Friday, April 18, 2014

Prodigy by Marie Lu - my (very serious) 4.5 review


Two stories wrapped up in one. Believable characters and world. It's dark and real with just a touch of hope. I'm a fan!  4.5 star review...

Prodigy (Legend, #2)
Prodigy
by Marie Lu
Hardcover, 371 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Putnam Juvenile
Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic's most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots - a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?


My Thoughts:

I like this series.  Picking up this book - rather out of the blue - was a great reminder to me why I liked Legend.  Having different colored type per character is a little weird and maybe unnecessary, but it's fun. It emphasizes the differences between the two main characters... and that is one of my very favorite aspects of the story.

June - I had forgotten just how bad-a** she is. Wow!  I love the way she is soooo HARD CORE, fast, precise, accurate... the best of the best. She is THE prodigy of the Republic, the best of what they could create with selective breading (*gag*), testing, and specialized training.  Being inside her head is always a little frightening - a little too calculating to be human, almost, and for some reason, it gives me this buzz feeling of POWER!  To be June is to not be afraid of anything at any time 'cause it's hard to hide things from her and her brain clicks into analyzing the danger and best responses so quickly. It's a rush.  And deliciously foreign.

Day - I had also forgotten how awesome he is, but I found myself liking him best between these two often. They'd probably be irritated that they were competing for my support and enthusiasm... which goes to show just how real they both feel.  :-D  Day is the hero of the Republic. He is the epitome of the downtrodden and represents THE PEOPLE very well by being so very good at escaping danger when he has to.  He feels very vulnerable, however, which is perfect for who he represents. His greatness appears like shafts of light down a tunnel - in odd moments where we see him as June sees him or reflected in the eyes of his fans or enemies. Since Day doesn't see himself as a hero, it's a slippery concept, which just makes him more approachable and likable.

Every time I see his name Day, I think of June as "Night". The references to how he is her light don't help. Lol. These names, both of them, throw me off the trail some and I'm not sure I'm a fan of their names. Lol. Although... maybe their names are completely symbolic? As Day is the Republic's dawn of hope, June is the Republic's arrival of a new season?  Still, distracting.

I love the way the story skips faster as the perspective changes back and forth between the two main characters. Each chapter skips a little ahead, for the most part, or if it parallels a scene from the other's perspective, it's such a fast skim, the alternations only move the story along faster. I love that part.

The "no comment" bit would come from the fact that I read this story over 8 days on the train and didn't have much trouble setting it down even in the middle of an action sequence. So there was some element of danger that didn't feel completely real... maybe there's a feeling of security between the two characters, that they will both arrive at the end and somehow accomplish their growing purpose. (Joke's on me, right?) That said, I often forgot where I was and caught myself glancing up in surprise wondering if I'd passed my stop more than once.

Speaking of action sequence... I love, LOVE how completely different these two are and how real and solid the minor characters are... from Razor to Kaedin to the young Elector. This clear difference went all the way from their words and thought patterns to their way of fighting. Sometimes in books with hand-to-hand combat, the author is present rather than the two characters, you know? Not so here. The moves in battle were also sooooo unique and characteristic. I could read about either of them doing anything at any given moment and know which one it is.  Brilliant.

I'm giving 4.5 stars to the story and I want to pick up Champion immediately.



I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. I like food, fighter jets, afternoon tea, happy people, electronics, the interwebz, cupcakes, pianos, bright colors, rain, Christmas lights, sketches, animation, dogs, farmers' markets, video games, and of course, books. I suck at working out. I also get lost very easily, but am a halfway decent driver for an Asian girl. At least, I like to think so. :) 

I was born near Shanghai, but settled down in Texas until I went off to college at the University of Southern California. California weather sweet-talked me into sticking around, so I'm currently in Pasadena with my boyfriend, two Pembroke Welsh Corgis, and a chihuahua mix.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith - my lovely review!

