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THE TRAGIC AGE Blog Tour: Character Interview with Twom + Giveaway

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I am so excited to be today’s stop on THE TRAGIC AGE Blog Tour. I knew from its description that I would love this book. But until I read that introductory chapter I didn’t know just how much I would love it. In fact the writing jumped out at me so often that I actually used Post-it Notes to mark all my favorite lines and passages – something I never, ever, do. And by the story’s end, the ARC was nearly twice as thick as it was when I first picked it up. And I’m kinda sorta afraid to try and remove those sticky bookmarks in case they tear the pages.

While I don’t imagine that Billy Kinsey and I would ever have been friends, I love the way he thinks and I especially love his voice – the non vocalized one. But I imagine I would have been as enamored of Twom as Billy was. Which is why I’m stoked to have been able to ask him a few questions for my tour stop today. (Though the questions I would have loved to have asked I couldn’t or it would have revealed too much about what happened in THE TRAGIC AGE.)

This was one of those off-the-menu reads for me. And if you’d like to know what I thought check back this weekend for my review.  Today, though, be sure to scroll down past the book’s description to meet Twom (pronounced tomb) and just remember not to call him Willard.

And if you’d like the chance to win a copy of the book, I’m offering one up for a quick giveaway. Because this book is spectacular and I can’t wait for its release on Tuesday so that everyone will get the chance to read it.


About THE TRAGIC AGE

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Title: THE TRAGIC AGE
Author: Stephen Metcalfe
Release date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Pages: 320
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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Description

This is the story of Billy Kinsey, heir to a lottery fortune, part genius, part philosopher and social critic, full time insomniac and closeted rock drummer. Billy has decided that the best way to deal with an absurd world is to stay away from it. Do not volunteer. Do not join in. Billy will be the first to tell you it doesn’t always work— not when your twin sister, Dorie, has died, not when your unhappy parents are at war with one another, not when frazzled soccer moms in two ton SUVs are more dangerous than atom bombs, and not when your guidance counselor keeps asking why you haven’t applied to college.

Billy’s life changes when two people enter his life. Twom Twomey is a charismatic renegade who believes that truly living means going a little outlaw. Twom and Billy become one another’s mutual benefactor and friend. At the same time, Billy is reintroduced to Gretchen Quinn, an old and adored friend of Dorie’s. It is Gretchen who suggests to Billy that the world can be transformed by creative acts of the soul.

With Twom, Billy visits the dark side. And with Gretchen, Billy experiences possibilities.Billy knows that one path is leading him toward disaster and the other toward happiness. The problem is—Billy doesn’t trust happiness. It’s the age he’s at.  The tragic age.

Stephen Metcalfe’s brilliant, debut coming-of-age novel, The Tragic Age, will teach you to learn to love, trust and truly be alive in an absurd world.

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The Character Interview

Q&A with Willard “Twom” Twomey

Q. You definitely make a lasting first impression, and not just because of your name. But for those who haven’t yet had the pleasure, how would you describe yourself in 15 words or less?

Fearless. Not to say I’m never afraid. I just never let fear stop me.

Q. Some might say you are an enigma. You certainly don’t seem to fit into any one specific mould. Do you have an aversion to labels or is there some other reason you are the way you are? Do you enjoy standing out, being different/unique/original?

Dude, I’m just doing my own thing. I don’t like to overthink stuff. I go with the moment. What can I tell ya? – I’m a little bit of country, a little bit of rock and roll. (By way of Seattle).

Q. What did you think about Billy Kinsey when you first met him? And how has your opinon of him changed as you’ve gotten to know him?

I noticed him in class before I met him. This quiet kid with the birthmark on his face who never seemed to look at anybody. I was pretty surprised when he walked into the school principal’s office and all of a sudden introduced himself. Kinda ballsy. Definitly low key. I liked that. Course, once you get to know Billy you realize he’s about as low key as an air raid siren. It’s all just an act. Albert Einstein meets Robin Williams meets Mr. Hyde is inside, just waiting to bust out.  Actually Billy’s lucky he met me. I just might redeem his ass.

Q. What has life been like for you while living with your grandmother? You have an interesting dynamic, to say the least. How would you describe your relationship?

