Monday, April 29

Spensations: Spotlight On... Call of the Jersey Devil


Hey Guys,
Welcome to another installment of Spensations. I am so excited about today's post as I have the amazing Voltaire here. I am so excited as I got to meet Voltaire on Saturday during Whitby Goth Weekend so first I'm just going to do a wrap-up of what went down on Saturday.

Meeting Voltaire during Whitby Goth Weekend!

So I live like 1 hour away from Whitby but had never ever been, let alone went to Whitby Goth Weekend so I didn't know what to expect. I completely went just because Voltaire would be there and I really wanted to meet him before this post went up! I have got to say it was the best day ever!
All the costumes were phenomenally beautiful, there was some awesome stores along the sea-front and there was even a Dracula store... Oh yeah... there was! I'm a little sad that I didn't have time to walk up the 199 steps and visit Dracula's grave but I am soooo going back one day to do that. Hopefully soon.

Next I went to the La Rosa hotel to queue outside to go to Voltaire's reading and I saw this....





YES... the hotel that the reading was in was the same hotel that Lewis Carroll... THE LEWIS CARROLL stayed in 6 times in the 1800s... This is the point where I started to fangirl! A book event... and may I say... MY FIRST book event was held in the hotel where Lewis Carroll stayed... that has got to be every booklovers dream come true right? That alone made the day absoluetly incredible... 

And then we got in to the reading. I have got to say Voltaire is absolutely the more awesome coolest person I have ever met in my life! He is just hilarious.
He started the reading saying "It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas" and that he would be doing a reading from his book "Fifty Shades of Black". All the way through he had us all laughing constantly.
I did not manage to take any pictures during the reading unfortunately as I was so caught up in his book I could not even think of anything else. 
If you have no added Call of the Jersey Devil to your TBR list you have got to because it is honestly the most hilarious book ever! It's about a goth singer and some goth mall-rats but don't think just because you are not in the 'goth scene' then it won't be for you as this book can be enjoyed by everyone... But it is not for children! Make sure you are 18+ please!

After the reading I went up to speak to the awesomeness that is Voltaire... AND HE KNEW WHO I WAS... *Insert freak-out here* He knew the name of my blog and even said "let's take a picture to accompany the interview post" It can be fair to say that this was the best day of my life... like EVER!
To go to your first book event and for the author to know who you are is just... there are no words! WOW!

Wanna know more about the book?
OF COURSE YOU DO!
Check it out!

Call of the Jersey Devil
Aurelio Voltaire

Published By: Spence City
Publication Date: May 28, 2013
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From Goodreads
Five suburban mall rats and a washed up Goth singer find themselves stranded in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey where they discover two horrifying truths: The Jersey Devil, hellspawn of folklore and legend, is real; and New Jersey (as many already suspected) is the gateway to Hell!

With the help of one lone witch, this small group must face off against their deepest fears and the most unholy monsters in a battle where their very souls, the world they live in, and any chance of returning to Hot Topic in one piece is at stake!

The first novel by musician and horror media personality, Aurelio Voltaire, Call of the Jersey Devil is a hilarious and terrifying homage to 80s horror and genre films. Like a mad doctor, Voltaire has Frankensteined together elements of Evil Dead, The Breakfast Club, Poltergeist, and This is Spinal Tap to create a creature feature that will have you laughing out loud when you're not glancing nervously over your shoulder.

Sounds epically awesome right?
IT IS!
And it's freaking hilarious. My review will go up sometime in the next few weeks so check that out!

Interview With Voltaire!

So YES this happened. I met my first ever author at my first ever book event and I couldn't be more thrilled that it was Voltaire. He is amazing and made me first book event the best day of my life. He also gave me some awesome bookmarks to giveaway so stay tuned after the interview for that!
Now without further adieu... I give you...
VOLTAIRE!


Hi Voltaire,
Thanks so much for joining us on K-Books today. I am so excited to have you here.

V: Not as excited as I am to be here! ; )

So you are already well known for your other works but how did you get into writing?

