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In Bookish News: Live Video Chat and Fan Q&A with Ally Carter – May 5th


I am totally stoked to be able to share the deets on this upcoming and very awesome Live Video Chat and Fan Q&A event for Ally Carter on Tuesday, May 5th at 6 PM Eastern.

Scholastic will be hosting a LIVE video chat with the author (along with a few of her amazing author friends) AND during the chat, the cover for SEE HOW THEY RUN, the second book in the Embassy Row series, will be revealed.

There will also be a live Q&A with Ally Carter! So be sure to RSVP by clicking the link in “The Event” section below.

And if you’d like to help spread the word about this awesome event, feel free to grab the image above and use the hashtags #EmbassyRow and #SeeHowTheyRun.

And in case you’re not familiar with the author and the series, keep on scrolling for more information and places to find/follow them online.

The Event

Ally Carter & Friends Video Chat & Book Cover Reveal

When: Tuesday, May 5th @ 6:00 PM-7:00 PM EST

To RSVP & Attend Visit: http://www.shindig.com/event/allycarter

The What: Join New York Times bestselling author Ally Carter and fellow authors Carrie Ryan, Rachel Hawkins and Sophie Jordan as they take a break from their writing retreat to chat and debut the cover for Embassy Row Book 2: See How They Run. Ally will do a live Q&A with fans, moderated by her editor, David Levithan. Fans will be able to interact with Ally (and with each other) face-to-face on video chat!


About Ally Carter


Photo credit: Liz Ligon

Ally Carter writes books about spies, thieves, and teenagers. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the Heist Society series and the Gallagher Girls series, which together have sold over two million copies and have been published in more than twenty countries. She lives in Oklahoma where her life is either very ordinary or the best deep-cover legend ever.

She’d tell you more, but…well…you know…


About the Series

This exciting new series from author Ally Carter focuses on Grace, who can best be described as a daredevil, an Army brat, and a rebel. She is also the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful ambassador in the world, and Grace has spent every summer of her childhood running across the roofs of Embassy Row.

Now, at age sixteen, she’s come back to stay–in order to solve the mystery of her mother’s death. In the process, she uncovers an international conspiracy of unsettling proportions, and must choose her friends and watch her foes carefully if she and the world are to be saved.

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Title & Series: ALL FALL DOWN (Embassy Row #1)
Author: Ally Carter
Release date: January 20, 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 320
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook

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Grace Blakely is absolutely certain of three things:

1. She is not crazy.

2. Her mother was murdered.

3. Someday she is going to find the killer and make him pay.

As certain as Grace is about these facts, nobody else believes her — so there’s no one she can completely trust. Not her grandfather, a powerful ambassador. Not her new friends, who all live on Embassy Row. Not Alexei, the Russian boy next door, who is keeping his eye on Grace for reasons she neither likes nor understands.

Everybody wants Grace to put on a pretty dress and a pretty smile, blocking out all her un-pretty thoughts. But they can’t control Grace — no more than Grace can control what she knows or what she needs to do. Her past has come back to hunt her … and if she doesn’t stop it, Grace isn’t the only one who will get hurt. Because on Embassy Row, the countries of the world stand like dominoes, and one wrong move can make them all fall down.


Other Books in the Series


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Title & Series: BEFORE THE FALL: ARRIVAL (Embassy Row #0.5)
Author: Ally Carter
Release date: January 28, 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 15
Formats: eBook


Inside every secret, there’s a world of trouble. Step into Grace’s world with this exclusive bonus scene from Embassy Row, New York Times bestselling author Ally Carter’s new series of global proportions.



Title & Series: SEE HOW THEY RUN (Embassy Row #2)
Release date: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 304
Formats (currently available to pre-order): Hardcover

Teaser description…

The twists get twistier and the turns get even more shocking in the second thrilling installment of Embassy Row.


VENDETTA Dark Valentine’s Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

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I have an amazing guest post from Author Catherine Doyle to share for my stop on the VENDETTA Dark Valentine’s Blog Tour in which she talks about creating the criminal underworld in VENDETTA. It will make wish you had the book to read right this minute. Fortunately its release date is not too far away – it releases on the 24th – so the wait won’t be too long.

If you like your stories dark, danger-filled and romantic, then this is definitely a series to check out.

