The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss: Blitz

Screen Shot 2017-06-19 at 6.00.44 PMABOUT THE STRANGE CASE OF THE ALCHEMIST’S DAUGHTER:

How do I explain how amazing this book is? TSCotAD features found families, monster girls, snarky meta, and Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson all wrapped up in an incredible Victorian Era bow. Brianna took this book to London with her and devoured it. Hopefully you’ll love it just as much as she does!
 
Based on some of literature’s horror and science fiction classics, this is the story of a remarkable group of women who come together to solve the mystery of a series of gruesome murders—and the bigger mystery of their own origins.

Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents’ death, is curious about the secrets of her father’s mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father’s former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture…a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes.

But her hunt leads her to Hyde’s daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns. With the assistance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Mary continues her search for the elusive Hyde, and soon befriends more women, all of whom have been created through terrifying experimentation: Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherin Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein.

When their investigations lead them to the discovery of a secret society of immoral and power-crazed scientists, the horrors of their past return. Now it is up to the monsters to finally triumph over the monstrous. 

LINKS: Amazon | B&N 

Screen Shot 2017-06-19 at 6.00.29 PMABOUT THEODORA GOSS:

Theodora Goss’s publications include the short story collection In the Forest of Forgetting (2006); Interfictions (2007), a short story anthology coedited with Delia Sherman; Voices from Fairyland (2008), a poetry anthology with critical essays and a selection of her own poems; and The Thorn and the Blossom (2012), a two-sided novella in an accordion format. She has been a finalist for the Nebula, Crawford, Locus, and Mythopoeic Awards, and on the Tiptree Award Honor List. She has won the World Fantasy and Rhysling Awards.

LINKS: Website | Twitter

Check back on June 26th for my blog tour post and a giveaway!

Internet Famous by Danika Stone: Interview & Giveaway!

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Synopsis :

High school senior and internet sensation Madison Nakama seems to have it all: a happy family, good grades, and a massive online following for her pop-culture blog. But when her mother suddenly abandons the family, Madi finds herself struggling to keep up with all of her commitments.

Fandom to the rescue! As her online fans band together to help, an online/offline flirtation sparks with Laurent, a French exchange student. Their internet romance—played out in the comments section of her MadLibs blog—attracts the attention of an internet troll who threatens the separation of Madi’s real and online personas. With her carefully constructed life unraveling, Madi must uncover the hacker’s identity before he can do any more damage, or risk losing the people she loves the most… Laurent included.

Interview:

1) You’ve written multiple books that deal with fandoms, what are some of your fandoms?

My fandom involvement tends to go in waves. I also tend to shift fandoms by television seasons. My very first fandoms were The X-Files, Twin Peaks, Star Trek and Dr. Who. Currently, I’m obsessed with The 100, the entire Marvel universe, The Walking Dead (though that’s mainly for Darryl and Carol) and The Star Wars franchise (especially The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and any storyline that includes a young Leia Organa).

2) What do you enjoy writing more, YA or mystery/thriller?

I love both, and that’s not a cop-out. I really do! YA allows me to explore coming-of-age challenges and youthful perspective. There’s a real joy to giving voice to stories I think need to be shared. I also LOVE YA fans. They are so open and caring that I can’t help but want to do and write better books for them!

The flip side is that mystery/thrillers let me go into the darkest part of the human mind. I adore the complex plotting that goes into them, and I love working with my editor, Dinah, to weave a story so water-tight that readers have to keep turning the pages to find out if they have guessed the ending or not.

3) You’ve worked with SwoonReads on multiple books. What do you love about working with them?

The Swoon team is absolutely AMAZING! They are so hands-on and accessible. I never feel like I’m writing into the void. I can just call them up (or in my case do a Google Hangout) and actually talk through story ideas and editing issues. If you are a writer and are looking for a place to submit, I’d strongly encourage Swoon Reads. They are incredible!

4) Would you want to be internet famous?

Yes! The great thing about internet fame is that – for the most part – your daily life gets to stay sane. Of course if I had to deal with trolls the way Madi does in Internet Famous, I’d probably change my mind.

5) What other upcoming projects do you have in the works?

My most current book is The Dark Divide, the sequel to my mystery/thriller Edge of Wild. It’s coming out sometime late next year or early the next. There is also an as-yet-untitled contemporary YA which I’m editing at the moment, set to come out from Swoon Reads. (No date set as of yet.) And, of course, there are about a hundred WIPs!

