Monday, October 24, 2016

{Book Nerd Tour} Big Shoes Music Playlist + GIVEAWAY!

 photo Big_Shoes_Tour_Banner_zpswb0xfc04.jpg


 photo Big Shoes_zpsttbs9ezf.jpg

Jersey Shore broker Austin Carr wants out of the stock and bond business but un-hooking from his mobbed-up partner won’t be painless. Angelina “Mama Bones” Bonacelli is best known for professional consultations that deteriorate into criminal violence, breakfast appointments raided by the FBI and one particular Power Point presentation to a Jersey state racing commission that ended in automatic weapons fire.

Good thing she likes Austin.

She just won’t let Austin out of the business. Plus Johnny “The Turk” Korsay is on a rampage and had his crooked cops arrest Luis, the bartender Austin’s best friend. Why? Because Austin saw The Turk kill Heriberto. And now he’s gunning for the stock broker.

It’s another brush with violent death and a sexy redhead for Austin Carr when Mama Bones and her rival Jersey associate of a fading New York crime family battle for the future of imported sex slaves, boardwalk tourist business and surprising horse racing secrets, past and present.

“Big Shoes is a five-star romp.”
--Rick Bylina, best-selling author of One Promise Too Many

 photo Jack_zpsnwovsril.jpg

Former L.A. Times reporter Jack Getze is Fiction Editor for Anthony nominated Spinetingler Magazine, one of the internet's oldest websites for noir, crime and horror short stories. His award-winning Austin Carr mystery series is published by Down & Out Books. The latest, BIG SHOES, won Deadly Ink's David Award for Best Mystery of 2015. His short fiction has appeared in A Twist of Noir, Beat to a Pulp, The Big Adios and several anthologies.

Rose’s Music Playlist for BIG SHOES
Do It Again, Steely Dan
You Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover, The Fabulous Thunderbirds
Breakdown, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again, Elvis
Bruce Springsteen Medley

 photo Giveaway Banner_zpssdp39per.jpg 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

{Book Nerd Blast} Twelve Days of Dash and Lily + GIVEAWAY!

 photo Twelve_Days_zps7ozucn3f.jpg

 photo The Twelve Days of Dash amp Lily_zpsm3vcpr24.jpgSynopsis 

New York Times bestselling authors Rachel Cohn and David Levithan are back with a life-affirming Christmas romance starring Dash and Lily.

Dash and Lily have had a tough year since readers first watched the couple fall in love. Lily’s beloved grandfather suffered a heart attack, and his difficult road to recovery has taken a major toll on her typically sunny disposition.

With only twelve days left until Christmas—Lily’s favorite time of the year—Dash, Lily’s brother Langston, and their closest friends take Manhattan by storm to help Lily recapture the holiday magic of New York City in December.

Told in alternating chapters, The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily reunites two beloved characters and is bound to be a Christmas favorite, season after season. 

 photo Rachel_zpsqyuug6se.jpg  photo David_zpsqwbo6hk7.jpg

Rachel Cohn is the author of the critically acclaimed YA novels Very LeFreak, You Know Where to Find Me, Cupcake, Shrimp, Gingerbread,and Beta. A graduate of Barnard College, she lives and writes in Los Angeles. Find her online at

David Levithan is a children’s book editor in New York City and the New York Times bestselling author of several books for young adults, including Another Day, Every Day, Boy Meets Boy, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green). In 2016, David was named the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award, given to honor an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. You can learn more about him at

David Levithan - Social Media

 photo Giveaway Banner_zpsydfrfvhq.jpg

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, September 23, 2016

{Book Nerd Blast} Recreated + GIVEAWAY!

 photo Recreated_Tour_Banner_zps5hreeqys.jpg

 photo Recreated_zps0ripvtyo.jpg Synopsis 

From Colleen Houck, New York Times bestselling author of The Tiger’s Curse, comes Recreated, the second book in the epic Egyptian-inspired Reawakened series, in which a seventeen-year-old must literally go to hell to save the love of her life.

Lily Young thought traveling across the globe with a reawakened sun prince was a grand adventure. Now she’s about to embark on the journey of a lifetime.

When Amon and Lily part tragically, he transports himself to the Netherworld—what mortals call hell. Tormented by the loss of his one true love, he’d rather suffer in agony during Lily’s mortal years than fulfill his duty to protect humanity.