V: I animated and directed commercials and station IDs for about twenty years. While I was thrilled to be animating for a living, I eventually found myself frustrated that I was always telling someone else’s story. And more often than not, that story was “buy this soap” or “watch this station”. Eventually, I wanted to tell my own stories. One day, I simply made the decision to do that and I sat down and started drawing and writing what became my first comic book series. It was called Chi-chian and it was a dark Cinderella story about a young girl living in a very dark, future Manhattan. That series lead to me writing other comic books and graphic novels (Oh My Goth!, Humans Suck!, Deady) and eventually to my first two non-fiction books, What is Goth? and Paint it Black: A Guide to Gothic Homemaking. So you could say I’ve been at this for a long, long time. Call of the Jersey Devil though, is my first novel.

So your debut novel, Call of the Jersey Devil is due for release with Spence City soon. Where did you get the inspiration for the book from?

V: After having made a handful of short films and touring the film festival circuit with them for years, I felt it was time to make a feature film. One year, while on tour, I wrote the film I would love to make and it was called Call of the Jersey Devil. However, I eventually learned a horrifying truth and that was that I had no idea how to shop a screenplay. Eventually, I decided to novelize the story so that people could at least enjoy the tale if a film was never made.
The story is largely inspired by the only two things about growing up in New Jersey that I actually loved and understood; disenfranchised Goths and the Jersey Devil.

I think that people who are familiar with the films I loved growing up will get a particular kick out of this book. Films like The Evil Dead, Rocky Horror Picture Show, Poltergeist, Ghostbusters, The Breakfast Club… they all lend a bit to the tone of this story.

Can you give us any little teasers from the book?

V: Okay.

1)           There’s a lightsaber battle in a Spencer Gifts store between two Goths wielding a Master Replica lightsaber and a doubled ended dildo
2)           One of the main characters doesn’t really live in the steeple of the Chrysler building nor does he really raise giant bats!
3)           If you futz with one of those Lament Configuration puzzle boxes from Hellraiser for too long, you might ACTUALLY summon Cthulu!
4)           And… when you find out why the Jersey Devil is so angry, you might actually come to love and pity him.

Oh, you mean an excerpt? Alright, how about a little flashback from the book?

Henry’s parents, Caroline’s sister, Lucy, and her husband Mel, a balding accountant from Metuchen, had died only three years earlier when last the gateway opened its vile mouth. Lucy was Caroline’s only living female relative, and her death weighed heavily on the witch. The family was sitting in the cabin, watching an episode of The Golden Girls on Mel’s laptop, when suddenly the Jersey Devil appeared and made a meal of Lucy and Mel.

When Caroline finally arrived at the scene, she found the carnage - and Henry, then a high school senior. He was hiding under the couch with three days of feces in his pants. She knew she was on her own when she asked him to help her close the fissure to Hell, but he instead insisted on staying under the sofa. He had two more days’ worth of filth in his pants when she returned– only three hours later.

How do you feel about the upcoming release?

V: I’m very, very excited!!!

I for one cannot wait to read it. You are the first release with Spencer Hill Press’ new imprint Spence City. How do you feel about being the first Spence City author?

V: It’s great! If I set the bar really low, those who come after me will look like Gods! LOL! Honestly, though, I’m honored. While I somehow doubt the subsequent books on the imprint will be as weird as this one, I hope I can at least set a good tone as the first author to release with them.

FYI... He sooo didn't set the bar low... this book is EPIC!
 
Can you give us any hint of what you’ll be up to in the near future?

V: Yup! ? I’m writing the script for a feature film based on one of my earlier comic book series, Oh My Goth! I’m recording my eleventh full length CD- Raised by Bats. I’m touring the UK next week and come back to the States for more shows. I’m preparing five different toy releases for this year. I’m wrapping up my children’s book- The Legend of Candy Claws. And slowly, I’m starting to write my next novel, The Nothing. There are about a dozen other things that I can’t remember at the moment.

Thanks for the interview!!!
Aurelio Voltaire

Isn't he just amazing?
He is so awesome it's unreal for a real person to be that awesome!

Now some of you may recall I did a giveaway for a Spencer Hill Press May Release at the beginning of the month that included Call of the Jersey Devil and the SHP Anthology Holiday Magick

Now the winner is...

Congrats Julie Belfield... email me with your choice of book.