Random Fire:
1) Favorite female literary character?

Ack! Just one? I suppose I’ll go with Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games trilogy.

2) Hot or Cold?

I like cold weather more than hot. (That’s a good thing since I live in Canada!)

3) If you weren’t a writer, what would be your dream job?

Writing is definitely my dream job in this universe, but in another one, I’d LOVE to be that person at the zoo who gets to foster wild baby animals. I would pay for the chance to bottle-feed a lion cub or fluff up the fur of a baby otter so it could float. *sighs*

4) Favorite social media site?

I probably spend most of my time on Twitter, but I ADORE Tumblr, simply because the posts are so much more detailed.

My Thoughts:

I haven’t had the pleasure of reading this book yet, but based on the other books of Danika’s that I’ve read I know this one will be great too! I’ve had mine preordered for months! Also go read Edge of Wild! It’s an amazing thriller that keeps you guessing til the very end and I can’t wait for the sequel to it!

Goodreads Link

Preorder Links: Amazon- US / Amazon – UK / Barnes & Nobles / Book Depository

DanikaStonePortrait2About the Author:

Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both teens (All the Feels and Internet Famous) adults (Edge of Wild and Intaglio). When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.

Social Media: Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / YouTube / Tumblr / Pinterest

Ms. Stone is represented by Morty Mint of Mint Literary Agency.

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Tour Schedule:

Name Post Type Date Blog URL
MAY
Christine Mood board 22 Tine Reviews https://tinesreviews.wordpress.com/
Jordan Interview 23 The Heart of a Book Cover theheartofabookblogger.com
Fatima Guest Post 24 Fafa’s Book Corner: https://fafasbookcorner.wordpress.com/
Bianca Interview 25 The Ultimate Fangirl https://notoriouslaylow.wordpress.com
Brooke Review 26 The Cozy Little Book Nook http://thecozylittlebooknook.weebly.com/blog
Heather Guest Post 29 The Hermit Librarian http://thehermitlibrarian.wordpress.com
Cilla Review 30 Paved with Books pavedwithbookss.blogspot.com
Jamie Review 31 Books and Ladders http://booksandladders.blogspot.com/
JUNE
Nicole Lynn Review 1 Boundless Bookaholic http://www.boundlessbookaholic.com/
Breanna Guest Post 2 Recommends Book https://recommendsbook.wordpress.com/
Emily Interview 5 Little Book Wyrm http://www.little-book-wyrm.com
Amber Excerpt 6 Bookstackamber bookstacksamber.wordpress.com
Ardis Review 7 Pondering the Prose http://ponderingtheprose.blogspot.com
Bayy Guest Post 8 Bayy in Wonderland bayyinwonderland.wordpress.com
Annalisse Review 9 Hopeful Reads hopefulreads.wordpress.com
Sara Excerpt 12 A Gingerly Review https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com/
Wren Review 13 The Litaku http://thelitaku.blogspot.com/
Krystianna Review 14 Downright dystopian http://downrightdystopian.blogspot.com/
Kathleen Interview 15 Books, TV, & More… Oh My! kcmmp13.wordpress.com
Bonnie Excerpt 16 A Backwards Story http://abackwardsstory.blogspot.com/

 

Checkmate: This is Effortless by @KennedyFoxBooks: Teaser & Review

✩♕★CHECKMATE DUET SERIES by Kennedy Fox | @kennedyfoxbooks!★♕✩
Checkmate: This is Effortless (Drew & Courtney, #2) is now available!
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​This friends to lovers romance duet is filled with HUMOR, DRAMA, & SIZZLING CHEMISTRY!​ #1Click book 1 to meet #TeamDrewtney or grab book 2 for the conclusion of their love story!​ —-> http://amzn.to/2mXKLfq


✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★✩★

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​Synopsis:

Courtney Bishop is as sugary sweet as her famous blueberry muffins.

Southern belle at heart, Cali girl by choice.

She barged into my life and easily became my best friend.

All was great as roommates and just friends, but then I fell for the girl who could chop firewood, deliver baby calves, and bail hay without breaking a sweat. 

She’s the perfect mixture of sugar and spice, and I love her.

Being more than friends and trying to build our future isn’t as easy as it sounds.

Moving forward and creating memories is all I want for us, but when the past continues to come back and haunt me, I’m not so sure she’ll stay for the ride. 

Loving her is easy, but losing her will break me. Burning passion combined with an undeniable chemistry constantly pushes and pulls us together. In the end, I’ll prove we’re worth the fight, even when the game is far from over.

