THE DREADFUL TALE OF PROSPER REDDING Spellbinding Prize Pack #Giveaway

Thanks to the very awesome folks at Disney-Hyperion I have a Spellbinding Prize Pack – consisting of a copy of Alexandra Bracken’s THE DREADFUL TALE OF PROSPER REDDING and some other lovely merch – to give away!

And yes, I received one too and it’s even more amazing than it looks in the pics. (Yummier, too!)

So, after you’ve checked out all the deets about Alexandra Bracken’s new book (recommended for ages 9 and up), enter for a chance to win in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post.

To get a peek at the first two chapters, visit DISNEY.COM!

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THE DREADFUL TALE OF PROSPER REDDING is available now, so if you just can’t wait to see if you’ve won a copy, you can find it online and in stores. It’s a perfect read for the season, it’s positively delightful, and it can (and will) definitely be enjoyed by those readers upwards of nine years of age.


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Title & Series: THE DREADFUL TALE OF PROSPER REDDING (The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding #1)
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Release date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 368
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook


“I would say it’s a pleasure to meet thee, Prosperity Oceanus Redding, but truly, I only anticipate the delights of destroying thy happiness….”

Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history—that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper’s great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made—and then broke—a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, eight-hundred-year-old Alastor isn’t exactly the forgiving type.

The fiend has reawakened with one purpose–to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him. With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend, who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts to trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his afterlife without a side of eternal servitude, thanks. But with the help of his long-lost uncle, Barnabas, and his daughter, Nell, a witch-in-training, it seems like Prosper has at least a fighting chance of ridding himself of Alastor before the demon escapes and wreaks havoc on his family.

Little does Prosper know, the malefactor’s control over his body grows stronger with each passing night and there’s a lot Alastor isn’t telling his dim-witted (but admittedly strong-willed) human host…

From #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken comes a tale of betrayal and revenge, of old hurts passed down from generation to generation.  Can you ever fully right a wrong, ever truly escape your history? Or will Prosper and Alastor be doomed to repeat it?


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About Alexandra Bracken

Alexandra Bracken is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Darkest Minds series. Born and raised in Arizona, she moved East to study history and English at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. After working in publishing for several years, Alex now writes full-time and can be found hard at work on her next novel in a charming little apartment that’s perpetually overflowing with books. Visit her online at and on Twitter @alexbracken.


The Giveaway

Prepare to be Spellbound!

One (1) winner receives:

  • PLUS spellbinding merchandise include “Witches Brew” hot cocoa; witch-broom pen set; and trick-or-treating tote!

Giveaway open to US addresses only. Prizing and samples provided by Disney-Hyperion.

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Quickie Clearing the Pile Giveaway #6

I have a pile of ARCs for giveaway. They are:


The ARCs pictured (and listed) above to ONE winner – US ONLY

  • Must be 13 or older to enter
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MURDER AMONG THE STARS Blog Tour: Interview + Giveaway

I am super excited to be a stop on the MURDER AMONG THE STARS Blog Tour and to share an interview with Author Laura L. Sullivan in which she talks favorite and challenging scenes, favorite quotes, which character she would be, and more!

I also have a copy of MURDER AMONG THE STARS for giveaway. So if you’re in the U.S. and you’d like the chance to win this second book in the Lulu Kelly Mysteries, be sure to enter in the Rafflecopter.

As a huge fan of mysteries and thrillers, I adore this series about Lulu Kelly. The authors made murder a lot of fun to read about. (And I have to admit that it’s pretty awesome that it’s co-authored by the very talented Adam Shankman.)


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Title & Series: MURDER AMONG THE STARS (A Lulu Kelly Mystery)
Authors: Adam Shankman, Laura L. Sullivan
Release date: June 13, 2017
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pages: 320
Formats: Hardcover, eBook



A murderer is picking off the young Hollywood starlets gathered at the swanky Hearst Castle, and Lulu Kelly might be next—unless she can find the killer first in this glitzy, glamorous, and cinematic sequel to acclaimed film producer/director Adam Shankman and coauthor Laura Sullivan’s Girl About Town.

After being framed for attempted murder, Lulu Kelly has earned a rest. Unfortunately, there is no rest in Hollywood for a rising starlet. Lulu and her boyfriend Freddie are invited to posh Hearst Castle, where Lulu will be competing against other young actresses for the role of a lifetime. But what’s a house party without a little murder?

