Friday, July 24, 2015

Hello and Goodbye

Hello everyone! So you don't really know  me and that's because I only joined the blog yesterday. My "name" is Fantasy Angel and I am the blogger behind Avid Reader. Avid Reader is a blog about books, their movies and writing. I joined the blog as Tanya's co-administrator and I'm here today to tell you one other piece of big news:


yup! One day after we join, this blog moves hahaha. Anyway, we have moved to Wordpress and the "new" blog is called Bookish Babes. We will be doing pretty much the same posts and everything as on here, we'll just be elsewhere and under a new name. I hope you come over and take a look at the new blog. It's in its initial steps to greatness so excuse the construction :)

All in all, I hope you join us at Wordpress and stay with us! Thanks, have a great day/night and tata for now!

GAME ON by Michelle Smith Cover Reveal

Book information, synopsis, Goodreads and Buy links:

Title: Game On (Lewis Creek #2)
Author: Michelle Smith
Release Date: January 2016
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary

Synopsis: Eric Perry is Lewis Creek's resident bad boy. When he’s named the new starting pitcher in a town that thinks baseball is everything and he is nothing but trouble, Eric knows he has to clean up his act. Lay low, his coach tells him—at least long enough to actually pitch a game. But when a fight with his teammate lands him in jail yet again, his season may be over before it starts…until his next door neighbor, Bri, comes to the rescue. Making a deal with Eric's coach, she offers him one final chance at redemption: community service.

Bri Johnson hadn’t talked to Eric in months. Her boyfriend Matt, Eric’s teammate and the school’s golden boy, didn’t like her to be around Eric. Matt didn’t like a lot of things Bri did or said or wore, which is why she ends it with him the same night he and Eric get into a fight—a fight over her. That night is the reason Bri offers to take Eric with her to the community center each week, so he can keep his spot on the team. But spending time with Eric only makes her life worse, as scandalous rumors start flying and Matt refuses to let her move on. 

While Eric and Bri work closely together at the center, old stories of stargazing, first kisses, and a time when they were friends start to re-connect them. As they open up their secrets and their hearts to each other, they start to see that they are more than what other people think they are—and even more than what they think about themselves.

Buy Links and Goodreads Link – Please note these links are for PLAY ON. We do not have a Goodreads page or pre-order links for GAME ON yet. A Goodreads page will be created Monday, if you’d like to switch the link out then.

Author Bio and social media links:

Author Bio:

Michelle Smith was born and raised in North Carolina, where she developed a healthy appreciation for college football, sweet tea, front porches, and a well-placed “y’all.” She’s a lover of all things happy, laughs way too much, and fully believes that a little bit of kindness goes a long way.

Michelle lives near the Carolina coast with her family.

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Interview with Jenny Martson

1. How long have you been blogging for?
I’ve been blogging for just over 2 years and had my 2 year blogoversary in March! I can’t believe how fast the time has gone and how much has changed over the 2 years!

2. Who are some of your favorite authors?
John Green is an absolute favourite of mine, as I’m sure he is for lots of other people too! James Patterson is my favourite Crime author. His books are what made me love Crime novels. Cecelia Ahern is a beautiful writer and I absolutely love her books. Her stories emit so much wisdom which is incredible, considering how young she is. Markus Zusak is another favourite.

3. What is the name of your blog?
Jenny in Neverland. I really like my blog name; it’s a name I’ve always used for emails and usernames for years (like since I was about 13) because of how much I love Disney and Peter Pan. When I came to think up my blog name, it just made sense!

4. If you could meet any author who would it be?
Ooh I think I’d meet John Green. Not just because he’s my favourite author but because he seems like such a genuine lovely guy who adores his fans, and that’s always something you want in an author. I reckon he’d be a right laugh to spend the day with!

5. What is your favorite fandom?
Eeek, I don’t think I really belong in any ‘fandoms’. Please don't hate me! I like Harry Potter a lot but I wouldn’t say I love it enough to be in the fandom.

6. What is your all time favorite book?
I have a few; The Book Thief is the most beautiful book I’ve ever read in my life. Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska by John Green are another 2 favourites and so is The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I’ve read that 3 times and that book has so much meaning to me. I’m a pretty big YA fan and although I love most genres, YA books are those that seem to stick with me.

The Darkest Corners by Kara THomas

1. Can you tell us a little about your debut novel?

THE DARKEST CORNERS is about two estranged childhood friends who are forced back together when one’s father dies in prison. Now eighteen, they’re forced to confront what really happened one summer night when they were kids and witnessed something that helped put a serial killer behind bars. It was inspired by The West Memphis 3 case and Gillian Flynn’s DARK PLACES.

2. Is it a standalone book or part of a series?
It’s a standalone.

3. Who inspired your main character?

Tessa really just popped into my head. I was very inspired by the West Memphis 3 case and witnesses who told stories that didn’t add up in court. I was fascinated by the idea of false memory syndrome, but then I started to think of motivations for lying, and Tessa grew from there. She’s deeply conflicted, but also damaged, because a lot of ways, she’s alone in the world.