Gramps (I call her that cause it really annoys her) is actually sort of okay for an alchoholic, chainsmoking, geriatric-wanna-be-Vegas showgirl. I mean, it can get sorta tiresome with her being one of those people who just cause they’re, like, ancient they think they’re entitled to an opinion. But you know what? She took me in when no one else was going to. She provides me with three squares a day. Sometimes evenings we sit around and watch TV together and she comes out with some pretty funny one liners that she doesn’t even know are funny. And one night when she was blasted, she actually told me she loved me. I think she meant it, so I told her I loved her too and she started to bawl and I had to hug her and everything and then she told me I was like my grandfather “who was a good man.”  I can live with that.

Q. If you could have changed one thing that happened, or change one thing you did, or changed one thing about yourself, what would it be? Do you have any regrets? (And, no, I’m not asking you to reveal any spoilers.)

Big sigh, Dude. I honestly wish I’d never talked Billy into breaking into Montebello’s house. Maybe a lot of things would have been different if that hadn’t happened. Or maybe not. Maybe at the end of the day we all would have ended up in the same place anyway. Like Billy says – love your fate.


About Stephen Metcalfe

Stephen_MetcalfeSTEPHEN METCALFE wrote the production drafts for Pretty Woman, Dangerous Minds and Mr. Holland’s Opus, among others. His stage plays have been produced in New York and at theaters throughout the US, Europe and Japan.

He is an Associate Artist at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego and has been an adjunct professor in dramatic writing at University of California at San Diego, University of San Diego and San Diego State University.

The Tragic Age is his debut novel.

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The Giveaway

I am offering up for giveaway a copy of THE TRAGIC AGE to ONE WINNER

  • Must be 13 or older to enter
  • Giveaway is open to anywhere The Book Depository ships
  • Prize will be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository depending upon location
  • Giveaway ends March 3rd at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
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  • Winner has 72 hours to respond before another winner is choen

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A Few Other Stops on the Tour

Feb. 2nd – The Reading Date – Spotlight + Giveaway
Feb. 3rd – KellyVision – Excerpt 1
Feb. 6th – Paperback Heart – Review + Giveaway
Feb. 7th – Amaterasu Reads – Excerpt 2 + Giveaway
Feb. 9th – Xpresso Reads – Playlist
Feb. 10th – The Young Folks – Excerpt 3
Feb. 11th – The O.W.L. – Review + Giveaway
Feb. 12th – Britt’s Book Blog – Interview + Review
Feb. 13th – Unbound Books – Excerpt 4
Feb. 14th – The Bookshelf – Review
Feb. 15th – Books and Whimsy – Excerpt 5
Feb. 17th – YA Love – Character Interview
Feb. 19th – Stories & Sweeties – Excerpt 6
Feb. 22nd – Word Spelunking – Review + Giveaway
Feb. 23rd – As I turn the pages – Excerpt 7
Feb. 24th – The Young Folks – Interview
Feb. 26th – Xpresso Reads – Review + Giveaway
Feb. 27th – Fiktshun – Character Interview
Feb. 28th – Novel Novice – Excerpt 8

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Giveaway: LION’S SHARE by Rachel Vincent

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I am a huge fan of Author Rachel Vincent’s Shifters series and am so excited that Jace and Abby got their very own story in LION’S SHARE. I LOVE this new spinoff and cannot wait to read all the books. And because I love it so much I just had to offer up a few eBook copies for giveaway and plan on hosting another giveaway once it’s available in print.

LION’S SHARE is an amazing read, told from both Jace and Abby’s POV. It’s sexy, it has action, a bit of a mystery, and captures all the awesomeness of Shifters and brings something new to the world.

If I haven’t completely lost my mind due to my upcoming move, I’ll be sharing my review next Wednesday. But for now here’s some information about the book that’s up for grabs.


About LION’S SHARE

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Title & Series: LION’S SHARE (Wildcats #1)
Author: Rachel Vincent
Release date: February 23, 2015
Pages: 256
Formats: Paperback, eBook

Description…

Abby Wade has a dangerous secret.

Two months ago, she disobeyed an order, but instead of kicking her out of the Pride, Jace offered her a job. Since then, she’s been battling a completely inappropriate crush on the young, hot Alpha. But when accepting his job offer seems like the only way to keep her skeletons safely in their closet, Abby doesn’t hesitate.

Jace Hammond has a big problem.

A rogue is slaughtering humans in his territory, and he must eliminate the threat before the entire shifter species is exposed. There could not be a worse time for Abby to accept a job he only offered as a boost to her confidence. Abby is smart, beautiful, and resilient—more than enough to distract any man from the mission. Unfortunately, she may just be the worst enforcer ever to hold the title.

