Monday, March 27, 2017

THE COURAGE TEST by James Preller Nerd Blast and Giveaway






Synopsis 

Will has no choice. His father drags him along on a wilderness adventure in the footsteps of legendary explorers Lewis and Clark--whether he likes it or not. All the while, Will senses that something about this trip isn't quite right.

Along the journey, Will meets fascinating strangers and experiences new thrills, including mountain cliffs, whitewater rapids, and a heart-hammering bear encounter.

It is a journey into the soul of America's past, and the meaning of family in the future. In the end, Will must face his own, life-changing test of courage.

A father-and-son journey along the Lewis and Clark Trail--from Fort Mandan to the shining sea--offers readers a genre-bending blend of American history, thrilling action, and personal discovery.


Praise for THE COURAGE TEST

"Preller stirs doses of American history into a first-rate road trip that does traditional double-duty as plot device and coming-of-age metaphor. Will is initially baffled and furious at being abruptly forced to accompany his divorced father, a history professor, on a long journey retracing much of the trail of Lewis and Clark. ...Will survives a meeting with a bear and a spill into dangerous rapids—tests of courage that will help him weather the bad news that awaits him at home." --Booklist

"Whatever young explorers look for on their literary road trips, they’ll find it here."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"The lively narrative is interspersed with Will’s entries for a school writing assignment, which contain lots of facts about the original journey, as well as postcards to his mother. Despite the emotional heft, there is plenty of action, including white-water rafting and a close encounter with a bear. A middle grade winner to hand to fans of history, adventure, and family drama."--School Library Journal

EXCERPT


My mother pushes me out the door, and I don’t know why.

“I don’t want to go,” I tell her.

“I know,” she says.

“But why now?” I ask again. “All-Stars starts this week. I don’t want to miss it.”

“We’ve been over this,” she says.

She might as well say what every parent resorts to when they run out of good answers: Because I said so. There’s no explanation, no more discussion. It’s time for me to go.

I feel ridiculously, stupidly, helplessly annoyed, and there’s nothing I can do about it. I see in that instant my mother is getting old. Stray gray hairs, wrinkles around the down-turned corners of her mouth. She looks tired and thin, sick of arguing with me. I carry a fully loaded metal-frame backpack on my shoulders and a smaller gym bag in my right hand—stuff for the long drive, all my technology’s in there. I don’t want to go, but I can’t stand here forever. So come on, Mom, let’s do this.

“You’ll have fun,” she says. “It’s good for you and your father to spend time together.”

“Please, Mom.”

“He’s the only father you’ve got,” she says.

I give her nothing in return. Not a nod. I’m not even listening. I turn my back to her.

“Bye,” she says, and adds, “I love you, Will.”

I walk away like I don’t hear.

“Will?”

I raise my hand in good-bye without looking back.

My father waits in the car. He steps out as I approach. I nod to him, hey. None of this is my idea. I have no say, no choice. I refuse to be happy about it. I’m not going to make this easy.

“Here, um, let me help you with that.” He reaches to take my backpack.

“No, I got it,” I say, leaning away.

“Oh, okay, sure,” he says.

He stands there, not knowing what to do.

“Are you going to pop the trunk?” I ask. Because: obviously.

Flustered, my father moves to the driver’s side door. He fumbles in the front pocket of his water-resistant khakis, drops the keys on the road, stoops to the ground. I glance sideways, slyly, to check how this is playing from the front window. But my mother is no longer watching.

She’s gone.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


James Preller (born 1961) is the children's book author of the Jigsaw Jones Mysteries, which are published by Scholastic Corporation. He grew up in Wantagh, New York and went to college in Oneonta, New York. After graduating from college in 1983, James Preller was employed as a waiter for one year before being hired as a copywriter by Scholastic Corporation, where he was introduced (through their books) to many noatable children's authors. This inspired James Preller to try writing his own books. James Preller published his first book, entitled MAXX TRAX: Avalanche Rescue, in 1986. Since that time, James Preller has written a variety of books, and has written under a number of pen names, including Mitzy Kafka, James Patrick, and Izzy Bonkers. James Preller lives in Delmar, New York with his wife Lisa and their three children.


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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Awesome Book Mail Week!







I don't get free books very often, but it seems like when I do, it all comes the same week.  I got these books a week ago, and it was so much fun.  I won The Introvert and received it from the author signed!  

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A BOY CALLED BAT by Elana K. Arnold Official Blog Tour, Random Things and Giveaway







Synopsis 

For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life tends to be full of surprises—some of them good, some not so good. Today, though, is a good-surprise day. Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a baby skunk, which she needs to take care of until she can hand him over to a wild-animal shelter.