Checkmate, sweetheart.​

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I absolutely loved this second book featuring Courtney and Drew. It picks up exactly where book one (This is Reckless) left off, and boy was that a cliffhanger! No spoilers, but I absolutely hate Mia and her craziness. She’s the worst for numerous reasons. I really hope she doesn’t appear in the next duet, but she is a great character that everyone loves to hate. One thing I love about this series is that past (Viola & Drew) and future (Logan & Kayla) main characters are featured and not just swept under the rug. I really enjoy the friendships between all these characters. Drew and Court go though a lot of ups and downs in this book and I think it emulates real life pretty well in that respect. I love seeing Court’s brothers again and would definitely read a book about them. I’m also curious to see where books 5 & 6 will take us with Logan and Kayla. This book will put you on a rollercoaster of emotions, but I promise you’ll want to go for the ride!

I was given a ARC of this book for an honest review.
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SST: Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman Q&A

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Hi everyone! Today on the blog is an interview with Laura Silverman, author of Girl Out of Water. Below is a synopsis & the interview!

Synopsis: 

Anise Sawyer plans to spend every minute of summer with her friends: surfing, chowing down on fish tacos drizzled with wasabi balsamic vinegar, and throwing bonfires that blaze until dawn. But when a serious car wreck leaves her aunt, a single mother of three, with two broken legs, it forces Anise to say goodbye for the first time to Santa Cruz, the waves, her friends, and even a kindling romance, and fly with her dad to Nebraska for the entire summer. Living in Nebraska isn’t easy. Anise spends her days caring for her three younger cousins in the childhood home of her runaway mom, a wild figure who’s been flickering in and out of her life since birth, appearing for weeks at a time and then disappearing again for months, or even years, without a word.

Complicating matters is Lincoln, a one-armed, charismatic skater who pushes Anise to trade her surfboard for a skateboard. As Anise draws closer to Lincoln and takes on the full burden and joy of her cousins, she loses touch with her friends back home – leading her to one terrifying question: will she turn out just like her mom and spend her life leaving behind the ones she loves.

Interview:

Girl out of Water sounds like an amazing coming of age story, what made you want to tell Anise’s story?

Thank you so much! Honestly, Anise told her own story. I definitely wanted to play with ideas of feeling trapped / being scared of losing home, but it wasn’t until I finished the book that I realized how much I connected to Anise on certain things. Just like Anise, I was really worried I’d lose important friendships when we parted ways for college, and that’s something you have to figure out your whole life. Good friends are always moving away. Sometimes you’re always moving away. You have to learn to put in some work, but you can definitely keep those important relationships, no matter the distance.

Do any of the characters stem from people you know or from people watching?

Most of the characters are pretty much their own. If I had to pick one I relate to most it’s probably Tess – Anise’s best friend. We’re both very loving and loyal and…honest haha…with our friends

How long was the process of writing Girl out of Water to getting it published?

I wrote the initial drafts over about six months. From there, I queried the manuscript and found my agent. We worked on it again and then went out on submission for an editor and publishing house. So there were a lot of lulls in between when I wasn’t actually working on the book, but from first idea to on the shelves it’s been close to three years.

What was your favorite part about writing Girl out of Water?

Ooh! That’s hard to choose! I think probably the draft right before I queried agents when everything started clicking – it was the first time I looked at it and was like, whoa, omg, this really could be an actual book. It was really satisfying to feel all of the hard work come together.  

Random Fire:
Favorite female literary character?

Awesome question! Some recent reads come to mind – Starr from THE HATE U GIVE and Molly from THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED.

If you weren’t a writer, what would be your dream job?

I also love freelance editing and at one point I was going to be a copywriter at an advertising agency, but those are pretty similar haha Totally out of the box? Being a doctor would be amazing, especially on the research end of things.

Favorite sport?

Soccer! I was never particularly athletic, but I loved it as a kid and wish it were more popular in America.

Links: Goodreads/Amazon/B&N

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Checkmate: This is Reckless by Kennedy Fox a Review

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I started the Checkmate series by Kennedy Fox a few months ago because it was recommended by so many fellow book bloggers. I absolutely loved Travis & Viola’s story in the first duology. The second duology focuses on Viola’s brother Drew & her best friend Courtney.

Their best friends turned lovers romance is one of my favorite. I love reading about these people that have a past together and through it all, they find each other. Now of course not everything can be rainbows and blueberry muffins. They both face hurdles and have to fight for each other. I enjoy that there are some struggles because not every relationship is perfect; however, I detest the character of Mia and all the drama she brings.

