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THE ARCHITECT OF SONG Blog Tour: Character Interview + Giveaway

THE ARCHITECT OF SONG

I’m am so excited to be on the tour for THE ARCHITECT OF SONG by A.G. Howard. I have always been a huge fan of the author’s and when I learned of this first book in her new series I couldn’t wait to get an early peek.

I loved meeting Juliet and all the characters in this novel. And I really want to talk about them all, and all the many surprise twists, but that would be very spoiler-y. So I will just say that I loved this book. It was interesting and captivating and romantic and heartbreaking. And I cannot wait for everyone to get the chance to read it this August.

In the meantime, I have an interview with Juliet to share. So if you’d like to know more about her, be sure to check out her answers to my questions below.

And if you’d like to enter the giveaway for some seriously awesome prizes, scroll down to the Rafflecopter to enter.

The tour has two stops per day and continues through the end of next week. So if you’d like to learn more about this gorgeous book don’t forget to follow along. I’ll be updating the post with direct links to all the stops as they happen.


About THE ARCHITECT OF SONG

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Title & Series: THE ARCHITECT OF SONG (Haunted Hearts Legacy #1)
Author: A.G. Howard
Release date: August 15, 2016
Publisher: A.G. Howard
Pages: 425
Formats: Paperback, eBook

Description…

A lady imprisoned by deafness, an architect imprisoned by his past, and a ghost imprisoned within the petals of a flower – intertwine in this love story that transcends life and death.

For most of her life, nineteen-year-old Juliet Emerline has subsisted – isolated by deafness – making hats in the solitude of her home. Now, she’s at risk to lose her sanctuary to Lord Nicolas Thornton, a twenty-seven-year-old mysterious and eccentric architect with designs on her humble estate. When she secretly witnesses him raging beside a grave, Juliet investigates, finding the name “Hawk” on the headstone and an unusual flower at the base. The moment Juliet touches the petals, a young English nobleman appears in ghostly form, singing a song only her deaf ears can hear. The ghost remembers nothing of his identity or death, other than the one name that haunts his afterlife: Thornton.

To avenge her ghostly companion and save her estate, Juliet pushes aside her fear of society and travels to Lord Thornton’s secluded holiday resort, posing as a hat maker in one of his boutiques. There, she finds herself questioning who to trust: the architect of flesh and bones who can relate to her through romantic gestures, heartfelt notes, and sensual touches … or the specter who serenades her with beautiful songs and ardent words, touching her mind and soul like no other man ever can. As sinister truths behind Lord Thornton’s interest in her estate and his tie to Hawk come to light, Juliet is lured into a web of secrets. But it’s too late for escape, and the tragic love taking seed in her heart will alter her silent world forever.

International and NYT bestselling author, A.G. Howard, brings her darkly magical and visual/visceral storytelling to Victorian England. The Architect of Song is the first installment in her lush and romantic Haunted Hearts Legacy series, a four book gothic saga following the generations of one family as – haunted by both literal and figurative ghosts – they search for self-acceptance, love, and happiness.

New Adult: Recommended for ages 17+.

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The Character Interview

Q&A with Juliet Emerline

Q. What song or sound or voice do you miss most now that you are no longer able to hear? If you could hear one thing (or one person) what (or who) would that be?

The voice and sound I miss most is one and the same: Mama and her songs. Even her humming—no words, only the melody—was such a comfort to my heart. What I would ache most to hear is the healthy cry of my own newborn babe, one day when I become a mother myself.

Q. What five characteristics/traits are most important to you in a potential betrothed?

1.       Strength

2.       Loyalty

3.       Compassion for all life—including animals and plants

4.       Respect for others differences and beliefs

5.       An appreciation for creativity that we can share and pass on to our children

Q. Do you think it’s possible to love more than one person?

I believe it’s possible for more than one soul to have an impact on your life so profound that your singularity in the world is both challenged and forever changed by them. And oftentimes, such emotional encounters lead to feelings of deep devotion and love.

