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Forever Sheltered (The Forever Series #3) by Deanna Roy
Publication Date: July 23rd 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Age Group: New Adult
“Tina would rather sew up her girl parts with dental floss than go on a second date with a man. She’s been dumped enough to know not to get attached.
But when Dr. Darion Marks comes into her art therapy room to ask a favor for a special patient, Tina recognizes the haunted look he buries beneath his stoic professionalism. So rather than be forced to ditch the handsome doctor after a single night, she decides not to date him at all.
So how exactly DO they end up half-naked in Surgical Suite B?
Dr. Darion has a lot to hide. His baby sister is the only family he has left, and he’s not leaving her treatment to some incompetent hack.
But now he’s breaking every hospital rule imaginable. He lied about his sister so he can manage her care, and now he’s banging the art therapy teacher between patient rounds like a fraternity boy at a keg party.
Nobody believes this can end well, not Tina’s friend Corabelle, who is overcoming a tragic history much like Tina’s, or even pink-haired Jenny, who thinks sex with strangers is good for your metabolism.
But Dr. Darion and Tina have one thing going for them – a fierce passion for each other that just might obliterate all their doubts, and solve all their problems.
Forever Sheltered includes many favorite characters from Forever Innocent and Forever Loved, as well as the much-anticipated wedding of Gavin and Corabelle.
It is a standalone HEA that does not require reading any other parts of the Forever series.”
Check it out on Goodreads here.
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Open INT: 2x 50$ Amazon Gift Card
“Deanna Roy is a passionate advocate for women who have lost babies. She founded PregnancyLoss.Info in 1998 and runs many online and in-person support groups. She is the author of several two-hankie reads, including Forever Innocent, Stella & Dane, and Baby Dust.”
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Ruined by Marian Cheatham
Publication Date: Summer 2014
Age Group: Young Adult
When your life has been ruined by lies, do you seek justice … or revenge?
Blythe Messina spends her senior year focused on her studies and college, and not on her ex, Stratford High’s lacrosse star, DB Whitmore. At least, that’s what Blythe keeps telling herself. But her younger cousin, Bonni, knows otherwise. Same goes for DB, who professes to be over Blythe and their breakup, but his teammates aren’t fooled.
When scandalous photos of Bonni and the lacrosse captain are texted around Stratford, Bonni’s virtuous reputation is ruined. She pleads innocence, but no one believes her. No one, except Blythe and DB, who come together to uncover the truth. But, will they stay together?
Ruined is a modern twist on a classic Shakespearean romance.
“Deceit, loyalty, honor, and romance–Ruined has it all! A teen version of Much Ado About Nothing that Shakespeare aficionados are sure to savor!”
Kym Brunner, Author of Wanted: Dead or in Love & One Smart Cookie
Check it out on Goodreads here.
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Open to US and Canada: A signed paperback of Ruined and a new DVD of the Kenneth Branagh/Emma Thompson movie version of Much Ado About Nothing.
INTERVIEW WITH MARIAN CHEATHAM
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED WRITING?
In a former life, I taught special education to primary-aged students and read to them every day. At that age, they enjoyed picture books, and so did I. In fact, I’m still not sure who loved them more—me or them. One summer vacation, I decided that I could write a picture book. Boy, was I wrong. There’s a very special technique to writing for young readers, and I just didn’t have the knack. So I tried middle grade and finished off a few novels which I sent around to agents and editors without any luck. I moved onto to YA and found my niche. I love writing for young adults and will probably stay with this genre for the rest of my career.
WHAT’S YOUR WRITING DAY LIKE?
I’d like to say that I write consistently four to six hours per day, but that’s not always the case. Life is hectic, so I take whatever time I can get. But my office is my sanctuary where I try to enjoy peace and quiet. When I’m in the “zone,” time whizzes by me. An hour can seem like a minute. I have to be careful when I’m cooking to set a timer or I’ll get involved in my writing and completely forget about dinner. Believe me, I’ve burned my share of food. My poor husband can attest to that.
WHAT ADVISE WOULD YOU GIVE TO NEWBIE WRITERS?
First and foremost, get involved in a good critique group for support and guidance. You can attend meetings before you even start writing and listen to others read their work. It’s amazing how much you can learn from a few good critiques. If you’re lucky enough to find that perfect fit, you can stay with that group throughout your writing career. I’ve been with the same bunch for a dozen years. We’ve all grown together as writers, and we’re each other’s biggest fans.
Then you have to read, read, read. Study how-to’s on writing. Immerse yourself in the genre that you’re interested in writing for. And when you’re ready, BIC – put your ‘butt in the chair’ and write. Fill that blank screen with your thoughts. Don’t edit. Finish the first draft and then go back and rewrite. Remember - rewriting is the key to success. Don’t hang on to something that doesn’t work just because you like it. You’re writing for others, not yourself, so be ready and willing to let go and rework your piece. You’ll be glad you took the time to kill your darlings.