4. Are you a plotter or do you just write whatever is in your head?

A little bit of both. I usually just start writing, but when I get to the third chapter, I usually have to stop and outline the nuts and bolts of the mystery before I continue.

5. Do you require silence when writing or do you need background noise?

Silence! No music, TV, husband being loud. I’m weird like that.

6. Are you writing your next book?

Yes! It’ll be out from Delacorte in 2017, title TBT. All I can say about it for now is that it involves an online horror community and toxic friendships.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Interview with Sarah Glenn Marsh, Author of Fear the Drowning Deep

1. Can you tell us a little about your book?

I’d be happy to! FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP tells the story of sixteen-year-old Bridey Corkill, who’s living on the Isle of Man in 1913. She’s hated the ocean ever since she was a little girl, when she saw her grandfather leap from the cliffs and drown with a smile on his face. As the story begins, Bridey sees a body washed up on the shores of Port Coire, her small town, and it isn’t long before her friends and neighbors start disappearing one by one. It’s up to Bridey to convince everyone of the danger in the water before she loses the people she loves most…

And here are a few things this story contains that I love: a handsome boy with a mysterious past, kissing, an old woman who might be a witch, lots of Manx culture and mythology, sea monsters, sisters, and kissing. Did I mention the kissing already? ;) Oh good. Just so you know, this book has plenty of brooding sea atmosphere and danger, but it’s most definitely a kissing book, too!

2. Is it a part of a series or a standalone book?

FEAR is a standalone book; however, I’m hoping for/planning a companion novel in the future, which would feature one of Bridey’s sisters as the main character, and would focus on a different aspect of the Isle of Man’s fascinating mythology.

3. Are you a plotter or do you just write whatever is in your head?

Before I dive into actually drafting a story, I have to have a solid concept, have written a pitch and mini-synopsis, and know how the book will end. I don’t follow a very rigid outline (that takes the fun out of getting to know my characters, I think) but I’ll still say I’m a plotter because I do need to have a lot figured out before I write!

4. When writing do you need silence or do you prefer to have background noise like music?

I need silence, definitely. But I like to listen to music before I write—to establish a certain mood for a scene! If I listen to music while I’m writing, I get too distracted and just want to dance or sing along! With FEAR in particular, I listened to a lot of Méav Ní Mhaolchatha’s album Silver Sea, which is partly in Gaelic, partly in English, and a little French in the mix, too; it helped establish a perfect mood for windswept, mysterious island town where my characters live.

5. Is there a person(s) that inspired your main character?

Nope! Bridey is purely a product of my imagination, but I love her to pieces. However, her fear of the ocean was partly inspired by my friend Erin, who hates swimming and is afraid of drowning—traits that seemed so fitting in my story.

6. Are you working on your next book?

Most definitely! I’m happiest when I’m writing some sort of fantasy. I won’t say too much, but here are a few things that feature in my recent YA epic fantasy: sisters, witches, mythical beasts, Japanese mythology, and diversity.

Author Links:

Sarah Glenn Marsh is a young adult and picture book author. 

Her YA historical fantasy debut, FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP, will be released by Sky Pony in September 2016. 

She is represented by Christa Heschke of McIntosh & Otis Literary Agency. Sarah lives in Richmond, VA with her husband and four rescued greyhounds, and when she’s not writing, she can often be found painting or antiquing.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Interview with Nicole Castroman, Author of Black Hearts

1. Can you tell us a little about your debut novel?
My debut novel, BLACKHEARTS, is a Blackbeard origin story, or pre-pirate. It's my idea of what led him to become one of the most notorious pirates to sail the seas.

2. Is it a standalone book or part of a series?
At the moment, it is a standalone.

3. Who inspired your main character?
One of my main characters was obviously inspired by Blackbeard. Only the last two years of his life are known or documented. Blackbeard could read and write, which meant he was educated. It's believed he came from Bristol, England. I took whatever information I could find and deconstructed it to create my own story of his early life.

4. Are you a plotter or do you just write whatever is in your head?
I'm not really a plotter. I don't write down my story, but I DO know how I want it to end. Then I write towards that goal, allowing the characters to take me there.

5. Do you require silence when writing or do you need background noise?
I do require silence when I'm writing, but it doesn't mean I always get it. :) I'm a mother of two, so I've learned how to write around interruptions. But no, I don't have music playing in the background. That would be too distracting for me. However, I do like to have each story I write have a "theme song" and will listen to that before I begin.

6. Are you writing your next book?
I am writing my next book. I can't share what it is quite yet, but hopefully soon.

Born in Sandy, Utah, Nicole was lucky enough to come with her very own best friend…she has a twin sister who can read her mind and finish her sentences for her.

At the age of 13, she went to Europe for the first time and it changed her life. She loves learning about different people, languages and cultures and speaks fluent German. She knows enough Spanish to get herself into trouble and can still read the Cyrillic alphabet from when she studied Russian.

She received her B.A. from Brigham Young University and has lived in Germany, Austria and two different places called Georgia. One is the country located on the Black Sea. The other is the state of Georgia where she now lives with her handsome husband and two beautiful children who continue to amaze her.