A 4.5 Star Review!  :-D

In short: Fast-paced, believable characters, delightful twists, refreshing romance... A must-read.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
by Jennifer E Smith
Hardcover, 236 pages
Published January 2nd 2012 by Poppy/Little Brown

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. Having missed her flight, she's stuck at JFK airport and late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.


My Thoughts:

What a fast fun read!!

The story follows 24 hours... two people who would not have met except for events falling where they did.

Hadley has issues & regrets - arguing with her mom, frustrated with her dad and the entire situation and dragging her feet to even get on the flight. I love the way she's so irritated about being late, how everyone will think she did it on purpose, when she didn't, and she hates the assumptions. Her struggle shows how she is hanging onto her past, when things were better between her parents. She doesn't want to live in the NOW with her dad. She's in denial over his choices and these four minutes that make her miss the flight spotlight this struggle beautifully, adding so much depth to her character.

Oliver's character is revealed beautifully and progressively. He, too, has parental issues & regrets, so he draws Hadley's heart out as he listens and really cares, although... we don't know why. Don't spoil the why, either, 'cause that's one of the amazing twists of the story.

I love his character, his background, his history... he's such a real person delivered in much, too short of a time. I couldn't get enough of him.

There are misunderstandings and assumptions - from characters in the story who see the two & from the reader regarding their conversation... AND each of them about each other.  I love these as it sets the story up for such delightful twists.  The older lady sitting next to Hadley & Oliver assumes they are a couple. She is adorable.  She sees them, comments... and then congratulates herself on her correct assumption, which is hilarious beginning to end.  Hadley assumes things about what Oliver says and doesn't say... she assumes things she hears at the wedding... each revelation of what is really going on opens her up to accept a different perspective, setting her up for a dramatic paradigm shift. If Hadley wasn't such a great person, it wouldn't be as fun to be in her shoes

I think my favorite part was also sweet torture - the story just is so fast. I could've had much more, so I'm so glad that Jennifer E Smith is writing some more!!  :-D

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About the Author:


Jennifer E. Smith is the author of This Is What Happy Looks Like, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Storm Makers, You Are Here, and The Comeback Season. She earned a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and currently works as an editor in New York City. Her work has been translated into 27 languages, and her next young adult novel, The Geography of You and Me, will be out in Spring 2014.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Grand Finale Tour-at-a-Glance - The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E Smith

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The Geography of You and MeThe Geography of You and Me
by Jennifer E. Smith
YA Contemporary Romance
April 15th 2014 by Little, Brown for Young Readers


Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen's relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and -- finally -- a reunion in the city where they first met.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith's new novel shows that the center of the world isn't necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.



Did you miss any of the excerpts we shared on our tour? 
You can go back and read chapter one in its entirety, but here are some snippets:

Tour Launch

The two main characters, Lucy and Owen, from The Geography of You and Me first meet in New York, but then keep in contact from different places around the world before meeting up in New York again.

The author, Jennifer E. Smith, shared some of her favorite places in the world in preparation of Geography's release. We'd like to re-share them with you!


A Backwards Story - Chapter One, Part 1

On the first day of September, the world went dark.

But from where she stood in the blackness, her back pressed against the brassy wall of an elevator, Lucy Patterson had no way of knowing the scope of it yet.

Literary Meanderings - Chapter One, Part 2

When the elevator had wrenched to a stop, their eyes met, and in spite of the situation, she’d found herself wondering—ridiculously—whether he recognized her, too. But then the lights above them had snapped off, and they were both left blinking into the darkness, the floor still quivering beneath them. There were a few metallic sounds from above—two loud clanks followed by a sharp bang—and then something seemed to settle, and except for the faint beat of his music, it was silent.

Book Briefs - Chapter One, Part 3

The boy turned to face her, and though it was still too dark for details, she could see him more clearly with each minute that passed. She was reminded of a science experiment her class did in fifth grade, where the teacher dropped a mint into each of the students’ cupped palms, then switched off the lights and told them to bite down hard, and a series of tiny sparks lit up the room. This was how he seemed to her now: his teeth flashing when he spoke, the whites of his eyes bright against the blackness.