WHAT ELSE HAVE YOU WRITTEN?
My debut novel, Eastland, came out in February 2014. Eastland is historical fiction YA based on the real-life story of the 1915 Eastland boat disaster in Chicago. The book is intense. There’s no way to sugar-coat a disaster of that magnitude. But I added romance and a sense of hope because life after all, did go on for the survivors and their families
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE AUTHORS?
Well, the Bard of course. But I have eclectic taste in literature. I love Harry Potter and couldn’t wait for the next book to come out, so I’d have to say I’m a huge fan of J. K. Rowling. Right now, I’m reading the Game of Thrones series by George R. R. Martin who I think is the most creative writer on the planet today. I enjoy the sci-fi writings of Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game). But I also love historical fiction, especially the work of Philippa Gregory (The Other Boleyn Girl). But my most treasured book by far is Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. When that book ended, I sat stupefied for half an hour. I wanted it to go on forever. Now that’s a great writer!
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE RUINED?
My father took me and my brother to the Goodman Theater in Chicago to see Hamlet when we were both in junior high. George fell asleep. I fell in love. The way the words played against each other. The strange rhythms, the energy and emotions of the actors. I didn’t understand everything that was said that day, but I knew one thing with certainty – this Shakespeare fellow was amazing and I wanted to find out more about him. That’s just what I did.
I read his works in high school and college, and attended every play I could afford to see. I travelled to Stratford Canada for a Shakespeare festival, visited Stratford-Upon-the-Avon in Great Britain to see where the Bard was born. I even toured the new Globe Theater in London overwhelmed by the thought that WS himself walked these very streets hundreds of years ago. So I guess you could say that I’m kind of a Shakespeare nerd, but that’s okay. I’m fine with that.
My Stratford High series may or may not turn readers onto Shakespeare. But even if readers don’t fall in love, I hope they still enjoy the book. Ruined is fun and evil and romantic all at the same time. Forget about iambic pentameter and dive into Ruined.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR STRATFORD HIGH?
Book Two in the series will be inspired by the Merchant of Venice. The working title is Turnabout, but that may change. We’ll see come fall 2014 when the book is due out.
IN THE SERIES, WILL THE CHARACTERS BE NEW TO EACH BOOK OR WILL SOME CHARACTERS REAPPEAR?
Right now, the only character that will re-appear in each book is Dr. Bard, the principal of Stratford High. Dr. Bard is of course …
“Marian Cheatham was born in Chicago, Illinois. A graduate of Northern Illinois University, Marian taught special education in Cicero, Illinois for several years before becoming a full-time writer.
Currently, I’m writing a new young adult novel series, Stratford High; contemporary retellings of Shakespeare’s plays set in the fictional high school. Ruined, book one in the series, due out spring 2014, is inspired by Much Ado About Nothing. Book two, due out fall 2014, is based on The Merchant of Venice. Book three is due out winter 2015.
On my Facebook author page, wwww.facebook.com/mariancheatham.author, I write a weekly post called the Everyday Eastland with facts and stories, both historical and current, about Chicago’s greatest loss-of-life disaster. I lecture on the Eastland at schools, libraries, and on Haunted Chicago coach tours. I’m an active member of a Barnes & Noble critique group. I blog at www.mariancheatham.com.
I live in a suburb of Chicago with my family and our menagerie of pets.”
Also follow Marian on Twitter here.
Hm, better scan and check Goodreads first!
I wonder if I can find it cheaper anywhere else?
To get this or not to get this...
Will I ever really read this?
What the heck, it'll look pretty on my bookshelf!
This is a total cover buy--it's sooooo pretty/artsy/classy/whatever floats your boat.
I wonder if I already have this one...
Please, please, please let this be the first one in the series!
I wonder if I'm still under my budget...oh well!
I haven't read the others in the series, but I have to get them all!
It's the last/only copy here, so I have to get it!
I wonder if anyone is looking at my full basket.
I wonder what the employees here are thinking about my stack of books.
I hope these books fit on my shelves.
I'm so reading this one next!
Oh my gosh, a sale! (Adds five more books to cart.)
My arms are starting to hurt, maybe I should stop...
OMG!! That author wrote a new book? How did I not know?!?! Gotta have it!
Ok, I'll buy all of these, but I'm definitely going on a book buying ban after!
Saga Vol. 1-3 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
Okay, so I’m no expert on graphic novels, but when someone like me (an amateur) is pulled in so easily by a graphic novel series, then you know you have something good. With that being said, this collection is brilliant. Not only is the art beautiful, but the storyline is captivating. (I NEED THE NEXT VOLUME, NOW!!!!!)