If you didn't win don't fret we have some bookmarks up for grabs now and on May 1st there'll be a giveaway for a June Release which includes either PODs by Michelle Pickett, Triangles by Kimberly Ann Miller or Copper Girl by Jennifer Allis Provost so don't miss Spensations on May 1st

Giveaway!

Now want some Call of the Jersey Devil bookmarks?
Of course you do.
There are 7 up for grabs so there will be 7 winners and I WILL ship Internationally.





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Thank you for joining me for this epic edition of Spensations. Good luck with the giveaway and see you May 1st

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Sunday, April 28

Showcase Sunday


Hey Guys,
Welcome to this week's Showcase Sunday. This week was a pretty awesome book week for both books and swag so check it out.

Hardcopy Books:


For Review:

The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass *Review HERE* 
Fall of Night (Morganville Vampires #14) by Rachel Caine

Thanks HarperCollins UK for The Elite and Allison and Busby for Fall of Night.

Bought:

The Longest Holiday by Paige Toon
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Firelight (Firelight #1) by Sophie Jordan
Hidden (Firelight #3) by Sophie Jordan 

Swag:

So yesterday I went to Whitby Goth Weekend and met the wonderful Aurelio Voltaire. He did a reading from his hilarious book Call of the Jersey Devil, coming May 28th, and he was kind enough to sign my ARC that I had received from Spence City and he gave me a tonne of bookmarks to giveaway.


He is so crazy awesome and it was the best day ever. Keep and eye out tomorrow for a interview with him a highlight of his reading and a giveaway for some of these awesome bookmarks.

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Sunday, April 21

Showcase Sunday


Hey Guys,
So welcome to this weeks Showcase Sunday. I got some awesome books this past week and yes, I broke my book buying ban. Naughty me!



Last Sunday I had the best day. I met fellow UK Book Blogger Bekah from Reflective Bookworm. If you don't follow her blog well you should because it is awesome. Well we met last Sunday and had the best day ever. We went to all of the bookstores and then for coffee. It was crazy awesome! Here we are with some of the books we bought! -->




It was a pretty damn awesome day!

 Hardcopy Books:

Bought:


Books bought on our shopping trip.

Hunger (Gone #2) by Michael Grant
Lies (Gone #3) by Michael Grant
Plague (Gone #4) by Michael Grant
Fear (Gone #5) by Michael Grant
Everbound (Everneath #2) by Brodi Ashton
Splintered (Splintered #1) by AG Howard

For Review:


If I Should Die (Revenants #3) by Amy Plum
Massive Thanks to ATOM Publishing
Gifted:

Down London Road (On Dublin Street #2) by Samantha Young
^Thank You Siobhan from Totally Bookalicious
The Mortal Instruments Hardback Boxset 1-5
^Massive Thanks to Taneesha from A Diary of a Book Addict
Won:
Nylon Angel (Parish Plessis #1) by Marianne De Pierres

Massive Thanks to Marianne de Pierres for the signed book and the swag.
PS Don't forget that her phenomenal Burn Bright series is now available worldwide on Amazon. Go pick it up it is amazing!

Swag:





Swag signed from Cora Carmack and Nicole Williams.

Massive Thank You to Cora Carmack and Nicole Williams for signing this for me. And a huge thank you to Christine from I Heart Big Books blog for picking these up for me.


Sweet Trilogy bookplates and Bookmarks

Massive Thank You to Wendy Higgins
E-Books:
Freebie:

The Testing Guide (The Testing #0.5) by Joelle Charbonneau

Note: I have already read this and the first book The Testing and it is one of the best dystopia books I have ever read. Review to come next week but OMG definitely a must-read!
 
Review:

Tremble (Denezen #3) by Jus Accardo
^Massive Thank You to Entangled Teen Publishing

And that's it...
PHEW!
That was a lot I don't think I am ever going to get through my TBR list. On the bright side I already read all of the TMI books so that's 5 less that I need to read.
What did you get this week?
Let me know... leave me a comment!

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Wednesday, April 17

Waiting On Wednesday

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Hi guys,
I haven't done a Waiting on Wednesday for a while but I really wanted to do one today. I came across this book when the cover was revealed last week and I just need this book like right now!