A Life Bound By Books - Chapter One, Part 4

“I think we’ll be fine,” he said, his voice reassuring; then, with a hint of amusement, he added: “Unless, of course, you’re afraid of the dark.”

“I’m okay,” she said, sliding down the wall until she was sitting on the floor, her elbows resting on her knees. She attempted a smile, which emerged a little wobbly. “I’ve heard monsters prefer closets to elevators.”

The Reading Diaries - Chapter One, Part 5

This time she laughed. “What’s up there, anyway?”

“The sky.”

“You’ve got keys to the sky?” she said, and he knitted his fingers together, lifting his arms above his head in a stretch.

“It’s how I impress all the girls I meet in the elevator.”

Colorimetry - Chapter One, Part 6

“I know. Hard to believe school starts tomorrow.”

“Yeah, for me, too,” he said. “Assuming we ever get out of here.”

“Where do you go?”

“Probably not the same place as you.”

“Well, I hope not,” she said with a grin. “Mine’s all girls.”

The Wonderings of One Person - Chapter One, Part 7

He considered this a moment. “Yup,” he said finally. “That pretty much sums up my feelings about New York.”

Lucy nodded. “You would prefer not to,” she said. “But that’s just because it’s new. Once you get to know it more, I have a feeling you’ll like it here.”

“Is this the part where you insist on taking me on a tour of the city, and we laugh and point at all the famous sights, and then I buy an I Black heart (cards) NY T-shirt and live happily ever after?”

“The T-shirt is optional,” she told him.

Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf - Chapter One, Part 8

His eyes caught hers through the darkness, and the elevator felt suddenly smaller than it had just minutes before. Lucy thought of all the other times she’d been crammed in here over the years: with women in fur coats and men in expensive suits; with little white dogs on pink leashes and doormen wheeling heavy boxes on luggage carts. She’d once spilled an entire container of orange juice on the carpet right where Owen was sitting, which had made the whole place stink for days, and another time, when she was little, she’d drawn her name in green marker on the wall, much to her mother’s dismay.

I Am A Reader - Chapter One, Part 9

Across the elevator, Owen rested his head against the wall. “It is what it is…” he murmured, letting the words trail off at the end.

“I hate that expression,” Lucy said, a bit more forcefully than intended. “Nothing is what it is. Things are always changing. They can always get better.”

Bookfever - Chapter One, Part 10

“It won’t help anything,” she said. “Worrying.”

“Exactly,” he said. “It is what it is.”

“Nope,” she said. “Nothing is what it is.”

“Fine,” he said. “It’s not what it isn’t.”

Lucy gave him a long look. “I have no idea what you’re saying.”

“Or maybe you’d just prefer not to,” he said, sitting forward, and they both laughed. The darkness between them felt suddenly thin, flimsy as tissue paper and even less substantial. His eyes shone through the blackness as the silence stretched between them, and when he finally broke it, his voice was choked.

You'll have to find out what happens between Lucy and Owen by grabbing a copy.



Jennifer E. Smith is the author of This Is What Happy Looks Like, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Storm Makers, You Are Here, and The Comeback Season. She earned a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and currently works as an editor in New York City. Her work has been translated into 27 languages, and her next young adult novel, The Geography of You and Me, will be out in Spring 2014.



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What Goes on TourWhat Goes on Tour
by Claire Boston
Adult Contemporary 
Romance
Ebook, 282 pages
February 11th 2014 by Momentum Moonlight

What goes on tour, stays on tour … or does it?

Few people know that socially awkward Adrian Hart is actually rock god Kent Downer, and that's the way Adrian likes it. His privacy is essential, especially now that he has guardianship of his orphaned, ten-year-old niece, Kate. But when the nanny quits in the middle of his tour Adrian finds himself in a bind.

