Friday, May 24, 2019

"Going Off Script" by Jen Wilde

Going Off Script
by Jen Wilde

Going Off Script by Jen Wilde

Going Off Script by Jen Wilde is currently on tour with Xpresso Book Tours. The tour stops here today for my review, an excerpt, and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

A TV writer's room intern must join forces with her crush to keep her boss from ruining a lesbian character in this diverse contemporary YA romance from the author of Queens of Geek.
Seventeen-year-old Bex is thrilled when she gets an internship on her favorite tv show, Silver Falls. Unfortunately, the internship isn't quite what she expected ... instead of sitting in a crowded writer's room volleying ideas back and forth, Production Interns are stuck picking up the coffee.
Determined to prove her worth as a writer, Bex drafts her own script and shares it with the head writer - who promptly reworks it and passes it off as his own! Bex is understandably furious, yet ... maybe this is just how the industry works? But when they rewrite her proudly lesbian character as straight, that's the last straw! It's time for Bex and her crush to fight back.
Jen Wilde's newest novel is both a fun, diverse love story and a very relevant, modern take on the portrayal of LGBT characters in media.

The door of the bus hisses as it folds open, and a burst of warm air swirls around me. I heave my suitcase down the steps and squint through the glare bouncing off the sidewalk.
I’m here. I’m actually in Los Angeles. After spending years daydreaming about this moment, it’s happening. And it’s even better than I imagined, because this is real. The sun is burning my pale skin, the smell of freshly brewed coffee and exhaust fumes fill the air, and I’m kicking myself for thinking my fave plaid shirt was a smart outfit choice in this weather. But it’s all okay, because I made it.
I open Google Maps on my phone and check the street signs. I’ve stared at the map of West Hollywood so many times in the last few months that I could probably find Parker’s street in my sleep, but the part of me that likes to be in control needs to have the map ready, just in case.
“Okay,” I say quietly to myself. “I’m on Santa Monica Boulevard. Good.”
I start walking, dragging my suitcase with its one busted wheel behind me. It’s Sunday afternoon, and there’s a chill vibe in the air. Tattooed people in printed shirts and oversize sunglasses sip cocktails at trendy outdoor cafés. Locals stroll along the sidewalk, and I smile at their dogs. Bars are painted turquoise and lemon yellow, and there’s so much stunning street art that I don’t know which one to Instagram first.
I can see why Parker, my cousin, loves this neighborhood. Its Old Hollywood vintage-style neon signs and proud queer culture are a perfect fit for him. Compared to our gray hometown of Westmill, Washington, it’s like being on another planet.
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Praise for the Book
“What I really love about Jen Wilde’s writing is that it feels so natural. Nothing ever feels forced to me. She showed Bex’s struggles with her sexuality and gender very well. And also about her insecurities. Bex is on ritalin and lexapro. Those medicines are just mentioned in a normal way without any real focus on it. Everything just flowed and I found myself so immersed in this story. I read it in a 24 hour period.” ~ Kristi Confessions of a YA Reader
“Set in Hollywood hot on the heels of the Me Too Movement, Going Off Script is a fantastic, addicting story with wonderful characters, an amazing story, and the fluffiest of romances. Going Off Script is a story about taking control of your future, owning your past, and fighting for justice at every step of the way, especially in a world where diversity representation is hard-won and too many use their power for evil instead of good.” ~ Laura Cate Collins
“What I loved the most about Going Off Script was how Wilde is able to balance this summer romance with a discussion about being ashamed of our roots and chasing our dreams, with a discussion about homophobia, sexism, and privilege in the media business. There's so much nuance and layers in Going Off Script which just hits all the right spots.” ~ Utopia State of Mind
“What I loved the most about Going Off Script was how Wilde is able to balance this summer romance with a discussion about being ashamed of our roots and chasing our dreams, with a discussion about homophobia, sexism, and privilege in the media business. ... A powerful book that tackles issues that you might come up against today. All while delivering a story with a lot of heart, perseverance, and compassion.” ~ Utopia State of Mind
“A perfect balance of fandom, friendship, family, love and finding yourself and accepting who you are. ... If you’re looking for an amazing contemporary you don’t want to put down, definitely pick up Going Off Script!” ~ The Book Dutchesses

My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.