As they hunt the killer, Abby’s secret becomes a threat to Jace’s authority and to her own life. But the real danger is the grip she has on his twice-shy heart.

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About Rachel Vincent

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Rachel Vincent is the author of the Shifters series and the Unbound series for adults, as well as the Soul Screamers series for teens.

Rachel’s next young adult book is THE STARS NEVER RISE, coming from Delacorte in June of 2015, and her new series for adults will debut with MENAGERIE, coming from Mira books in the fall of 2015.

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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A Shifters Short About Abby

Hunt CoverTitle & Series: HUNT (Shifters #6.5)
Author: Rachel Vincent
Release date: October 23, 2014
Pages: 49
Formats: eBook (anthology available in paperback, audio, eBook)

***Includes the first Chapter of LION’S SHARE***

Description…

This short story was previously in the anthology Chicks Kick Butt.

It’s been more than four years since Abby Wade survived capture and torture by a quartet of rogue shifters. Back then she was a scared kid, just trying to survive.

Now Abby is all grown up, and if she’s learned anything from training with Faythe Sanders, the world’s first female Alpha, it’s that she can take care of herself—and anyone else who comes along. So when her college roommate is abducted from a campsite deep in the Appalachian woods, Abby knows exactly how to get her back…

The rules of the hunt are simple. Kill or be killed.

Abby Wade is not ready to die.

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The Giveaway

I am offering up for giveaway FOUR Kindle eBook copies of LION’S SHARE.

  • Must be 18 or older to enter
  • Giveaway is open to anyone who can accept Amazon Kindle eBook gifts
  • Giveaway ends on March 4th at 4:30 PM Pacific
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What’s Your Winner’s Curse Blog Tour + Giveaway

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I am so excited to be a part of the “What’s Your Winner’s Curse?” Blog Tour and to be able to help promote this amazing series by Author Marie Rutkoski. And I also can’t wait for THE WINNER’S CRIME to be released next week so that I can talk about it, finally, with everyone.

This tour is just a little bit different in that every blogger has to answer the following question…

The ‘Winner’s Curse’ is an economics term that means you’ve gotten what you wanted – but at too high a price.  What would you pay too much for?

…instead of sharing their thoughts about THE WINNER’S CURSE and THE WINNER’S CRIME. (Though if you’d like to know what I thought just click the title’s in the previous sentence.)

To check out the full tour schedule visit the Mac Teen Books website by clicking the banner above or the link HERE.

To learn more about the series visit its website HERE. And if you have time for a game or a few of “Bite and Sting” you can play it HERE.

And if you’d like to follow along or join the conversation, just use the hashtag for the book – #TheWinnersCurse – or follow @MarieRutkoski if you’d like to see what the author is tweeting about.


What’s My Winner’s Curse?

I’ve paid a high price for a number of things in my life – school, a well-decorated apartment, a place to live in a nice area, radical hair colors… the list goes on. And on. And on. Sometimes the cost has gone beyond a financial cost – the biggest price I’ve paid has been time.

Right now I am paying far too much to get what I want. And what I want right now, and have wanted for the past year-and-a-half, is to be sailing. But I think it’s so worth it. I’d actually pay even more if I could go sailing every single day of the week.

There’s just something about leaving the land behind.

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Even on days when it’s not all sunshine and calm seas.

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Even when visibility and staying warm and dry starts to become a problem.

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Because, as Kestrel may attest, there’s nothing like being out at sea on a boat, free from all of the responsibilities that are tied to the land, being at the mercy of the wind and water and little else.

Sailing is my winner’s curse. And it’s one that I’ll happily pay a steep price for, because the cost will never outweigh the benefit for me.

What’s your winner’s curse?


About THE WINNER’S CRIME

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Title: THE WINNER’S CRIME (The Winner’s Trilogy #2)
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Pages: 416
Release date: March 3, 2015
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook

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Description…

Book two of the dazzling Winner’s Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.

The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement…if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.

As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

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About THE WINNER’S CURSE

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Title: THE WINNER’S CURSE (The Winner’s Trilogy #1)
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Pages: 368
Release date: March 4, 2014
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

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Description…

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love.

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction.

Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

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About Marie Rutkoski

Marie Rutkoski

Marie Rutkoski is the author of several novels for children and young adults, including The Winner’s Curse (March 2014). She grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois as the oldest of four children and decided early on that she was Someone Who Loved Books.

