people that have known each other for long periods of time and this allows him to learn to trust some of these people that already trust each other. They welcome him without question, with open arms and he isn't used to this - but it is really nice. He also begins to trust some of the adults that are allowed into his life: his uncle, his boss, different people. Evan's entire life changes in Minnesota.

Minnesota is a super-quick life lesson in Evan/for Evan, summarized and packed into a short summer, and it is really great. I loved it. 

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Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian is absolutely brilliant - she nailed it and I don't know how she did it. I have so many things to say and I know that I'll forget over half of them. Where to start, where to start...

First of all, you know me - you know that I absolutely, without fail LOVE male point-of-view books, particularly contemporary YA. I tend to really feel for these boys, particularly the broken ones, and MAN did Evan fit this mold. YES, he was a bit of a scumbag for the way he handled himself with girls, but you know what? I never really started out hating this character, which is really odd, don't you think? I mean, he is EVERYTHING WE ARE SUPPOSED TO FIND UNLIKABLE, right? But somehow, I felt compassionate toward him from the beginning. Why is this? It felt a little odd but I'm only being honest. Perhaps it is because he was lacking a great relationship with his parents? His mother no longer living, his father placed him in boarding schools because of the amount of traveling required for his job. It's true that his father called often to check in with him and to check on him, and to make sure that his needs were met, but in truth - how close can you be with your parent with you are in a constant state of upheaval, moving around the country and always in a live-in boarding school? To me, it was evident that Evan was looking for some kind of relationship in his many broken hook-ups with these girls, and he just wasn't finding it. To top it all off, Evan was basically friendless - I mean, he had his roommate Patrick, but we see how well that turned out, don't we? Patrick beat the ever-living crap out of him and left him on the floor of a bathroom because he messed with his ex-girlfriend, whom he affectionately called "firecrotch." Patrick is NOT really friend material. So, yeah, I felt compassion for Evan. 

This surprised me, but I went with it. And I think it played out well for me. Because...

...it served well once Evan made it to Minnesota. That boy felt so lost after what happened to him. He felt so many things, actually. Talk about violated? And the irony of that feeling, right? After Evan's behavior toward girls is really just violation, to be honest. 

ALSO. Again, I say you know me, and you know how much I love character growth and development because I throw it at you all the time. Well, Evan had it. In the beginning, Evan was a boy that hated himself and acted on it in a very (what I consider) stereotypical and teenage-boy way (it's true that not all teen boys act this way, so no hate-comments, okay?). My point here is that over the course of the book, Evan has a remarkable change in his perspective on life, on relationships, on himself, on basically everything. Interestingly enough, by the end of the book I still think he has plenty to work on but the growth is so remarkable that you can't argue that he is a changed guy. 

Part of his growth is due to therapy, sure. Part of his growth is due to spending time with his father and uncle, sure. Part of his growth is due to learning how to form relationships with people, sure. But it would be awful to leave out THE GIRL. While romance isn't the big issue in this book, part of Evan's growth is also due to Baker, the girl next door. The actual girl next door. Evan learns how to relate to girls in a normal way, a healthy way, and it's SO GREAT. There are some scenes that made me feel like "OH MY HEART." 

Gosh, there is so much in here worth talking about:  there is a whole "Summer of Last Chances" story line that Evan takes on with his new friends and is so, so neat and lovely, there is the realization that Evan has of what a normal and healthy sexual relationship is and how he wishes for it, there is Evan learning to defend himself, there is ALSO Evan never really completely losing that part of himself that was there in the beginning (which I think is fantastic because I hope he holds on to it enough that he never reverts back to it), and there are a million other discussion-worthy THINGS. 

Also noteworthy? This male POV is completely believable, never cheesy, and written by a female debut author. WHAT? I KNOW. It's really fantastic. It's witty and snarky (which, if you follow @CarrieMesrobian on twitter, is very true to her own voice WHICH I LOVED). And it's pretty scary to think that there are guys out there like this - not only because HELLO they are doing things like this with girls! but also because they need help. ALSO, there are guys out there like Patrick and Tate, and I'm not sure which of these guys is scarier. 

I highly recommend Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian to fans of YA Contemporary with Realistic Fiction and Issues, those who love male points-of-view, those that really love character growth, and those that love standalones. I absolutely loved this book. I realize that the cover and title may be off-putting for some readers, but I ask you not to worry about that and just pick it up and read it if this sounds like something you may be interested in. It's a fantastic character study into a very realistic part of the population because we all know people like Evan exist. I will most assuredly re-read this one. I will discuss this one with others that have read it. And I will be watching and waiting for Carrie Mesrobian's next book. 

I love it when an author isn't afraid to push the envelope, try new things, or say what needs to be said. This is certainly the case with this book. This is a risky story and reminds me a little bit of this debut YA Contemporary book - not because of content but because these authors get in there and write these stories and own them. Some readers will read a scene or two and draw up in themselves, but isn't that what is really wonderful about YA Contemporary? That it makes us uncomfortable and want to talk about these issues? What about when young people read it? What about if it ends up in the hands of someone like Evan or Collette or Patrick "The Rammer" Ramsey? 

