AUTHOR Q&A – BECKY ALBERTALLI

View More: http://thedecisivemoment.pass.us/becky-headshots23866536SYNOPSIS OF HER BOOK FROM GOODREADS:

(SOURCE: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19547856-simon-vs-the-homo-sapiens-agenda )

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.url

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  •  How would you define your life?
I would say my life is pretty hectic! It’s been a really exciting, stressful, joyous two years.
  • You told me that you have a baby, how did you divide your time for writing and your family?
I wish I had a good answer! I still haven’t mastered this balance, especially when I’m on deadline. I have two sons under three, and I’ve been working basically nonstop since my younger son was six weeks old. I’m so lucky to have a lot of help and support at home, and my husband is a super involved dad. When things get busy, it’s helpful for me to really focus on writing whenever I have a few child-free hours, and then try to focus on family for the rest of the day. I do my best to step away from social media when I’m with the kids – I’m not always successful, but I try!
  • What’s your favorite YA novel?
So hard to pick just one! These days, I’m so in love with Jandy Nelson’s I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN.
  • What’s your current read?
Hannah Moskowitz’ NOT OTHERWISE SPECIFIED. It’s phenomenal – killer voice, really charming characters, and has a lot of really important things to say about race, sexuality, body image, and how these things intersect.
  • How did you come up with the idea of Oreos?
Easy – they’re my favorite food! Simon’s love of Oreos is one hundred percent autobiographical.
  • Do you plan on going here in the Philippines?
I would absolutely love to – hopefully one day!
  • Are you working on another project?
I am! I actually received a two-book deal with Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins, so I’m currently rewriting that second book. I believe it’s scheduled to come out fall of 2016.
  • If yes, how would you describe it?
I’m going to be a little secretive here, because it’s still in the early stages, but I’m planning it to be a loose companion to SIMON, set in DC with one character in common.

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Excerpt Post – 99 Days by Katie Cotugno {Powered by: Bookish Diaries Book Tours}

It’s finally here! We are beyond excited to bring you the Release Week Launch for Katie Cotugno’s 99 Days!!! Did you enjoy How To Love? Then grab your copy of Katie’s latest novel today!

99 DAYS

by Katie Cotugno

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Links:
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SYNOPSIS:

Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first
night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers
everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything
happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m
serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can
leave for college, and be done.
Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it
clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the
shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me.
“For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”
Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m
actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see
Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick,
who’s never going to forgive me.