Until Libby Myles walks into his life.

Libby has only ever wanted to become a full-time author and prove to her parents that she can make it on her own. On the surface, the temporary job as the nanny for Kent Downer's niece looks perfect—the pay is fabulous, the hours are short and Kate is a big fan—it's the rock star that's the issue.

Arrogant and way too attractive for anyone's good, Kent Downer has enough swagger to power a small city. But when he's out of costume he's different—shy and uncertain. For Libby it's a far harder combination to resist. She needs to find a balance between work, writing and ignoring her attraction to the rock star, because if she falls for him, it could mean the end of her dream.

But when a horrible scandal is unleashed—putting young Kate in danger—there's more heat between Libby and Adrian than just sexual attraction. Libby must figure out if Adrian ever cared for her, or if it was all just part of the show …

   
 


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What did author, Claire Boston, say about what she hopes readers take away with them after they've read What Goes on Tour?

I’d love it if readers enjoyed the novel and maybe took with them that people are often different from their public persona.


Nerves clenched in a death grip in Libby’s stomach. She ignored them, taking some more chocolate, then shifted her weight, lifting her knee so she was sitting sideways on the couch.

All the better to observe the rock star. She needed the distraction. He was attractive, if you went for the bad boy type, with his designer stubble and dark brooding eyes. Libby imagined some women would get a thrill to have those eyes focused on them, even for a moment.


The Written Adventure - Author Interview

7) Which of your characters do you favorite and why?

That’s like asking a mother who their favourite child is! There are things I love about each of them but I guess if I had to choose, Adrian would be my favourite in What Goes on Tour. He was such an interesting character to get to know and I liked working through his issues with him.

All That's Written - Guest Post: Research & Review

...I also contacted my favourite talk show and asked what happens behind the scenes, before the show is aired. Were there rehearsals? How much makeup had to be applied? What happened after the show? Again there was a really useful response, explaining everything that happened and I realised I had to make a couple of adjustments to my story to incorporate them.

"Well done. No, very well done. It's not often I find a romance that captures me like this. This is romance in its purest form without being mushy."

The Wonderings of One Person - Author Interview

What was the inspiration for What Goes On Tour?

The question should probably be who was the inspiration for What Goes on Tour and the answer is Marilyn Manson. I was watching a music video show on television and Marilyn Manson appeared. I wondered what made him create his persona and from there my mind drifted off into a series of ‘what ifs’ and day dreams. It only took about five minutes sitting on the couch to come up with Adrian/Kent and the story progressed from there.

Christy's Cozy Corners - Guest Post: The Writing Process

Each writer has their own process, their own way of building a story and it can evolve over time. I have friends who plot everything and those who plot nothing and both work for them. And that’s what it’s about. You have to find a process that works for you. I’ll still try out different methods when I hear about them to see if they can work for me and sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t.

But no matter what my writing process involves, one thing remains constant – the love of writing itself.

Kelly P's Blog - Author Interview

What are you working on right now?
I’ve just finished the dirty draft of a contemporary romance. It’s based around childhood sweethearts who split up just after high school and have just been reunited.


What would you have done differently if you were the main character of your book?

That’s a tricky question because when I’m writing, I constantly fight the urge to make the situation too easy for my character or to have them act like I would act. If I was Libby I would have stood up for myself a lot quicker than she does.

Deal Sharing Aunt - Guest Post: The Path to Publication

If I had to give one piece of advice to aspiring authors it would be to never give up. Nothing happens quickly in this industry and you need to learn your craft before you get to the submission stage. Even after that, it’s very subjective so you need to persevere until you get your manuscript in front of the right person.

C&F: Contests & Freebies - Guest Post: Inspiration

Who is he? Marilyn Manson. 