Well played, Carrie Mesrobian. 

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Sex & Violence will appeal to fans of:

YA Contemporary with Realistic Fiction/Issues
Male Point-Of-View
Fantastic characterization with 
great secondary cast
Great Setting

Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian
is currently available for purchase.

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I’ve worked as a teacher in both public and private schools; my writing has appeared in the StarTribune, Brain, Child magazine, Calyx, and other web and print publications. I teach teenagers about writing at The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. However, the best job I ever had was when I worked in a thrift store pawing through donations of cast-off junk. Loved that job so much.
My debut YA novel is Sex & Violencepublished by Carolrhoda LAB. I have another book coming out next October (2014), again with Carolrhoda LAB. I live with Adrian, my husband, Matilda, my daughter, and Pablo, my dog/publicity manager.
Follow Carrie Mesrobian:  Goodreads / Twitter / Tumblr / Website / Blog 
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Do you tend to like male POV books? 
I LOVE THEM.

I think you should consider adding this one to
your to-read list! It's fantastic and 
completely discussion-worthy. 

(It was also blurbed by Trish Doller, who loved it.)





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With Every Heartbeat by Melody Grace Release Day Feature with Giveaway

With Every Heartbeat by Melody Grace
Series: Cities of Love #1
Publish Date: November 8, 2013
Find It: Goodreads / Amazon / B&NiTunes

Rome. The city of young lovers, old secrets, and intoxicating new desire… 

I thought I knew what I wanted in life. I thought my destiny was set. Then I met him, and everything changed. 

Raphael is bold, passionate, and seductive. He sees something in me I never dreamed possible, and now he's determined to show me a world beyond rules -- a dance without limits. I want to trust him, but I'm scared. Because I know once I fall, there'll be no going back. 

An innocent dancer. A mysterious stranger. As Annalise is drawn deeper into the romantic delights of Rome, she'll question everything she believed about her future. But with opening night looming, can she find the strength to risk it all? And will she be forced to choose between her one true love, ballet, and the new passion in her heart? 

Find out in this enchanting new series from Melody Grace.

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Melody Grace's WITH EVERY HEARTBEAT is being released TODAY and I am so excited to join in the release day launch for it. WITH EVERY HEARTBEAT is an enchanting New Adult Contemporary Romance in Melody's new Cities of Love Series. Check out what we have for you today and then enter to win in the release day launch giveaway! You could win a set of e-copies of Melody Grace's Beachwood Bay Series (I LOVE THESE!!) that are currently available. There's also a fantastic excerpt for you to check out!


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I HAVE AN EXCERPT FOR YOU TODAY!! 

A new burst of music sounds, pulsating and wild, and suddenly, my thoughts fade clear away, blotted out as completely as the sun during an eclipse.
            I see him.
            Standing, poised, waiting for his intro, his body proud and arched, arms raised. There’s a girl waiting beside him, his partner, but I only have eyes for him.
            God, he’s gorgeous. Dark curly hair, tanned skin, and piercing blue eyes that seem to shimmer against the gold of his skin. He’s dressed in a starched white shirt and tuxedo pants that fit him like a glove. The breath is sucked from my lungs, and I feel a thrill ripple through me, a sensation I’ve never known before: anticipation, as if I know something important is about to happen. Something life-changing.
            And then he starts to dance.
            Dear Lord ...
            I swear, time stops as I watch him move. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen: part Latin ballroom, part street, part modern contemporary. And all of it totally devastating.
            I stare, awestruck, as he plays out a wicked game with his partner: bringing her in, sending her away, lifting her as effortlessly as if she was made of air. His movements are bold, dominating. There’s no cheap grinding, or tacky thrusts, but somehow, every step oozes sensuality, such an intimate connection between the dancers that I feel myself start to blush.
            It’s mesmerizing, out of this world, and I’m completely lost to it, caught up in the story of love and betrayal they’re telling with their bodies until at last, he whirls her out one more time and then pulls her back; dipping her so low her hair grazes the ground.
            They freeze there, holding the pose. There’s silence, so pure you could hear a pin drop, and in that moment, he lifts his head and looks out across the square.
            Our eyes lock.
            It’s only a split second, those piercing blue eyes on mine, but I feel the moment stretch for an eternity. His gaze crashes through me, setting every nerve and sense alight, as if I’m touchpaper and he’s a molten spark, dancing through my bloodstream.
            And then the thunder of applause breaks the spell, and I realize I’m digging my nails into my palms, gasping for breath.
            Who is this man?



"Melody Grace has crafted a sweeping and emotional romance that pulls you in so deep, you won't ever want to surface. It's that good." 
–Sawyer Bennett

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Melody Grace is the USA Today bestselling author of UNBROKEN and UNTOUCHED. A small-town girl turned SoCal beach-lover, she spent years with her nose in a book before deciding it was time to write them for herself. She loves bad boys, good books, and pistachio-flavored ice-cream.

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