Q. What are your views on the Rational Dress Society?

As of the moment, I feel their reform of undergarments is a step in the right direction, alongside the subtle movements of women’s education and egalitarianism. However, I should like to see it taken a step further one day … where even our outer garments might be modified without eliciting ridicule from those who have more prudent views. Whether a woman chooses to wear trousers or skirts should not reflect upon her moral aptitude. I should also like to see the Society push for sensible active garments so horseback riding or swimming are as easily accessible for women as for men. Why should men be more comfortable than women, after all?

Q. Please describe your most favorite hat creation?

The first hat I ever made, when I was nine. It was the anniversary of Papa’s death, and—as it was raining outside—I was stuck within, no way to escape from the grief of Papa’s absence. Mama laid out her stash of fabric swatches and bright, colorful feathers, flowers, and beads, then allowed me to have my pick. With the patience of a saint, she showed me how to pour all my feelings into the craft. The therapeutic dip and rise of the needle and thread, alongside the rainbow of colors surrounding me, soothed my sadness and gave me something positive to concentrate on. I converted a staid straw hat into a discombobulated reflection of my mixed emotions:  the black netting and velvet ribbon represented my heartache, but the white wired-chiffon trim mirrored the peace I felt when spending time with Mama. The florals and beadwork lifted my spirits, putting me in mind of sunny spring days spent in a valley carpeted with fragrant wildflowers and lush green grass—so soft my feet sink with each cool, itchy step. And the feathers represented songbirds taking flight in the trees. My senses were awakened, and my melancholy mood laid to rest. In the end, it was far too chaotic to be a masterpiece, but I have it still, and each time I look upon it, I remember how I felt in that moment … simultaneously accomplished and alive. That experience led to my vocation, and to my eternal love for color.

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And from the author…

The spotlight prize today = three The Architect of Song swag packs.

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About A.G. Howard

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A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.

When she’s not writing, A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.

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The Giveaway

There is a tour-wide INTERNATIONAL giveaway for…

  • 2 – signed The Architect of Song paperbacks;
  • 3 – The Architect of Song e-books
  • 1 – heart locket necklace
  • 1 – Architect of Song poster
  • 1 – faux leather journal
  • 1 – 5X7 musical print
  • 3 – The Architect of Song swag packs
  • 1 – LitCube surprise box

… to 13 separate winners

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The Tour Schedule

Week One

7.25.16 | Dark Faerie Tales – Guest Post-Hybrid Author

7.25.16 | A GREAT read – Review

7.26.16 | Lisa Loves Literature – Review

7.26.16 | Bookfever – Review

7.27.16 | Fiktshun – Character Interview

7.28.16 | The Reading Café – Review

7.28.16 | Adventures of a Book Junkie – Review

7.29.16 | Please Feed the Bookworm – Review

7.29.16 | 21st Century Once Upon a Times – Review

Week Two

8.1.16 | Once Upon a Twilight – Exclusive Excerpt

8.1.16 | Ramblings of a Daydreamer – Review

8.2.16 | My Friends Are Fiction – Guest Post-Fashion

8.2.16 | Sarcasm & Lemons – Review

8.3.16 | Cornerfolds – Review

8.3.16 | BookHounds YA – Review

8.4.16 | Bookiemoji – Exclusive Excerpt

8.4.16 | Owl Always Be Reading – Review

8.5.16 | Mundie Moms – Review

8.5.16 | Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post-Playlist

8.5.16 | The Cover Contessa – Review


LITTLE BLACK DRESSES, LITTLE WHITE LIES Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

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Just one more week until LITTLE BLACK DRESSES, LITTLE WHITE LIES by Laura Stampler comes out so there’s still time to pre-order a copy. This is a “must read” summer read for anyone who loves light, fun and adorable contemporary fiction and it’s one of my most favorite in the genre.