Julliard or Else
Nichele Reese

Genre: NA - Contmporary Romance
Due For Release: May 13, 2013
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From Goodreads:
This is a twisting story of young love torn in two.

Abigail McCall has been accepted into Juilliard for Ballet. Being nineteen, she’s ready to move out of her tight shell at her parent’s house and in with her new roommates. Abigail finds herself distracted with things she never saw herself doing.

'Hey, I’m Tucker.
That’s all it took. His own name rolling off his tongue.'


With no job and coming from a broken home with a mother who doesn’t care what happens to him, could you blame Tucker for being so secretive? The dark and mysterious Tucker has his sights set on the prim and proper ballerina. So he knows he has to change his self destructive ways in order to keep Abigail in his life. Which means, betraying his closest friends.

Obstacles are thrown at them.
They don’t approve of the ballerina and the poor boy.


The world won’t let Abigail and Tucker be together. What do they have to sacrifice to stay together...

Can the good come out in the bad? Or does someone always end up hurt and alone?

Tucker has nothing, but Abigail has everything to lose...

There are so many reasons I cannot wait for this book.

It's a NA Contemp and I am OBSESSED with NA Contemp right now. I just cannot get enough. LOVE!
It's about a ballerina. Although I am no where near co-ordinated enough to be a dancer I love reading about them. I just love books about dancers.
LOOK AT THAT COVER! It's freaking gorgeous!!!
Take a look at the full cover...

*DROOOOOOOOLLLLL*

Not convinced that it is a must-read yet?

Say hello to Tucker...


 

I am so beyond excited for this book.
There's a countdown widget for this book on my side bar -->
So if you want it let me know and I will send you the code.

Let me know your thoughts
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Monday, April 15

Spensations: Spotlight On... Camp Boyfriend


Hey Guys,
Welcome to another installment of Spensations, the feature dedicated to books published by Spencer Hill Press, Spence City and Spencer Hill Contemporary.
Today is very very special. Why you ask? Well because we are featuring the first book to be published by new imprint Spencer Hill Contemporary.
It's no surprise to anybody just how much I adore Spencer Hill Press and I am absolutely loving Contemporary books so to feature the first released from Spencer Hill Contemp is super exciting to me. Add to that the fact that both authors of Camp Boyfriend are great friends of mine.

Now let me introduce The Camp Boyfriend Series.

Camp Kiss (Camp Boyfriend #0.5)
J.K Rock

Published By: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance

Out Now! 
From Goodreads:
The Camp Kiss That Started It All…

Lauren Carlson, a fourteen-year-old expert on the cosmos, superheroes, and science fiction trivia has a crush on her longtime camp friend, Seth. Last summer she’d dreamed about upgrading their relationship to BF/GF status and this year she has a plan… if only her well-meaning cabin mates wouldn’t interfere before she’s ready. She hasn’t even adjusted to her new braces yet, let alone imagined kissing Seth with them. When a dare pushes her out of her comfort zone, will she and Seth rocket out of the friendzone at last? There’s only one way to find out….

This is the free prequel available to download from SHC's website (Click HERE). Check out my review by CLICKING HERE!

Camp Boyfriend (Camp Boyfriend #1)
J.K Rock

Published By: Spencer Hill Conemporary
Due For Release: July 2, 2013
Genre: YA - Contemporary
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From Goodreads:
The summer of her dreams is about to get a reality check.

They said it couldn't be done, but geeky sophomore Lauren Carlson transformed herself into a popular girl after moving to a new school halfway across the country. Amazing what losing her braces and going out for cheerleading will do. Only trouble is, the popular crowd is wearing on Lauren's nerves and she can't wait to return to summer camp where she's valued for her brain instead of her handsprings. She misses her old friends and most of all, her long time camp-only boyfriend, Seth. This year she intends to upgrade their relationship to year-round status once she's broken up with her new, jock boyfriend, Matt. He doesn't even begin to know the real her, a girl fascinated by the night sky who dreams of discovering new planets and galaxies.