This is Reckless is full of amazing characters. I enjoyed reading more about Viola & Travis’ life. Meeting Logan, Drew’s parter on the force, and Kayla, Courtney & Viola’s friend. I have a hunch they’ll be the next duo to get a book. Plus I loved all the little nods to Benita & her BookBeau empire. I think the characters of Drew and Courtney are well developed and are relatable. I highly recommend this new adult book. It’s got fun, romance, sexy times, drama, and lots of blueberry muffins.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Checkmate Duet Boxed Set by Kennedy Fox Early Release!!!

Live Early! Available on Amazon for a special release day price of $4.99 or grab it free with your Kindle Unlimited subscription!

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This enemies to lovers romance duet is now in one complete boxed set where you’ll get plenty of laughs, banter, & steam!

Synopsis:

Travis King is the worst kind of a$$hole with good looks and enough confidence to last two lifetimes. Viola Fisher is a goodie two shoes know-it-all who prefers fictional love stories over her own. The only thing they have in common is their mutual hatred for each other.

She’s had a secret crush on him since she was ten but Travis has always made it very clear the feelings aren’t mutual. He’s cruel, crass and takes every opportunity to get under Viola’s skin. She’s smart, beautiful, and too good to be true. Hating him is her religion but needing her is his.

Although Viola loathes his very existence, against her better judgment she let him into her bed. Her sexy curves and filthy smart mouth make Travis want her even more and although she’s succumbed to his manwh*re ways, she’s determined to not let that change a thing.

Too bad he has other plans.

Viola’s always been off-limits, but Travis is determined to keep crossing that line. She can try to push him away, but he always gets what he wants and he’ll do anything to prove he’s done playing games.

Until then, they’ll play by their own rules to see who will win the biggest battle yet—love or hate?

Checkmate.

Price will increase to $6.99 so get it now!

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Checkmate Boxed Set by Kennedy Fox + Excerpt & Giveaway!

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 Title: Checkmate Boxed Set

Series: Checkmate Duet (Travis & Viola)
Titles Included: Checkmate: This is War & Checkmate: This is Love

Author: Kennedy Fox

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Trope: Enemies to Lovers
Photographer & Designer: Sara Eirew

Release Date: April 5, 2017

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 Synopsis

Travis King is the worst kind of asshole with good looks and enough confidence to last two lifetimes.

Viola Fisher is a goodie two shoes know-it-all who prefers fictional love stories over her own.

The only thing they have in common is their mutual hatred for each other.

She’s had a secret crush on him since she was ten but Travis has always made it very clear the feelings aren’t mutual. He’s cruel, crass and takes every opportunity to get under Viola’s skin. She’s smart, beautiful, and too good to be true. Hating him is her religion but needing her is his.

Although Viola loathes his very existence, against her better judgment she let him into her bed. Her sexy curves and filthy smart mouth make Travis want her even more and although she’s succumbed to his manwhore ways, she’s determined to not let that change a thing.

Too bad he has other plans.

Viola’s always been off-limits, but Travis is determined to keep crossing that line. She can try to push him away, but he always gets what he wants and he’ll do anything to prove he’s done playing games.

Until then, they’ll play by their own rules to see who will win the biggest battle yet—love or hate?

Checkmate.

*Recommend for ages 18+ due to sexual content and adult language.*

Excerpt

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Watching Viola’s cheeks turn bright red gives me a thrill every time. She’s easy to rile up, even easier to embarrass. She pretends to hate me, but let’s be honest, there’s hardly anything about me worth hating. Even when she was just ten years old and we’d just met, I could make her blush without even speaking.

I work out every chance I get, eat right, and work my ass off both in and out of the gym. When I’m not working out or at my job, I enjoy other types of recreation.

Currently her name is Rachel and she’s basically salivating at the mouth as she waits for me to give her what she’s begging for.

I give in, of course.

I’m a guy after all.

When we’re both sated and panting next to each other, I clean up and pull my boxer shorts back up. She curls her body around mine and places a quick kiss on my shoulder. “Are you kicking me out now?”

I look over my shoulder and give her a sympathetic grin. “Sorry, babe. No sleepovers.”

That’s not entirely a rule set in stone, but I prefer to sleep alone. Especially if there’s no chance of morning sex the next day. I get up at five a.m. and head to the gym before I have to be to work at eight.

