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A TOTALLY AWKWARD LOVE STORY Blog Tour: ‘Top Five Awkward Dating Moments, Misunderstandings, or Mishaps’ Guest Post + Giveaway


I am totally stoked to be today’s stop on the A TOTALLY AWKWARD LOVE STORY Blog Tour. I have an hysterically funny guest post by the authors for my stop, as well as a giveaway for a copy of the book, which releases on May 3rd.TOM & LUCY PHOTOBOOTH-1

If you haven’t added A TOTALLY AWKWARD LOVE STORY to your TBR pile, now’s the perfect time… Have you done it yet? I can wait…

Hannah and Sam’s story is so much fun (I laughed so hard there were tears), incredibly awkward at times (the title is not at all misleading), and there are moments that will have you cringing for each of them. It is a super fast read, one you’ll definitely want to read again, with characters you’ll hope get their happily ever after.

So be sure to add this one to your spring/summer reading lists. But be advised there will be several laugh-out-loud instances – so avoid the late night read next to a sleeping loved one, a public transportation read that will make you look quite mad, or a library read that will get you booted.

Details about A TOTALLY AWKWARD LOVE STORY and its authors are below, along with Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen’s top five awkward dating moments. And you can enter the giveaway for a copy of the book in the Rafflecopter form.

Also, be sure to visit each of the stops on the tour. I’ll be updating the schedule at the bottom of the post with direct links and details for each stop.


A Totally Awkward Love Story

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Authors: Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison
Release date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 320
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook


For fans of The DUFF, this hilarious and true-to-teen romance is Broad City meets Judy Blume.

The summer before college, Hannah swears she’s finally going to find The One. And for five perfect minutes, Hannah does find him. He’s cute and makes her laugh like crazy. She just wishes she’d caught his name, because Toilet Boy Cinderella really lacks sex appeal.

For Sam, the summer is off to a bad start for a million reasons. But for five minutes his luck changes: in a fancy restroom painted purple like it belongs in a Bond villain hideaway, Sam falls head over heels for some strange and hilarious girl. Of course, he doesn’t know her name. With his luck, he’ll never see her again, and he’ll remain a girlfriendless, moony-eyed virgin. Forever.

But another chance meeting brings them together, only to have a chance misunderstanding drive them apart . . . and then the cycle starts all over again. Madcap mishaps, raunchy hilarity, and deep romance follow these two wherever they go. For two people so clearly destined for each other, they sure have a hell of a lot of trouble even getting together.



“An engaging and endearing story of what it is to find your place in the world and a person to share it with.” – Kirkus Reviews 

“…raunchy, irreverent slapstick in the vein of Louise Rennison’s Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging.” – Booklist

“There’s raunchy mishaps, total madcap hilarity, and, yes, even some romance. Basically the book will transport you back to your awkward teenage years.” – Bustle

“A fun romantic comedy.” – School Library Journal

The Guest Post

Top five awkward dating moments, misunderstandings, or mishaps

by Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen


This isn’t really a dating story involving me. Well, it does involve me, but I don’t have a starring role. I don’t think English people go on dates that much, really. I think we are new to the dating thing, which we have only adopted in a halfhearted manner since rom-coms arrived at the cinema. Anyway . . . I wanted to get off with a boy at a party once when I was nineteen. That is the British way of dating. When I got there, although I used my best tactics like dancing in sexy manner to Wham! on the patio, he didn’t seem very fussed and went to another party. Taking it in my stride, I had a few drinks and carried on dancing to Wham! But then I got tired . . . so I wandered off and found a bedroom and fell asleep. I woke up to my best friend, Calypso*, having sex with the boy she had a crush on and had gone to the party hoping to get with. She hadn’t realised I was there because I had burrowed myself into the duvet like a hibernating badger. I was too polite to move. It was awkward. (*Calypso is not her real name.)