But the minute Bat meets the kit, he knows they belong together. And he’s got one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a pretty terrific pet.


10 Random Things About Me
1.       I am currently the caretaker of seven pets, only two of which have fur
2.      I read in chunks rather than line-by-line
3.      I have a bosom friend
4.      I like to write two books at the same time, using each as a palate cleanser for the other
5.      If I watch disturbing shows at night, I have complicated nightmares
6.      I am not an organized person
7.      I have never kept a diary or journal
8.      I am the second oldest of four siblings
9.      The older I get, the more I prefer savory over sweet
10.   I always wanted to be a writer



ABOUT THE AUTHOR


ELANA K. ARNOLD completed her M.A. in Creative Writing/Fiction at the University of California, Davis. She grew up in Southern California, where she was lucky enough to have her own horse--a gorgeous mare named Rainbow--and a family who let her read as many books as she wanted. She lives in Huntington Beach, California, with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of animals. She is represented by Rubin Pfeffer of Rubin Pfeffer Content.

Photo Credit Melissa Hockenberger



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Launch Party Schedule:

March 13th Monday Beauty and the Bookshelf REVIEW & FILL IN THE BLANKS 
March 13th Monday J.R.'s Book Reviews REVIEW
March 14th Tuesday JeanBookNerd VLOG & TENS LIST
March 15th Wednesday Mama Reads Blog REVIEW & EXCERPT  
March 15th Wednesday Read Now Sleep Later EXCERPT
March 16th Thursday CBY Book Club TENS LIST 
March 16th Thursday Sabrina's Paranormal Palace REVIEW & FAVORITE BOOKS
March 17th Friday Captivated Reading MUSIC PLAYLIST
March 17th Friday Cover2CoverBlog REVIEW
March 18th Saturday Kara the Redhead REVIEW & EXCERPT
 Her Book Thoughts! REVIEW 
March 19th Sunday Reading for the Stars and Moon REVIEW
March 19th Sunday Book Queen Reviews REVIEW
March 20th Monday A Dream Within a Dream DREAM CAST
March 20th Monday 100 Pages A Day REVIEW
March 21st Tuesday The Avid Book Collector REVIEW & EXCERPT
March 21st Tuesday Insane About Books RANDOM THINGS 
March 22nd Wednesday BookHounds YA INTERVIEW

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

YOU CAN'T HIDE by Dan Poblocki Official Blog Tour, Random Things and Giveaway




Synopsis 

Shadow House will find you . . .

Poppy, Marcus, Dash, Dylan, and Azumi are all trapped within Shadow House, a sinister estate where past and present intertwine. As they fight to find a way out, the kids think the ghosts of the house are the greatest danger they face. Little do the kids know it's the secrets they're each hiding that will prove even more lethal.

They're going to have to come face to face with their fears if they stand any hope of escaping the house alive. Is there anyone or anything in the house they can trust? Or is all hope disappearing, too. . .

Enter Shadow House . . . if you dare.

BONUS: Step inside Shadow House with the free app for your tablet or phone! Each image in the book reveals a haunting in the app, where the choices you make determine your fate.



Praise for YOU CAN'T HIDE

"Shadow House has everything I love—strange characters, magic and the supernatural, endless danger and adventure—and a mystery I dare any reader to try to solve". -- R.L. Stine, author of Goosebumps

Praise for The Book of Bad Things

"Ghostly... grotesque... eerie..." -- Booklist

"Poblocki's return, full of mystery, monsters and ghosts, is sure to satisfy his fans. Old-school, John Saul-style horror." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Fun and creepy in all the good ways." -- VOYA

Praise for The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe

A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection

A Junior Library Guild selection

"The social dramas mesh well with the supernatural elements... Poblocki creates a real sense of suspense." -- Booklist

"Poblocki creates danger by not pulling punches. An atmospheric, creepy ghost story best read at night." -- Kirkus Reviews

10 Random Things About 
Dan Poblocki

1.       My middle name is Kennen. It is my great-grandmother’s maiden name.
2.      I love reading ghost stories, especially old ones by a writer named. M.R. James.
3.      I have a collection of German nutcrackers (which I only recently rediscovered while unpacking from my move to Kingston).
4.      I play video games on my Xbox, currently working my way through Fallout 4.
5.      When I was very little, I wanted to be an architect.
6.      I love rollercoasters, though recently, they’ve started making me sick.
7.      I have 4 tattoos, all of them on my arms. And yes, it hurt to get them.
8.     I want to learn to speak some languages other than English.
9.      I was born in Providence, RI, and moved to NJ when I was eleven.
10.  My favorite TV show is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 



ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Dan Poblocki is an American author of mystery and horror novels for young people. He was born in Providence, Rhode Island. During his pre-teen years, his family moved to Basking Ridge, New Jersey. Dan currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with two scaredy cats.

