{25 Things On Tour + Giveaway} with Amy Plum

By: | Apr 24, 2014

Welcome to the AFTER THE END blog tour. I'm thrilled to be apart of the celebration for Amy Plum's upcoming release with a special 25 Things You Might Not Know About Me!


By: Amy Plum
Published by: Harper Teen
Hitting Book Shelves on: May 6, 2014
Pre-Order from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound
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World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness.
They′e survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there.
At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.
When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact.
Everything was a lie.
Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she′s trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.



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continued from #17:  We had a good chat, and she apologized that her nieces were staying—otherwise she would have offered me a bedroom. Instead, she arranged for me to stay on her assistant’s couch for the night. (I hadn’t even asked. Told her I was fine in my campground in New Jersey. She insisted.) I’m still in shock at her generosity.


Amy Plum is the author of DIE FOR ME, a YA series set in Paris. The first three books—DIE FOR ME, UNTIL I DIE, and IF I SHOULD DIE—are international bestsellers, and have been translated into eleven different languages. The fourth book is an eNovella, entitled DIE FOR HER. The first book of Amy’s new series, AFTER THE END, releases in May 2014.
Amy grew up in Birmingham, Alabama before venturing further afield to Chicago, Paris, London and New York. An art historian by training, she can be found on most days either daydreaming or writing (or both) in a Parisian café.
Visit her on:  Blog | Twitter | Facebook | GoodReads


Each stop on the tour will be hosting a giveaway! We're giving away:
- 13 SIGNED After The End books
- 6 iPhone After the End shells.
*This is open Internationally*
To enter, please be sure to fill out the form featured on each stop along the tour.

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The first 300 people who pre-order AFTER THE END and show proof of their pre-order will receive one of these limited edition After The End water bottles. *see below*
*Water bottle offer is for US and Canada, and is being hosted by Harper Teen. This is NOT part of the blog tour, but something we wanted to let fans know about.

Please be sure to send your mailing address and receipt to katieloumercier@gmail.com.

The Blog Tour
Be sure to follow the entire After The End blog tour! Trust me, you don't want to miss this Truth or Dare themed tour stops! Authors like Beth Revis, Kimberly Derting, Josephine Angelini & more will be on the tour. As Amy mentioned in her recent newsletter, the truth-or-dare theme is particularly relevant to AFTER THE END, since Juneau's oracle has said she has to tell the truth or she won't find her clan.

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Get Your Name in the acknowledgements of GET EVEN by Gretchen McNeil!

By: | Apr 23, 2014


Straight from Gretchen McNeil to you!!:

It's time!!!!  With just under five months left before GET EVEN hits shelves, I'm running the first giveaway.  But I'm not giving away ARC's.  Not yet.  This time you can win...

Your name in the Acknowledgements!

That's right, five (5) lucky winners will get their names in the Acknowledgements of GET EVEN, releasing on September 16th.  Ten (10) runners up with win signed Gretchen McNeil promo postcards, and ten (10) more semi-finalists will win signed GET EVEN bookmarks.*
What do you have to do to enter?



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Proof of purchase may be emailed to this address.

Proof of purchase must not be older than 4/21/2014. Purchases made prior to this date are not valid for entry.
Each entry will be checked for photo-shopping or other altering. Those found providing a doctored image will be disqualified and sent to live in the Bog of Eternal Stench.
All purchases will count toward any future giveaway Gretchen McNeil holds during the pre-order campaign of GET EVEN leading up to it's release.
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The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder



The Museum of Intangible Things is a book filled with love, true friendship, heartache, and so much more.


The Museum of Intangible Things
Wendy Wunder
Release Date: April 10, 2014
Publisher: Razorbill
Rating: 5 Birds

Loyalty. Envy. Obligation. Dreams. Disappointment. Fear. Negligence. Coping. Elation. Lust. Nature. Freedom. Heartbreak. Insouciance. Audacity. Gluttony. Belief. God. Karma. Knowing what you want (there is probably a French word for it). Saying Yes. Destiny. Truth. Devotion. Forgiveness. Life. Happiness (ever after).
Hannah and Zoe haven’t had much in their lives, but they’ve always had each other. So when Zoe tells Hannah she needs to get out of their down-and-out New Jersey town, they pile into Hannah’s beat-up old Le Mans and head west, putting everything—their deadbeat parents, their disappointing love lives, their inevitable enrollment at community college—behind them.
As they chase storms and make new friends, Zoe tells Hannah she wants more for her. She wants her to live bigger, dream grander, aim higher. And so Zoe begins teaching Hannah all about life’s intangible things, concepts sadly missing from her existence—things like audacity,insouciance, karma, and even happiness.
An unforgettable read from the acclaimed author of The Probability of Miracles, The Museum of Intangible Things sparkles with the humor and heartbreak of true friendship and first love.

The Museum of Intangible Things is a book filled with love, true friendship, heartache, and so much more. Picking up this book, I thought it would be a light summer read, thanks to the amazing looking cover and the synopsis, but I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I didn’t know that I would laugh on one page, and cry my eyes out on the next. There was just so much emotion in this story, and I absolutely LOVED every single bit of it.