I once asked a girl out in a bar, only to discover that her first name was the same as my surname (Ellen). I was slightly thrown by this at the time, but I was so pleased that she’d given me her number that I didn’t mention it. Then, by about the third date, I thought I had to finally break the news to her that if we ever got married her name would be Ellen Ellen. She found it quite funny, but when we eventually broke up a couple of months later, she did say, “Well, we were never going to get married, were we?” So I’ll always wonder what would have happened if I had a slightly less feminine last name. . . . Interesting side note: I also briefly dated a girl called Selin not long after this incident, so that was another relationship doomed to failure by my ridiculous surname.


Tom and I broke up the summer of my second year at university. I had only really ever been out with Tom. Anyway, my friend set me up on a date with someone who was generally considered to be a hottie. We went to see the first Pirates of the Caribbean film—so far, so first date-y. A random thing you also need to know is that it was this super, super hot summer. I am a self-respecting British woman, so obviously never leave the house without seventeen cardigans, but this one time because it was so hot I went out wearing only my carefully selected, brand-new lemon yellow Topshop sundress. At the end of the movie I deliberately raced ahead of everyone else to get to the loo. And then caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and realised I had my period ALL OVER the back of my yellow lemon special. Like I had been shot in the back. I phoned my friend who was on holiday in Majorca, who said quite rationally that she couldn’t really do anything to help, as she was on holiday in Majorca. And then I had to do a period walk of shame back out of the loo and to the boy. We did not go for dinner as planned.


I went into a pub a while back, and spotted a guy I used to go to school with. He was at a table with a girl, and from their slightly awkward body language it was clear they were on a first date. I went over to say hello, and the guy said, “Hi, Tom, this is Sarah. Sarah, this is Tom.” And the girl said: “It’s Katie.” There followed an extremely awkward silence, and I quickly made my excuses and left them to what remained of their intensely uncomfortable evening. They left pretty soon afterward, and I don’t imagine they’ve seen each other since. . . .


I once snuck into a boy’s house at one in the morning. His parents obviously had no idea I was there. Which was all well and good until I suddenly said, “I feel a bit unwell,” and tiptoed across the hall as quietly as possible before locking the bathroom door and proceeding to be extremely loudly and violently sick. For ages. And ages. Until his mother knocked on the door and said, “Marmaduke*, are you okay?” And I had to open the door and reveal it was not her son but a totally random girl puking all over her house. She had to hold my hair and call my parents. (*Marmaduke is not his real name.)

About the Authors

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TOM ELLEN AND LUCY IVISION met at the end of high school and quickly became sweethearts. Though they broke up in college, they remain best friends. Lucy runs the online teen magazine Whatever After and teaches in girls’ schools across London, specializing in building confidence and creativity. Tom is a journalist and has written for Time Out, Vice, ESPN, Glamour, and many other publications. They cowrote A Totally Awkward Love Story, which was partially inspired by their own high school relationship. This is their first novel. Follow Lucy on Twitter at @lucyivison.


The Giveaway

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  • ONE (1) winner will receive a copy of A TOTALLY AWKWARD LOVE STORY

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THE ROSE & THE DAGGER Blog Tour: ‘On Writing the eNovellas’ Guest Post by Reneé Ahdieh

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I am so excited to be a part of the ROSE & THE DAGGER Blog Tour. This is an amazing series and if you haven’t yet met Khalid and Shahrzad you are seriously missing out on getting to know two pretty awesome characters. Plus, the writing is gorgeous and the world is incredible.

For my stop today I have a guest post from Author Renée Ahdieh in which she talks a little bit about the eNovellas in this series – two of which are currently free. Scroll down past the information about THE ROSE & THE DAGGER (which releases tomorrow!!!!) to check it out.

I’ve also included some information about each of the books and novellas in this series as well as links to find them online, some information about the author, and the full tour schedule. So if you’d like to follow the tour to find out more about the series, to read a few reviews, interviews, and guest posts, and to enter a few giveaways, scroll down to check it out.

And if you’d like to know what I thought about THE ROSE & THE DAGGER, stop by later this week for my review.



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Title & Series: THE ROSE & THE DAGGER (The Wrath and the Dawn #2)
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Release date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook



The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as “a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance.”