After a rival actress is found dead under the dining room table, Lulu makes it her mission to solve the mystery. But illusion is this town’s number one export, and it’s hard to tell the ambitious from the truly evil. As the clues pile up, Lulu and Freddie race to find the killer, even as Lulu becomes the next target.


The Interview

Q&A with Author Laura L. Sulliva

Q. Who is your favorite character to write about in the Lulu Kelly Mysteries series – and why is she/he a favorite?

Of course I delve most deeply into the main characters, but of the others, the gangster turned Hollywood mover and shaker Sal Benedetto is a favorite of mine. He’s not exactly an honorable character, but he’s far better than he could be in his situation. He’s the ultimate man of the era, expanding into the new opportunities of Hollywood. Plus, of course, he’s incredibly alluring…

Q. What was your favorite scene (non-spoiler-y) to write in MURDER AMONG THE STARS – and why was it a favorite?

The conversation around the dinner table just before the first body was discovered is my favorite. Lulu has a fairly shocking misunderstanding that leads to the revelation!

Q. What was your most challenging scene (non-spoiler-y) to write in MURDER AMONG THE STARS – and why was it a challenge?

It’s hard to go into any detail without giving anything away, but the scenes that make characters look absolutely guilty are among the most fun and challenging. You have to get so close… but not quite. Getting that absolute plausibility is difficult.

Q. What are your top three character quotes and/or passages from any of the books in the Lulu Kelly Mysteries?

Of Sal’s dark-bladed knife (and perhaps personality?):

Let the show-offs have shiny blades. Serious killers have dark weapons.

Of Marion Davies (could she have orchestrated the murder for her own entertainment?):

She’s bored! A gin-soaked bird held prisoner in a gilded cage. The whole thing smacks of one big spectacle for her personal entertainment.

I like this passage describing Hearst in a nutshell:

Hearst made a ludicrous figure, bearish and lumbering beside the effervescent Marion. But he put on a game show, laughing at his own clumsiness. Lulu thought it must be easier to accept being a figure of fun when his signature on a check could buy anyone or anything. That would numb the sting.

No, she realized a moment later. He was ordering them to laugh at him, just as he had ordered them to dance. If they’d done it on their own they might be banished, ruined. But he enjoyed having the power to tell people to laugh at him. Look, he seemed to say with his antics, I can be ridiculous and still be above you.

Q. Which book in the Lulu Kelly Mysteries was your favorite to write – and why?

I could never choose! The first was a joy because we were meeting these wonderful characters. In the second, they were old friends.

Q. What do you enjoy most about writing a mystery/mysteries?

I love the period when a friend is reading it and narrating their experience to me, when I realize that Adam and I set up exactly the right misdirections and red herrings.

Page 20: “I know the cat did it!”

Page 50: “Wait, no, it was the dog!”

Page 150: “No, it was the budgie, and he’s setting the dog up!”

Page 200: “But the cat doesn’t have an alibi!”

Page 250: “Could it be the gerbil? No way. But wait, maybe… How could he…. ohhhhh yeah, it all makes sense now! How did I not see that on Page 20?”

Q. What made you choose the setting for MURDER AMONG THE STARS?

I’ve always been fascinated with William Randolph Hearst, Marion Davies, and Hearst Castle. When Adam and I were talking about the era, we discovered we shared that fascination. Adam toured the castle extensively, researching every detail, to get the setting just right.

Q. What is it about Lulu Kelly that Freddie van der Waals adores the most?

I think he loves that she can inhabit both worlds. She can fit in with the glitzy kind of people he grew up with, but she has no pretension and none of their less desirable traits. Yet she can also slum it in a diner and can mend her own clothes. She knows both world, rich and poor, and takes the best from both – and holds onto her core character through both.

Q. If you were a character in the Lulu Kelly Mysteries who would you be – hero/heroine, villain, victim, suspect, someone else? And why would you choose to be that type of character?

I’d like to be Lulu’s publicist Veronica – smart, cynical, practical, and efficient but with real loyalty and heart. She’s got a killer sense of humor, and pushes Lulu to be successful with a mix of pragmatism and sympathy. (Of course, I’d like to be Anita Loos just so I could have written Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, though I don’t envy her personal life or the compromises she sometimes had to make in her career.)

About the Authors

Photo credit: Andy DeLay

Laura L. Sullivan is a former newspaper editor, biologist, social worker, and deputy sheriff who writes because storytelling is the easiest way to do everything in the world. Her books include Love By the Morning StarDelusion, and Ladies in Waiting. Laura lives on the Florida coast.