If you haven’t yet heard of this debut from Laura Stampler be sure to check out the book’s description and information on the author below. If you’d like to know what I think about this positively delightful story, my review is also below.

And if you’d like the chance to win a copy of the book, just enter in the Rafflecopter.

To hear what other bloggers have to say about LITTLE BLACK DRESSES, LITTLE WHITE LIES, and to read a few posts and interviews from the author and her character, Harper Anderson, just follow along with the tour which continues through July 22nd.


About LITTLE BLACK DRESSES, LITTLE WHITE LIES

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Title: LITTLE BLACK DRESSES, LITTLE WHITE LIES
Author: Laura Stampler
Release date: July 19, 2016
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 352
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Description…

The Devil Wears Prada meets Sex and the City in a wickedly funny debut novel about a girl who lands a dream internship at a magazine in New York City. If only she hadn’t lied about being a dating expert on her resume . .

Harper Anderson has always thought she should have been born somewhere more glamorous than her sleepy Northern California suburb. After all, how many water polo matches and lame parties in Bobby McKittrick’s backyard can one girl take?

Already resigned to working at a Skinny B’s Juice Press for the summer, Harper is shocked when the ultra-prestigious teen magazine, Shift, calls to say they want her to be their teen dating blogger for the summer. All she needs to do is get her butt to New York in two days.

There’s just one teeny, tiny problem: Apart from some dance floor make-outs, Harper doesn’t have a whole lot of dating experience. So when Shift’s application asked for an “edgy” personal essay, Harper might have misappropriated her best friend’s experiences for her own. But she can just learn on the job…right? Will the house of lies Harper has built around her dream job collapse all around her, or will she be able to fake it until she makes it in the big city?

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NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the author via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.


The Review

LITTLE BLACK DRESSES, LITTLE WHITE LIES is everything you could want in a summer read and more. It’s clever and sweet and fun. It’s a little bit romantic. It’s totally hilarious. It will make you smile and laugh and cringe and sigh and snort. It’s addictive. It’s all too easy to devour in one sitting. It has an absolutely adorable main character, Harper Anderson, who you will love getting to know and want to both root for and chastise. It is filled with disastrous but laugh-out-loud funny dates, cute pugs, snarky blogs, and, as the title promises, a few white lies. If you are looking for the perfect summer read, this is it.

Harper shouldn’t have lied on her application for the summer internship in New York. But she never really thought she’d hear back from Shift magazine let alone be chosen to work there. Especially as a dating blogger. And while she has the ability to tell a story, when it comes to dating she doesn’t have many – or really any – stories to tell.

If she has any hope of keeping her internship, she’ll have to be more confident, take a few more risks, and tell a few more lies. She’ll need to do whatever is necessary to ensure that her posts are convincing enough and that everyone at Shift remains in the dark about her lack of experience. She is in over her head, but it doesn’t have to mean she’ll drown.

Laura Stampler has taken a familiar and well-loved concept – that of the cute, well-intentioned, and relatable but completely misguided heroine who makes some bad choices, colossal mistakes, and risks losing what’s most important to her – and created a story that is a standout. The writing is smart and sharp and witty. The main character’s escapades are just so much fun that you’ll never want them to end. There are many moments that are distinct and quirky and so very memorable.

For those who love their contemporary stories on the lighter side, LITTLE BLACK DRESSES, LITTLE WHITE LIES promises to be an unputdownable, re-readable, and insanely good read.

The Rating

06

Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.


About Laura Stampler

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Laura Stampler is a Californian turned New Yorker. After graduating from Stanford University, she became a journalist, interning—and then worked on staff—at various newspapers and magazines. Laura has written about everything from dating to social media stars to social justice issues at Time magazine, Business Insider, Huffington Post, The Nation, The New Republic, and The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles. When she isn’t writing, she’s probably looking at pug gifs on the Internet.