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.


Guest Post

Renée Ahdieh On Writing the eNovellas

What was it like to write the e-novellas before the release of THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER? Was it fun to imagine the different perspectives, and did it make you think of your characters in a different way?

I had such a wonderful time writing the e-novellas! Of course any chance to write a pivotal scene from Khalid’s perspective is just amazing, as he’s such a complex character to write. Like a boy who hides his entire inner world all his life. I was always particularly struck by what Khalid must have been thinking when he first met Shahrzad. That scene in the audience hall was from Shahrzad’s perspective in THE WRATH & THE DAWN, so we only ever get the briefest glimpse into what Khalid must have been thinking. It was insanely fun to switch things up in the e-novellas and explore his thoughts and feelings in these pivotal moments. Also the second e-novella from Khalid’s perspective fills in some important gaps—specifically his thoughts and feelings when he returns to discover Rey decimated and Shahrzad gone. The way in which he assumes blame for each of these things is both very telling of his character and important information for how he intends to handle everything in THE ROSE & THE DAGGER. I hope everyone loves the e-novellas as much as I enjoyed writing them!

I probably had the most fun putting together Despina and Jalal’s backstory. I’d always had an idea of what might have transpired between them, but to really get the chance to flesh it out and give them their own solid narrative was a terrific experience. Plus, Despina schools Jalal so hard, and it literally had me laughing out loud as I wrote it. The great thing about these two characters is that—despite their discrepancies from the perspective of society, as one is cousin to the king and the other is a servant—they are both so evenly matched. Neither is the type to bow to the wind. And when they first meet, both of them are seeking something that haven’t yet found—a person willing to see through the veneer. Because both these characters are something else beneath the surface.

About Renée Ahdieh
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Photo: © Chuck Eaton Photography

Renée Ahdieh is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her spare time, she likes to dance salsa and collect shoes. She is passionate about all kinds of curry, rescue dogs, and college basketball. The first few years of her life were spent in a high-rise in South Korea; consequently, Renée enjoys having her head in the clouds. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and their tiny overlord of a dog. She is the author of The Wrath and the Dawn.


The Tour Schedule

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Other Books in the Series

The Wrath and the Dawn

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Title & Series: THE WRATH & THE DAWN (The Wrath and the Dawn #1)
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Release date: May 12, 2015
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 416
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook



A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.


The Crown and the Arrow

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Title & Series: THE CROWN & THE ARROW (The Wrath and the Dawn #0.5)
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Release date: March 1, 2016
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 9
Formats: eBook

Currently free at Amazon, B&N and iTunes


Seventy-one days and seventy-one nights had come and gone since Khalid began killing his brides. This dawn, Khalid would mark the loss of the seventy-second girl, Shahrzad al-Khayzuran. Khalid didn’t know how many more of these dawns he could take. And there was something about this latest girl that piqued his interest. Not only had she volunteered to marry him, but at their wedding ceremony, she had seemed not the least bit afraid. In fact, what he had seen in her eyes was nothing short of pure hatred. She was about to lose her life. Why wasn’t she afraid? Why did she hate him so? He had never before gone to his wife’s chambers before her death at dawn. Tonight would be different.


The Moth and the Flame

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Title & Series: THE MOTH & THE FLAME (The Wrath and the Dawn #0.25)
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Release date: March 22, 2016
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 40
Formats: eBook


It started as playful, if barbed, banter before rising to a fateful wager with a most notorious rake—the Captain of the Guard, Jalal al-Khoury—who may have finally met his match in a lovely, if haughty, handmaiden, Despina. But she, too, seems to have met her match in the handsome Jalal. What begins as a tempestuous battle of will and wit in short order becomes a passionate affair spurred on by tragedy of the worst kind.


