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    VENDETTA Release Day Blast + Giveaway

    Quote Vendetta

    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


    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!!”

    Meet Sophie and Nic

    Sophie Vendetta

    Nic Vendetta

    The UK Author Video

    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

    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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    LOVE, LUCY Release Day Blast: ‘Some Rules of the Road’ Guest Post + Giveaway


    I am super excited that LOVE, LUCY by April Lindner releases today and that I am able to help spread the word about its release. I am also stoked to have an awesome guest post by the author in which she shares some “Some Rules of the Road” for traveling abroad, as Lucy did in the book.

    If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful new book by Author April Linder, be sure to check out all the details below.

    This blast also includes a giveaway for a copy of the book courtesy of Rockstar Book Tours and 3 signed JANE posters courtesy of the author. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter.

    About LOVE, LUCY

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    Title: LOVE, LUCY
    Author: April Lindner
    Release date: January 27, 2015
    Publisher: Poppy
    Pages: 304
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook


    While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food…and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her “vacation flirtation.” But just because summer is over doesn’t mean Lucy and Jesse are over, too.

    In this coming-of-age romance, April Lindner perfectly captures the highs and lows of a summer love that might just be meant to last beyond the season.


    The Guest Post

    Some Rules of the Road

    1 Versailles Travel ScrapbookLike Lucy Sommersworth, the heroine of Love, Lucy, my parents gave me the gift of a lifetime: a backpacking trip to Europe. I was a bit older than Lucy—22, and just out of college—but when I arrived in Milan, Italy with a Eurail pass, a copy of Let’s Go: Europe, and a seventy-pound backpack I could barely lift, I was a wee bit terrified. Like Lucy, I spoke only a little bit of Italian, just barely enough to get by, and I wasn’t particularly good at reading maps or train schedules. Unlike Lucy, I was travelling solo.

    Luckily, my journey began with training wheels. I’d just taken a college Italian class, and my professor had offered a safe crash pad for the first few days of my trip—in her family home in the Alps. Less luckily, when I reached Malpensa airport, nobody was there to pick me up. Giddy with excitement and jet lag, I wandered around the airport, eavesdropping on Italians as they hugged each other hello and goodbye, and had noisy arguments. I’d never felt more alone in my life. Where would I sleep that night if my ride didn’t show up?

    2 1985 me in GenoaLuckily, my professor’s brother arrived at last to whisk me away to the family home in Domodossola. The extended family welcomed and fed me, gave me tours of their city with its charming medieval center, helped me practice my Italian, and, when the time was right, brought me to the train station where my solo travels began for real. It was time to take off the training wheels.

    If I’d felt alone back in the airport, I was even more so on that train to Verona, a city where I didn’t know a soul. In those pre-internet days, I could disappear into thin air and nobody would even notice I was gone. The thought was chilling, but oddly exciting.

    By nightfall, I’d made it to Verona. I’d figured out the public transportation, found a youth hostel, and booked myself a bed. Best of all, I had introduced myself to a handful of other backpackers. We hung out together in the hostel’s common area, sharing bread and cheese, exchanging stories, discussing the rules of the road—those bits of practical wisdom our travels were teaching us. Here are a few.

    3 At Juliet's house in Verona

    Time passes differently on the road.  Spend a few very intense hours seeing the sites with strangers and by the end of the day, those strangers have become a part of your story. Years later you’ll see their faces in your photo album and still remember stray details of the adventures you shared together, even if you can’t quite recall their names.

    4 Street Art Munich

    Spontaneity is key.  There are few things as magical as showing up at a train station with no idea where you’re headed next, picking a random train, and hopping on.

    Janis Joplin said it best: Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.  When you’re carrying all your possessions on your back in a city where you don’t know a soul, you’re absolutely free. You can go anywhere, do anything. That freedom has its lonely moments—but it can be the doorway to all kinds of adventures.

    5 The Tent Munich hostel where Lucy stays and I did too 1

    Embrace misadventure.  As carefully as you plan there will be crazy mistakes: wrong turns, slept-through train stops, multilingual misunderstandings, and all kinds of other blunders—and these will make the best stories. My misadventures are some of my favorite memories. The time I missed curfew and had to climb into my hostel through a second-story window. The morning when, hanging out my recently washed clothes to dry, I dropped my wet underthings out the window, onto a stranger’s head. The night when, with no room to stay in, I slept on Venice’s train station steps with about a hundred other backpackers, the stars above us and the Grand Canal stretched out before us.

    Would I trade that last memory for a safe, comfy night in an actual bed? Not on your life.

    About April Lindner


    April Lindner is the author of three novels: Catherine, a modernization of Wuthering Heights; Jane, an update of Jane Eyre; and Love, Lucy, releasing January 27, 2015. She also has published two poetry collections, Skin and This Bed Our Bodies Shaped. She plays acoustic guitar badly, sees more rock concerts than she’d care to admit, travels whenever she can, cooks Italian food, and lavishes attention  on her pets—two Labrador retriever mixes and two excitable guinea pigs. A professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University, April lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons.


    The Giveaway

    A blast-wide giveaway for…

    • 1 copy of LOVE, LUCY to be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository – Int’l
    • 3 JANE posters (signed) – US only

    **Ends February 6 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific**

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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