Photo credit: Frank Meli

Adam Shankman is the director and producer of the exuberant musical remake of Hairspray, the producer of the top-grossing Step Up films, the director of the adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks bestseller A Walk to Remember starring Mandy Moore, and the director of Bringing Down the House starring Steve Martin and Queen Latifah. Adam has also directed episodes of Modern Family and Glee, and he was a popular judge on So You Think You Can Dance.


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Title & Series: GIRL ABOUT TOWN (A Lulu Kelly Mystery)
Authors: Adam Shankman, Laura L. Sullivan
Release date: April 19, 2016
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Pages: 336
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook



Not too long ago, Lucille O’Malley was living in a tenement in New York. Now she’s Lulu Kelly, Hollywood’s newest It Girl. She may be a star, but she worries that her past will catch up with her. Back in New York she witnessed a Mafia murder, and this glamorous new life in Tinseltown is payment for her silence.

Dashing Freddie van der Waals, the only son of a New York tycoon, was a playboy with the world at his feet. But when he discovered how his corrupt father really made the family fortune, Freddie abandoned his billions and became a vagabond. He travels the country in search of redemption and a new identity, but his father will stop at nothing to bring him home.

When fate brings Lulu and Freddie together, sparks fly—and gunshots follow. Suddenly Lulu finds herself framed for attempted murder. Together, she and Freddie set out to clear her name. But can they escape their pasts and finally find the Hollywood ending they long for?


The Giveaway

Courtesy of the publisher….

ONE (1) winner will receive a hardcover copy of MURDER AMONG THE STARS – US only

  • Must be 13 or older to enter
  • There will be ONE winner
  • Giveaway is US only
  • Giveaway ends on September 4th
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THE KEEP OF AGES Blog Tour: Fantasy Movie Cast Guest Post + #Giveaway

Welcome to Day #2 of the Keep of Ages Blog Tour!

To celebrate the release of The Keep of Ages (Vault of Dreamers #3) by Caragh M. O’brien (8/29/17), blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Caragh and 10 chances to win a complete set of The Vault of Dreamers Trilogy!

I am super excited to share Caragh M. O’Brien’s Movie Fancast post. I love the author’s actor selections for her characters, especially her choices for Rosie and Dubbs. And of course, now I will forever picture Dean Sandy Berg as Ryan Gosling. Because how could I not?

I am a huge fan of this series and am both happy and sad to see it end. Thrilled because I finally have answers to those lingering questions I had after reading THE RULE OF MIRRORS and a bit melancholy because Rosie’s story has come to an end  and I have to say goodbye.

If you’d like to know what I thought about this final book in the series, stop by next week for my review. But for now, scroll down for Caragh M. O’Brien‘s awesome Movie Fantasy Cast and for a chance to win a complete set of the series.


Be sure to follow the tour for additional chances to win and for some awesome posts from the author!


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Title: THE KEEP OF AGES (The Vault of Dreamers #3)
Author: Caragh M. O’Brien
Release date: August 29, 2017
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Pages: 400
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook



In the fast-paced, high-stakes conclusion to Caragh M. O’Brien’s Vault of Dreamers trilogy, Rosie travels to a derelict theme park to shut down dream mining once and for all.

Driven by fear when Dean Berg kidnaps her family, Rosie Sinclair strikes out across the country to rescue them. When an elusive trail leads her to Grisly Valley, the contaminated ruin of a horror theme park, Rosie has to consider that Berg may once again be manipulating her every move to make her fearful, priming her for a final, lethal dream mining procedure. As Rosie struggles to outmaneuver Berg, she unearths the ultimate vault of dreamers and the hint of a consciousness more powerful and dangerous than any she’s imagined before. Faced with unspeakable suffering and otherworldly beauty, Rosie must discover how to trust her mind, her friends, and reality itself.

Propulsive and deeply speculative, The Keep of Ages concludes the Vault of Dreamers trilogy with stirring possibilities for what it means to be alive.


The Guest Post

Fantasy Movie Cast

It would amaze and delight me if the Vault of Dreamers series were turned into a film or a mini series on Netflix or HBO.  As it turns out, I have a film agent to pitch my work to producers, so while seeing Rosie’s story on the screen is a long shot, it isn’t strictly impossible.