By Lynda Dickson
The summer before college, eighteen-year-old Bex moves from her small hometown in Washington to the bright lights of Los Angeles. She has her whole life planned out, from her internship on her favorite television show to one day creating her own show. But she’s hiding a secret she hasn’t had the courage to share with anyone, not even her best friend Gabby or her gay cousin Parker. You see, Bex is also gay. Follow Bex as she struggles with her bullying boss and with finding her identity. Bex’s courage and determination will lead her to make choices that will change both her life and the lives of those around her.
Bex is an endearing and engaging character who, with her constant movie and television show references, shows her geekiness every chance she gets. She is just one of a cast of wonderfully diverse characters in this cute lesbian romance, which also packs a powerful message.
Not to be missed.
Warnings: coarse language, LGBT themes.

Some of My Favorite Lines
“This is where people who love creating fictional worlds as much as I do all gather to make magic. The world’s most iconic stars have been born here. My heroes have walked these streets.”
“Every house needs a blueprint and every dream needs a plan.”
“I’m the first eighteen-year-old stepping off a bus in LA, carrying a suitcase full of dreams.”
“Sometimes you need to fight to be heard, especially when you’re the only woman in a room full of men.”
“I need to pause for air, but if I had to choose between breathing and kissing her, I’d choose this kiss every single time.”
“I love it when you talk nerdy.”
“This is for all the women out there who have been intimidated, bullied, or blackmailed into silence by insecure men trying to hold on to their power.”

About the Author
Jen Wilde
Jen Wilde is a writer, geek and fangirl with a penchant for coffee, books and pugs. She writes YA stories about zombies (As They Rise), witches (Echo of the Witch), and fangirls (Queens of Geek). Her debut series (The Eva Series) reached over three million reads online and became an Amazon bestseller. She is also the author of The Brightsiders and Going Off Script.
Born and raised in Australia, she splits her time between Melbourne and New York. When she’s not writing, Jen loves binge-watching her favorite shows on Netflix, eating pizza, traveling to far away places and going to conventions in Marty McFly cosplay.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

"Neliem" by Clare DiLiscia

by Clare DiLiscia

Neliem by Clare DiLiscia

Neliem by Clare DiLiscia is currently on tour with Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours. The tour stops here today for a guest post by the author, an excerpt, and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

Half the population of the island of Madera are dead, killed by an unforgiving and indiscriminate plague. Oriana dreams of escaping her life of ruthless cruelty from the people who now rule over those who remain. No telling whom the plague will strike next, Oriana means to find freedom for herself and her people. Drawing strength from ancient tales of her enemy, young Oriana transforms herself from victim to warrior with the help of a mysterious and powerful dagger given to her by a kind and dying boy.
Years later, during her enemy’s betrothal ritual, Ezra, a boy she has never before seen, selects her as his mate. With servitude her only option, Oriana accepts the offer. Whisked away to a seemingly perfect world, Oriana discovers sinister secrets at every turn, including the identity of Tristan, a boy with whom she shares an undeniable but impossible connection.
Why would a boy she doesn’t know wish her to be his betrothed? Why does she feel such a strong pull toward a stranger? Someone in Ezra’s family not only knows the answer to both those questions, but also about the dagger Oriana possesses. He will do anything to stop the union. Now, with everything on the line, Oriana turns inward to find the strength she needs to seize the full power of the dagger so that she may protect herself and save her people.


Praise for the Book
“Great debut! Fascinating world and Oriana is a great character to explore it with. I look forward to more from this author!” ~ HouseofRosen
“Great debut - excited to see more.” ~ Liza Felissig
“Best fantasy I’ve read in years!” ~ Vincenzo
“I'm so glad I got to read this book. First as a boy, I wondered if it was for me. It's a girl empowerment in a fantasy world that reads from like the early 1900's. […] I really loved this book. It opened my eyes to so many injustices in not only the world in the book, but our own world. And it showed me how very different people can come together and find something good and lasting. Reading this book made me think outside the box, and I really hope you all get a chance to read it as well.” ~Oliver Baird
“I was so involved in the story that I couldn't put it down! What an intriguing book.” ~ Eve Rubell