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Julia Donnelly eggs my house the first night I’m back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything.
“Quite the welcome wagon,” my mom says, coming outside to stand on the lawn beside me and survey the runny yellow damage to her lopsided lilac Victorian. There are yolks smeared down all the windows. There are eggshells in the shrubs. Just past ten in the morning and it’s already starting to smell rotten, sulfurous and baking in the early summer sun. “They must have gone to Costco to get all those eggs.”
“Can you not?” My heart is pounding. I’d forgotten this, or tried to, what it was like before I ran away from here a year ago: Julia’s reign of holy terror, designed with ruthless precision to bring me to justice for all my various capital crimes. The bottoms of my feet are clammy inside my lace-up boots. I glance over my shoulder at the sleepy street beyond the long, windy driveway, half-expecting to see her cruising by in her family’s ancient Bronco, admiring her handiwork. “Where’s the hose?”
“Oh, leave it.” My mom, of course, is completely unbothered, the toss of her curly blonde head designed to let me know I’m overreacting. Nothing is a big deal when it comes to my mother: The President of the United States could egg her house, her house itself could burn down, and it would turn into not a big deal. It’s a good story, she used to say whenever I’d come to her with some little-kid unfairness to report, no recess or getting picked last for basketball. Remember this for later, Molly. It’ll make a good story someday. It never occurred to me to ask which one of us would be doing the telling. “I’ll call Alex to come clean it up this afternoon.”
“Are you kidding?” I say shrilly. My face feels red and blotchy and all I want to do is make myself as small as humanly possible–the size of a dust mote, the size of a speck–but there’s no way I’m letting my mom’s handyman spray a half-cooked omelet off the front of the house just because everyone in this town thinks I’m a slut and wants to remind me. “I said where’s the hose, Mom?”
“Watch the tone, please, Molly.” My mom shakes her head resolutely. Somewhere under the egg and the garden I can smell her, the lavender-sandalwood perfume she’s worn since I was a baby. She hasn’t changed at all since I left here: the silver rings on every one of her fingers, her tissue-thin black cardigan and her ripped jeans. When I was little I thought my mom was the most beautiful woman in the world. Whenever she’d go on tour, reading from her fat novels in bookstores in New York City and Chicago and LA, I used to lie on my stomach in the Donnellys’ living room and look at the author photos on the backs of all her books. “Don’t you blame me. I’m not the one who did this to you.”
I turn on her then, standing on the grass in this place I never wanted to come back to, not in a hundred million years. “Who would you like me to blame, then?” I demand. For a second I let myself remember it, the cold sick feeling of seeing the article in People for the first time in April of junior year, along with the grossest, juiciest scenes from the novel and a glossy picture of my mom leaning against her desk: Diana Barlow’s latest novel, Driftwood, was based on her daughter’s complicated relationship with two local boys. The knowing in my ribs and stomach and spine that now everyone else would know, too. “Who?”
For a second my mom looks completely exhausted, older than I ever think of her as being–glamorous or not, she was almost forty when she adopted me, is close to sixty now. Then she blinks and it’s gone. “Molly—“
“Look, don’t.” I hold up a hand to stop her, wanting so, so badly not to talk about it. To be anywhere other than here. Ninety-nine days between now and the first day of freshman orientation in Boston, I remind myself, trying to take a deep breath and not give in to the overwhelming urge to bolt for the nearest bus station as fast as my two legs can carry me—not as fast, admittedly, as they might have a year ago. Ninety-nine days, and I can leave for college and be done.
My mom stands in the yard and looks at me: She’s barefoot like always, dark nails and a tattoo of a rose on her ankle like a cross between Carole King and the first lady of a motorcycle gang. It’ll make a great story someday. She said that, she told me what was going to happen, so really there’s no earthly reason to still be so baffled after all this time that I told her the worst, most secret, most important thing in my life—
and she wrote a bestseller about it.
“The hose is in the shed,” she finally says.
“Thank you.” I swallow down the phlegmy thickness in my throat and head for the backyard, squirming against the sour, panicky sweat I can feel gathered at the base of my backbone. I wait until I’m hidden in the blue-gray shade of the house before I let myself cry.
 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Katie Cotugno went to Catholic school for thirteen years which makes her, as an adult, both extremely superstitious and
prone to crushes on boys wearing blazers. She routinely finds herself talking about
the romantic endeavors of characters on TV shows as if they actually exist in
the world.
Katie is a Pushcart Prize nominee whose work has
appeared in The Broadkill Review, The Apalachee Review, and Argestes, as well
as on Nerve.com. Her first novel, HOW TO LOVE, is due out from Balzer + Bray on
October 1st, 2013.
The great loves of Katie’s life include child’s
pose, her little sister, and mozzarella and honey sandwiches. She lives in
Boston (and in sin) with her boyfriend, Tom.
 

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AUTHOR Q&A – LAURA RUBY

 73699 bone gapsynopsis of her book from goodreads:

(SOURCE: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22535489-bone-gap )

Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?
Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.
As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap—their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures—acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.

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  • Did you plan on becoming an author? Or it just – sort of – took over your life?
Didn’t plan it, really. I’ve always loved books and have written stories for as long as I can remember, but becoming a writer didn’t seem like a real option. I wanted to be a psychologist when I was young but ended up studying literature instead. I got a job at a publishing company writing advertising for books after I graduating.  While I was working, I started writing and publishing short stories, which then lead me to novels.
  • Are you also a bookworm?
OMG, YES!
  • What’s your favorite book? (aside from yours)
Such a hard question. Depends on the day you ask me. Today, I will answer that my favorite book is Nicole Krauss’s HISTORY OF LOVE.
  • How did you come up with the idea of Bone Gap?
Not all at once. Came it little bits and pieces that I had to fit together over the course of about six years.  Started with a newspaper article about a woman who lost her son at the mall and couldn’t identify him to police.
  • How would you define true love?
Hmmm, true love is when both of you are better people with one another than without.
  • Are you planning to go here in the PH soon?
I have no plans to come to the PH, but you never know!
  • Are you working on another project?
I’m working on many. I have a few YA novels in the works, and also a MG trilogy.

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BOOK REVIEW – WHAT YOU LEFT BEHIND

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AUTHOR: JESSICA VERDI

FORMAT / PUBLISHER: ARC / SOURCEBOOKS FIRE


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It’s all Ryden’s fault. If he hadn’t gotten Meg pregnant, she would have never stopped her chemo treatments and would still be alive. Instead, he’s failing fatherhood one dirty diaper at a time. And it’s not like he’s had time to grieve while struggling to care for their infant daughter, start his senior year, and earn the soccer scholarship he needs to go to college.
The one person who makes Ryden feel like his old self is Joni. She’s fun and energetic—and doesn’t know he has a baby. But the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to keep his two worlds separate. Finding one of Meg’s journals only stirs up old emotions, and Ryden’s convinced Meg left other notebooks for him to find, some message to help his new life make sense. But how is he going to have a future if he can’t let go of the past?