If I could select a fantasy cast, I’d give Millie Bobby Brown (from Stranger Things) a couple more years to grow up, plus a mess of wavy dark hair, and then I’d choose her for Rosie Sinclair. Millie Bobby has an intensity about her that would mesh well with the fragile, splintering quality of Rosie’s mind, and she has a vulnerable, genuine quality that matches Rosie, too. When she smiles, she’s completely disarming. The only snag is that Rosie has a gap between her front teeth, and Millie Bobby doesn’t.

For Linus Pitts, Timothée Chalamet would evoke a good combination of streetwise and confident. I can’t tell if Timothée’s eyes are the caramel brown shade of Linus’s, but his hair color is right, and he has a distinctive jawline that suits Linus. I could picture him in the garb of a kitchen worker being drawn into the limelight by Rosie, and transforming for a high status job later in the series. The only catch is, we’d need to be sure he has a faint Welsh accent left over from childhood like Linus does.

Dante Brown would be an ideal actor to play Burnham Fister, who has a complex relationship with Rosie and needs to be played with depth and heart, especially once he suffers. Dante comes off as serious, smart, direct, and determined like Burnham. I can picture him wearing his grandfather’s watch when he tacitly claims his heritage, and I can see him refusing to back down when he’s in danger.

Picking the right actor for Dean Sandy Berg is tough, because the person has to look like the trustworthy head of a school before millions of Forge Show viewers, but he must also contain a twisted heart. I’m going with Ryan Gosling because he can easily pull of Berg’s charm in front of the cameras, but he can also convince us he’s a puppet master who enjoys his evil game.

Dubbs Sinclair, Rosie’s kid sister, is a blonde little girl who is alternately ethereal and down to earth, riding her bike along the boxcars they call home, all skinny limbs and sunlight. In the final book, The Keep of Ages, which is due out this August, Dubbs has a larger roll and her bravery is tested. She could be played by Alyvia Alyn Lind who has a warm, sweet smile one minute and a cheeky grin the next.

I would fill out other rolls with Skai Jackson for dancing, snobby Paige; Kiernan Shipka for theatrical Janice; Devon Gearhart for Henrik with his chinstrap beard; and Ellie Kemper for Ma, Rosie’s loving but misguided mother. It would also be cool to cast my actress/cartoonist niece, Becca Hart, as one of the Forge teachers, since she was the real life inspiration for Janice.

About Caragh M. O’Brien


Caragh M. O’Brien is the author of the BIRTHMARKED trilogy and THE VAULT OF DREAMERS series, both from Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Ms. O’Brien was educated at Williams College and earned her MA in the Writing Seminars from Johns Hopkins University. Her young adult science fiction has been honored by the YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, the Amelia Bloomer Award, the Junior Library Guild, and numerous state reading lists. A former high school English teacher, she now writes young adult novels full time from her home in rural Connecticut.


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Title & Series: THE VAULT OF DREAMERS (The Vault of Dreamers #1)
Author: Caragh M. O’Brien
Release date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook


The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success: every moment of the students’ lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students’ schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What’s worse is, she starts to notice that the ridges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.

From Caragh M. O’Brien, author of the Birthmarked trilogy comes the first book in a new series, The Vault of Dreamers, a fast-paced, psychologically thrilling novel about what happens when your dreams are not your own.



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Title & Series: THE RULE OF MIRRORS (The Vault of Dreamers #2)
Author: Caragh M. O’Brien
Release date: February 16, 2016
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, audio, eBook



The fast-paced, psychologically thrilling sequel to The Vault of Dreamers follows Rosie after her consciousness has been split in two.

The entire country was watching when Rosie Sinclair was expelled from Forge, the prestigious arts school that doubles as a reality TV show. But few know how Dean Berg was mining students’ dreams in laboratories deep below the school. And no one, least of all the Dean himself, knows that when Rosie’s dreams were seeded into the mind of another patient, Rosie’s consciousness woke up in that body–a girl far from Forge, a girl with a completely different life from Rosie, a girl who is pregnant.

Told from alternating points of view between Rosie as she makes sense of her new identity and the shattered subconscious that still exists in her old body, The Rule of Mirrors will keep readers on the edge of their seats and leave them hungry for more.