Guest Post by the Author
Deleted Scene from Neliem
This scene was cut from the ending of Neliem. A precursor to Neliem II. It shows the story isn’t quite over for Oriana.
As the tide rose in the waters of Cortos, a beautiful brown haired boy, washed to shore. Or rather, appeared. One moment, the beach was empty. The other, the most beautiful boy with a ruffled shirt and what appeared to be a sawed off handcuff on his wrist materialized as if by magic.
Moaning, Tristan lifted his head, wiping the sand off his face, only to spy some curious children who’d wandered to the beach to collect seashells that morning.
His dazzling smile broke, his eyes twinkling merriment. “This is not the Capital.”
Climbing to his feet, he recognized the small dagger he’d gifted his brother in what seemed a lifetime ago, stabbing the sand right where he stood. Retrieving it, he sauntered ahead, laughing as an eagle fluttered alarmingly close, before widening its wingspan and flying away into the horizon.

About the Author
Born in Queens, New York, Clare DiLiscia moved to California as a small child and grew up in the hills by Dodger Stadium. Constantly roaming the woods, she took to embellishing on the stories of Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle Duck to fill her imagination. To her horror she soon realized there was no way to fit a miniature tuxedo on a frog. Fortunately, in sixth grade, Clare won a short story contest with the grand prize of fifteen happy meals. She would like to point out that two of those meal tickets were missing by the time her mother handed over her prize.
After traveling extensively throughout South America and the Caribbean, Clare attended KU Leuven, in Belgium for University where she studied Dutch and French. Clare graduated from Cal State Northridge Film School, earning Dean’s List recognition with a BA in TV/Film. In 2006 she placed in the prestigious Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting, beating out 4700 other applicants. After joining SCBWI, Clare won 1st place HM in the Sue Alexander for her YA novel, now entitled Neliem.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

"Southern Sass and Killer Cravings" by Kate Young

Southern Sass and Killer Cravings
(Marygene Brown Mysteries Book 1)
by Kate Young

Southern Sass and Killer Cravings (Marygene Brown Mysteries Book 1) by Kate Young

Southern Sass and Killer Cravings by Kate Young is currently on tour with Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours. The book will be released on 28 May but is available for pre-order now. The tour stops here today for an excerpt and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

Life has always been sweet on Georgia’s Peach Cove Island, but a case of murder has Marygene Brown down in the pits ...
For generations, the women of the Brown family on Peach Cove Island have been known for their Southern sass and sweet homemade desserts at their beloved Peach Diner. Since their mother's passing two years ago, Marygene has been stuck in Atlanta while her sister Jena Lynn has been running the family business. Now Marygene has left her husband and returned to her hometown, where she can almost feel Mama's presence.
But all is not peachy back home. Marygene has barely tied on an apron when a diner regular drops dead at the counter. When it turns out the old man's been poisoned, Jena Lynn is led away in handcuffs and the family eatery is closed. Now, to save her sister and the diner, Marygene must find the real killer. With some startling assistance from her Mama's spirit, Marygene will be serving up a special order of just desserts ...
Includes Seven Recipes from Marygene’s Kitchen!

Book Video

Read the first chapter here.

Praise for the Book
Southern Sass and Killer Cravings by Kate Young is absolutely fabulous ... I loved this book so much that I practically finished it in one sitting.” ~ Baroness’ Book Trove
“I loved this book!! ... This is the first book in the Marygene Brown mystery series and I’m already hooked!!” ~ Moonlight Rendezvous
Southern Sass and Killer Cravings provides a fun mystery while also tackling the tough subjects of family estrangement and domestic abuse ... I thoroughly enjoyed my first trip to Peach Cove Island and look forward to returning!” ~ Cozy Up With Kathy
“The author captures the southernisms and Georgia setting realistically and had me hearing, smelling, and thinking I was right there, visiting Peach Cove.” ~ Cinnamon and Sugar and a little bit of Murder
“You have turns and twists, murder, greed and some abuse to keep the pages turning at a fast pace. A great start to a wonderful series.” ~ Babs Book Bistro

About the Author
Kate Young
Kate Young writes humorous southern mystery novels. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Guppy Chapter. Kate lives in a small town in Georgia with her husband, three kids, and Shih Tzu. When she is not writing her own books, she’s reading or cooking.

Enter the author’s pre-order giveaway for a chance to win some great prizes: a Coach Bag with matching wristlet plus a $100 Amazon/B&N gift card OR one of two $10 Amazon B&N gift cards in gift cards plus an autographed copy of Southern Sass and Killer Cravings by Kate Young (ends 27 May).


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