After attending the University of Iowa and living in Moscow and Prague, she studied Shakespeare at Harvard University, where she honed her skill in referring to herself in the third person.

Marie is now a professor of English literature at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance drama, children’s literature, and fiction writing. New York City is her home, and she thinks there must be birds of prey living in Washington Square Park; she can see large, wheeling wings from the window where she sits and writes. Marie has two small sons who try very hard to make friends with the family cat, only to be snubbed for the dark quiet of a closet. Marie can tie a double figure-eight knot with her eyes closed. She’s learning how to play the violin. She’s a sucker for fancy tea, and her favorite dessert is crème brulée. Or maybe sticky toffee pudding. Tough call.

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The Giveaway

The winner’s choice of a copy of either THE WINNER’S CURSE or THE WINNER’S CRIME – US only

  • Must be 13 or older to enter
  • There will be ONE winner
  • Giveaway is open to US ONLY
  • Prize will be sent by the publisher
  • Giveaway ends on March 3rd at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
  • Winner will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter
  • Winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email
  • Winner has 72 hours to respond with their details

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VENDETTA Release Day Blast + Giveaway

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Today is VENDETTA’s release day and I’m so excited to be able to share the news of its release and offer up a copy for giveaway.

If you haven’t yet heard about this awesome first book in Catherine Doyle’s new series Blood for Blood, some more information about the book and two of its characters, Sophie and Nic, is below, along with a video from the author talking about her new book.


About VENDETTA

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Title & Series: VENDETTA (Blood for Blood #1)
Author: Catherine Doyle
Release date: TODAY February 24, 2015
Publisher: Chicken House
Pages: 352
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Description…

Think Romeo and Juliet meets The Godfather. Oh yeah. #bloodforblood #Vendetta

Blood Will Spill, Hearts Will Break: With a fierce rivalry raging between two warring families, falling in love is the deadliest thing Sophie could do. An epic debut set outside modern-day Chicago.

For Sophie, it starts as just another slow, hot summer in Cedar Hill. Then a new family moves into the long-abandoned mansion across the street: the Falcone family, with its five mysterious brothers. Unable to resist bad boy Nicoli, Sophie finds herself falling for him–and into his world. But just as the dark secrets of the Falcones begin to come to light, the skeletons of her own family, the Gracewells, rise to the surface, too. And soon Sophie is torn between the desires of two warring dynasties: the one she was born into and the one she’s now in love with. But she’ll have to choose between passion and honor. And when she does, blood will spill and hearts will break. Because in this twisted underworld, loyalty can mean the difference between life and death.

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Praise

Even Victoria Scott said this about it: “Fan-freaking-tastic…I honestly can’t say enough good things about it! I would read anything Cat Doyle writes after flying through Vendetta!!”


Meet Sophie and Nic

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About Catherine Doyle

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Catherine Doyle lives in the west of Ireland. She holds a bachelor’s degrees in psychology and a master’s degree in English from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Vendetta is her first novel.

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The Giveaway

I’m offering up for giveaway…

A hardcover copy of VENDETTA to ONE winner

  • Must be 13 or older to enter
  • Giveaway is to anywhere Amazon or The Book Depository ships
  • Giveaway ends Friday, February 27th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
  • Winner will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter
  • Winner will be announced in this post and contacted by email
  • Winner has 72 hours to respond with their details

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THE THIRD TWIN Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

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When I agreed to be a part of the tour for THE THIRD TWIN by C.J. Omololu I only knew that the book sounded awesome and I couldn’t wait to get the chance to read it prior to its release. I had no idea how courageous the author was or what she has been going through.

Now that I know, I am so thrilled – and honored – to be a part of this tour, to help spread the word about this amazing book and its even more amazing author. And I am so grateful to be able to help celebrate both on THE THIRD TWIN’s release day.

You may have heard CJ’s story, she’s an amazing author with amazing friends who are supporting her as she battles Stage 4 colon cancer that has spread to her brain, hips, spinal cord, and several organs. Until recently we weren’t sure if CJ would make it to the release date of THE THRID TWIN, but with the help of some modern medicine, and a whole lot of good thoughts and prayers – it looks like things are good to go for the big day.


About THE THIRD TWIN

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Title: THE THIRD TWIN
Author: C.J. Omololu
Release date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 336
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Description…

Identical twins. Identical DNA. Identical suspects. It’s Pretty Little Liars meets Revenge in this edge-of-your-seat thriller with a shocking twist.