The Giveaway

As a tour participant, I have for giveaway…

  • ONE (1) set of the complete Vault of Dreamers trilogy (Vault of Dreamers, Rule of Mirrors, and Keep of Ages) – US ONLY

Must be 13 or older to enter. Giveaway ends on August 29th. There will be ONE winner. Winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email. Winner has 72 hours to respond or another winner will be selected. Prize will be sent directly from the publicity agency.

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THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE Theories About the Killer + #Giveaway

I am super stoked to help spread the word about Stephanie Perkins’ upcoming THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE by sharing my theories about the killer after having read the 151 page Advanced Partial Review Copy.

I am also thrilled to be able to share a Rafflecopter provided by the publisher so that YOU can enter to win a partial review copy – which ends in a place that will have you DYING (no pun intended) to read the last half of this book.

My theories aren’t intended to be spoiler-y, however they do reveal some of what’s happened so far. So if you want to skip them so you can be completely in the dark when you read the book, just scroll down to the giveaway.

But first, here’s some information about this AWESOME book!

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Author: Stephanie Perkins
Release date: September 26, 2017
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Pages: 304
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook



It’s been almost a year since Makani Young came to live with her grandmother in landlocked Nebraska, and she’s still adjusting to her new life. And still haunted by her past in Hawaii.

Then, one by one, the students of her small town high school begin to die in a series of gruesome murders, each with increasing and grotesque flair. As the terror grows closer and the hunt intensifies for the killer, Makani will be forced to confront her own dark secrets.

Stephanie Perkins, bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss, returns with a fresh take on the classic teen slasher story that’s fun, quick-witted, and completely impossible to put down.


Theories About the Killer

It is so much harder to guess “whodunit” when the book is written by an author that hasn’t had a history of writing thriller/horror novels. You don’t yet know their tells. And you don’t know what type of mystery killer(s) they like.

Will it be the most obvious person? (Ollie) Will it be the least? (Brooke, Grandma Young) Will it be a team (à la Scream)? (Alex and Darby) Will it be someone we as readers know? (Makani) Or will it be someone we haven’t even “met”? (David, Kevin, Emily, Jesse)

So many possibilities….

There were several characters introduced in the first half of the book that could be the killer. Motive has not yet been firmly established but a pattern is beginning to emerge.

I am ruling out all the adults, because I think I’d be just so disturbed if it was Grandma Young, Coach Hooker, Chris Larsson, Ms. Colfax.

The obvious choice would be Ollie – he’s a loner-type, he fits the physical description of the killer, he has possible motive, his whereabouts during the murders isn’t revealed, he has access to all sorts of information about his classmates. But I just don’t think it’s him.

Another obvious-to-me choice would be the Greeley boy – loves the media attention, attention from his peers, perhaps a bit too overzealous about religion. But from what was revealed so far, I haven’t added him to my suspects list.

I desperately want/wanted the killer to be Makani – the main character. She has a dark secret in her past that has yet to be revealed. Her grandma suffers from sleepwalking – which can be inherited. It’s always more fun when the MC is not who you think they are. But the author made it a point to reveal that she’s curvy on more than one occasion and that the killer is slim. So, without more, I’m ruling her out… for now.


I am choosing Alex, Makani’s friend, who we know next to nothing about. She’s slim. She wears boots (a boot print was found – though that could be a setup). While she seems devastated about the death of one of the murdered, she is way too quick to put forth theories about the other deaths and cast suspicion on Ollie. She knows each of the victims. And she was radio silent during a time when it seems she should have responded. So, for now, I’m going with her. Because she’s not the obvious choice.

Of course I’d love if it were a team and Darby (another friend) was somehow involved. But, unless I missed a clue or two, there doesn’t seem to be anything that links Darby to the crimes.

Right now, though, I don’t even care. Gah! I am so desperate to find out who it is. Even if I’m totally off-base. Just six weeks to go… counting down….

About Stephanie Perkins

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Hi, there! I’m Stephanie Perkins, and I’m a New York Times and international bestselling author of books for teenagers and for adults with teenage hearts. I was born in South Carolina, raised in Arizona, and I attended universities in California and Georgia. Since 2004, I’ve lived in the mountains of North Carolina.

I’ve always worked with books—first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, now as a novelist and editor. My best friend is my husband Jarrod. Every room of our house is painted a different color of the rainbow, and we share it with a feisty cat named Mr. Tumnus.


The Giveaway

Penguin Random House is giving away a bunch of copies of the Advanced PARTIAL of THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE. You can enter in the publisher-provided Rafflecopter below.

The Rules

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