“All right.” She gets up and searches for her clothes. Once she’s dressed, she grabs her purse and walks over for a goodbye kiss. “Call me later.”

“Sure.” I escort her out of the house and kiss her once more before shutting the door. I spin around and nearly run over Viola as she passes in the hall.

“Aw…another victim released. How sweet of you.”

“They aren’t victims if they’re willing,” I retort matter-of-factly.

“Well, they’re airheads if they are.” She continues walking to the kitchen and reluctantly I follow.

“You sure sound pretty envious.”

“It’s not. It’s pity. There’s a difference.” She opens the fridge and reaches for a bottle of water.

“Trust me…she’s not feeling any amount of pity right about now.” I lean up against the doorframe and watch her take a long drink.

“If not pity, then definitely regret. Or perhaps she’s wondering where the nearest clinic is so she can get tested.” She takes another pull of her water and ignores my glare.

“Just because a woman likes sex, doesn’t make her an airhead. But you wouldn’t know that would you? Not when you keep your V-card hostage like it’s a million-dollar diamond.”

“For the hundredth time, I’m not a virgin!” she retorts sharply. “Just because I don’t spread my legs as much as a gymnast, doesn’t mean I’m a prude.”

“Well it sure as hell doesn’t make you a delight.”

She tosses the bottle out and steps toward me, shoving her shoulder against me as she walks past. “Knowing how to use your dick doesn’t make you a god, Travis.”

I spin around and face her as she walks away. “You speak as if you know from experience.”

“Trust me. The walls are thin. The entire neighborhood knows from experience,” she calls over her shoulder.

“So are you saying I should be sorry for knowing how to use my dick?”

She freezes and turns toward me. “No, you should be sorry for anyone that falls for your shit that gets them into your bed in the first place.” She presses her lips together in a fake smile and walks down the hall and back to where Drew is still playing his game.

I don’t know what her problem is, but I’m determined to find out.

It’s already ten o’clock, and I have a long day at the office tomorrow, but I can’t get Viola off my mind long enough to fall asleep.

This never happens by the way.

Okay, well, maybe it does. Only when she gets under my skin, which happens to be all the damn time.

But you can’t blame me. She’s always perfect and proper, never wrong and always knows the answer to everything. She’s that annoying smart kid in class that always fucks up the grading curve for everyone else. The one that wears modest clothes but somehow always ends up looking sexy as fuck.

On the outside, Viola Fisher is the poster child of innocence and purity. But I know better.

Viola Fisher has tattoos and a right hook that could make any grown man cry.

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About the Author

A secret duo of romance authors team up under the USA Today Bestselling pseudonym, Kennedy Fox who share a love of You’ve Got Mail and The Holiday. When they aren’t bonding over romantic comedies, they like to brainstorm new book ideas. One day, they decided to collaborate and have some fun creating new characters that’ll make your lady bits tingle and your heart melt. If you enjoy romance stories with sexy, tattooed alpha males and smart, independent women, then a Kennedy Fox book is for you!

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The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead Paperback Release & GIVEAWAY!!!

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Hi Everyone!

I’m so happy to share The Glittering Court paperback release with all of you. I first fell in love with Richelle Mead’s writing after a friend suggested Vampire Academy to me. The rest was history after that. The Glittering Court is an amazing book. I hope y’all enjoy reading it and don’t forget to enter the giveaway for one of TEN copies available! Thank you to Chelsea and the wonderful people at Penguin Teen!

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GLITTERING COURT SUMMARY:
Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands…

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RICHELLE MEAD is the #1 New York TimesUSA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series and its spin-off series, Bloodlines. Originally from Michigan, she now lives in Seattle, Washington.

Giveaway!!!

Enter for a chance to win one (1) of ten (10) copies of The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead (ARV: $10.99 each).
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on March 28, 2017 and 12:00 AM on April 5, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about April 7, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

Spotlight & GIVEAWAY! Organize Your Way: Simple Strategies for Every Personality by Katie & Kelly McMenamin

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Stressing over the mess? Discover YOUR personal organizing style—and stay organized forever!
Organization isn’t one-size-fits-all. Different people need different solutions. Fortunately, Katie and Kelly McMenamin—the organizing gurus behind PixiesDidIt!®—have found the key to making organization stick, with strategies that work for every personality.

Whether you’re OCD or a little less fastidious, Katie and Kelly will help you discover your organizational style, using unconventional approaches or sticking to what already works. Along with personality-based solutions for every space in your home, they offer advice on solving strife between different “PixieTypes.” So you can keep the stuff you love . . . and the peace!