When they were little, Lexi and her identical twin, Ava, made up a third sister, Alicia. If something broke? Alicia did it. Cookies got eaten? Alicia’s guilty. Alicia was always to blame for everything. The game is all grown up now that the girls are seniors. They use Alicia as their cover to go out with boys who are hot but not exactly dating material. Boys they’d never, ever be with in real life.

Now one of the guys Alicia went out with has turned up dead, and Lexi wants to stop the game for good. As coincidences start piling up, Ava insists that if they follow the rules for being Alicia, everything will be fine. But when another boy is killed, the DNA evidence and surveillance photos point to only one suspect: Alicia. The girl who doesn’t exist.

As she runs from the cops, Lexi has to find the truth before another boy is murdered. Because either Ava is a killer…or Alicia is real.

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


The Review

THE THIRD TWIN is a thrilling and spellbinding mystery full of twists and turns that will keep readers guessing as to who the killer is, a touch of romance, an engaging plot, and an ending that is sure to surprise. Hints are dropped, clues are left – some which are meant to intentionally mislead – and potential suspects are introduced, combining to make this an even more gripping and exciting read.

Ava is the gorgeous, confident twin. Lexi is the plain, studious twin. And Alicia is the twin they made up to take the blame, to date the boys who aren’t keepers, and to give Lexi the chance to be someone other than herself.

But when Lexi-as-Alicia’s date with one of those non-keepers – a boy that Ava-as-Alicia was already done with – goes south, she’s ready to say goodbye to Alicia forever. That is until the boy turns up dead and the police are knocking at the door looking for their non-existent third twin.

With no easy way to come clean about their deception without casting suspicion upon themselves, Alicia may just have to stick around for awhile longer. Though the longer she does, the more likely it is the truth will be revealed. And as she can’t possibly be the killer, does it mean that Ava is?

Author C.J. Omololu created a riveting story, told from Alexa’s point of view, that manages to place suspicion on a number of characters, including Lexi herself. She builds tension and suspense throughout as the bodies start to pile up, as the evidence starts to point more directly at Lexi and her sister, and as the dangers and risks grow. And she adds in the unexpected to keep things interesting, to keep doubt and uncertainty alive, and to keep the killer’s identity hidden.

THE THIRD TWIN offers more than just a nail-biting mystery for readers to puzzle out. It introduces two vastly different but ultimately likable twins whose harmless fun proves to be anything but, whose lies can be used against them, to corner them, and whose doubts can turn them against one another. It includes a diverse group of characters, most of whom have an important role to play in the story and its outcome. And it delivers a jaw-dropping ending that readers likely won’t have seen coming.

Those who enjoy a story that will keep them glued to the page, with characters whose motives are concealed and intentions are suspect, characters whose situation is intriguing and dangerous, and characters who add a little swoon into the mix, will fall head-over-heels for THE THIRD TWIN.

It’s a little bit chilling. It’s a whole lot fascinating and puzzling and captivating. It’s a story that can be and will likely be read in a single sitting. It’s a definite must from Author C.J. Omololu.

The Rating

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About C.J. Omololu

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C.J. OMOLOLU is the author of the ALA-YALSA Quick Pick Dirty Little Secrets and several other YA novels. She loved to read but never thought to write until she discovered that the voices in her head often have interesting things to say. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their two sons. Visit her online at www.cjomololu.com and follow her on Twitter @cjomololu.

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The Giveaway

There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

25 Prizes. 16 Winners. One HUGE Giveaway filled with signed books, gift cards + more!

  • Must be 13 or older to enter
  • Shipping restrictions are listed after each prize in the form. All open to US, some open to INT’L
  • One entry per person, per household

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The Tour Schedule

Week One

Feb. 16th – Fictitious Delicious – Review
Feb. 17th – A Dream Within A Dream – Review
Feb. 18th – Bookish – Review
Feb. 19th – Novel Novice – Review
Feb. 20th – Good Choice Reading – Spotlight

Week Two

Feb. 23rd – Once Upon a Twilight – Review
Feb. 24th – Fiktshun – Review
Feb. 25th – Two Chicks on Books – Spotlight
Feb. 26th – A Midsummers Night Read – Interview
Feb. 27th – Me, My Shelf and I – Review

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REBOUND Blog Tour: Review, Excerpt + Giveaway

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I am so excited to be a part of the REBOUND Blog Tour and to be able to share my thoughts about Adam Blackwood… or rather the book. This was a much anticipated addition to the series – one that doesn’t have to be read in order, though knowing the backstory from BOOMERANG may change certain perceptions about one of the main characters – and I am so thrilled that it is available for everyone to read.

