Wednesday, July 19, 2017

FFBC: Welcome to the club, Lucky in Love by Kasie West

Lucky in Love
by Kasie West
Publisher: Scholastic
Release Date: July 25th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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In this new contemporary from YA star Kasie West, a girl who wins the lottery learns that money can cause more problems than it solves, especially when love comes into the picture. 

Maddie doesn't believe in luck. She's all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment --

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie's life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she's talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun... until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn't sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn't seem aware of Maddie's big news. And, for some reason, she doesn't want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.

Hello Kasie! We are super excited to have you in our FFBC tours. Thank you so much for everything!

Favorite book? 

That is an impossible question. I don’t have a favorite. I read so much and I rarely re-read books, because I always feel like there is so much I haven’t read yet that needs to be read. So I don’t really have a favorite. Or maybe I should say that I have thousands of favorites! 

Favorite TV show? 

Right now? “Heartland.” I’m sure that will change the second I find another show to binge watch. 

Favorite movie? 

I like so many. Notting Hill or Easy A. Or any other one that combines humor and romance. Those are my favs. 

Your favorite song? 

I like Twenty-One Pilots right now. Pretty much any of their songs. 

Favorite food? 

Chocolate. Can I live on chocolate? I wish. 

Name 3 fictional places you would move to in a heartbeat. 

Hogwarts, Narnia, the Shire. 

Who is your perfect fictional boyfriend? 

Again, it’s all about humor for me. I like a boy who is funny. Like Jace from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassie Clare. I also love Gansey from The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater. 

Favorite quote? 

“She believed she could, so she did.” 

What do you find yourself “Fangirl-ing” over? 

I fangirl over “Stranger Things”, “The Avengers” and books! 

If you could meet one author, dead or alive, who would it be? 

I always say Charles Dickens is my author boyfriend, so I should probably meet him. 

Something to say to our Book Addicts? 

Thanks so much for loving books! I love books too! And thanks to all my readers out there who always have such nice things to say about my books. I love all of you!

Could you tell our Book Addicts a little bit about Lucky in Love? 

Lucky in Love is about a girl who thinks she has everything figured out, and then she wins the lottery. It’s about both the excitement and the challenges that can come with suddenly being a multi-millionaire. 

Can you tell us a bit more about the main characters and/or one of their secrets? 

Maddie is the main character. She is very organized and thinks she has everything figured out. She’s a hard worker and goes after what she wants. Her secret is that she’s not as fearless about the future as she pretends to be. 

How did you come up with the story? 

I’ve always been fascinated with the lottery and stories of people who win the lottery. Did you know that 70% of lottery winners are people who get a big windfall and then go bankrupt within five years? That’s fascinating to me! Human nature is so interesting and I love exploring the different aspects of it. 

Did you find inspiration in any other story/movie/show and how has this affected your writing? 

Not necessarily for this book. But I do find inspiration in watching movies and reading stories. That’s where many of my ideas are given their first spark. 

Tell us your favorite quote from Lucky in Love. 

“I don’t lie about socks, Seth.”

“That seems like a weird thing not to lie about.” 

Is there a specific scene that you had the most fun writing? 

I loved writing Maddie and Seth’s first date. It was a lot of fun for me. I can’t say too much though because I don’t want to spoil anything. But Seth was fun for me to write. 

If you had to pick one song to be the theme song for Lucky in Love – which one would you pick? 

“Buy Me a Boat” by Chris Janson. This country song is about how we often think money can buy us happiness. Plus it’s fun! 

Imagine that we get to see your book on the big screen (how awesome would that be?). Who would you pick to play your characters?

I love, love, love Jordan Rodrigues best known for Dance Academy. He is a cutie! He would make a great Seth. As for Maddie, I think Lucy Fry would fit well in that role. 

Is there any recommendation you could give your readers to be in the “perfect mood” to read Lucky in Love (specific music, snacks…)? 

It’s funny you should ask about snacks. There are several scenes in the book where Maddie is doing that very thing (picking out snacks). So, get your Reese’s Pieces and Mountain Dew ready, because otherwise you’ll be craving them from the first scene onward. 

What would you do if you were in Maddie’s shoes? 

If I were in Maddie’s shoes, I would buy a beach house and fund some scholarships for college students. But that’s me now, as an adult. If I were 18 when I won the lottery, I might have thrown a big bash for my high school. 

What’s next for you? 

My next book out is called LOVE, LIFE and the LIST. It features best friends, true love, art, the beach and kissing. I think you’ll love it.