I was watching one of those music video shows and he came on screen with his dark hair, pale skin and dark makeup and I wondered what made him make up the persona of Marilyn Manson. My brain spiralled through a range of what ifs: 
  • What if it was the only way he could perform in front of people? 
  • What if he was nothing like the character he portrayed? 
  • What if he was the exact opposite? 
  • What if it was his way of hiding from the world? 
And so the character of Adrian/Kent was born...


"It is well written with fully-fledged characters, and a happily-ever-after ending. I would recommend this to those who enjoy Adult Romance."


Libby shifted in her chair and his intense brown eyes met hers. Her heart jolted. He looked slightly horrified, though much friendlier than the cheetah last night.

Though he barely resembled the rock star, Libby was sure it was him. “Hello, Kent.”
The surprise was a shooting star across his face.

“You recognized him!” the girl said as she handed back the notebook. “No one does when he’s not in costume.”


Colorimetry - Playlist

I’ll admit I don’t listen to music when I’m writing. I find it distracting and if I’m having a particularly difficult writing day then I find myself singing along to the songs rather than thinking up what should happen next. Having said that, songs often inspire ideas or help me set the mood for a scene, so I will listen to playlists to help me stay in the mood.


When What Goes on Tour first came out I decided to have a book launch. It was reasonably low key, at the local library, with about 70 friends, family and writing and reading enthusiasts attending. . . . wouldn’t it be great if we could get a real rock star to play as people arrived (because a rock star would really love to perform for free at a debut author’s small book launch!). . . . instead I put together a playlist of rock tunes to set the mood of the night. . .

MI Bookshelf - Excerpt

Libby was just Libby, interesting and kind.

And that was another problem. He couldn’t deny he was attracted to her and he had to add that to the equation. The nanny he hired had to be the best for Kate’s well being and nothing to do with him. He’d promised himself he wouldn’t hire anyone he was attracted to. But he also didn’t have a lot of choice
.

New Syndrome Book - Excerpt

Libby stood up. She should go. This was their time together and she’d be back in a couple of hours when Adrian had to go to work. “I’ll leave you two and come back in time to make dinner.”

“Stay.” Adrian and Kate spoke simultaneously and then grinned at each other and said, “Jinx!”

Adrian turned to Libby and was more hesitant. “That is, if you don’t have any work of your own.” His gaze was sincere.

“She doesn’t. She’s already halfway through her edits,” Kate said. “You could play a game with us. Uncle Ade said we could play the dancing game today.” She jumped up and snatched the computer game cover. “There are lots of songs to choose from.”


Creating Serenity - Guest Post: Adrian/Kent

The first time Libby meets Adrian, he’s dressed as his alter-ego Kent and this is what she sees.
The other red couch had a single occupant. Not the kind of person you wanted to meet in a dark alley, late at night. 
Kent Downer stared straight at Libby, one hand in his lap, the other over the top of the couch, his long, rangy legs crossed at the ankles. She smiled, but he didn’t respond, staring but not seeing, his attention somewhere far more interesting than these four walls. She took the opportunity to study him. Short, spikey black faux-hawk, pale skin and the thickest black eyeliner she’d ever seen on a man. His clothes were black too. Skinny-leg jeans, plain, fitted T-shirt and a waistcoat that hung unbuttoned at the sides. Stereotypical rock star. She’d never be able to use him in one of her books – she’d have to make him different in some way. Otherwise she’d get the comment from her editor – “Don’t make him a cardboard cut-out.”
When she meets him again, as Adrian, this is her impression.
He was the same height and build as the rock star but that was where the resemblance ended. His dark hair was combed flat, and his white muscle T-shirt and blue jeans made him look like the boy next door.
Mel's Shelves - Review & Excerpt

"The plot was more complex than I originally thought it would be and I enjoyed it. There were some twists and turns and I knew how I wanted it to end, but wasn't sure if it would turn in that direction. . . . If you enjoy contemporary rock 'n roll adult romance, this is the book for you!"

He got her so flustered, being so close. She turned to put some distance between them but stopped as he took her hand.

