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YA Community – How to Get Involved

I have found the YA book community to be a wonderful sanctuary. I have made many friends (authors and bloggers alike) who have stuck with me since the beginning. However, I find that there is a huge lack of interest from the non-blogging YA readers. One does not have to be a blogger/author/etc to reap the benefits of the online society. It’s not a secret club. I’m going to list a few of the techniques I used at the beginning to get involved.

  1. Twitter. I cannot stress enough how interactive the YA community is on Twitter. This is a great way to start communicating with authors. In fact, I got to know two of my favorite authors (Susan Dennard and Leigh Bardugo) when they were first starting out on twitter. And now they are both NYT Bestsellers, and I still have a contact link with them. Pretty cool! Plus, if you do want to start a blog, Twitter will get you readership. Just tag the author you’re writing about, and they may give you a retweet. famous author retweets you – new readers.
  2. Fan mail – Do not be afraid to send your favorite author fan mail. Chances are, you’ll make their day. Fewer people than you’d expect send authors fanmail, so you have a good chance of a response. I cringe to look bad at some of the fangirly emails I wrote in my early days, but I did get to have conversations with some pretty cool people.
  3. Book conventions – This one is a little harder for some people to attain, but definitely worth it. Book conventions are where a bunch of amazing authors are all in one place for the day, and you typically get to interact with them on a really personal level. Typically book conventions are sponsored by a book store or library. My favorite conventions are TeenBookCon and TweenBookCon both sponsored by the amazing Blue Willow Bookstore in Houston, TX. Just last year I got to spend an entire day with Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket) at TweenBookCon (Best day EVER).
  4. Independent Book Stores. Now, I could gush about independent bookstores (Again, Blue Willow Books is the BEST) all day but that can be an entirely different post. Just, go to your indie bookstores. It actually helps out the authors a lot more (as those are the sales that contribute to their NYT Bestselling ranks) and small businesses. Plus, they bring in authors a lot of signings, and are just generally cool people.

Overall, the YA Community is amazing, and easy to get involved in. I recommend checking it out, even if only a little, if you have any interest in reading. Which, if you’re reading this blog, you probably are. Feel free to contact me with any and all questions – I’d love be your first friend in the YA sphere.

 

Retribution Blog Tour

This book has a wonderful mixture of styles, but at times this factor was distracting. This is the first novel by T.G.Ayer I’ve ever read, so I am totally new to her style, and worlds. That said, I did enjoy it! I liked how the angels were not your typical… Angelic figures. Angels in YA have been becoming rather abundant, but they’re a very different style than this! On thing I found rather confusing, is how the “real world”, was so randomly thrown into the story. They’d be discussing something very mythical or paranormal, and *poof* out comes the cell phone! But, in general, that was very easy to see around, and was more of a personal preference than anything else. Overall, I felt Retribution was a very well written, and unique novel; I hope it obtains the fame it deserves!

Title: Retribution
Author: T.G. Ayer
Series: Chronicles of the Irin, #1
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publication: March 14th, 2014

Her name is Evangeline and she is Nephilim.

Evie belongs to the Brotherhood Irin and together with all the other Nephilim of the world she is protector to humanity, protector against evil. But evil has found its way into the Brotherhood. Someone has murdered her guardian and Marcellus, the New Master makes demands of the warriors that go against all they stand for. Demands Evie just can’t carry out.

Evie uncovers Marcellus’ plan to collect a set of special seals, but when a high-level demon reveals the truth behind the Seals of Hades, Evie know there is no way she can allow the Master of the Irin to get his hands on them. But will keeping the Seals from Marcellus cause her to sacrifice more that she should? Will vengeance for her guardian’s death be enough or will she need more to satisfy her Immortal soul?

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About the Author

I have been a writer from the time I was old enough to recognise that reading was a doorway into my imagination. Poetry was my first foray into the art of the written word. Books were my best friends, my escape, my haven. I am essentially a recluse but this part of my personality is impossible to practise given I have two teenage daughters, who are actually my friends, my tea-makers, my confidantes… I am blessed with a husband who has left me for golf. It’s a fair trade as I have left him for writing. We are both passionate supporters of each others loves – it works wonderfully…

My heart is currently broken in two. One half resides in South Africa where my old roots still remain, and my heart still longs for the endless beaches and the smell of moist soil after a summer downpour. My love for Ma Afrika will never fade. The other half of me has been transplanted to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The land of the Taniwha, beautiful Maraes, and volcanoes. The land of green, pure beauty that truly inspires. And because I am so torn between these two lands – I shall forever remain crosseyed.

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Farsighted and Open Heart Blog Tour

FARSIGHTED:
Alex Kosmitoras’s life has never been easy. The only other student who will talk to him is the school bully, his parents are dead broke and insanely overprotective, and… oh yeah, he’s blind.

Just when he thinks he’ll never have a shot at a normal life, an enticing new girl comes to their small Midwest town all the way from India. Simmi is smart, nice, and actually wants to be friends with Alex. Plus she smells like an Almond Joy bar. Sophomore year might not be so bad after all.

Alex is in store for another new arrival—an unexpected and often embarrassing ability to “see” the future. Try as he may, Alex is unable to ignore his visions, especially when they suggest Simmi is in mortal danger.