One of the things I love most about Saga is how complex it is. The world is elaborate and the story lines twist and turn, branch out and grow, and take on lives of their own. I like that yes, everyone is trying to hunt down Alana and Marko, but still have their own stuff to deal with. It’s not just the same thing over and over again, but a series of complications as other characters are indadvertedly brought into the mess that this illegal couple is leaving behind them.
It is this complexity other characters face that show us that this world that Vaughan and Staples created is about more than a) the war tearing the galaxy apart, and b) the illegal union of two defectors. Everyone has their own issues and wars to fight.
Also, I have to give major props to the huge collection of species, races, and cultures thrown in here. Not only do we get a completely unbiased view of the world in Saga, but we also learn about the different worlds. Plus, it’s super cool (and sometimes freaky) seeing all the different and strange people and aliens roaming this unique galaxy.
I love Alana and Marko and how her sass mixes so well with his need for peace—yet he is still a force to be reckoned with. I love how this little family strives to survive and how there are so many twists and turns.
I recommend this one to everyone who is old enough to accept that there is nudity in this, that there will be sex, and that there is a lot of blood shed. Also, if you’re old enough to be ready for a wicked storyline and awesome art, then you might want to check this one out!
You can check out the first volume on Goodreads here.
Most definitely need to make more room. I see a reorganizing project in my near-future! #books #bookstagram #bookshelves #bookcases
My friend Yasmine’s take on our Toronto Adventure!
Aw, thank you! I’m so glad you like my blog!! I’ll try to keep posting pictures of books for you to consider!
I found these 1943 copies of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights at Value Village!
Random #bookhaul today! One book from indigo, 12 #books for $18 at value village, and I received one from @merit_press, thank you!! #bookstagram
I’m 90% sure it’s international and not just the US. I’m pretty sure that thebooker (Australia), ifreakinlovebooks (Brazil), and bookaddict24-7 (Canada) participated in the Fierce Reads Team this spring. I’m sure they can correct me if I’m wrong :)
Hi! I participated in the The Truth About Alice blog tour and they sent me the books (I live in Canada.) I was also ask via private message by Fierce Reads!
For those of you who asked me before: I was asked to join, I didn’t apply anywhere.
People who just don't get it:
Holy jeebs, more books?!?!?!
You don't understand. Yes, it's about books and how amazing they are and how I want them all. But it's also about the whole culture of it. It's about the tradition of opening a book for the first time, or for a moment of nostalgia. It's the idea that those who need it the most can escape into a book, while the rest of the world meanders by. When we step into bookstores, it isn't just about attaining 1, 2, 3, or 5+ new books, it's about the experience and thrill of being somewhere completely dedicated to books. It's about how a story can bring so many people together.
So, it's not just "more books."
It's more life.
Be Warned: This post is long, but contains lots of pictures about bookstores in Toronto!
I had a very fun and memorable adventure yesterday. If you know anything about me, then you know that I am absolutely in love with the idea of adventure (especially when said adventure has me encountering many book stores!)
Along with my good friend and co-worker, Yasmine (who runs yasminereads), I explored a handful of book stores that promised us a wonderful day. We decided to check out both used and indie shops with a goal in mind of buying at least one book from each shop.
A lot of photos were taken and a pretty nicely sized haul was our prize!
1. Mabel’s Fables
Where is it? 662 Mt. Pleasant Road
What is it? Independent Children’s Book Shop
Mabel’s Fables is a gorgeous little book store slightly hidden near a suburban and old-school neighbourhood in Toronto. Unlike downtown, this was a very quiet zone that allowed for readers to escape into a world of books.
This was a store with heart and though we hadn’t even entered yet, this cute little robot statue greeted us. We knew this would be something special.
Mabel’s Fables is a store that caters mainly to younger readers (New Borns-teens), and this is pretty evident when you step into the shop. There are colourful displays of toys, books, and intriguing posters on the walls. (In the picture: yasminereads)
Each section (age group) was marked by lamps like the one in the picture with the age written in marker on the lampshade.
The atmosphere was so calm and quiet that it allowed for us to search through the shelves in peace. Above, you can see that just about anyone could come into the store and browse, despite the age groups featured.
But the above pictures only showcase the first floor. This place was surprisingly large! The second floor catered to the older readers (middle grade-young adult). This was where Yasmine and I got really excited.
These were only a few of the posters on the walls as we climb the stairs to the second floor.
The view from above was just as impressive. This alcove showcased the only general fiction/nonfiction in the store, remaining true to its theme of being a mainly children’s bookstore.