Heat rushed up her arms. Adrian drew her closer to him.

Her heart slowed and beat heavily in her chest.

“You’ve helped me a lot in these few short days.” He took her other hand so she was facing him directly.
What was he doing? She had to stop this.

Brooke Blogs - Guest Post: Libby

When Kent has an anxiety attack, he uses the image of Libby to help calm himself.
“Kent closed his eyes and focused on the sensation, visualizing her face; her emerald green eyes, her small nose, her hesitant smile and the straight, chocolate brown hair that fell past her shoulders.
She was attractive, in an unassuming way, and he concentrated on that hum of attraction he’d felt when he’d first noticed her in the green room.”
Then a little later in the story he sees her again, in a far different light.
“She was wearing a black leather jacket and green top that made her eyes more emerald, but it was the skinny-leg jeans and high heels that attracted his attention. Where the heck had those legs come from? They went on and on and the jeans clung to them like a second skin.

Within the first two chapters of What Goes on Tour, I was hooked. It was interesting to see how Adrian/Kent's and Libby's relationship unfolded, and because it wasn't rushed, it felt believable. I think that's a contributing factor of why I liked both characters.

Dividing by Zero - Review & Interview

This novel was well-written – the plot was interesting and entertaining; the characters were by and large believable. . . . I kept turning the pages even when I should have gone to bed, because bedtime came around just as I was reaching the part where the scandal subplot was unfolding, and I had to keep reading to find out what would happen next. This being the author’s debut novel, I’m doubly impressed with it, and can’t wait to read her next book!

If you were to adapt this book for the big screen, who would be in your dream cast?

I’ve been asked this question a few times and every time I come up with a different answer! There are so many talented actors and actresses out there. For Adrian I’d probably go with Benedict Cumberbatch; for Libby, Rose Byrne; and for Kate, Annie Rose Buckley.


Claire Boston was a voracious reader as a child, devouring anything by Enid Blyton as well as series such as Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, The Baby-sitters Club and Sweet Valley High. Then one school holidays when she’d run out of books to read her mother handed her ‘Hot Ice’ by Nora Roberts and Claire instantly fell in love with romance novels.

The love of reading soon turned to a love of writing and she struggled to keep within the 1500 word limit set by her teachers for her creative writing assignments. When she finally decided to become serious about her stories she joined Romance Writers of Australia, found her wonderful critique group and hasn’t looked back.

When Claire’s not reading or writing she can be found in the garden attempting to grow vegetables, or racing around a vintage motocross track. If she can convince anyone to play with her, she also enjoys cards and board games.

Claire lives in Western Australia, just south of Perth with her husband, who loves even her most annoying quirks, and her two grubby, but adorable Australian bulldogs.



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Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E Smith - Excerpt #6 on Tour!

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The Geography of You and Me
by Jennifer E. Smith


The Geography of You and MeThe Geography of You and Me
by Jennifer E. Smith
YA Contemporary Romance
April 15th 2014 by Little, Brown for Young Readers


Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen's relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and -- finally -- a reunion in the city where they first met.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith's new novel shows that the center of the world isn't necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.

CHAPTER ONE
Excerpt 6

“I know. Hard to believe school starts tomorrow.”
“Yeah, for me, too,” he said. “Assuming we ever get out of here.”
“Where do you go?”
“Probably not the same place as you.”
“Well, I hope not,” she said with a grin. “Mine’s all girls.”
“Then definitely not the same one,” he said. “But I’d already figured that out anyway.”
“What do you mean?”
“Well,” he said, waving a hand around. “You live here.”
Lucy raised her eyebrows. “In the elevator?”
“In this building,” he said, making a face.
“So do you.”
“I think it would be more accurate to say I live under this building,” he joked. “But I’m betting you go to some fancy private school where everyone wears uniforms and worries about the difference between an A and an A-minus.”
She swallowed hard, unsure what to say to this, since it was true.
Taking her silence as an admission, he tilted his head as if to say I told you so, then gave a little shrug. “I’m going to the one up on One Hundred and Twelfth that looks like a bunker, where everyone goes through metal detectors and worries about the difference between a C and a C-minus.”
“I’m sure it won’t be that bad,” she said, and his jaw went tight. Even through the darkness, something about his expression made him seem much older than he’d looked just moments before, bitter and cynical.
“The school or the city?”
“Doesn’t sound like you’re too thrilled about either.”
He glanced down at his hands, which were resting in a knot on top of his knees. “It’s just…this wasn’t really the plan,” he said. “But my dad got offered this job, and now here we are.”