But Matt isn't giving her up without a fight. As he makes his case to stay together, Lauren begins to realize his feelings run deeper than she ever would have guessed. What if the guy she thought she was meant to be with forever isn't really The One? Returning to Camp Juniper Point was supposed to ground her uprooted life, but she's more adrift than ever. Everything feels different and soon Lauren's friends are turning on her and both guys question what she really wants. As summer tensions escalate, Lauren wonders if she's changed more than she thought. Will her first big discovery be herself?

There are no words to explain just how excited I am for this book! I absolutely adored the Prequel and cannot wait to read this book! I just know it will be fantastic and I have already chosen my team #TeamSethFTW
I fell head over heels in love with the world of Camp, something I personally have never experienced since we don't really 'do' camp in England. I also fell for Joanne and Karen's writing style. It was amazing.

The Camp Boyfriend Series will look like this...

#0.5 - Camp Kiss
#1 - Camp Boyfriend
#1.5 - Camp Christmas
#2 - Camp Payback
#2.5 - Camp TBA
#3 - Camp Forget-Me-Not
^Information from www.campboyfriend.net




Now I am very very excited to welcome the amazing Joanne and Karen Rock to the blog:
 
Hi Karen and Joanne

Thank you for being here on K-Books and joining me for Spensations.

*Kayleigh, it’s such a huge pleasure to chat with you and meet your blog readers!! We are so excited to be here…

Well I am such a massive fan of Spencer Hill Press, including the new imprints Spence City and Spencer Hill Contemporary. What’s it like being a part of the amazing Spencer Hill Press family?

J – Warm, welcoming and wonderful.  Everyone at SHP- from reading interns to fellow authors- have made us feel so at home. We have been supported and encouraged from the moment we signed on.

K- Spencer Hill is a family- the quirky, fun type that gets lots of amazing stuff done without looking like we’re working at all. We laugh so much during our Skype chats with our editors, Patricia Riley and Kate Kaynak, that my husband believes we’re just fooling around- and we are- but we are also getting lots done. Who says work has to be boring? Not at Spencer Hill!  

So tell us what’s your typical writing routine?

J- I try to wait for the time of day when I know I can be most productive. That means whenever the house is most quiet and I won’t be interrupted. Ideally, that’s when the kids are at school, but when I’m on deadline, I need to write in the evenings as well. My sons are great about respecting the need to write when it’s crunch time, though.

K-Since I’m also an English teacher, my schedule isn’t as flexible as I’d like. My typical writing day is grab any free moment I can- students have an assembly- GREAT!- husband made dinner- AWESOME!- have invented some ache or pain to stop me from working out- PERFECTO!!! Basically, I write every minute I’m not doing anything else, if that makes sense J

So because you are a writing duo does one of you write more than the other? How do you do it?

J- We split the writing 50-50, passing the book back and forth so that we each write a chapter. Sometimes, if I’m busy, Karen will write two in a row, or vice versa. But for the most part, we each write one and pass it back. You’d think that would mean it’s easy to tell who wrote what. But I edit Karen’s chapter before I write mine and she does the same for me. So there’s a layer of my voice interwoven with Karen’s chapter and hers with mine. Then we revise it. And edit it, and rewrite parts until the voices are so intermingled we can’t even tell who wrote what!

K-I agree with Joanne. It’s definitely halvsies when it comes to writing, though I have to give Joanne major props for handling so much of the promotional work. She is so brilliant; I get a suntan just hanging around her.

So you have a book, Camp Boyfriend coming out with Spencer Hill Contemporary. What was the inspiration behind the story?

J- We wanted to write a “summer” story…. something that took our characters out of their day-to-day and brought them into a world where relationships are intensified and accelerated. Camp is a great setting for summer romance and drama!

K-Camp is a world onto itself. It has its own language, traditions, social mores… going to camp is like stepping out of Dorothy’s house and into Oz. Everything is more intense- friendships, relationships, experiences… only at the end, everyone wants to click their sandals and say, “There’s no place like camp” and stay instead of go home. I couldn’t wait to write a book that fused camp culture and romance. I was already working on a solo YA contemp piece (not camp related- darker) when Joanne mentioned she’d like to write YA. We immediately started throwing out ideas, and a camp romance quickly became our first choice.

Is there any particular character that you enjoyed writing more than others?