The upper level of the store had enough books to make you curious and want to see everything, but not so much that you would feel overwhelmed. They carried books at the exact same price you would find at a corporate store, so the myth of overpriced indie stores didn’t work with this Independent bookstore.
I ended up only getting one book because I knew I’d be visiting other stores during my visit to Toronto, but this was definitely the most memorable Indie store of the day!
I got one book, a free bookmark/map, a Mabel’s Fables bookmark, two buttons, and a Mabel’s Fables tote!
BONUS PIC: Check out this house we spotted by Mabel’s Fables!
2. Eliot’s Bookshop
Where is it? Near Yonge & Wellesley
What is it? Secondhand Bookshop
Eliot’s Bookshop was one of those bookstores that Yasmine and I had to look for closely, simply because it was hidden between two other buildings. But don’t let the facade trick you: this place is huge!
Though the building isn’t wide, it is very long, giving the aisles in this picture the appearance of being near-endless. The effect in person was amazing.
The stairs leading up to the second floor (of THREE LEVELS!) were decorated with books, recreating a popular visual expectation that readers often have when they enter a used bookstore.
The second floor was another large space with shelves full of books, and even one of those rolling ladders that Beauty had in her library. If this was our one and only destination in our day trip, then Yasmine and I could have easily stayed here for hours.
The store was beautiful because it was full of old books, it was quiet, and it had that particular smell that only older books could ever really have. Overall, this was a pretty good place to check out. By the way, this picture was taken on the third floor, which was mainly non-fiction books.
Other than the fact that we had to leave our totes at the cash desk (so as to avoid thefts, the owner asks all customers to leave bags at the cash), this was a pretty awesome store.
I almost left with empty hands, but I found one book and three comics from 1988 just before calling it quits.
3. Glad Day Bookshop
Where is it? 598A Yonge Street
What is it? Independent LGBTQ Bookshop
Glad Day Bookshop is the first LGBTQ bookstore I’ve ever been to and I have to say, it was a great experience! It is also a bit hidden, so we almost walked right past it—so, if you want to check it out, remember to keep an eye out!
Glad Day is located on a second floor, giving it a slight air of mystery and privacy.
This was actually the smallest of the bookstores we visited. The effect was very cozy, especially since the employee on shift was pretty easy to find in case we had any questions.
Despite its size, the selection was surprisingly large! We had a great time exploring something new and different.
I bought a book that I’ve been wanting for a long time and got one bookmark from the employee on shift!
4. BMV Books
Where is it? Yonge Street
What is it? Secondhand Book/Comic/DVD/Music/Magazine Shop
BMV Books is a Toronto classic. I didn’t take pictures of the store inside because I feel like I’ve taken so many pictures before. To be honest, however, I was a bit too distracted by everything inside…sorry!
There are a ton of graphic novels, used books, and so much more inside of this big store.
Okay, fun story time! Yasmine and I recently saw a trailer for Horns, which stars Daniel Radcliffe and was written by Joe Hill, Stephen King’s son, a few years ago. You can find the trailer here and the teaser (my favourite of the two) here. Anyway, we wanted to get the book and had been looking all day for it. Then when we were in BMV Books, I found the book and nearly scared the crap out of an older man who was standing in front of the books because of how excited I was. I had found two copies. TWO, NOT ONE. It was like a sign that we were meant to own and read this book! So, yeah, we bought it…for $3.99!
Anywho, I also ended up finding lots of other cool things! Here’s my haul:
5. Silver Snail
Where is it? Yonge Street
What is it? A Specialty Independent Comic Shop
Whereas Mabel’s Fables was awesome in its dedication to young reader books, the Silver Snail was an awesome ode to comics. The entrance itself hints at what you’re bound to find inside.
One of the first things visitors might see is the life-size Spiderman hanging from the ceiling over the stairs leading up to the shop. It’s hung in such a way that if you don’t look up, you just might miss it.
In fact, there are hidden figures everywhere. I apologize for the less than great picture, but if you look carefully on the left hand side (near the corner of the above picture) you can see a very shadowy Gollum, which Yasmine noticed before we left. Also, there’s a coffee shop with superhero lattes!
The store was very busy, so I couldn’t get a lot of pictures, but if you’re a huge fan of comics and super heroes (among other fandoms), then I recommend that you stop by this gem while you’re in Toronto. There are so many selections and a lot of collector’s items.
I ended up walking away with a new graphic novel that I’ve been searching for, and two Archie comics. I would have purchased more, but by that time my funds were already seriously depleted.
After a great late lunch at Korean BBQ, Yasmine and I bid adieu to Toronto and returned home. Overall, it was a great day and though it started with some rain, the day quickly turned sunny.
I hope to do something like this again soon and hopefully in the future, I will one day explore bookshops from around the world!