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The Giveaway

There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

  • A hardcover copy of LITTLE BLACK DRESSES, LITTLE WHITE LIES to TWO (2) winners – US only

Must be 13 or older to enter. Giveaway is US only. Giveaway ends July 26th at 11:59 PM Pacific. Book will be ordered from Amazon. Prizing courtesy of Rockstar Book Tours.

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The Tour Schedule

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Cover Reveal + Giveaway: 100 HOURS by Rachel Vincent

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I am super excited to share the awesome cover for 100 HOURS, the first book in a new trilogy by New York Times best-selling author Rachel Vincent, which releases on March 28, 2017 from Katherine Tegen Books, along with a note from the author about her upcoming novel and an amazing giveaway.

I love this cover which uses one of my favorite fonts and gives a hint of paradise while at the same time teasing that it is anything but. And it makes me that much more eager to read it.

Scroll down to check out the gorgeous cover, read what Rachel Vincent has to say about 100 HOURS, and enter for a chance to win. And be sure to share your thoughts about the cover in the comments!


The Cover Revealed

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Title: 100 HOURS
Author: Rachel Vincent
Release date: March 28, 2017
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 368
Formats available to pre-order: Hardcover

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Description…

Maddie is beyond done with her cousin Genesis’s entitled and shallow entourage. Genesis is so over Miami’s predictable social scene with its velvet ropes, petty power plays, and backstabbing boyfriends.

While Maddie craves family time for spring break, Genesis seeks novelty—like a last-minute getaway to an untouched beach in Colombia. And when Genesis wants something, it happens.

But paradise has its price. Dragged from their tents under the cover of dark, Genesis, Maddie, and their friends are kidnapped and held for ransom deep inside the jungle—with no diva left behind. It all feels so random to everyone except Genesis. She knows they were targeted for a reason. And that reason is her.

Now, as the hours count down, only one thing’s for certain: If the Miami hostages can’t set aside their personal problems, no one will make it out alive.


A Note from Rachel Vincent

In my upcoming YA suspense 100 HOURS, Genesis and her cousin Maddie come from opposite ends of the privilege spectrum, but when they wind up kidnapped for ransom during spring break in Colombia and have no one else to count on, they discover they have more in common than either of them thought.

If you’ve read any of my previous releases, 100 HOURS probably seems like a departure for a Rachel Vincent book. And that’s what I thought, back when it was just me and an idea. But as I wrote the story and got to know the characters, I realized that even though this book is set in the Colombian jungle and these characters have no supernatural abilities, 100 HOURS is very much a book about the themes that draw me in over and over. Survival. Family friction and loyalty. High-stakes pulse-racing action. Twists, turns, secrets, and revelations. Girls who can fend for themselves and for anyone else who needs help.


About Rachel Vincent
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Photo credit: Kim Haynes Photography

Rachel Vincent is a former English teacher and an eager champion of the Oxford comma. She shares her home in Oklahoma with two cats, two teenagers, and her husband, who’s been her # 1 fan from the start. Rachel is older than she looks and younger than she feels, and she remains convinced that writing about the things that scare her is the cheapest form of therapy—but social media is a close second.

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The Giveaway

Courtesy of the author, there is a blitz-wide giveaway for…

  • ONE (1) winner will receive a SIGNED SET of a paperback copy of THE STARS NEVER RISE + an ARC of THE FLAME NEVER DIES

Giveaway is US only. Must be 13 or older to enter. Giveaway ends on July 11th at 11:59 PM Pacific.

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AND I DARKEN Blog Tour: Q&A with Kiersten White

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First off, HAPPY RELEASE DAY to AND I DARKEN!

I cannot believe it is finally out and I can grab a finished copy and begin counting down the days until the second book in the series releases. If you haven’t pre-ordered your copy of this epic and amazing book, you should seriously press pause on reading this post and run out and buy a copy and START READING – you won’t put it down!