Top Ten Pixie Tips 

1. Knowing who you are is the key to organization mainly because if you’re pretending to be someone else, it’s hard to remember where that pretend person put something!

2. Change is hard, so be honest about organizing tasks. People who never hang up their coats in a closet, probably never will; get a coat rack and call it a day.

3. Perfect isn’t real. Magazine perfection is styled by a professional whose job it is to make everything perfection for the millisecond it takes to snap a photo.

4. No shame, no blame! You liking clear, spotless surfaces doesn’t make you OCD (it’s not a personality disorder), it’s your personality type.

5. Later Box It. When you can’t part with a useless item, store it away in a box and revisit that box in a few months (a year), whatever you missed keep, whatever you forgot … dude, let it go.

6. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Change is hard (see #2!) so if storing TP right next to the toilet works for you, do it, but for heaven’s sake try to make it look nice—unless you live alone on Antarctica then who cares.

7. Organizing at its core is about retrieval. Period. Can you easily find and get things when you need them. Everything else is an argument about aesthetics.

8. One-step solutions are golden. Hanging up your coat is a five-step process whereas popping it on a hook is one-step. Light bulb (at least it was for us!)

9. Be loud & proud. So, you write important To Do’s on your hand in a pinch. Who cares? Don’t apologize, defend it and tell any scolds where they can go.

10. There’s no best way to organize—just the best one for you!


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Bio: Katie McMenamin and Kelly McMenamin are sisters, professional organizers, personality-type experts, and founders of PixieDidIt! Their business is an outgrowth of buttoned-up hedge fund analyst Kelly spending 30-odd years trying and failing to get her messy older sister Katie, a writer, to be more organized. Countless fights ensued until they had an idea: What if there is more than one way to organize? Today, they spend the bulk of their time organizing for clients, writing for their website, and giving talks on how to organize according to your personality type. Kelly lives in NYC with her husband and three sons and Katie lives in their hometown, the Land of Champions, aka Cleveland, OH, with her husband and three daughters.

Bookburners by Max Gladstone, Margaret Dunlap, Mur Lafferty, & Brian Slattery: Author Spotlight

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headshot_gladstoneMAX GLADSTONE has been thrown from a horse in Mongolia, drank almond milk with monks on Wudang Shan, and wrecked a bicycle in Angkor Wat. Max is also the author of the Craft Sequence of books about undead gods and skeletal law wizards—Full Fathom Five, Three Parts Dead, Two Serpents Rise, and Last First Snow. Max fools everyone by actually writing novels in the coffee shops of Davis Square in Somerville, MA. His dreams are much nicer than you’d expect. He tweets as @maxgladstone.
headshot_dunlapBefore joining the Bookburners, MARGARET DUNLAP wrote for ABC Family’s cult-hit The Middleman in addition to working on SyFy’s Eureka. Most recently, she was a writer and co-executive producer of the Emmy-winning transmedia series The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and co-created its sequel Welcome to Sanditon. Her short fiction has previously appeared in Shimmer Magazine. Margaret lives in Los Angeles where she taunts the rest of the team with local weather reports and waits for the earthquake that will finally turn Burbank into oceanfront property. She tweets as @spyscribe.
headshot_laffertyMUR LAFFERTY is the author of The Shambling Guides series from Orbit, including the Netfix-optioned The Shambling Guide to New York City and Ghost Train to New Orleans. She has been a podcaster for over 10 years, running award-winning shows such as I Should Be Writing and novellas published via podcast. She has written for RPGs, video games, and short animation. She lives in Durham, NC where she attends Durham Bulls baseball games and regularly pets two dogs. Her family regrets her Dragon Age addiction and wishes for her to get help. She tweets as @mightymur.
headshot_slatteryBRIAN FRANCIS SLATTERY is the author of Spaceman Blues, Liberation, Lost Everything, and The Family Hightower. Lost Everything won the Philip K. Dick Award in 2012. He’s the arts and culture editor for the New Haven Independent, an editor for the New Haven Review, and a freelance editor for a few not-so-secret public policy think tanks. He also plays music constantly with a few different groups in a bunch of different genres. He has settled with his family just outside of New Haven and admits that elevation above sea level was one of the factors he took into account. For one week out of every year, he enjoys living completely without electricity.
© 2017 Max Gladstone, with permission from Saga Press

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