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    Breaking Point Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

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    I was totally drawn to this series by the description for ARTICLE 5. I loved the idea of this futuristic, militaristic version of the United States where the world is under such harsh restrictions. But even more I loved those last lines….

    The ones that mention that Ember’s mother was arrested by the love of her life, Chase Jennings.

    And not just because I’m picturing Liesl and Rolf from The Sound of Music….

    While I haven’t yet read ARTICLE 5 – though it’s cued up to read on my Kindle as I write this post – I’m super excited for the sequel, BREAKING POINT, which is releasing on February 5th.

    Because this series sounds awesome. And because this way I can read both books back-to-back and I won’t have to wait to find out what comes next. Though I may have seen one or two words in the description, try as I might not to peek while creating this post.

    Aside from the fact that this series sounds like my kind of read, I am madly in love with the covers. Especially the cover for BREAKING POINT. The cover alone has me dying to get my hands on this sequel.

    But anyway….

    You’re not here to listen to me babble about how much I’m looking forward to diving into this series. You’re here to check out author Kristen Simmons’ guest post where she shares with you the most important thing she learned in school. And I have to say that it is such a great thing to have learned. Not everyone makes that discovery and benefits from that knowledge when they’re in school.

    Of course if you want to know just what I’m talking about you’ll have to read her post, which is below.

    But first… yes, there’s a but first… here’s a little bit of information about BREAKING POINT and places to find it, as well as ARTICLE 5 and places where you can find it, too. And there’s also a short bio and a few links to where you can connect with author Kristen Simmons online.

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    About BREAKING POINT

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    The second installment in Kristen Simmons’s fast-paced, gripping YA dystopian series.

    After faking their deaths to escape from prison, Ember Miller and Chase Jennings have only one goal: to lay low until the Federal Bureau of Reformation forgets they ever existed.

    Near-celebrities now for the increasingly sensationalized tales of their struggles with the government, Ember and Chase are recognized and taken in by the Resistance—an underground organization working to systematically take down the government. At headquarters, all eyes are on the sniper, an anonymous assassin taking out FBR soldiers one by one. Rumors are flying about the sniper’s true identity, and Ember and Chase welcome the diversion….

    Until the government posts its most-wanted list, and their number one suspect is Ember herself.

    Orders are shoot to kill, and soldiers are cleared to fire on suspicion alone. Suddenly Ember can’t even step onto the street without fear of being recognized, and “laying low” is a joke. Even members of the Resistance are starting to look at her sideways.

    With Chase urging her to run, Ember must decide: Go into hiding…or fight back?

    Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository

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    About ARTICLE 5

    New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.

    The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.

    There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don’t come back.

    Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard for her to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It’s hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.

    Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow.

    That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings—the only boy Ember has ever loved.

    Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository

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    About Kristen Simmons

    Kristen Simmons has a master’s degree in social work and is an advocate for mental health. She lives with her husband Jason and their precious greyhound Rudy in Tampa, Florida

    Find her: Twitter | Facebook | Website | Goodreads

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    Kristen Simmons shares the most important thing she learned in school…

    The most important thing I learned in school was to be proud of who I am. Much of this I got at home, but a lot came from those years behind a desk. Beginning at a young age, the lines are so deeply carved between all of us. Kids that play in the sandbox together begin to recognize that they’re different once they get out on a playground, and by the time middle school and high school hits, they’re divided by interests, clothes, how much money they’re parents make, or the color of our skin. School was an important time for me to figure out how I fit into the world, the things that I liked and the things I didn’t.

    I have always loved music. In fifth grade we learned to play the recorder, in sixth grade we sang in the choir and took our turns on a violin. By middle school I was playing the vibraphone (like a metal xylophone with a piano-like pedal) in the jazz band. By high school I was playing the drums in the marching band, the marimba in the concert band, and singing in the show choir. As you might have guessed, this made me tremendously cool.

    I learned very quickly how other teenagers outside of the music department perceived me. We may have all started out playing Hot Crossed Buns together on our recorders, but by the time 7th grade hit, everything had changed. Jocks dated pretty girls. Musicians were geeks. Smokers hung out on the hill behind the lunch room. Nobody wanted to look smart for fear of being made fun of. Nobody wanted to look stupid for the same reason. But when it all came down to it, those lines between us didn’t matter. I liked being in the band. I made friends in the band. And once I realized that, it didn’t matter to me what anyone else said.

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    That’s such an amazing thing to have learned while you were in school. It’s so tough navigating through school, but even more so if you feel “uncool.” To appreciate your friends and love who you are and what you do makes all the difference in the world.