I write YA. I eat Junior Mints. Sometimes I go crazy and do both at the same time. My novels are: PIVOT POINT and its sequel SPLIT SECOND. And my contemporary novels: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, ON THE FENCE, THE FILL-IN BOYFRIEND, PS I LIKE YOU, and BY YOUR SIDE. My agent is the talented and funny Michelle Wolfson.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

FFBC: Welcome to the club, Such a Good Girl by Amanda K. Morgan

Such a Good Girl
by Amanda K. Morgan
Release Date: June 20th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
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Riley Stone is just about perfect. (Ask anyone.)
She has a crush on her French teacher, Alex Belrose. (And she suspects he likes her, too.)
Riley has her entire life planned out. (The plan is nonnegotiable.)
She's never had a secret she couldn't keep. (Not ever.)
Riley is sure that her life is on the right track. (And nothing will change that.)
She's nothing like a regular teenager. (But she doesn't have any problem admitting that.)
Riley doesn't usually play games. (But when she does, she always wins.)

She thinks a game is about to start…
But Riley always has a plan…
And she always wins.

Hello Amanda! We are super excited to have you back in our FFBC tours.

Could you tell our Book Addicts a little bit about SUCH A GOOD GIRL?

This is pretty tough to do without giving anything away! SUCH A GOOD GIRL is a book full of twists and turns. It’s like nothing that I’ve written before. My other two books were multiple POV, and this focuses on a single character. 

Can you tell us a bit about Riley? She seems like a girl that knows what she’s doing. How would you also describe her personality and how she fits in your story? 

Riley is the most interesting character I’ve ever written. She’s intelligent and insightful and is incredibly powerful, and I like that about her. 

Can you tell us about Riley’s style? 

She has very classic style, and doesn’t follow trends, but you see her exploring a few daring pieces thanks to her best friends. 

How did you come up with the story? Did you find inspiration in any other story/movie/show and how has this affected your writing? 

I have to be careful with these because I don’t want to give anything away, but the first seeds of this story came from the idea of blame! My publisher compares this book to Pretty Little Liars and Luckiest Girl Alive.

Tell us your favorite quote from SUCH A GOOD GIRL. 

Welllll…I can’t actually tell you my favorite quote, because it’s a bit of a spoiler. But I’ll tell you this one:

“Riley Elizabeth Stone is just about perfect. Ask anyone.”

I also love this quote:

“It’s almost like being good is the perfect alibi for being bad.”

Is there a specific scene that you had the most fun to write? 

Yes! We’ll call it the pizza scene. You’ll know it when you get to it, but honestly, who doesn’t love pizza? There’s also possibly kissing. Pizza and kissing.

If you had to pick one song to be the Theme Song for SUCH A GOOD GIRL – Which one would you pick? 

This is actually easy! There are perks to living in Nashville, and one of my good friends, Lexi Larsen, is a country singer. She wrote this song called “Bad” and ever since I heard it, I knew it was the theme song for Such a Good Girl. 

Imagine that we get to see your book on the big screen (how awesome would that be?). Who would you pick to play your characters?

Riley is a brunette Sophie Turner

Alex is Ben Whishaw

Neta is a younger Diane Guerrero

Kolbie is a younger Tanisha Harper

Are there any recommendations you could give your readers to be in the “perfect mood” to read SUCH A GOOD GIRL (specific music, snacks…)? 

Personally, pizza and nachos make me happy. I’m not sure how they would fare at the beach, but you could always slip this book into a beach bag, too, and take it on your next vacation!

What’s next for you? 

I’m so excited to share that Such a Good Girl will be published in France by Lumen Editions!

Thank you so much for everything, Amanda!

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Amanda K. Morgan is a freelance writer living in Nashville, TN. She covers events and works on freelance projects when she isn't working on her YA novels.

At age 15, Amanda finished her first novel and continued to write in college, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in English and an emphasis in Creative Writing.

Amanda’s books include After Hours, written as Claire Kennedy, Secrets Lies and Scandals, and Such a Good Girl.

For more information on Amanda's freelance/technical writing, to ask for information on a specific project, or for other questions, contact her.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

FFBC: Welcome to the club, The Suffering Tree by Elle Cosimano

The Suffering Tree
by Elle Cosimano
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: June 13th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
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“It’s dark magic brings him back.”

Tori Burns and her family left D.C. for claustrophobic Chaptico, Maryland, after suddenly inheriting a house under mysterious circumstances. That inheritance puts her at odds with the entire town, especially Jesse Slaughter and his family—it’s their generations-old land the Burns have “stolen.” But none of that seems to matter after Tori witnesses a young man claw his way out of a grave under the gnarled oak in her new backyard. 

Nathaniel Bishop may not understand what brought him back, but it’s clear to Tori that he hates the Slaughters for what they did to him centuries ago. Wary yet drawn to him by a shared sense of loss, she gives him shelter. But in the wake of his arrival comes a string of troubling events—including the disappearance of Jesse Slaughter’s cousin—that seem to point back to Nathaniel.

As Tori digs for the truth—and slowly begins to fall for Nathaniel—she uncovers something much darker in the tangled branches of the Slaughter family tree. In order to break the centuries-old curse that binds Nathaniel there and discover the true nature of her inheritance, Tori must unravel the Slaughter family’s oldest and most guarded secrets. But the Slaughters want to keep them buried… at any cost.