J- I always liked it when Alex came on the scene. So fun to write a character with strong opinions because you always knew just what she’d say.

K-My favorite character is Emily. You haven’t met her yet because she comes on the scene as Lauren’s new counselor in CAMP BOYFRIEND. She dresses like she’s crawled out of an 80s time capsule, reads the girls’ journals then lectures them on a little word she likes to call R-E-S-P-E-C-T, gives resident counselor hottie, Rob, hell for being a chauvinist, and must have, as Lauren thinks, “…left ‘wildly inappropriate’ off her resume.” I love an unfiltered character and Emily is exactly the kind of counselor I remember having- the kind that made us all wonder- ‘Is she for real?!’

Are there any particular scenes that you enjoy writing more than others?

J- I always like romantic scenes! But I also loved playing with some gorgeous scenes that Karen wrote initially, including some of the friend scenes with Lauren and the other girls in Munchies’ Manor. She does a fantastic job with the love-hate dynamic that can exist even between close friends.

K-Your friends are only your friends if they can tell you that you’re a crap dancer and your red dress makes you look like a bloated tomato. I do love the scenes where the girls give each other hell in the most loving way possible- lol. But that’s real and what contemporary lit should be. As an Adult Fiction Romance writer, I also adore writing love scenes. My favorites were a steamy dugout hookup that is tender and hot, a juicy midnight swim, and a rooftop make out session under the stars that made me melt.

Well first of all I just have to say how much I loved the prequel Camp Kiss… it was my first Camp book and I just adored it.
I see from Camp Boyfriend’s blurb that there is going to be a love triangle… how are you going to make us love the ‘other guy’ coz I am totally Team Seth right now… and I’m stubborn. How could you change my mind?

J-We’re so glad you love Seth! He is a worthy hero or we wouldn’t have had Lauren fall so hard for him in Camp Kiss. We do think that true love is often tested, however, and that it’s not unrealistic for a girl Lauren’s age to be faced with more than one appealing choice! Whether or not you fall for the “other guy” we have the feeling you’re going to experience that appeal, too ;-).

K-Pssst- I’m Team Seth too! But the question is… is Lauren? Matt is gorgeous, popular, a star athlete and a fierce fighter when it comes to winning Lauren’s heart. I have to respect him for that. There is definitely more to Matt than a trophy shelf and shoulder pads. On a side note- Joanne and I loved both of these characters so much that we deliberately didn’t let ourselves decide who Lauren would choose until we’d nearly finished the book!

Camp Boyfriend Series is categorized as the Contemporary Romance genre. What made you decide to write in this genre?

J- I’m a romantic and an optimist at heart. It’s how I view the world and how I try to live my life. I want love to conquer all and shape my choices, so it only makes sense that I’d be drawn to the romance genre.  As for the “contemporary” part… that just happened to fit with this particular story. I could be content penning romance for werewolves, time travelers, or medieval characters, so long as there is a happy ending.

K-I’m a buffet-style writer in that I sample all genres and love them equally. I read them all as well. Currently, I’m reading J.Lynn (AKA Jennifer Armentrout’s) amazing NA contemp romance Wait for You,  Kimberly McCreight’s incredible suspense novel Reconstructing Amelia, and Cassandra Claire’s brilliant YA fantasy/paranormal novel Clockwork Princess. I always read 2-3 books at a time because I never know what I’m in the mood for- and that’s how I write. It’s more the story than the genre that attracts me as a reader and a writer. I wanted to write Lauren’s story and it happened to be a love triangle. In another book I’m working on, my heroine is a supernatural assassin hired to exterminate the ghost she’s fallen for- so I suppose that’s a paranormal. I also have a YA historical character that wakes me up at night and tells me she’s getting very impatient with me…

So are there any inside information or sneak-peaks that you can give us?

J- Karen is so much better at intriguing sneak peeks than me!! I’m totally giving this one to her.

K- YAY! I love spilling secrets since I’m terrible at keeping them J We had so much fun writing our CAMP KISS novella that we are writing two more free ones for our fans! Each will feature different, secondary characters. The first, CAMP CHRISTMAS will focus on Lord of the Rings obsessed Julian and a very unexpected heroine from camp, the second- untitled- gives Trinity a chance at love with someone who returns to the series. It’s been so much fun creating the rich world of Camp Juniper Point and the people that live there (for the summer anyway) that we can’t write enough about them.