    To be able to admit that you liked doing what you were doing, that you were proud of where you were and who you were, and that you didn’t have to be embarrassed or ashamed of any of it, must have made the experience so much fun! I wish that were true for everyone!

    Thank you so much for being a part of Jean’s tour and sharing this amazing guest post for my tour stop! I loved having you and I’m so glad BREAKING POINT will be out in just over a week so that I won’t have to wait too long to find out what comes next once I finish ARTICLE 5.

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    Below are just a few of the scheduled stops on the BREAKING POINT Blog Tour. To check out the full schedule, visit Jean BookNerd’s website by clicking the image….

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    1.26.13 – Beneath the Cover – Review & Spotlight

    1.26.13 – Fiktshun – Guest Post & Spotlight

    1.27.13 – Owl Read It – Review & Spotlight

    1.27.13 – Candace’s Book Blog – Guest Post & Spotlight

    1.27.13 – Annie Brewer Writes – Spotlight

    1.28.13 – Tsk, Tsk, What to read? – Review & Spotlight

    1.28.13. – Dystopified – Interview & Spotlight

    1.28.13 – Paranormal Book Club – Review & Spotlight

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    There is also a pretty amazing giveaway associated with this tour for…

    • A signed copy of BREAKING POINT, bookmark, postcard and button
    • 3 copies of BREAKING POINT
    • 7 signed bookmarks and postcards
    • A poster and boomark, and a button by James Vallesteros
    • 10 bookmarks by James Vallesteros

    You can check it out and enter on Jean’s blog by clicking the image below.

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #57

    Below are the YA books coming out this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

    These are books for the week of January 31st-February 6th that I have pre-ordered.

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    Destiny and Deception by Shannon Delany will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 304 pages.

    Destiny and Deception is the fourth full-length book in the 13 to Life series by author Shannon Delany.

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    I’ve been a huge fan of this series since I discovered it after I began blogging. I love the world that Jess and the Rusakova’s exist in and can’t wait to read this fourth book in the series. I’ve had the eBook pre-ordered for awhile and I can’t believe release date is almost here.

    I won’t talk too much about what I’m hoping for in this book just in case someone hasn’t caught up with the series yet. But I am dying to find out if things are really looking up for Jess and Pietr or if it’s just the calm before the storm.

    And from the description there are a few things going on with Alexi that I can’t wait to discover for myself.

    Wings of the Wicked by Courtney Allison Moulton will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 528 pages.

    Wings of the Wicked is the sequel to Angelfire by author Courtney Allison Moulton.

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    I can’t believe this book releases this week. I also can’t believe I have to wait an entire year until the next book comes out. I am so excited that I’ll have the eBook on my Kindle in less than twenty-four hours because I’m curious to see just what has changed between the ARC and the finished copy.

    I just finished reading this and I’m already dying to read it again. I thought Angelfire was awesome. I thought that first book had me tied up in knots in a way that the sequel never could. I was so totally wrong.

    The dangers facing Ellie and Will are even more terrifying. Cadan is even more swoon-worthy. And the ending is even more of a killer than I ever thought possible. I’m hanging on by my bitten and ragged fingernails, but only just barely.

    New Girl by Paige Harbison will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print edition is 320 pages.

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    I had a chance to read Here Lies Bridget by the author last year and I was excited to see she had another book coming out, so I added it to my pre-orders even without knowing exactly what it’s about.

    But after reading the description I can’t wait to read more. I want to find out just how the New Girl is handling life at Manderly Academy where she landed a spot when Becca Normandy went missing. I want to find out just why everyone seems to blame her. I want to see what happens between her and Max Holloway, Becca’s “sort of” boyfriend.

    And I want to see if we get to find out the New Girl’s name.

    There is just something a little eerie about the description, though I can’t put my finger on it. And so I really want to read New Girl now and find out just why I feel that there is.

    Incarnate by Jodi Meadows will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and in hardcover and eBook formats at Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 384 pages.

    Incarnate, the first book in the Newsouls series by author Jodi Meadows is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

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    I have had an ARC of Incarnate sitting on my shelf for a while thanks to a trade, but I haven’t had the chance to read it before release which I’m totally devastated about. I’ve heard such amazing things about this debut book and I want to find out for myself just what it’s about.

    Though I’ll probably read the eBook version that will be downloading to my Kindle instead of the ARC, just in case something major changed that I wouldn’t want to miss.

    I love the idea of reincarnated souls. And I love the idea that Ana is a newsoul… or possibly a nosoul. I can’t wait to find out which she is, especially if being a nosoul means she’ll only have one existence to live.