From award-winning author Elle Cosimano comes a haunting, atmospheric thriller perfect to hand to readers of the Mara Dyer trilogy and Bone Gap.

Hello Elle! We are super excited for THE SUFFERING TREE and to have you in our FFBC tours. 

Favorite Book?

My “stranded on a desert island what book would you take with you” book is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Favorite TV show? 

Right now? I’m completely obsessed with TURN: Washington’s Spies. 

Favorite movie? 

Grosse Pointe Blank

Favorite Song? 

 I have to choose?! Ugh, that’s really unfair. Okay. For today, let’s go with Ghosts That We Knew by Mumford & Sons.

Favorite Food? 

 Bacon-wrapped smoked gouda-stuffed grilled jalapenos

Name 3 fictional places you would move to in a heartbeat. 

Hogwarts (Gryffindor House), Neverland (growing up is highly overrated), and the Millenium Falcon (assuming Han and Chewie are at the helm).

What were your favorite books growing up? 

The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. In high school, I devoured everything by S. E. Hinton.

Favorite Quote? 

 “Do or do not. There is no try.” -- Yoda

What are your fandoms? 

I’m a total Potterhead. Always.

Who is your favorite fictional boyfriend (or girlfriend)? 

 James Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser. Hands down.

Could you tell our Book Addicts a little bit about THE SUFFERING TREE?

The Suffering Tree is the story of a deeply troubled teen, struggling with grief and questions over her own identity, who literally unearths the past when she discovers the body of a 18th century indentured servant buried under a cursed tree in her new backyard, land her family inherited under mysterious circumstances. Only the boy isn’t dead. He has a story to tell—the story of his own murder. And the family who owned the land before is determined to keep the past buried at any cost.

It’s part historical, part modern-day thriller--two mysteries interconnected, three hundred years apart. It’s a love story. And a ghost story. Both romantic and creepy. 

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books says it’s "deliciously unpredictable... a compelling exploration of how roots twisted in cruelty affect a family tree for generations to come." 

What are your favorite mystery/suspense/thriller movies and/or TV shows?

The Blacklist and Dexter are two of my favorite TV thrillers. I love stories in which the lines between hero and villain are blurred--when a deeply flawed hero is both human and monster, sympathetic and relatable because within them, we see the terrifying bits of our own selves. I can’t get enough of them.

What 3 hashtags would you most associate with your book? (Could be a word or phrase or anything that would instantly make you think of THE SUFFERING TREE.)

#theremustbesalt #lovewithoutfear #whoiamisinmyblood

How did you come up with the story? 

The story of The Suffering Tree came to me during my son’s kindergarten field trip to a local farm. As the bus went rolling down a scenic country road in Virginia, we passed miles and miles of lush green fields, and somewhere in the middle of them, a very peculiar tree. It was old and long dead, its bark bleached white and peeling from the sun. At its base was a cluster of very old headstones. They were thin and leaning, heaving up around the tree’s roots and so covered in moss they were impossible to read. I began wondering why no one was caring for the cemetery. I began wondering why the tree was dead and who might be buried beneath it, and if it was haunted. I knew the history of the early colonies in the area, and I began to imagine a tale of two children, thrust into a seven-year indenture, and what might have become of them when they finally came of age. I wondered what they would say if they could tell their own stories.

You can see pictures of the tree that inspired the story here.

Tell us your favorite quote from THE SUFFERING TREE.

“We try to hide things, to bury our own shame. But it ain’t the nature of secrets to lay down quiet. Shame’s gonna find its way to the surface. It don’t matter. . . You can cover secrets in more secrets. . . You can bury ’em deep. But the more you try to hold ’em down, the harder they’re gonna fight to come out. And the Slaughters got a lot of history to wrestle with. They got a lot of shame scratching at their back door. And they’re not gonna let no one open it and let it all come rushin’ in.”

Is there a specific scene that you had the most fun to write?

I think all of Nathaniel’s memories were my favorite scenes to write. This was my first time writing about a historical time period, and it was really fun (and challenging) to translate my research to the page! 

If you had to pick one song to be the Theme Song for THE SUFFERING TREE– Which one would you pick?

Work Song by Hozier

Are there any recommendations you could give your readers to be in the “perfect mood” to read THE SUFFERING TREE (specific music, snacks…)? 

Warm apple cider, roasted peanuts, and a warm wooly blanket around your shoulders. Crack a window and listen to the wind rustle the trees sometime just after dark.

What’s next for you? 

That remains to be seen. I’m drafting my first adult suspense novel and I’m really excited about how it’s coming together. I’m also in the drafting stages of two new YA novels--a YA urban fantasy and a YA contemporary crime thriller. I guess you could say my attention is divided between three projects at the moment. I’m curious to see which one finds its way into the world first!

Thank you so much for everything, Elle!

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Author of NEARLY GONE, NEARLY FOUND, HOLDING SMOKE, and THE SUFFERING TREE (Disney*Hyperion, 2017). Represented by Sarah Davies of The Greenhouse Literary Agency.


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