I read AND I DARKEN ages ago, when I first got my hands on a copy, and even though nearly three months have passed, the characters and story are still fresh in my mind, I am even more anxious to find out what is next for Lada and Radu and Mehmed, and I still can’t believe how much I actually grew to like Lada.

Although I’m a bit more surprised that the author actually got me to like Vlad the Impaler just a little bit less than I once had.

This story has so much epicness, and bloodshed, and kick-a** characters. There are journeys. There is betrayal. There is even unrequited love.

So be sure to dive into this first book in the series NOW so that you can suffer the wait for the sequel like I am. You won’t regret it.

And if you’d like to know a little bit more about the book, check out the description and trailer below.

Author Kiersten White also answers a few questions about AND I DARKEN and shares her favorite historical villains. So scroll down to the interview following the bookish details.

And…

There is still time to follow the tour. The schedule is below, and is (and will be) updated with direct links to each of the stops. So click to visit the posts you most want to read to learn more about this incredible new book and series by Kiersten White.


About AND I DARKEN

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Title & Series: AND I DARKEN (The Conquerors Saga #1)
Author: Kiersten White
Release date: June 28, 2016
Publisher: Delcorte Press
Pages: 496
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

Description…

NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL.

And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

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The Interview

Q&A with Kiersten White

Q. How would you describe Lada Dragwyla in fifteen words or less?

Ruthless, brutal, and incapable of doing what is easy instead of what she wants.

Q. Who are your top five favorite historical “villains,” female or male?

  1. Vlad the Impaler, obviously. He took whatever advantage he could, he engaged in scorched-earth warfare, and he spat in the face of the most powerful empire of his time. He might not have been a great prince (or person) in the end, but you have to admire his tenacity and brilliance.
  2. This is awful, but I find Elizabeth Báthory, the most notorious female serial killer in history, deeply fascinating. Obviously she is repulsive, but so bizarre she’s compelling.
  3. In the same vein, I love reading about Lizzie Borden. Did she actually do it? And if so, did she, as rumored, get away with it because men were so squeamish about women’s issues that they took her story that the blood was from her period at face value? AWFUL, but also kind of awesome.
  4. This one is not a serial killer! Mostly. I adore the dynamic duo of Anne Bonny and Mary Read. After failed marriages, both of them took to the sea as pirates. Anne was said to bare her breasts during combat as a way of throwing her enemies off-balance. When they were eventually caught, Anne said to her captain (and lover) as he was hanged, “Sorry to see you there, but if you’d fought like a man, you would not have been hang’d like a dog.” They were both spared execution on account of being pregnant, once again using their womanhood to their advantage!
  5. And last but not least, another pirate, though a far more successful one. Ching Shih took over her dead husband’s fleet and became so powerful that she essentially had her own government, ruling over 1,800 ships and 80,000 sailors! Eventually she was able to peacefully retire. If that isn’t being an amazing villain, I don’t know what is.

Q. If you could be any character in AND I DARKEN, who would you choose to be, and why?

Oh man, this is a tough one. Turns out I’m pretty brutal to my characters. I guess we know where Lada gets that particular trait! But I’d probably choose Nazira. Nazira knows who she is, she’s found true love, and she’s sweet and loyal but also incredibly clever (as we discover more of in book two!).

Q. What was your favorite scene and what was your most challenging scene to write in AND I DARKEN, and why?

There is a scene where Lada, Radu, and Mehmed sneak out in the middle of the night to watch a meteor shower. It was funny, it was tender, and it gave us some unexpected insight into Lada. But when my editor read the first draft, she flagged it for potential trimming. In a book as long as And I Darken, every scene has to justify its inclusion. Normally I’m happy to cut—so much easier than adding!—but the idea of losing this scene really hurt. After a lot of brainstorming and tweaking and shifting, I was able to address my editor’s (valid) concern that it didn’t move the plot forward, while still keeping everything I loved. I’m very proud of that scene now!