The Mirror and the Maze

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Title & Series: THE MIRROR AND THE MAZE (The Wrath and the Dawn #1.5)
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Release date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 7
Formats: eBook

Currently free at Amazon and B&N


The city of Rey is burning. With smoke billowing, fires blazing and his people fleeing, Khalid races back to defend his city, and protect his queen. But Khalid is too late to do either. He and his men arrive to find the city in ruins, nothing but a maze of destruction, and Shahrzad is gone. But who could have wrought such devastation? Khalid fears he may already know the answer, the price of choosing love over the people of Rey all too evident.


THE HATERS by Jesse Andrews {Prize Pack Giveaway}


Thanks to the awesome folks at Abrams Books I have an amazing giveaway to share for a copy of THE HATERS by Jesse Andrews, which released on April 5th, PLUS a bumper stick and a copy of ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL.

If you haven’t yet grabbed your copy of THE HATERS you’ll definitely want to enter this giveaway for a chance to win it. It is a super quick read, a total riot, and majorly addictive – you won’t be able to put it down. Well…unless you’re like me and you pause for just a few to check out some of the various bands and songs that Wes was hating on and then find yourself unable to stop listening to Kool and the Gang. Yeah. Definitely a band that’s not too hard to hate on.

A few of my hate to love bands include the Violent Femmes, KC and the Sunshine Band, Iron & Wine, The Shins, Arcade Fire. Who do you hate to love?

Information about THE HATERS and Author Jesse Andrews follows below. And to find out more about THE HATERS visit its page on Abrams Books’ website – HERE, follow Abrams Books on Twitter, or follow the conversation on social media #TheHaters.



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Author: Jesse Andrews
Release date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Amulet Books
Pages: 336
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook


From Jesse Andrews, author of the New York Times bestselling Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and screenwriter of the Sundance award–winning motion picture of the same name, comes a groundbreaking young adult novel about music, love, friendship, and freedom as three young musicians follow a quest to escape the law long enough to play the amazing show they hope (but also doubt) they have in them.

Inspired by the years he spent playing bass in a band himself, The Haters is Jesse Andrews’s road trip adventure about a trio of jazz-camp escapees who, against every realistic expectation, become a band.

For Wes and his best friend, Corey, jazz camp turns out to be lame. It’s pretty much all dudes talking in Jazz Voice. But then they jam with Ash, a charismatic girl with an unusual sound, and the three just click. It’s three and a half hours of pure musical magic, and Ash makes a decision: They need to hit the road. Because the road, not summer camp, is where bands get good. Before Wes and Corey know it, they’re in Ash’s SUV heading south, and The Haters Summer of Hate Tour has begun.

In his second novel, Andrews again brings his brilliant and distinctive voice to YA, in the perfect book for music lovers, fans of The Commitments and High Fidelity, or anyone who has ever loved—and hated—a song or a band. This witty, funny coming-of-age novel is contemporary fiction at its best.

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“truly hilarious….a teen road trip packed with music and drama.” Kirkus

“an uproariously funny addition to the teen-road-trip canon…readers will be sucked into this story, a raunchy bromance in the vein of Superbad, which celebrates friendship and adventure… Effortlessly readable, deeply enjoyable, and, given the years since Andrews’ fantastic debut, well worth the wait.”Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

“… a classic road trip novel and a contemporary and inventive teen adventure.” The Horn Book

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About Jesse Andrews


Jesse Andrews’s debut novel, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, was published to critical acclaim and starred reviews. His adaptation of the book for the big screen won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Jesse is also a musician and screenwriter. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts. Visit Jesse at www.jesseandrews.com.

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Courtesy of Abrams Books…

ONE (1) winner will receive:

  • A copy of The Haters and branded bumper sticker; AND
  • A copy of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl!

***Giveaway open to US addresses only. Prizing and samples provided by Abrams Books***

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In Bookish News: RT Booklovers Convention, Book Fair, RT Teen Day Party + Interview with Susane Colasanti

bookish_newsThe Romantic Times Booklovers Convention starts this week (April 12th-17th) in Las Vegas and is being held at the Rio Hotel. If you haven’t ever attended a book convention before, RT is definitely worth checking out. It’s an awesome event. There are a ton of amazing authors to meet, books to discover, and some seriously fun parties. I just know this year’s event in Vegas is going to rock!