Jennifer E. Smith is the author of This Is What Happy Looks Like, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Storm Makers, You Are Here, and The Comeback Season. She earned a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and currently works as an editor in New York City. Her work has been translated into 27 languages, and her next young adult novel, The Geography of You and Me, will be out in Spring 2014.



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- Hardcover copy of The Geography of You and Me
- ebook copy of The Geography of You and Me
- Open internationally
- April 8 - 22

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Among Friends by Father Jim Sichko - a Bookblast!

  Among Friends: Stories from the Journey

Among Friends Cover 

 “This book is my Midrash.” With these words, Father Jim draws us into his life story full of laughter, tears, and service. Among Friends is a compilation of short stories and insightful lessons experienced on his many travels as a clergyman and motivational speaker. Whether recounting his sobering flying experiences, meeting the Pope, his encounter with the “Weed Man” or telling us about his “lead foot,” Father Jim teaches us lessons through powerful storytelling. As he takes us along on his journey from getting kicked out of seminary to hosting celebrities, such as Dolly Parton, Harry Connick Jr., Martin Short, Bill Cosby, and former First Lady Laura Bush, at his small Kentucky parish, Father Jim shines a light into the corners of the human heart to expose our need for God and the love He alone can give us. You will laugh, cry, and be taken back by his honesty. In all, Father Jim shows us what it means to love God, love others, and live life Among Friends.

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Father Jim W. Sichko is a priest of the Diocese of Lexington, KY. He was ordained to the Ministerial Priesthood of Jesus Christ on May 23, 1998. He travels throughout the U.S. giving missions, retreats, and days of recollection. Known for his storytelling, Father Jim weaves everyday life experiences with the rooted messages which lie within the Gospel. He is booked for speaking engagements through 2015. Each engagement lasts a minimum of three days and averages 3,000 people per night. Father Jim completed his undergraduate work at New England Conservatory of Music in Vocal Performance and received a Master of Divinity degree from Sacred Heart School of Theology.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Dear Kali... The Dark Tower, really?!

Sharing a private email 'cause, I don't know, maybe there's other fans out there? Help!!

Why... oh, WHY do you like The Dark Tower?! And did you know you liked the series starting with the first book?! And when, WHEN did you like it?!

This book is DISTURBING!! It's so dang vivid and real and gritty... I can feel the wind, but... the details included and all the ones left to the imagination are so... disturbing. Really dark with no solid footing for who's good or why or who to cheer on or.... like, hold on to your seat tightly - or yourself - and don't look away, but you won't be able to forget what you see and you might not like it!

You must tell me (again?) WHY you love this book/series and WHEN - book 4? (Do I remember you mentioned 4?) Which makes me ask... is it necessary to get to 4 via 1-3?!

I had to jump on Goodreads this morning to see what you got me into. Yes, I know I'm a grown person and can make my own reading choices, but you've recommended these forever and so I started accumulating them where I could find them... and I never would have read them otherwise, so yeah, you're taking some blame.

The writing is absolutely exquisite. Who ever puts those words together in that order?! I guess Stephen King does. Reading them is rather like Blissful Torture.

I'm quite disturbed.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E Smith - Launching the Excerpt Tour!

