01 August 2015

{Spotlight + Giveaway} Forever A Year by B.T. Gottfred

 

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Thank you for stopping in to our blog as you follow along on this amazing blog tour! Please, have a look around and don't forget the giveaway below for a copy of the book!

About The Book

Forever for a Year

Forever A Year
Author: B.T. Gottfred
Release Date: July 7th, 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt & CO. (BYR)

When Carolina and Trevor meet on their first day of school, something draws them to each other.  They gradually share first kisses, first touches, first sexual experiences.  When they’re together, nothing else matters. But one of them will make a choice, and the other a mistake, that will break what they thought was unbreakable. Both will wish that they could fall in love again for the first time . . . but first love, by definition, can’t happen twice.

Told in Carolina and Trevor's alternating voices, this is an up-close-and-personal story of two teenagers falling in love for the first time, and discovering it might not last forever.

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31 July 2015

{Exclusive Clip} Veronica Roth Talks Insurgent + MMSAI Lists Their Top 10 Book to Movie Adaptations

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THE DIVERGENT SERIES" INSURGENT is out on
Blu-ray/DVD August 4th!

While we wait for our copies, let's watch this awesome clip with author Veronica Roth talking about the movie, and discuss some of our other favorite books to film!

MMSAI's Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations

Being around to share the book love for something before it hits the big screen is amazing for me. While not all these movies were EXACTLY what I would have hoped for or wanted in all aspects, I know that it takes a lot to translate a book to film and these have grown to be my most loved.  And as you will see, my taste ranges from kids to adult and everything in between!

In no particular order…

1. The Notebook by Nicolas Sparks
I literally got into trouble reading this in English class when I was a senior. Apparently, "English class" meant more than just reading english…. #whoknew

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{Author Interview + Giveaway} While You Were Gone by Amy K. Nichols

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We are, as always, honored to be apart of a Rockstar Book Tour – and even more honored (and EXCITED!) to be interviewing Amy K. Nichols for our stop! Don't forget that we've got a stellar giveaway to go along with this! Be sure to enter for 1 of 10 finished copies of WHILE YOU WERE GONE!

About The Book

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Author: Amy K. Nichols
Pub. Date: August 4, 2015
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Pages: 304
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Find it: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Goodreads

An artist without a cause meets a rebel without a clue.

Eevee is a promising young artist and the governor’s daughter in a city where censorship is everywhere and security is everything. When a fire devastates her exhibition—years in the making—her dreams of attending an elite art institute are dashed. She’s struggling to find inspiration when she meets Danny, a boy from a different world. Literally.

Raised in a foster home, Danny has led a life full of hurt and hardship until a glitch in the universe changes everything. Suddenly Danny is living in a home he’s never seen, with parents who miraculously survived the car crash that should have killed them. It’s like he’s a new Danny. But this alternate self has secrets—ties to an underground anarchist group that have already landed him in hot water. When he starts to develop feelings for Eevee, he’s even more disturbed to learn that he might have started the fire that ruined her work.

As Danny sifts through clues from his past and Eevee attempts to piece together her future, they uncover a secret that’s bigger than both of them. . . . And together, they must correct the breach between the worlds before it’s too late.

Praise for Now That You're Here (Duplicity #1)

"The perfect blend of sci-fi and swoons, Now That You're Here is like no other book I've read. Riveting, romantic and utterly original, it kept me up late!"  --Amie Kaufman, author of These Broken Stars

"Dynamic, dizzying, and downright daring, Now That You're Here kept me guessing until the end, and ready for the next." --Shannon Messenger, author of Let the Sky Fall

"Nichols infuses the story with a smattering of science fiction and science fact, while making a welcome departure from the stereotype of the book-smart outcast trying to fit in. These geeks own their intelligence like a badge of honor, using science to help a friend and explore strange new worlds. Riveting in its own right, the story sets the stage for a mirror-image sequel, which will follow the other Danny and Eevee." -- Publishers Weekly, STARRED

"While the world-jumping is fantastical, the personalities and characters (fully individual, without reaching trying-too-hard levels of quirkiness) ring true.... A debut with great characters and huge nerd appeal." -- Kirkus Reviews  

Author Interview

1. Where did the idea for the Duplexity series come from?

The first book in the Duplexity series, Now That You’re Here, actually began as a short story about a girl whose older sister is kidnapped by fairies. Crazy, right? Well, that short story grew into the first novel I ever wrote. It was bad. Really bad. I put it away and moved on to other things, but found myself wanting to write more about that girl and her best friend, Warren. So I started a new scene with her sitting in her English class. Suddenly this boy next to her woke up and didn’t know where he was or how he got there. He did know her, though. I kept writing and discovered that Danny had jumped there from a parallel universe, and he knew an alternate Eevee in his world. That blew my mind. I stuck with the story and before long I’d written the first draft of Now That You’re Here.

2. What was your favorite part of WHILE YOU WERE GONE to write?

I really enjoyed exploring Danny’s story. When I wrote Now That You’re Here, all I knew about him was that he was a foster kid in a bad situation and that no one liked him. Then he jumped to the other world and my focus turned to the Danny who took his place. It was really exciting then to write While You Were Gone, where that troubled kid landed in a world where he has parents and a best friend, where people like him, where he has the life he’d always dreamed. Unfortunately the society he’d jumped to was about to implode, and things didn’t go the way he hoped they would. But still, I found writing him so intriguing, seeing how he responded to his new life and what lengths he’d go to to protect it. Of all the characters in the Duplexity series, I enjoyed writing him the most. He made me feel all the feels.