And if you are a huge fan of YA, you definitely won’t want to miss the giant book fair and the RT Teen Day Party on SATURDAY, APRIL 16th.

The Book Fair

Whether you bring your books or buy them at the fair, so many of your favorite authors will be there to sign them. The lineup of YA authors:

  • Ann Aguirre
  • Renée Ahdieh
  • Cecelia Ahern
  • Brodi Ashton
  • Amy A. Bartol
  • Jenna Black
  • Gwenda Bond
  • Kate Brauning
  • Lucy D. Briand
  • Elizabeth Briggs
  • Rae Carson
  • Rachel E. Carter
  • Sona Charaipotra*
  • Dhonielle Clayton*
  • Cinda Williams Chima
  • Susane Colasanti
  • Andrea Cremer
  • Liz Czukas -aka Ellie Cahill
  • Cate Dean
  • Kimberly Derting
  • Rebecca Donovan
  • Brenda Drake
  • Pintip Dunn
  • Dana Elmendorf
  • Kelly Fiore -aka Annie Kelly
  • R. A. Gates -aka Ruth Gates
  • Bethany Hagen
  • Sandy Hall
  • Cynthia Hand
  • Katherine Harbour
  • Rachel Harris
  • K.C. Held -aka Kristen Crowley Held
  • Kody Keplinger
  • Julie Murphy
  • Kiera Cass
  • Kass Morgan
  • Lauren Oliver
  • Katie McGarry
  • Kami Garcia
  • Jennifer L. Armentrout -aka J. Lynn
  • Julie Kagawa
  • Alexandra Bracken
  • Ellen Hopkins
  • Tamora Pierce
  • Victoria Aveyard
  • Richelle Mead
  • Wendy Higgins
  • Amanda Hocking
  • Rosamund Hodge
  • Lisa Hood -aka L.H. Nicole
  • Colleen Houck
  • Amalie Howard
  • C.C. Hunter -aka Christie Craig
  • Sophie Jordan
  • Stacey Kade
  • Shannon Kennedy -aka Josie Malone
  • Michelle Knudsen
  • Kimberley Griffiths Little
  • Shawntelle Madison Jen Malone
  • Mari Mancusi -aka Mari Madison
  • Deb Marlowe -aka D. M. Marlowe
  • Gretchen McNeil
  • Jodi Meadows
  • Page Morgan
  • Lea Nolan
  • Ali Novak
  • Danielle Paige
  • Mary E. Pearson
  • Amy Plum
  • Cindy Pon
  • C.J. Redwine
  • Brendan Reichs
  • Morgan Rhodes -aka Michelle Rowen
  • Lisa Brown Roberts
  • Suzie T. Roos
  • Roxanna Rose
  • Veronica Rossi -aka Noelle August
  • Marie Rutkoski
  • Sarah J. Schmitt
  • Ginger Scott
  • Catherine Stine -aka Kitsy Clare

A few New Adult authors that will be in attendance:

  • Cora Carmack
  • Kristin Cast
  • Jay Crownover
  • Anna Todd
  • Rachel Van Dyken

And just a few of the General Fiction authors that will be signing:

  • Brenda Jackson
  • Sabrina Jeffries
  • Christina Lauren
  • Lora Leigh
  • Susan Mallery
  • Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Mary Jo Putney
  • Julia Quinn
  • Alexa Riley
  • Lynsay Sands
  • Nalini Singh
  • Nancy Thayer
  • Kristen Ashley
  • Robyn Carr
  • Kresley Cole
  • Sylvia Day
  • Sonali Dev
  • Christine Feehan
  • Heather Graham
  • Larissa Ione -aka Sydney Croft

For more information about the Book Fair on Saturday, April 16th, CLICK HERE.

Teen Day

Saturday is TEEN DAY at the RT Booklovers Convention and there are all sorts of fun events – the book fair, workshops and parties – ending with the RT Teen Day Party at 6:00PM.