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*FIRST OF ALL, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK SOURCEBOOKS FIRE FOR THE REVIEW COPY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW* THANK YOU SO SO MUCH!!!
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OHMYGOSH!THIS BOOK WILL BE ON THE BEST-SELLER LIST IN AUGUST. I SWEAR!!! THIS WAS MY FIRST BOOK BY JESSICA VERDI AND I DIDN’T REGRET READING THIS!
THE SYNOPSIS REALLY CAUGHT MY ATTENTION WHEN I WAS READING IT ON GOODREADS (YOU SHOULD CHECK IT OUT!). THE NARRATOR OF THE STORY IS A MALE TEENAGER NAMED RYDEN BROOKS AND I’M LIKE, “WOAH! HOW WILL THIS PERSON COPE WITH HIS LIFE NOW?”.
I LOVED THE FLOW OF THE STORY. IT’S A PAGE-TURNER KIND OF BOOK. YOU WON’T LIKE TO PUT THIS BOOK DOWN (JUST LIKE ME). I ATE MY LUNCH VERY LATE BECAUSE I REALLY REALLY WANT TO READ THE CHAPTER AFTER THE CHAPTER THAT I’M CURRENTLY READING AND SO ON AND SO FORTH. EVEN THOUGH I’VE FINISHED READING ANOTHER CHAPTER, I STILL DON’T WANT TO STOP! (THAT’S HOW I GOT HOOKED UP HERE!!!)

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EACH CHAPTER IS REALLY MIND-BLOWING AND EXCITING! I GOT REALLY HOOKED UP WITH THIS BOOK BECAUSE THERE WAS SOME -SORT OF- MYSTERY. MEG REYNOLDS WAS THE GIRLFRIEND OF RYDEN BROOKS AND SHE LOVED WRITING STUFF ON HER JOURNALS. MYSTERY? SHE LEFT SOMETHING FOR RYDEN. HIDDEN JOURNALS.
RYDEN CAN’T MOVE ON WITH HIS PAST BECAUSE HE KEPT REMEMBERING MEG. MEG DIED BECAUSE OF SOME COMPLICATIONS DURING HER PREGNANCY AND SHE ALSO HAD CANCER. RYDEN BLAMES HIMSELF FOR EVERYTHING. IF HE HADN’T MADE MEG PREGNANT, SHE WOULD HAVE NOT DIED. SOMETIMES, WE NEED TO ACCEPT THINGS ESPECIALLY IF IT’S ALREADY THERE. WE NEED TO DEAL WITH SERIOUS STUFF. LIFE ISN’T JUST A GAME. NO ONE WANTS TO HURT OTHER PEOPLE BUT WE CAN’T CONTROL NATURE. CANCER IS A SERIOUS DISEASE. NOBODY KNOWS WHEN WILL BE YOUR LAST BREATH OR WHAT. IT’S A MATTER OF HOLDING ON TILL YOU CAN.

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I DIDN’T EXPECT MUCH BUT JESSICA VERDI IS SUCH A GENIUS! HER BOOK IS SUCH A MASTERPIECE! THIS WILL BE ONE OF THE MOST TALKED ABOUT BOOK THIS YEAR AND I CAN’T LIE ABOUT THAT. JESSICA VERDI’S WRITING STYLE IS EXEMPLARY. I’M VERY SURE THAT SHE WON’T DISAPPOINT HER READERS AND HER FANS. AND NOW, I’M HER #1 FAN. THIS BOOK BECAME MY INSTANT FAVORITE THIS YEAR!

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HANDS DOWN TO MS. JESSICA VERDI!!!


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BOOK REVIEW – WHAT YOU LEFT BEHIND

22747926BOOK: WHAT YOU LEFT BEHIND

AUTHOR: SAMANTHA HAYES

FORMAT / PUBLISHER: ARC / CROWN PUBLISHING


Synopsis1
A mesmerizing new thriller from the author of Until You’re Mine
Two years after a terrifying spate of teenage suicides, the remote village of Radcote has just begun to heal. Then a young man is killed in a freak motorcycle accident and a suicide note is found among his belongings. When a second boy is found dead shortly thereafter, the nightmare of repeat suicides once again threatens the community.
Desperate for a vacation, Detective Inspector Lorraine Fisher has just come to Radcote for a stay with her sister, Jo, but the atmosphere of the country house is unusually tense. Freddie, Jo’s son, seems troubled and uncommunicative, and Jo is struggling to reach out to him. Meanwhile, Lorraine becomes determined to discover the truth behind these deaths. Are they suicides, or is there something more sinister at work? Finding answers might help Freddie, but they’ll also lead to a shocking truth: whatever it is–or whoever it is–that’s killing these young people is far more disturbing than she ever could have imagined, and unraveling the secret is just as dangerous as the secret itself.
Wicked, intense, and utterly compulsive, What You Left Behind confirms Samantha Hayes as a top thriller writer.