    And I can’t wait to go on the journey with Ana as she tries to solve the mystery of why she may have received another’s life.

    The description mentions “romance, fantasy, and danger” – all things I love – so I can’t wait to read Incarnate in February.

    Article 5 by Kristen Simmons will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Tor Teen, the print edition is 368 pages.

    Article 5 is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2012 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.

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    This book sounds like a super cool dystopian that I can’t wait to read. I hadn’t heard of it before I traded for a copy, but when I checked it out, it sounded like a book I’d really love to devour so I added it to my pre-orders.

    The future society the author created sounds very strict and very harsh. Compliance with the Moral Statutes sounds like it will be impossible. And the punishments sound far worse than the crimes.

    I can’t wait to meet Ember and discover what life is like in her world. And to find out just how horrible it is to learn that the boy she loves is the very one who arrests her mother.

    I’m curious to see just how dark things will get for her after her mom’s arrest and to see if she is able to save her or if there will be no happy ending for either of them. I wish I could add it to the top of the pile now, but at the very least, I really hope I can read this new release in March.

    Lenobia’s Vow by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast will be released in the U.S. on January 31, 2012 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 160 pages.

    Lenobia’s Vow is the second novella in the House of Night series by author’s P.C. and Kristin Cast.

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    I have the first novella in this off-shoot series from the authors’ House of Night novels, although I haven’t yet read it. But as I own all books in the series I decided to pre-order this next one for my Kindle.

    I like the idea of meeting these other characters and getting a chance to learn their story prior to the events in House of Night. Lenobia was always a very likable character and I can’t wait to meet her when she was much younger and hear how she first fell in love.

    As it is a fairly short novella, I hope to be able to sneak this one on top of my reading pile really soon.

    Shift by M.R. Merrick will be released in the U.S. on February 1, 2012 in eBook format and will be releasing soon in paperback format. It is not available to pre-order, but it will be available to purchase at Amazon and Barnes & Noble on release date.

    Shift is the second book in The Protector series by the author.

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    I did receive an eARC from the author for review, but I will be purchasing the finished eBook for my Kindle on release date and I can’t wait. I recently read the first book in the series and it was every bit as awesome as I’d hoped it would be.

    I can’t wait to get back into the world the author created and unravel more of the mystery. I am super curious to find out what will happen next with Chase and Rayna, if they’ll find the answers they’ve been looking for, and just what it means to be a Protector.

    And I’m dying to know just how tough they’ll need to be in order to win the battle against their enemies. While I will be reading the eARC, I am excited to have the finished eBook as part of my permanent collection.

    The Rivals by Daisy Whitney will be released in the U.S. on February 6, 2012 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

    Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 352 pages.

    The Rivals is the sequel to The Mockingbirds by author Daisy Whitney.

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    I have not yet read The Mockingbirds, the first book in the series, but everyone said that I had to read it and so I bought it for my Kindle. And because I own book one, I just had to pre-order the sequel when I learned that it was going to be releasing soon.

    I refuse to look at the Goodreads description for fear of spoiling book one, but it is linked in the cover art for anyone who wants to check it out.

    The Mockingbirds caught my eye because idea of a secret society that takes action to right the wrongs done to the students at Themis Academy intrigued me. And even though the subject matter is harsh – the main character was assaulted – the idea that she is willing to fight back makes her sound like someone that I’d like to meet.

    I had no idea until recently that it was a series. But now, more than ever, I want to read both books and find out exactly how the Mockingbirds help those who need it. Even if it means that I find out that their brand of help is nothing more than vigilante justice.

    To check out an excerpt of The Rivals from the author’s website, CLICK HERE.

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    UPDATE: I did have one other book pre-ordered….

    Harbinger by Sara Wilson Etienne

    Pub. Date: February 2, 2012

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J. Bick

    Pub. Date: February 1, 2012

    (Amazon, Barnes & Noble)

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    {Note: All covers link to the books on Goodreads}

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    It’s definitely not a quiet week for releases this week. I had no idea I had quite so many books pre-ordered. Fortunately I’ve read Wings of the Wicked and will be reading Shift in the next day or two, so I won’t have quite so many books to add to the TBR pile.

    As much as I love it, I think participating in the Debut Author Challenge is a dangerous thing for my reading pile and for my wallet, but I can’t resist the chance to discover a new book or author that I might not have otherwise discovered. Even if I don’t always get to read their books immediately….

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    As always, I would love to hear what you’re hoping to add to your collection this week!

    And if you have any great suggestions of “must read” books to buy that are releasing this week, please let me know!

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