Q. If you could give one piece of advice to Lada, what would it be? And do you think she would make you pay dearly for giving it?

This is such a great question. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized Lada would never take any advice I could give. She would do everything in her power to achieve the same result her own way, rather than bowing to what I thought was best. It makes her exhilarating—and exhausting!—to write.


About Kiersten White

Kiersten White

Kiersten White is the NYT bestselling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy, the Mind Gamesseries, Illusions of FateThe Chaos of StarsIn the Shadows with artist Jim Di Bartolo, and the upcoming historical reimagining, And I Darken. She has one tall husband and three small children and lives near the ocean, where her life is perfectly normal. Visit her at www.kierstenwhite.com.

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The Tour Schedule

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ONE PARIS SUMMER by Denise Grover Swank {Giveaway}

If you haven’t yet picked up your copy of ONE PARIS SUMMER by Denise Grover Swank, scroll down to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a copy. It’s a sweet and romantic and delightful and super quick summer read and one that should definitely make your summer TBR piles!

Read on for more information about the book and author and don’t forget to enter the giveaway in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


About ONE PARIS SUMMER

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Title: ONE PARIS SUMMER
Author: Denise Grover Swank
Release date: June 7, 2016
Publisher: Blink
Pages: 352
Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

Most teens dream of visiting the City of Lights, but it feels more like a nightmare for Sophie Brooks. She and her brother are sent to Paris to spend the summer with their father, who left home a year ago without any explanation. As if his sudden abandonment weren’t betrayal enough, he’s about to remarry, and they’re expected to play nice with his soon-to-be wife and stepdaughter. The stepdaughter, Camille, agrees to show them around the city, but she makes it clear that she will do everything in her power to make Sophie miserable.

Sophie could deal with all the pain and humiliation if only she could practice piano. Her dream is to become a pianist, and she was supposed to spend the summer preparing for a scholarship competition. Even though her father moved to Paris to pursue his own dream, he clearly doesn’t support hers. His promise to provide her with a piano goes unfulfilled.

Still, no one is immune to Paris’s charm. After a few encounters with a gorgeous French boy, Sophie finds herself warming to the city, particularly when she discovers that he can help her practice piano. There’s just one hitch—he’s a friend of Camille’s, and Camille hates Sophie. While the summer Sophie dreaded promises to become best summer of her life, one person could ruin it all.

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About Denise Grover Swank

Denise Grover Swank

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include witty Facebook comments (in own her mind) and dancing in her kitchen with her children. (Quite badly if you believe her offspring.) Hidden talents include the gift of justification and the ability to drink massive amounts of caffeine and still fall asleep within two minutes. Her lack of the sense of smell allows her to perform many unspeakable tasks. She has six children and hasn’t lost her sanity. Or so she leads you to believe.

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The Giveaway

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  • ONE (1) paperback copy of ONE PARIS SUMMER – US/Canada ONLY

Must be 13 or older to enter. There will be ONE winner. Prizing courtesy of, and sent by, the publicity agency. Giveaway is US/Canada.

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HOW TO DISAPPEAR Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

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Today is the second day of the HOW TO DISAPPEAR Blog Tour and I’m thrilled to be one of the stops and to share my thoughts about and help promote this awesome book. I’m even more excited that HOW TO DISAPPEAR is now available for everyone to read!

Ann Redisch Stampler is an amazing writer. Her characters are always ones I want to take the journey with. And her stories always make me think – HOW TO DISAPPEAR is no exception.

If you’d like to know what I thought, scroll down for my review. If you’d like the chance to win some fab prizes, enter the giveaway. And be sure to follow the tour to learn more about this gripping thriller that’s just full of surprises.


About HOW TO DISAPPEAR

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Title: HOW TO DISAPPEAR
Author: Ann Redisch Stampler
Release date: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 416
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Description…

This electric cross-country thriller follows the game of cat and mouse between a girl on the run from a murder she witnessed—or committed?—and the boy who’s sent to kill her.