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

We're launching the EXCERPT TOUR for
The Geography of You and Me
by Jennifer E. Smith

4/8 - Tour Launch



The Geography of You and MeThe Geography of You and Me
by Jennifer E. Smith
YA Contemporary Romance
April 15th 2014 by Little, Brown for Young Readers


Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen's relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and -- finally -- a reunion in the city where they first met.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith's new novel shows that the center of the world isn't necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.



The two main characters, Lucy and Owen, from The Geography of You and Me first meet in New York, but then keep in contact from different places around the world before meeting up in New York again.

The author, Jennifer E. Smith, shared some of her favorite places in the world in preparation of Geography's release. We'd like to re-share them with you!


"First up, New York City, where I’ve lived for nearly a decade now, and where the book begins.  This city can be intense at times, but it’s also completely amazing and unlike anywhere else in the world." 



"If I didn’t live in New York City, I’d almost certainly want to live in London (preferably in the lavender house above, which I’ve had picked out for years!).

I’ve been lucky enough to spend a lot of time there, and those of you who have read THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT will have a sense of how much I adore it.  

Definitely one of my favorite places in the world."


"One of my other favorite places in the world is Ireland. I studied abroad in Limerick when I was in college, and completely fell in love with the country. I’ve been lucky enough to get back there several times since, and I can never get enough.

That’s me feeding a baby lamb at my friend’s farm in Mayo — and no, it’s not actually beer! I was so tickled to get to do this, until we went inside right afterwards for supper, which was….lamb. Ah, farm life."

Lake Tahoe is another one of my favorite places.  My family has gone pretty much every summer for the last fifteen years or so, and it’s absolutely beautiful. Another place I wish could be today…

"Lake Tahoe is another one of my favorite places.  My family has gone pretty much every summer for the last fifteen years or so, and it’s absolutely beautiful. Another place I wish could be today…"

My last favorite place for the day.  This is Doubtful Sound in New Zealand, where my sister and I went three years ago, just a few days after a devastating earthquake in Christchurch. (We’re wearing matching sweatshirts because we couldn’t ever get back to our bags, since our hotel was right next to the fallen cathedral.)
It was so odd to find ourselves in one of the most peaceful places on earth just days after experiencing one of the most chaotic ones, and it was exactly what we needed at the time.  I think of this place often, and I hope to visit it again someday…

"This is Doubtful Sound in New Zealand, where my sister and I went three years ago, just a few days after a devastating earthquake in Christchurch. (We’re wearing matching sweatshirts because we couldn’t ever get back to our bags, since our hotel was right next to the fallen cathedral.)

It was so odd to find ourselves in one of the most peaceful places on earth just days after experiencing one of the most chaotic ones, and it was exactly what we needed at the time.  I think of this place often, and I hope to visit it again someday…"


"St. Andrews in Scotland. When I daydream, this is usually what’s on my mind.  I went to grad school here, and it was one of the best years of my life. I love this place so much, and part of THE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU AND ME is set in Scotland just so I had an excuse to keep daydreaming about it."

Another one of my favorite places is San Francisco. I think the picture says it all: hills, water, sailboats, nice weather. What’s not to love?

"Another one of my favorite places is San Francisco. I think the picture says it all: hills, water, sailboats, nice weather. What’s not to love?"

And Paris…because who doesn’t love Paris?

"And Paris…because who doesn’t love Paris?"

You can see all these posts in their entirety as well as the rest of Jennifer's favorite places in the world on Tumblr


Jennifer E. Smith is the author of This Is What Happy Looks Like, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Storm Makers, You Are Here, and The Comeback Season. She earned a master’s degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and currently works as an editor in New York City. Her work has been translated into 27 languages, and her next young adult novel, The Geography of You and Me, will be out in Spring 2014.



Tour-Wide Giveaway

- Hardcover copy of The Geography of You and Me
- ebook copy of The Geography of You and Me
- Open internationally
- April 8 - 22


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