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*FIRST OF ALL, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK CROWN PUBLISHING FOR THE REVIEW COPY* THANK YOU SO SO MUCH!!!
IF YOU WANT A MYSTERY/THRILLER/CRIME BOOK, I WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND YOU THIS!
TO BE HONEST, I DON’T REALLY HAVE ANY IDEA WHO’S SAMANTHA HAYES UNTIL I ENDED UP BROWSING HER BOOK ON GOODREADS! AFTER I’VE READ THE SYNOPSIS, I WAS SO INTRIGUED BY THIS BOOK AND MY FIRST REACTION IS “I WANT TO READ IT!!!!” AND ITS RELEASE DATE WILL BE ON THE 14TH OF APRIL 2015.
SO YEAH, I’VE LEARNED SO MANY THINGS IN THIS BOOK! ALTHOUGH IT’S SLOW-PACED AT FIRST, IT’S GOOD THAT I CONTINUED READING IT! SOMETIMES, IF I REALLY GET BORED ON THE FIRST FEW CHAPTERS, I WON’T FINISH READING THE BOOK. BUT I HAVE AN INSTINCT THAT THIS BOOK WILL BE A GOOD ONE STARTING ON THE 100TH PAGE. I’M RIGHT.
THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT I’VE READ A MYSTERY/THRILLER/CRIME BOOK AND IT’S ALSO NOT A YA BOOK! AND IT’S IN 3RD PERSON POV. EVERYTHING SEEMS NEW TO ME, ACTUALLY! 🙂

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AS WHAT I’VE TOLD YOU, IT WAS KINDA SLOW AT FIRST BUT OHHH MY GOOSSHHH, WHEN YOU’VE REACHED PAGE 100 AND SO ON, IT’S PRETTY DAMN CREEEPYYYY!!!!

THESE ARE SOME OF MY REACTIONS WHILE I WAS READING THIS BOOK:

“WOAHH!! DID SHE JUST DO WHAT?!?!?!?!”
“what??? how could that person do that?!?!”
“no way!! i’ve trusted you!!! whyyy???”

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YUP! THIS BOOK IS REALLY MIND-BLOWING! I DON’T EVEN KNOW HOW TO EXPLAIN EVERYTHING BECAUSE I DON’T WANT TO SPOIL EVERYONE. IT’S REALLY A MYSTERY!!! “ARE THEY REALLY SUICIDES?” THAT IS THE QUESTION!! SOMETIMES, EVEN THE AUTHORITIES CAN’T BE 100% SURE OF ALL THE EVIDENCES THAT THEY’VE GATHERED. THEY DON’T KNOW IF SOMEONE’S MESSING WITH THEM OR IT’S REALLY TRUE. ANOTHER THING THAT CREEPS THE HELL OUT OF ME IS THE NAME OF THE ROAD WHICH IS DEVIL’S MILE OMG. IT’S REALLY CREEPY, SERIOUSLY.
SAMANTHA HAYES DID A GREAT JOB BECAUSE SHE SCARED ME SO MUCH AND IT’S WORTH THE READ!

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Liebster Awards

la1Here are the rules

  • Link back to the person that nominated you.

  • Answer the questions given by the nominator.

  • Nominate 11 other bloggers (with less than 200 followers).

  • Come up with 11 questions for them to answer.

  • Notify your nominees.


    11 Questions from Kath

If you are a teacher, which book would you recommend to your students to read?
I WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND SOMEONE LIKE YOU BY SARAH DESSEN!
What is your favorite picture book?
CINDERELLA!!! MY MOM GAVE IT TO ME WHEN I WAS 8 OR 9, I THINK.
Any favorite theater play?
UHM, I DON’T KNOW IF I HAVE ANY FAVORITE.
What do you look for when choosing a book?
PRICE & SYNOPSIS! ( I DON’T USUALLY LOOK AT THE COVERS)
If you will give your best friend a book, what would it be?
I WOULD PROBABLY GIVE HIM/HER lullabies by lang leav!!!
Most intimidating book you’ve ever read?
forbidden? hahahaha omg
Any books you’ve been avoiding?
fifty shades of grey hahaha
The longest time you’ve gone without reading?
a year.
Any policy in comes of book lending?
i’m lending my books to some of my closest friends. if one book gets damaged, i won’t lend them anymore. mark my words!!!
Do you have any book bad habits?
uhm, i guess none? hahaha. i’m a good bookworm hahaha 🙂
What’s your favorite food/snack when you’re reading?
i don’t eat while reading hahaha 🙂

I’LL BE NOMINATING SOME PEOPLE SOON! 🙂