Camp Boyfriend is due for release in July. How excited are you about releasing the book into the world?

J- I can’t wait. A book doesn’t feel fully real until readers have stepped into the world and experienced it for themselves, so I feel like the book isn’t even *done* yet. The best part- the part where readers come to Camp Juniper Point- is still ahead and I’m so eager for that to happen.

K- This is the first of three books I have coming out this year- so suffice it to say- I’m very psyched! When I got the proof copy of CAMP BOYFRIEND, I fell asleep holding it so that I’d know, when I woke up, that it wasn’t a dream. (I still pinch myself from time to time)

Camp Boyfriend is the first in a series. What can we expect, without giving any spoilers, from the upcoming books?

J- More boys! More romance! Also some surprising twists for characters that you’ll be meeting in Camp Boyfriend. There are lots of story lines to carry over through the novellas and the books, so if you enjoy the characters in this book, you’ll have lots to look forward to in future titles.

K- Joanne said that so well. The only thing I would add is what you won’t expect- zombies, werewolves, and vampires… and that’s not a lie… nor does the series become a paranormal. I’ll leave you to figure out that riddle, brilliant Kay.

And finally what can we expect from you in the future after Camp Boyfriend?

J- Karen and I are still finding our way through the Camp Boyfriend series and it will keep us happily writing into 2014, but I guarantee you there will be more YA books from us down the road. We’re having way too much fun to stop now.

K- We have an awesome YA thriller series we can’t wait to start. But right now, we are all about camp!

Getting to Know You – Quick Fire Round

Contemporary or Paranormal?

J- Contemp. Today, at least!

K- Help! This is a Sophie’s Choice moment.

Sci-Fi or Dystopia?

J- I still love dystopia.

K- OMG who doesn’t love dystopian series like Delirium, Matched, or Divergent? Yet I have to have some Sci-Fi too. I’m a huge Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut, Isaac Asimov fan. Also loved The Host and A Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. We need more YA Sci-Fi!

Hardcopy or E-Book?

J- All of the above. The more books, the better.

K- Since I read more than one at a time, I love my Kindle. It fits in my purse and fills in every boring moment of my life. No more standing by while a cashier and customer argue, waiting for a bank teller to stop gossiping and wave me over, or staring at a nonsensical magazine while my physician flirts with pharmaceutical reps and the receptionist. Nope. With my Kindle, I’m as patient as can be. On the other hand, I also buy the hard copies of everything I own on Kindle since I’m a huge book collector. I’m especially proud of my UK first edition/first printing editions of the Harry Potter series. I have them arranged in a corner hutch I call The Shrine.  I pray to it every day so that the creative gods will bless me- lol- or perhaps some of JK Rowling will rub off on JK Rock.

Bookmark or Dog-Ear?

J- Dog Ears! I don’t like my books too mangled (don’t bend my covers!!), but then again, I feel like the best loved books are the ones that have been marked up, re-read, dog-eared and annotated on the inside.

K- I will fess up to Dog-Earring books. My sincerest apologies! But since I don’t read the one’s I buy unless they are in E-Book version, I’m not ready to turn myself in to the book police just yet. I do collect bookmarks, though. Someday I’ll make a collage of them and have a gallery show in SoHo.

Book or Movie?

J- Book. Always.

K- Tough one. I prefer to read first but sometimes that ruins the movie when it doesn’t live up to what I imagined.

Chocolate or Vanilla?


J- Chocolate. Unless Crème Brulee is on the menu.

K- Did someone say chocolate? Sorry. Didn’t hear anything after that.

Summer or Winter?

J- Long, lazy days of summer, please!

K- Since it usually rains most of the summer, I’m not sure there is much of a difference other than the outfits- and I do love a good tank top.

Ice-Cream or Cake?

J – I was hoping “ice cream cake” would be an option. That’s the best.

K- I’m with Joanne! But if I can only have one, I’ll take a pint of ice cream- preferably Ben & Jerry’s whose factory is housed just across the lake from me… coincidence? I think not.