I am also stoked that it means that I can start the countdown for BOUNCE. Because, hello Grey Blackwood, I can’t wait to meet you!

In addition to my review, this tour includes a giveaway for three copies of REBOUND, so be sure to follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter for a chance to win.


About REBOUND

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Title & Series: REBOUND (Boomerang #2)
Author: Noelle August
Release date: February 10, 2015
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages: 288
Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

At Boomerang, one night can change everything…

Noelle August has taken the New Adult genre by storm, and readers can’t wait to see what chaos, confusion, and connections arise at the Boomerang offices next.

Adam Blackwood has it all. At twenty-three, he’s fabulously wealthy, Ryan Gosling-hot and at the top of his game in the business world. His life is perfect, until a scandal from his past resurfaces and threatens to knock the tech wunderkind down and throw his company, Boomerang, a hook-up site for millennials, into chaos.

Alison Quick, the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a business tycoon—and the very ex-girlfriend of Boomerang’s former intern, Ethan—has a problem of her own. After nearly flunking out in her senior year of college, she has one chance to redeem herself to her father by proving that she deserves a place in his corporate empire. That means spearheading her father’s plan to sink big money into Adam’s company and launch it into the stratosphere—provided Adam has no skeletons in his closet.

When the two meet, their sizzling chemistry makes it tough to keep things strictly professional. But when Alison discovers Adam’s secret, she knows she should bring it right to her father, who’ll leverage it for his own gain and use it to ruin Adam. The only problem: she’s falling for Adam—hard.

Will earning her father’s approval come at the price of losing her first real love? Or can Adam and Alison leave behind past mistakes and conquer the world—together?

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NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest thoughts about the Book.


The Review

REBOUND is an instantly captivating, sexy, sweet and positively yummy addition to the series. It lets readers get to know more about the charming and charismatic Adam Blackwood and Alison Quick, someone that fans of the series may at first be skeptical about. It tells their story in alternating points of view, allowing their true feelings and motivations to be known, making for an exciting and gripping read.

Adam Blackwood is ready to take his company to the next level. He just needs to prove to his potential investor that he and Boomerang are worth it. But when the first intriguing woman he’s met in years turns out to be the investor’s daughter, keeping his head in the game won’t be easy. And keeping his distance may be impossible.

After her complete meltdown, Alison Quick is anxious to prove to her father that she’s capable of doing what needs to be done for the good of her family. Even if it means keeping an eye on the first man who’s managed to distract her from what happened with her ex, Ethan. And even if it means betraying his trust.

The authors penned an incredibly appealing follow-up with REBOUND. Pairing Adam and Alison was a risky choice given her history with Ethan and Mia, but it was one that paid off. Their story was engaging and fun and flirty, their chemistry was undeniable, their love story was angst- and tension-filled, and their romance was hot.

From the first, REBOUND introduces conflict between several of the characters, builds friction between Alison and Adam, teases the promise of moments between the two that will either sizzle or be explosive, and reveals that the secrets they are keeping may be enough to come between them.

The story delivers a few unexpected surprises, gives readers a new character to adore, a new character to swoon over, a new character to despise, and brings just the right amount of heat. It has a quick pace that builds to the point where everything comes to a head, creating a suspenseful and thrilling read – though the delay in reaching that moment causes the ending to feel a bit rushed, not giving the characters enough time to recover and refocus.

Fans of the first book in the series and new readers alike are sure to fall in love with this installment and even more so with Adam, its gorgeous, strong, confident, if slightly broken, male protagonist. It is a highly addictive and wildly entertaining read and a story not to be missed.

The Rating

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About the Authors

Noelle August

Question: What do you get when friends pen a story with heart, plenty of laughs, and toe-curling kissing scenes?

Answer: Noelle August, the pseudonym for renowned editor and award-winning writer Lorin Oberweger and New York Times bestselling YA author Veronica Rossi, the masterminds behind the Boomerang series.