3. Do you share anything in common with any of your characters? If no, which would you like to be more like?

Well, in my spare time I dabble in graffiti art and computer hacking . . . Okay, not really. There are things I have in common with some of the characters, though. I geek out over pop culture like Warren of Now That You’re Here. I get swept up in art and music like Eevee of While You Were Gone. Sometimes I feel like a loner and a loser like While You Were Gone Danny. If I could be more like any of the characters it would be Eevee of Now That You’re Here. I would love to have a scientific mind like hers.

4. What are 5 things your readers might not know about you and your books?

Let’s see . . . In fifth grade I was obsessed with The Outsiders by SE Hinton and read it 13 times, even though school library gave me funny looks every time I checked the book out again. I have a master’s degree in English literature and studied medieval paleography at St. John’s College, Cambridge. I believe in both God and science, even though that isn’t very popular and it leads to a lot of questions and searching. I’m mentored by amazing crime-novelist James Sallis. And I’m not fond of flying.

5. In 5 words, give aspiring authors writing advice:

Read. Write. Finish. Submit. Repeat.

6. What’s coming up next for you, any new projects in the works?

One thing I don’t suffer from is lack of ideas. There are a ton of them swirling around in my head, and a couple of them are beginning to take shape on the page. Stay tuned. You’ll get to read them soon!

About Amy

AmyNicholsBWsquare-300x300Amy K. Nichols has been crafting stories for as long as she can remember. She is the author of YA science fiction novel Now That You're Here, to be published by Knopf December 9, 2014. The follow-up, While You Were Gone, will be published in 2015. She is mentored by award-winning crime novelist James Sallis and lives on the edge of the Sonoran desert with her husband and children. Amy is a member of SCBWI and SFWA, as well as the Class of 2K14 debut authors. Visit her online at http://www.amyknichols.com.

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Giveaway

10 winners will receive finished copies of WHILE YOU WERE GONE. US Only.

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Tour Schedule

Week One:

7/27/2015- Bookhounds ya- Interview
7/28/2015- The Best Books Ever- Review
7/29/2015- Two Chicks on Books- Guest Post
7/30/2015- The Cover Contessa- Review
7/31/2015- Me, My Shelf and I- Interview

Week Two:

8/3/2015- A Dream Within A Dream- Review
8/4/2015- Fiktshun- Guest Post
8/5/2015- Fiction Fare- Review
8/6/2015- Fire and Ice- Interview
8/7/2015- The Young Folks- Review

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30 July 2015

{Quote Stop + Giveaway} Devil's Pocket by John Dixon

By: Me My Shelf And I | 30 July 2015 at 7:00 AM | | | | | Be the first to comment!

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Thank you so much for stopping into MMSAI for our Quote Stop for DEVIL'S POCKET  by Bran Stoker Award Winner, John Dixon. PHOENIX ISLAND inspired the CBS TV Show, Intelligence!

About The Book

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DEVIL'S POCKET
Phoenix Island #2
Author: John Dixon
Release Date: August 4th, 2015 | Publisher: Gallery Books
SIMON & SCHUSTER |AMAZON | B&N | BOOKS-A-MILLION | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS

To save his friends and topple Phoenix Force, teen super soldier Carl Freeman must win the Funeral Games, a mysterious no-holds-barred fighting tournament held in its own ninth circle of hell: Devil's Pocket. With his knuckles encased in leather cesti, Carl competes against the world's deadliest gladiators -- until a shocking ally reveals an explosive secret deep in the heart of the volcano...

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{Extra Content} The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick

Huntley Fitzpatrick, critically acclaimed author of My Life Next Door and What I Thought Was True, heats up the summer months with The Boy Most Likely To, a sizzling tale of first love and second chances. This companion novel, set in the same world as My Life Next Door, tells the story of fan favorite Tim Mason and his tumultuous relationship with both Alice Garrett and his own rocky past. From July 28th - August 17th, readers can help unlock extra content from The Boy Most Likely To ahead of its release on August 18th! Plus, enter to win 1 of 5 signed copies of What I Thought Was True!

 

 

The Extra Content:

  • an exclusive DELETED SCENE from The Boy Most Likely To
  • a BONUS PREVIEW CHAPTER from The Boy Most Likely To

Two Ways to Unlock the Extras:

  • Share the Huntley Fitzpatrick sampler (featuring 4 chapters from BMLT and MLND, and 3 from WITWT) on social media with the hashtag #UnlockTheBoy: bit.ly/HuntleyFitzpatrickSampler
  • Share this blog post on social media with the hashtag #UnlockTheBoy

The deleted scene and bonus chapter will be revealed once the hashtag reaches enough shares, so post as many times as you want!

 
About the Giveaway:
  • FIVE (5) winners will be randomly selected on 8/18 (release day!) from among those using the #UnlockTheBoy hashtag across social media to win a SIGNED copy of What I Thought Was True  (giveaway is limited to US/Canada ONLY)
  • Submit your name, email, and social media handles via this google form so that the team can contact you if you win (you only need to submit them once): http://goo.gl/forms/waBvPg1HNs
  • Each time you use the hashtag counts as another entry -- the more you post, the more times you're entered to win!
 
About The Boy Most Likely To:
Surprises abound and sparks ignite in the highly anticipated, utterly romantic companion to My Life Next Door.
Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To:
- find the liquor cabinet blindfolded
- need a liver transplant
- drive his car into a house
Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To:
- well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters.
For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard.
Then the unexpected consequences of Tim’s wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isn’t all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted . . . but maybe should have.
And Alice is caught in the middle.
Told in Tim’s and Alice’s distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this return to the world of My Life Next Door is a story about failing first, trying again, and having to decide whether to risk it all once more.
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