The Museum of Intangible Things follows the story of two best friends, Hannah and Zoe. They couldn’t be more opposite, but have been friends for what seems like ever! While neither of the two girls have much in their lives, they know they will always have each other.

Life is boring in the small town in New Jersey where they live. They attend a poor school, which offers almost nothing besides the basic required classes. Hannah spends her time out by the lake, or selling hot dogs from her hot dog cart (in the hopes to earn enough money to attend college) and Zoe spends her time with boys, thinking about boys or talking about boys (basically anything that revolves around boys). With almost nothing to do, the girls sneak into the private high school on the other side of town to sit and watch classes taking place from above. Hannah sneaks in to learn, and Zoe sneaks in to swoon over any cute guy that catches her attention.

After attending a party thrown by the newest cute guy Zoe can’t enough of, Hannah wakes up in the basement covered in cold hot dogs…just another prank making fun of her job. She gets up and looks for Zoe, finding her standing outside in the storm, with a look on her face, only Hannah knows what it means.

Zoe is seeing things again…

A week passes by, Zoe isn’t eating, isn’t getting out of bed, and Hannah can’t seem to get in contact with her, not matter how many text messages or voicemails she leaves her.

Even though her best friend isn’t leaving the house, things seem to look a little brighter for Hannah. She just kissed the boy she’s been crushing on since middle school, and the hot dog cart seems to be doing well. THAT IS until she goes on her computer to check how much she’s saved up, and realizes almost all of it is gone..She refreshes the page just to make sure her eyes aren’t fooling her, but still nothing. Hannah knows who took it, and she can’t believe he would do that.

As if on cue, Zoe walks in, asking Hannah to leave town with her. She doesn’t want to be gone too long, but she explains to Hannah over and over again that she needs a small break, a weekend road trip. Unsure of what to do, and kind of worried that she won’t have a perfect attendance anymore at school, she knows Zoe means everything to her, so Hannah agrees to come.

The two girls sneak into IKEA one night, flash cowboys on the highway, steal their horses, and want to see a buffalo and so much more! All that, with nothing but an old van and a box full of change!

This road trip will be the time of their lives, but also completely change their lives. While Zoe and Hannah seem to be doing a lot of fun and crazy things, Hannah knows something deeper is going on inside of Zoe’s head. The only thing Hannah can do is to be by her best friend’s side, protect her, and take care of her. Even if it means going off the edge…

The Museum of Intangible Things was one of those books that will stick with me forever. There were just so many FEELS in this book that I was crying and laughing at the same time. It was easy to connect with the characters, and I think that’s why I felt all the emotions that they were feeling as well.

Zoe and Hannah were both amazing characters. The main reason I decided to pick this one up, was simply because of the friendship. Yes, I do like romance (A LOT actually…) but I also do like books that focus on friendship. The Museum of Intangible Things did have a bit of romance, but it was definitely in the background. The cover and the synopsis failed to mentioned anything about Zoe’s problems, which added a whole different element into the story.

Besides the friendship with each other, Hannah and Zoe did have a lot of other things going on around them. Hannah’s dad is an alcoholic newsman, and her mom barely gets out of bed. Zoe has her younger brother, who is so close to Hannah, she considers him, hers as well. And Zoe’s mom, who is constantly paranoid about her daughter’s problem and what was going on in Zoe’s head.

I liked that these characters were down to earth, and REAL.

OH, the ending? YES, it broke my heart. It yanked it out of my chest, threw it on the ground, shattered it into a million pieces, swept it up and flushed it down the toilet. The story ended in a way I never saw coming, and that completely took me by surprise…But looking back at everything that happened before and during the trip, I saw the signs and the meaning behind the trip in the first place.

Overall I enjoyed Wendy Wunder’s Museum of Intangible Things! I would recommend this one to anyone looking for a good road trip story, something emotionally beautiful and filled with love.



Review by the fantastic Lisa who has her own blog when not guest reviewing for us! Check out Turning Pages!

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{10's List + Giveaway} How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly In Love

By: | Apr 22, 2014


"Thick. Heavy. Big boned. Plump. Full figured. Chunky. Womanly. Large. Curvy. Plus-size. Hefty." To sixteen-year-old Emery Jackson, these are all just euphemisms for the big "F" word—"fat." Living on a Southern California beach with her workout fiend dad, underwear model sister, and former model mother, it is impossible for Emery not to be aware of her weight. Emery is okay with how things are. That is, until her "momager" signs her up for Fifty Pounds to Freedom, a reality show in which Emery will have to lose fifty pounds in fifty days in order to win the million dollars that will solve her family's financial woes. Emery is skeptical of the process, but when the pounds start to come off and the ratings skyrocket, she finds it hard to resist the adoration of her new figure and the world of fame. Emery knows that things have changed. But is it for the better?

You can purchase How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love at the following Retailers:



Top Ten List - Things you would change about your high school years if you could go back in time.

I would lose my mullet.

I wouldn’t be so hard on myself.

I would read more and watch TV less.

I would not eat right before going to bed.