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The Excerpt

Ali laughs. Her gaze feels like sunshine on my back, but I don’t turn around. I pull my wetsuit up to my waist, adjusting myself so I’m comfortable. The cool Neoprene layer feels familiar and my body responds, my heart thumping hard, anticipation rushing through my veins. The prospect of the ocean always does this to me. This has nothing to do with the girl behind me.

“Adam?”

Ali’s voice is close. Turning, I almost bump into her.

Her wetsuit is all the way on, which is good. And terrible.

“What’s up?” I ask.

She smells like suntan oil and peaches. This close, I see that her cheeks are turning slightly pink from the sun. With her hair pulled back, no makeup, and the wetsuit covering her completely, she looks better than she has all week at the office. Better than she did in the Catwoman costume. There’s something powerful about her now. The way her slender legs are planted firmly on the swaying boat, like she’s not trying at all. She’s at home on the water. This from an admitted equestrian. I can only imagine what she’s like with her horses.

“Sorry, but . . .” She smiles and points at her back. “My zipper’s jammed.” She turns around and pulls her ponytail up. “Can you help me out?”

“Sure. You want this on, right? Just want to be sure.”

I can’t see her face, but I know she’s smiling. “Yes. On please.”

I allow myself a moment to enjoy the way she looks right in front of me. Then I take the zipper leash, letting my knuckles drift over her back, just above the knot of her bikini.

If I weren’t completely focused on her, I’d have missed the way she curls slightly toward me.

Focus, Blackwood. Zip the wetsuit up.


Other Books in the Series

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Title & Series: BOOMERANG (Boomerang #1)
Release date: July 8, 2014
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages: 336
Formats: Paperback, audio, eBook

Description…

The first book in a sensational New Adult trilogy from Noelle August

Welcome to Boomerang.com, the dating site for the millennial gen with its no-fuss, no-commitments matchups, and where work is steamier than any random hook-up

Mia Galliano is an aspiring filmmaker. Ethan Vance has just played his last game as a collegiate soccer star. They’re sharp, hungry for success, and they share a secret.

Last night, Ethan and Mia met at a bar, and, well . . . one thing led to another, which led to them waking up the next morning—together. Things turned awkward in a hurry when they found themselves sharing a post hookup taxi . . . to the same place: Boomerang headquarters.

What began as a powerful connection between them is treated to a cold shower courtesy of two major complications. First, Boomerang has a strict policy against co-worker dating. And second, they’re now competitors for only one job at the end of summer.

As their internships come to an end, will they manage to keep their eyes on the future and their hands off each other, or will the pull of attraction put them right back where they started?

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Title & Series: BOUNCE (Boomerang #3)
Release date: August 25, 2015
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages: 304
Formats: Paperback, eBook

BOUNCE is the last installment in the Boomerang series!

Description…

Playing the occasional club gig just isn’t cutting it for twenty-two-year-old cellist Skyler Canby, who’s trying to support herself and her mother back home in Kentucky. Persuaded by her best friend Beth to accompany her on an audition for the first feature film launched by Blackwood Entertainment, she figures why not? Beth’s a shoe-in for the lead, but maybe Skyler’s newly dyed pink hair will help her stand out enough to score a small speaking part.

Never in her wildest dreams does Skyler imagine she’ll land the lead role or that she’ll have her shoes knocked off her feet by the kiss her audition partner, Grey Blackwood, plants on her—a kiss that feels very real and not at all “acted. ”

After throwing a party that causes thousands of dollars of damage to his older brother’s home, reckless musician Grey Blackwood gets roped into working off his debt on the set of his CEO brother’s newest project. Grey spends his days fetching coffee and doing odd jobs around the studio, but he lives for nights when he performs with his band. He knows if he can stay focused, success as a singer is just around the corner. But that’s tough with a distracting pink-haired girl occupying his every waking thought.

Skyler and Grey have every reason to resist each other. But, like a song neither of them can get out of their minds, they have no choice but to go where the music takes them.

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The Giveaway

There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

THREE (3) copies of BOOMERANG

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The Tour Schedule

February 23rd

Kimberlyfaye Reads

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Books by Migs

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The Cover Contessa

February 24th

Library of a Book Witch

Fic Fare

Desert Divas Book Addiction

Bumbles and Fairy-Tales

Supernatural Snark

Books and Swoons

She Hearts Books

Book Crushin

Fandomly Bookish

February 25th

Mel, Erin & Regina Read-a-Lot

Bookworm Betties

Owl Always Be Reading

Literary, etc

Lost in Ever After

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