Coffee or Tea?

J- Drink tons of both, but I can’t exist without coffee.

K-Tea all the way. Especially with scrummy treats.

Nice guy or bad boy?

J- Book boyfriends can be bad boys. In Real Life, bring on the sweetheart guys.

K- I think I’m bad enough for both of us. The yin to my yang has to be a nice guy. And good guys are still confident, smart, funny, hot, and interesting in a quirky way. Personally, I’m not interested in reforming arrogant bad boys. They can grow up on their own time.

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Sunday, April 14

Early Review: The Elite (The Selection #2)

The Elite (The Selection #2)
Kiera Cass

Published By: HarperCollins
Publication Date: June 16, 2013
Date Read: April 14, 2013
Genre: YA - Dystopia
Source: Review Copy from HarperCollins
Format: eARC
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17230002-the-elite
From Goodreads:
The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Selection.

Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.

America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.

Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending
"From the beginning, I've really only looked at you, wanted you."

Oh. My. God! I literally have no words right now. I read this book in one sitting and it just completely and utterly blew me away! I thought The Selection was good? The Elite is phenomenal! I had pretty high expectations for this book since I loved the first book so much and The Elite met all of those expectations and completely surpassed them. This book was literally phenomenal and I seriously just cannot gush enough.

America's heart is still torn. She is fast falling for Prince Maxon but she's still overcome with her past relationship and feelings for Aspen. She doesn't know what to do and when other things get in the way of the matters of her heart America doesn't know what to think. How can she trust Maxon's feelings when she can't even trust herself? Will she be able to make a choice before it's too late?

I... just... OMG! That is seriously all I can say when thinking of this book. I loved ever single second of it. I am so emotionally invested in this series I had the warm and fuzzies one moment where I just wanted to hug my eReader I was so happy and in love and then the next I was freaking out and anxious. This book will make you go through every emotion you possibly could go through. I laughed and cried and everything in between.

America is such a great character. I love her. I love her feistiness and her stubborness and I think she is such a great character to read about. However she bugged the life out of me in this book. Don't get me wrong I still love her to bits and she is one of my favourite characters ever but there was just some things that she did in this one that had me screaming "WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU" America goes through a big journey in this book and the state of mind she is in by the end makes me extremely happy but for me she went through so many up and downs and going backwards and forwards in this book I just wanted to reach into the book and give her a bit of a shake.

Maxon... oh my Maxon. Is there anything that can make me love him less? Erm NO! I adore him! I'm pretty sure he is the most amazing character ever! I am just completely head-over-heels in love with him. Take note of Chapter 8 girls because seriously I melted into a puddle of goo! I LOVE him! There were parts of this book where Maxon broke my heart completely but when looking at things from him point of view you really can't blame him for doing that. I genuinelly love him and I am still Team Maxon all the way!

This book was just phenomenal to me. Right from the start I could tell that it was going to be a 5 Star rating. Right from the start I was just completely hooked and I couldn't put the book down. I literally just say for hours and I read this book in one sitting. I just had to know what happened. Even when it was making me cry and breaking my heart. One thing is for certain Kiera Cass is literally phenomenal and I can't wait to see what she does in the next book. I literally have no idea what it going to happen from her but I know I will enjoy every singe word of what is to come.

The Selection is fast becoming one of my favourite series of all time. I find that it is so heavy on the romance that is can be a little bit cheesy but come on, who doesn't love a little bit of cheese in their life. I love everything Kiera does. Her writing style, the world and characters she has created and the romance that literally stops my heart and wants me to become a character in the book so this can happen to me. I need book 3 right now and I despreately need America and Maxon to be together. I love Maxon and I think America would be a fantastic ruler of this country and make everything better.

If you enjoyed The Selection you will love The Elite. It is a hundred times better! It has everything that you could possibly need. Romance, action, romance, a beautiful setting, romance, a phenomenal dystopia society and ROMANCE! It completely took my heart and my breath away and left me dying for more! I loved every single second of it and I can't wait to experience is all again when I re-read it. A MUST READ!

"I've been looking for a suitable alternative, but the truth is... there's only you."