For more information on the day’s authors and events, CLICK HERE. And for the full day’s agenda, CLICK HERE.

RT Teen Day Party

The Teen Day party is being hosted by Epic Reads and if you haven’t already gotten your tickets, head over to the conference website linked in the graphic above.

In addition to sharing the news about Teen Day I have been provided with a fab Q&A with the very amazing Susane Colasanti who will be at this year’s event. You can visit her at the Giant Book Fair in YA Alley and at the YA Family Feud Workshop at 4:00PM.

Interview with Susane Colasanti

Q. Is there a message in your novels that you want readers to grasp?

Absolutely! The main reason I write romance novels is to reassure my readers that true love is real. Soul mates are real. I want my readers to be inspired to find the kind of love they desire and deserve. By having a clear vision of the love you want to find and refusing to settle for anything less, you can find the love of your life, the person who feels like home to you. Most importantly, you have to love yourself first before you can love anyone else the way they deserve to be loved. When I was in my teens, I thought that if I had a boyfriend I wouldn’t be lonely or depressed anymore. But you are the only one who can fill those voids in your life. No one else can complete you. So while my love stories are about epic romances between soul mates, they are also about learning to love yourself.

Q. What books have influenced your life most?

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton inspired me to start thinking about writing for teens. I read it in 7th grade and slept with my tattered copy under my pillow, hoping for some magical form of osmosis to transmit the magical powers of that book into my brain so that I could one day write books that would help teens the way The Outsiders helped me feel less alone. My favorite book in the world, The Little Prince, made me see reading in a whole new way when I first read it as a kid. I have always loved reading the way I love breathing. But The Little Prince made me realize that books can change lives in profound ways. Although The Little Prince is technically a children’s book, you can take so much from it at any age. And every time I read it, I find new meaning that resonates with wherever I am in my life at that time.

Q. What’s up next for you?

The City Love trilogy is continuing with the second book, Lost in Love, which will be released on May 3. Lost in Love captures the essence of summer love, self-discovery, and sisterhood, in a story of three girls sharing a Manhattan apartment the summer before college begins. The trilogy will conclude next year with the final book. I really loved writing this sweet trilogy. I don’t want to say goodbye to my girls!

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Q. Why do you enjoy coming to RT/what are you looking forward to at RT?

I am so impressed by how passionate everyone at RT is. RT book lovers are fierce about their romance. Everyone is so fascinating to talk with, and I love how the events at RT are designed to encourage meaningful connections between readers and authors. So I am looking forward to meeting readers and getting to know them. And I am really looking forward to Teen Day! The opportunity to meet my readers in person is my favorite part of the author life.

Q. What’s your favorite romance story?

Forever by Judy Blume. This classic love story radiates romance. It is an honest portrayal of how even a sweet relationship may come to an end, but there is always hope of finding love again.

About Susane Colasanti

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Photo Credit: Jayd Jackson

Susane Colasanti is the bestselling author of When It HappensTake Me ThereWaiting for YouSomething Like Fate, So Much CloserKeep Holding OnAll I NeedNow and Forever, and the City Love trilogy.

Susane has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from New York University. Before becoming a full-time author in 2007, Susane was a high school science teacher for ten years. She lives in New York City.

You can connect with Susane at her website, susanecolasanti.com.

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EMPIRE OF DUST by Eleanor Herman Giveaway


I cannot wait for EMPIRE OF DUST by Eleanor Herman to be released this June. LEGACY OF KINGS was, is, and will forever be amazing and I am so excited that the next book in this incredible series will be releasing in less than three months! The wait is finally almost over!

For those of you who are just as excited as I am, I have an awesome giveaway to share: An ARC of EMPIRE OF DUST plus some really fun gold snake tattoos – the temporary kind – inspired by Olympias, courtesy of Paper Lantern Lit.

If you haven’t yet had a chance to check out Eleanor Herman’s Blood of Golds and Royals series, details on each book is below. Though you may want to scroll quickly past the description for EMPIRE OF DUST so as not to have even a moment of LEGACY OF KINGS revealed.