Nicolette Holland is the girl everyone likes. Up for adventure. Loyal to a fault. And she’s pretty sure she can get away with anything…until a young woman is brutally murdered in the woods near Nicolette’s house. Which is why she has to disappear.

Jack Manx has always been the stand-up guy with the killer last name. But straight A’s and athletic trophies can’t make people forget that his father was a hit man and his brother is doing time for armed assault. Just when Jack is about to graduate from his Las Vegas high school and head east for college, his brother pulls him into the family business with inescapable instructions: find this ruthless Nicolette Holland and get rid of her. Or else Jack and everyone he loves will pay the price.

As Nicolette and Jack race to outsmart each other, tensions—and attractions—run high. Told in alternating voices, this tightly plotted mystery and tense love story challenges our assumptions about right and wrong, guilt and innocence, truth and lies.

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The Review

Ann Redisch Stampler immediately pulls you into her story with the prologue. It lets you know right from the start that something bad has happened. It just doesn’t reveal all that happened, who might be responsible, or how exactly it relates to the characters. It piques your curiosity, grabs hold, and makes you want to keep reading until you know everything.

HOW TO DISAPPEAR is a gripping page-turner that is full of surprises, suspense, difficult choices with grave repercussions, unexpected romance, and chilling secrets. It introduces two characters who are seemingly ill-equipped to handle the situations they find themselves in, but are more complex and capable than they might appear on first glance.

Being forced to hide their true identities makes their connection all the more intriguing. Not being able to explain their behavior makes for a tension-filled read. Knowing what we know makes things positively nail-biting. And discovering what we don’t will stun.

The story alternates between Nicolette’s and Jack’s point of view, giving just a bit more insight about one than the other, teasing just enough to become invested in each of their outcomes, but not so much that you’ll feel you can completely trust either one. Jack and Nick are both very different, both flawed, both damaged, both volatile, and a rather unlikely and unfortunate but interesting pair. And they are very much worth getting to know.

HOW TO DISAPPEAR does not rush to the payoff at the story’s end. It keeps you in a state of anticipation. It keeps you guessing. But it promises to be well worth the wait. Author Ann Redisch Stampler has penned a story that is exciting, shocking and unsettling. It will make you rethink everything you thought you knew. It will make you root for someone and some things you never thought you’d root for. It will keep you captivated until the very last page.

The Rating

05


About Ann Redisch Stampler

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Ann Redisch Stampler is the author of the young adult novels Afterparty and Where It Began as well as half a dozen picture books. Her work has garnered an Aesop accolade, the National Jewish Book Award, Sydney Taylor honors, the Middle East Book Award, and Bank Street Best Books of the Year mentions. How to Disappear (Simon Pulse, 2016), her first young adult thriller, will be released in June. Ann lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband Rick.

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The Tour Schedule

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June 14th | Book Briefs – Review

June 14th | BookHounds YA – Author Interview

June 15th | Fiktshun – Review

June 15th | Becky on Books – Excerpt

June 16th | Just Commonly – Review

June 16th | Emily Reads Everything – Review

June 17th | Such a Novel Idea – Spotlight

June 17th | Curling Up With A Good Book – Author Interview

June 18th | Here’s to Happy Endings – Spotlight

June 18th | My So-Called Book Reviews – Review + Author Interview

June 19th | A Gingerly Review – Excerpt

June 19th | Book Whales – Excerpt

June 20th | A Dream Within A Dream – Review

June 20th | Jessabella Reads – Character Interview

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June 21st | Owl Always Be Reading – Review

June 21st | The Cover Contessa – Character Interview

June 22nd | Dani Reviews Things – Author Interview

June 22nd | Fishing for Books – Review

June 23rd | Once Upon a Twilight – Author Interview

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