Dan graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in theater. Subsequently, he toured the United States playing ultra-challenging roles such as Ichabod Crane in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and the Shoemaker in The Shoemaker and the Elves to packed houses filled with literally thousands of screaming children. (He hopes they weren’t screaming in fear.)

Dan ended his promising acting career to focus on other endeavors. While exploring various artistic options, he held a number of jobs in New York City including: a floral groomer, an audience-wrangler for a popular game show, a computer analyst, a chemotherapy-unit assistant, and a traveling bathing suit sales-dude.

That’s right. A traveling bathing suit sales-dude.

Dan now writes full time. He's probably working on something new this very minute!

Photo Credit: Nic DeStefano

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/thestonechild/

--Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter

- 7 Winners will receive a Copy of You Can't Hide (Shadow House #2) by Dan Poblocki




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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

CHASING BRYNN by Angela Corbett Nerd Blast





Synopsis 

Witty and blunt blogger, Brynn Harper, has a knack for incredible sex. As a graduate student studying to be a sex therapist, Brynn’s heard her fair share of intimate horror stories. Starting an anonymous blog offering naughty advice changes her life. When a competitor tries to "out-blog" her with equally risqué posts from a male perspective, Brynn vows to shut him down.

But as she gets to know the mystery man on the other side of the keyboard, her interest piques. Smart and funny, the man might be able to charm her pants off—if she ever meets him in person. Brynn’s not interested in relationships though, which is exactly what she keeps telling sexy, confident, and persistent law student, Cade Brett, her walking fantasy with a fondness for handcuffs. She can’t get him out of her mind, but he won’t give her what she wants—unless she agrees to date him first.

Torn between the alpha mystery man, and the infuriatingly enticing Cade, commitment-phobic Brynn is in over her head. But one of them could be the love of her life if Brynn can relinquish control and give in to her heart. 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


As a child, Angela Corbett’s most prized possession was a set of read- along books. She used to follow along with the narrator on the stereo dream of when she would be able to read by herself. Her childhood reading habit led her to consider her future career. However, after consulting with her parents, she realized she had already exceeded hobbit height and since fairies and dragonslayers were tricky jobs to get, she decided she wanted to create worlds of her own.

She is a graduate of Westminster College where she double majored in communication and sociology. She has worked as a journalist, freelance writer, and director of communications and marketing. She lives in Utah with her extremely supportive husband, Dan, and loves classic cars, traveling, and chasing their five-pound Pomeranian, Pippin—who is just as mischievous as his hobbit namesake.

She’s the author of Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult fiction—with lots of kissing. She writes under two names: Angela Corbett, and Destiny Ford.

Photo Credit: Heather Zahn Gardner

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/byangcorbett/
PINTEREST: 
https://www.pinterest.com/ByAngCorbett/



--Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter

- 1 Winner will receive a $10 Gift Card of your Choice.
- 1 Winner will Receive an Exclusive Secret Surprise Box from Angela {Items Included will be worth over $75 and hand picked by Angela} All related to the Series.


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Monday, March 13, 2017

GUYS READ: HEROES & VILLAINS Edited by Jon Scieszka Nerd Blast




Synopsis 

Heroes and Villains, the seventh volume in Jon Scieszka’s Guys Read Library of Great Reading, is chock-full of adventure featuring an array of characters—with and without capes.

Featuring ten all-new, original stories that run the gamut from fantasy to comics to contemporary adventure to nonfiction, and featuring eleven of the most acclaimed, exciting writers for kids working today, this collection is the perfect book for you, whether you use your powers for good—or evil.

Authors include Laurie Halse Anderson, Cathy Camper and Raúl Gonzalez, Sharon Creech, Jack Gantos, Christopher Healy, Deborah Hopkinson, Ingrid Law, Pam Muñoz Ryan, Lemony Snicket, and Eugene Yelchin, with illustrations by Jeff Stokely.

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | BOOK DEPOSITORY


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Jon Scieszka is the National Ambassador for Children's Literature emeritus and the bestselling author of more than twenty-five books for kids, including The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, Math Curse, Robot Zot!, and the Time Warp Trio series. Jon founded Guys Read to encourage a passion for reading among young boys, with the philosophy that boys love to read most when they are reading things they love. A former elementary school teacher, Jon lives in Brooklyn with his family. For more great books, more great facts, and more about your favorite authors, head over to www.guysread.com. You'll be glad you did.




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Sunday, March 12, 2017

February #UpperCase Box


LOVED my February UpperCase Box.

You should give it a try. It's so much fun to get a surprise book and bookish items in the mail once a month!!