With the help of the mysterious psychic next door and friends who come bearing gifts of their own, Alex embarks on his journey to change the future. [My review to come after the our is complete]

 

 

OPEN HEART:
Simmi Shergill’s life is a mess. Her powers of psychic feeling are on the fritz, and Grandon Township’s sudden population boomhas brought quite a few unsavory characters to town. She also looks like an over-blown balloon in her size 14 pants, but not even starving herself seems to be helping.

At least she has Alex, the boyfriend who loves her so much he’d do anything for her. Last summer, he even risked his life to protect her from the mysterious boy everyone was convinced wanted to kill her.

Just one problem: she’s not so sure she feels the same way. Is Alex really the man of her dreams? Why can’t she stop fixating on her would-be killer, Dax? Part of her wants to run screaming in the other direction whenever Dax is around, while the other part longs to run into his embrace, no matter whom she’d hurt or what she’d risk.

Simmi’s loyalty is on the line. Whom will she choose—the blind seer who loves her, or the charming telekinetic with “bad idea” written all over him? Emotions run high in the tension-packed book two of the Farsighted series.

FARSIGHTED Links:
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13453604-farsighted
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Farsighted-Emlyn-Chand/dp/0983930821/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1358287159&sr=1-1&keywords=9780983930822
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/farsighted-emlyn-chand/1106607652?ean=9780983930822&r=1%2c+1&cm_mmc=AFFILIATES-_-Linkshare-_-GwEz7vxblVU-_-10%3a1&

OPEN HEART Links:
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13485266-open-heart
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0983930848?ie=UTF8&tag=httpwwwgoodco-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0983930848&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/open-heart-emlyn-chand/1111260242?ean=9780983930846&r=1%2c+1&cm_mmc=AFFILIATES-_-Linkshare-_-GwEz7vxblVU-_-10%3a1&

Author Links:
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5130837.Emlyn_Chand
Website: http://www.emlynchand.com/
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/emlynchand
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/emlynchand

The schedule for the rest of the tour can be found HERE.

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Seeds of Discovery Blog Tour


SEEDS OF DISCOVERY:
Quinn Robbins’ life was everything she thought a teenager’s should be. She has good friends, a family that she loves, good grades, and an after-school job she enjoys. And, she’s just been asked out by Zander Cunningham, a popular football player and great guy. But one day when driving home after picking up her little sister from the baby-sitter’s, she nearly hits a boy who, after running blindly into the street, mysteriously disappears.

The mystery only deepens as she figures out who the boy is; William Rose, a reclusive, awkward boy from school who always has his nose in a pile of books.

As she becomes more aware of his behavior it becomes more obvious how out of the ordinary William is and how hard he deliberately tries to blend into the background. This only intrigues her more and she finds herself working to find out more about him, and exactly where he keeps disappearing to.

On a whim one night she follows him and suddenly finds herself in a new world. One where William is a prince, literally, and she is treated like a princess. She also discovers that she is stuck; the gate back to her own world isn’t always open.

Quinn finds herself smack in the middle of a modern-day fairy tale, on a course that will change her life forever.

Find it at:

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12715259-seeds-of-discovery
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0983993017?ie=UTF8&tag=httpwwwgoodco-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0983993017&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2
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ROOTS OF INSIGHT:

Quinn Robbins has just returned from spending ten days in Eirentheos, a world she had never known existed. Trying to settle back into her familiar life and establish a relationship with her new boyfriend, Zander, is more of a challenge than she ever dreamed it would be.

Things are just beginning to feel normal again when Thomas shows up in her world, and invites her back to Eirentheos for a royal wedding. She’s excited at the chance to reconnect with the people and places she had begun to fall in love with.

What she doesn’t realize is just how deeply connected with this new world she might become … and just what old secrets might be beginning to unravel.

The second book in the beloved Dusk Gate series reconnects Quinn with the charming princes, and the pristine world of Eirentheos. From a beautiful royal wedding to a dangerous rescue mission, Quinn’s adventures are about to take her life on a course that will change it forever.

ROOTS OF INSIGHT Links:
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13355781-roots-of-insight
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0983993033?ie=UTF8&tag=httpwwwgoodco-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0983993033&SubscriptionId=1MGPYB6YW3HWK55XCGG2
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/roots-of-insight-breeana-puttroff/1111526424?ean=9780983993032&r=1%2c+1&cm_mmc=AFFILIATES-_-Linkshare-_-GwEz7vxblVU-_-10%3a1&

Author Links:
Website: http://www.breeanaputtroff.net/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5170812.Breeana_Puttroff
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/bputtroff
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/DuskGate

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My Review of Seeds of Discovery:

I enjoyed Seeds of Discovery. It had a refreshing, fairy tale feel to it, which I really appreciated. Seeds of Discovery has an intriguing plot, and interesting characters. There were a few parts that were a little slow, but the rest of the book was fast paced and it evened itself out. My only complaint was, Quinn seemed incredibly relaxed and unconcerned, despite the fact she is in a completely different world. It made her seem unrealistic, and it was hard to connect with her a some points. That said, I truly enjoyed Seeds of Discovery, overall, and I plan on reading Roots of Insight. I highly recommend you look into this fantastic book.

I give Seeds of Discovery 4 out of 5 stars.

Thanks for reading.
Maddie