The tour runs through VENDETTA’s release day and if you’d like to follow along, check out the schedule at the bottom of this post or by clicking the banner above. You can also follow along on social media via the #bloodforblood hashtag.

There is also an amazing giveaway going on for US residents. Scroll down to the Rafflecopter to enter for a chance to win.

But first, here’s some information about the book…


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


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.



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!!”

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The Guest Post

Creating the Criminal Underworld in VENDETTA

When I first had the idea for Vendetta it was a simple one. I was trying to fall asleep when an image popped into my head. It was of five boys doused in shadow, standing side-by-side in front of an old, crumbling house. I knew who I wanted them to be, and the kind of story I wanted to write. I wanted to explore the criminal underworld. I wanted to drop them in a land of blood feuds and revenge, and just for good measure, I wanted to throw in an unassuming teenage girl with bucket-loads of sass and sarcasm too. Almost straight away, I had my characters; now I needed my underworld.

My mother is from Chicago, and she used to take me home to visit it when I was growing up. I have always had a great fondness for the city, and being a long-time enthusiast of crime movies and documentaries, I knew something of its history with organized crime too. The Chicago Outfit is a syndicate that dates back to the 1910s and began a period of crime marked by illegal distribution of banned substances as well as gang wars and family rivalries. The city was also famously home to Al Capone, one of the most notorious American mafia figures in history, and someone who has maintained a high level of popularity in fiction and on the big screen thanks to movies like The Untouchables. I did my research – I watched countless movies (not such a chore, if I’m honest) and documentaries. I read articles on the history of Chicago, of the mob, of the hierarchies in organized crime families, and finally, finally, I was sure about my setting: Chicago. I just had to build Sophie’s insular world, which was, unbeknownst to her, sitting right smack in the middle of an underworld.

Vendetta takes place in Cedar Hill, a sleepy town perched on the edge of Chicago, where long hot summers seem to stretch into eternity, and there is nothing for the local teenagers to do. Yet everything is not quite what it seems. As the story unfolds it becomes clear that just beneath the surface of Cedar Hill, there is another crueler world in flux. Mysterious people are arriving, old grudges are rising to the surface, and that means the careful façade of Sophie’s stagnant little town is starting to crumble.

The boys are the first clue that something dark is coming to Cedar Hill, or perhaps that it was always there, bubbling beneath the surface, hiding in plain sight. They arrive in the middle of the night, and when they emerge, they are nebulous, with inky black hair and dark eyes. We see hints of the criminal underworld in Luca, Valentino, Dominico, Giorgino and Nicoli, in their background, in how they speak to one another, in what they wear and carry with them everyday. They hail from a very different place – they have the kind of bloodline that stretches far beyond somewhere as ordinary as Sophie’s little town and she knows that. They’re after something.

Other clues crop up as Sophie spends more time in the company of the brothers. Cars with blacked out windows, dramatic artwork and a suspect family crest hints at their sinister upbringing, while misplaced weapons, bruised hands, explosive arguments and uncovered newspaper articles reveal the danger about where they come from.

Slowly, like a snake uncoiling, the criminal underworld emerges. By the time Sophie is surrounded by the darkness, it’s too late. Masks come off and she is faced with members of an old and feared Sicilian underworld. A senior member of the hierarchy informs her that Nic, her love interest, has been her Hades, and now that she has fallen into his underworld, she will find it difficult to escape. High stakes, powerful weapons and warehouse warfare ensues as she desperately tries to claw her way back to her old life. If she can, that is. Because in the criminal underworld, the way is dark, but there is no going back.

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.


The Giveaway

There is a tour-wide giveaway for…

Enter to win one of ten copies of VENDETTA – US residents only

  • You must be 14 years or older to enter
  • Prizes are provided by Scholastic

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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The Tour Schedule

Feb. 14th – Two Chicks on Books – Author Interview

Feb. 15th – Fiktshun – Guest Post

Feb. 16th – Novel Novice – Review

Feb. 17th – Chapter by Chapter – Guest Post

Feb. 18th – Fangirlish – Excerpt

Feb. 19th – Curling Up With A Good Book – Favorite Quotes

Feb. 20th – Lost In Ever After – Author Interview

Feb. 21st – Bumbles and Fairy-Tales – Review

Feb. 22nd – Page Turners Blog – Review

Feb. 23rd – YA on My Mind – Guest Post

Feb. 24th – Mundie Moms – Review

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