I would have told my dad I loved him more.

I would have gone to more dances and parties rather than been a hermit.

I would study harder.

I would take an SAT class.

I would have smiled more while playing hockey.

I would have started writing novels.


Ken Baker is the E! News/E! Online Senior Correspondent and Breaking News Editor, an acclaimed author, producer, public speaker and former pro hockey player. Ken reports breaking news, conducts celebrity interviews, delivers investigative reports and hosts a range of news segments for E! News, E! Online, E! International, E! News specials and the network's live events. Baker has published six books. His newest work is a novel due out in April 2014 titled "How I Got Skinny, Famous and Fell Madly in Love," a story about an obese teen who is pressured by her family to go on a reality show to lose weight and, in so doing, learns the real meaning of freedom. His debut novel, "Fangirl" (Running Press, 2012), told the story of a pop star who falls in love with a fan amid a sensational tabloid drama. Ken is adapting "Fangirl" into a movie in collaboration with Converge Media. Ken is currently at work on a series of Hollywood-themed thrillers set for release in 2015.



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{Book Blast + Giveaway} Summer On The Short Bus



Welcome to the Official Book Blast for SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS by Bethany Crandell! Be sure to check out the awesome giveaway she's hosting below!


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SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS Genre: YA Contemporary.

Cricket Montgomery has been thrown under the short bus. Shipped off to a summer camp by her father, she is forced to play babysitter to a bunch of whiny kids—or so she thinks. When she realizes this is actually a camp for teens with special needs, Cricket doubts she has what it takes to endure twenty-four hours, let alone two weeks.

Thanks to her dangerously cute co-counselor, Quinn, there may be a slim chance for survival. However, between the campers’ unpredictability and disregard for personal space, Cricket’s limits get pushed. She will have to decide if suffering through her own handicapped hell is worth a summer romance--and losing her sanity.



"Crandell creates a wonderful and relatable protagonist with Cricket but even better than that, she surrounds her with equally relatable, flawed, and real characters...This book is an absolute winner!" – Feathered Quill Book Reviews

“A novel oozing with heart and humanity.” - Ken Baker, E! News correspondent and author of Fangirl and How I Got Skinny, Famous and Fell Madly in Love

“A hilarious and heartwarming ride.” – Jennifer Salvato Doktorski, author of How My Summer Went Up in Flames and Famous Last Words



Bethany lives in San Diego with her husband, two kiddos (one of whom is differently-abled), and a chocolate lab who has no regard for personal space. She believes that prayer solves problems and that Jake Ryan is going to show up at her door any minute now…. She is represented by Rachael Dugas of Talcott Notch Literary Services.



One Winner will get: a Signed Copy of SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS One Winner will get a $25 Gift Card to Amazon or B&N - winners choice!

Open Internationally for the Gift Card. Book Ships in US only. Must be 13 + To enter

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{Blog Tour} Tease by Amanda Maciel

By: | Apr 21, 2014



What happens when the bullying story is told from the bully's point of view? Check out TEASE and find out!

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Author: Amanda Maciel
Release Date: April 29th 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Rating: 5 Birds

From debut author Amanda Maciel comes a provocative and unforgettable novel, inspired by real-life incidents, about a teenage girl who faces criminal charges for bullying after a classmate commits suicide.

Emma Putnam is dead, and it's all Sara Wharton's fault. At least, that's what everyone seems to think. Sara, along with her best friend and three other classmates, has been criminally charged for the bullying and harassment that led to Emma's shocking suicide. Now Sara is the one who's ostracized, already guilty according to her peers, the community, and the media. In the summer before her senior year, in between meetings with lawyers and a court-recommended therapist, Sara is forced to reflect on the events that brought her to this moment—and ultimately consider her own role in an undeniable tragedy. And she'll have to find a way to move forward, even when it feels like her own life is over.
With its powerful narrative, unconventional point of view, and strong anti-bullying theme, this coming-of-age story offers smart, insightful, and nuanced views on high school society, toxic friendships, and family relationships.

TEASE is not your average book about bullying, death and high school. Most of those stories are told from the point of view of the person being tormented. TEASE takes you on a journey though the eyes of Sara, one of the girls who teased Emma Putnam, literally to death.

Sara has to spend time with a consoler, and her attorney because as you might imagine, when you bully someone to death it's not just simply overlooked. People want answers, they want someone to blame. But Sara is indignant, she doesn't feel she's the only one who should be getting in trouble. In fact, she doesn't really think she should be in trouble at all. Not really. She wasn't the only one who teased her, and Emma after all slept her way through the school and stole boyfriends so it's not like she was innocent either.

TEASE will take you through it all and I won't lie, there will be parts where you will simply want to punch Sara, or at least grab her by the shoulders and shake her and ask her how she can be so blind. But it's worth every word written, a perfect teaching tale about bullying and all that comes along with it.





Amanda Maciel has worked in book publishing since graduating from Mount Holyoke College and is currently a senior editor at Scholastic. She spends her free time writing, running, or riding the subway with her young son. She lives with him, her husband, and their cat, Ruby, in Brooklyn, New York. Tease is her first novel.



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