And if you you’d like to read a short prequel story, the eBook of VOICE OF GODS is currently free – links are included below.

This giveaway is only open for a week! Just enter in the Rafflecopter for a chance to win.


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Title & Series: EMPIRE OF DUST (Blood of Gods and Royals #2)
Author: Eleanor Herman
Release date: June 28, 2016
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover, eBook


In Macedon, war rises like smoke, forbidden romance blooms and ancient magic tempered with rage threatens to turn an empire to dust

After winning his first battle, Prince Alexander fights to become the ruler his kingdom demands—but the line between leader and tyrant blurs with each new threat.

Meanwhile, Hephaestion, cast aside by Alexander for killing the wrong man, must conceal the devastating secret of a divine prophecy from Katerina even as the two of them are thrust together on a dangerous mission to Egypt.

The warrior, Jacob, determined to forget his first love, vows to eradicate the ancient Blood Magics and believes that royal prisoner Cynane holds the key to Macedon’s undoing.

And in chains, the Persian princess Zofia still longs to find the Spirit Eaters, but first must grapple with the secrets of her handsome—and deadly—captor.

New York Times bestselling author Eleanor Herman entwines the real scandals of history with epic fantasy to reimagine the world’s most brilliant ruler, Alexander the Great, in the second book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.


About Eleanor Herman


Eleanor Herman is the New York Times bestselling author of Sex with KingsSex with the QueenMistress of the Vatican, and King Peggy. Obsessed by all things royal and historical, she lives in McLean, Virginia with her husband and four extremely dignified cats. Legacy of Kings is her first novel.



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Title & Series: LEGACY OF KINGS (Blood of Gods and Royals #1)
Author: Eleanor Herman
Release date: August 18, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook


Imagine a time when the gods turn a blind eye to the agony of men, when the last of the hellions roam the plains and evil stirs beyond the edges of the map. A time when cities burn, and in their ashes, empires rise.

Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir, is on the brink of discovering his fated role in conquering the known world but finds himself drawn to a newcomer…

Katerina must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But she doesn’t account for her first love…

Jacob will go to unthinkable lengths to win Katerina, even if it means having to compete for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince.

And far across the sea, Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet betrothed, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.

Weaving fantasy with the shocking details of real history, New York Times bestselling author of Sex with Kings Eleanor Herman reimagines the greatest emperor the world has ever known, Alexander the Great, in the first book of the Blood of Gods and Royals series.


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Title & Series: VOICE OF GODS (Blood of Gods and Royals #0.5)
Author: Eleanor Herman
Release date: July 15, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 122
Formats: eBook


As the end of an age approaches, gods whisper horrors, families scheme for power, and one woman may hold the secret to a lost legacy.

At 19, Ada of Caria yearns to take the Snake Blood throne from her mad older siblings—and seeks the help of a young orphaned girl named Helen, the first True Oracle to have walked the earth in more than three hundred years.

Helen may be able to channel the voice of the gods, but she hates her gift, and will do anything to get rid of it—even lie to her best friend, Myrtale, the priestess-princess of Epirus who is destined to marry King Philip II of Macedon even though she loves another. And in the shadows lurks a handsome green-eyed stranger who has more at stake—and more to lose—than anyone could possibly imagine.Amid jealousy and heartbreak, torrid affairs and secret rendezvous, it is spoken by the gods that either Helen or Myrtale —newly named Olympias— will carry the destiny of the known world within her womb.

The prequel to LEGACY OF KINGS, VOICE OF GODS traces the intricate web of love and betrayal that led up to the birth of history’s most powerful leader, Alexander the Great.


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STONE FIELD Blog Tour: The Romance

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Whether new fiction or historical fiction, whether a new story or a retelling, my favorite aspect is the romance. I am a hopeless romantic. I believe in love at first sight. I believe in soul mates. Though I also believe that love may not always be enough, that a love story can end tragically, that what may at first seem like love may be something else altogether.

Which is why I fell madly in love with STONE FIELD. The connection was instantaneous. And intense. It felt like they were made for each other… at first. Then things began to fall apart.

It was interesting and beautiful and heartbreaking. The writing was gorgeous and immediately set the mood. The characters were unique, fascinating, unusual, unconventional.

And if you’d like to meet them and find out what goes right and what goes wrong with their romance, be sure to grab your copy when it releases tomorrow.


If you’d like to know what Christy Lenzi has to say about writing the romance in STONE FIELD – which she says in the most beautiful and wonderfully descriptive way – scroll down to her guest post which follows the book’s description.


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Author: Christy Lenzi
Release date: March 29, 2016
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Pages: 320
Formats: Hardover, eBook



A stunning debut novel that offers a new look at a classic love story about soul mates torn apart by the circumstances of their time.

Catrina Dickinson is haunted by her past and feels caged in by life in small town Missouri. When she discovers a strange man in Stone Field where her family grows their sorghum crop, her life takes on new meaning. He has no memory of who he is or what brought him to Cat’s farm, but they fall passionately in love. Meanwhile, the country is on the brink of the Civil War, and the conflict in Missouri demands that everyone take a side before the bloodbath reaches their doorstep.

A passionate and atmospheric reimagining of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering HeightsStone Field explores how violence and vengeance perverts the human spirit, and how hatred can be transcended by love.


The Guest Post

Writing the Romance Aspects of Stone Field

by Christy Lenzi

Because Catrina has such an impetuous and reckless nature, I knew her romance with Stonefield had to be sudden and torrential like a Missouri thunderstorm. Those storms keep you awake at night, trembling in your bed as you listen to the thunder rolling and crashing over the hills and the terrible crack of lightning, echoing through the valleys.

So, I struck Cat with a lightning bolt the moment she saw Stonefield, and that was just the beginning of the storm. I felt kind of bad about it, because it’s not the sort of thing you wish on someone you care about. It was difficult to watch her get drenched and carried away in the flood of her own emotion and passion. It would have been a very different matter to write a romance for a woman like Effie, Cat’s best friend. Effie would go slowly and carefully into the relationship, measuring and attending to her feelings as she went along. One day, perhaps, I will write an Effie romance, but this was Cat’s, so I braced myself for the storm and let loose.

One of the challenges I faced involved the way in which I needed to portray Cat’s ability to hear Stonefield’s voice speaking to her, inwardly. I wanted to maintain a level of ambiguity for the reader, while making it an absolute certainty for Cat. That was tricky sometimes. Unreliable narrators are exciting to write, but sometimes they can be difficult to work with!

What was especially fun about writing romantic scenes with Cat and Stonefield was that because Cat is definitely not an “indoor” girl, most every scene in which they are together takes place outside in nature. Love Alfresco can get pretty interesting, especially with a landscape full of mysterious woods and caves, bubbling springs, and soft meadows of high grass in which to run wild. So I sent Cat and Stonefield outside to play, and they did.

The hardest part of writing the romance for Stone Field was the ending. I think it nearly broke my heart to write it. But when I finished, I felt good, like waking up to a peaceful morning after all the thunderclouds have rolled away.

About Christy Lenzi

Christy Lenzi

Christy lives with her family in California’s Central Valley, not far from the mountains, the big trees, and the Pacific Ocean. When she’s not working, writing, or reading, she is fond of stuffing messages into bottles, making art, and zooming around on her motor scooter, Roxanne. If you find one of her bottle messages, write her back!


The Tour Schedule

3.19.16 | The Reading Nook Reviews – Retelling

3.20.16 | Swoony Boys Podcast – Romance

3.21.16 | Fiction Fare – Romance

3.22.16 | The Irish Banana – Historical

3.23.16 | Katie’s Book Blog – Retelling

3.25.16 | Addicted 2 Novels – Romance

3.26.16 | Fierce Reads – Retelling

3.27.16 | A Perfection Called Books – Historical

3.28.16 | Fiktshun – Romance

3.29.16 | Into the Hall of Books – Historical

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