Heartbroken, Lily seeks refuge on her grandmother’s farm. Yet she can feel Amon’s pain, and she has been having dreams—dreams of Amon continually suffering.

For before he departed, Amon gave Lily something very special, an item that connects them even though they are worlds apart. Now Lily must use this object to free him, and to free their realms from darkness and utter chaos. She will do whatever it takes. 

 photo Colleen_zpsrru31brr.jpg  ABOUT THE AUTHOR

New York Times Bestselling author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, paranormal, science fiction, and romance. When she’s not busy writing, she likes to spend time chatting on the phone with one of her six siblings, watching plays, and shopping online. Colleen has lived in Arizona, Idaho, Utah, California, and North Carolina and is now permanently settled in Salem, Oregon with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.

 photo Giveaway Banner_zpswptjxx9h.jpg 

{Book Nerd Tour} Gilt Hollow Music Playlist + Giveaway!

 photo Gilt Hollow Official Blog Tour Banner_zpsbad5t9cn.jpg

Hey everyone! Welcome to my stop in the Gilt Hollow blog tour!
Today I have for you a music playlist.
It apparently has 50 songs in it,
so there's a YouTube link to the full playlist.

I hope you enjoy this stop and the tunes!

 photo Gilt Hollow_zps3nopabhq.jpg

Willow Lamott’s best friend is a murderer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her forget it. For four long years, she’s tried to fade into the background—but none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out of juvie and fueled by revenge. The moment their eyes meet, Willow no longer feels invisible. Drawn to the vulnerability behind Ashton’s mask of rage, she sinks deeper into his sinister world and begins to question whether he’s a villain, a savior, or both.

Ashton thought he wanted vengeance, until Willow reminded him what he’d been missing. Now he longs to clear his name and become the person she sees in him. But the closer they get to uncovering the truth, the darker the secrets become, and Ashton fears his return to Gilt Hollow will destroy everyone he loves, especially the girl he left behind.

 photo Lorie_zpsnpgbfksx.jpg


Lorie Langdon has longed to write her own novels since she was a wee girl reading every Judy Blume book she could get her hands on. So a few years ago, she left her thriving corporate career to satisfy the voices in her head. Now as a full-time author, she spends her days tucked into her cozy office, Havanese puppy by her side, working to translate her effusive imagination into the written word.
Lorie has been interviewed on Entertainment and several NPR radio programs, including Lisa Loeb’s national Kid Lit show. The DOON series has been featured on such high profile sites as, and 
Lorie’s first solo novel, GILT HOLLOW, a YA romantic thriller, releases September 27th 2016!

 photo Giveaway Banner_zpsvzwrpk6a.jpg

Gilt Hollow Playlist
Thanks so much for asking me to discuss my Gilt Hollow playlist! It’s seriously the best blog request I’ve ever received! 
Music is one of the things that inspires me most while I write. I can hear a song and it catapults me into a scene, a relationship, or an entire story. Gilt Hollow was no exception. Ashton in particular is emotionally moved by music. One of his favorite hangouts in the village is a record store called Twisted Beauty that specializes in vinyl albums. His musical tastes are influenced by the classic rocker who owns that store. 
The actual playlist is long…over fifty songs! You can listen to it in its glorious entirety on YouTube here: Gilt Hollow Music Playlist
And just for you guys, today, I’m going to highlight the top twenty songs that shaped this story. I agonized way too long on which twenty to choose…
1. What I’ve Done and Numb by Linkin Park – *Warning! There’s a lot of Linkin Park on this playlist!*  While writing this book one of my local radio stations played Linkin Park on loop for months. Their music instantly put me in Ashton’s head. 
2. Back In Black by AC/DC – This is one of those ironic moments in the book. As Ashton is climbing the stairs to Twisted Beauty, all in black, fresh out of juvie, this song is blasting. I had to do it.  
3. Bad Blood ft. Kendrick Lamar by Taylor Swift – Love her or hate her, this girl can spin a tale through her songs! And this one is perfect for the anger and betrayal Willow feels when Ashton returns to Gilt Hollow. 
4. It Ends Tonight by The All-American Rejects – Ashton’s feelings about Willow when he first returns to town. 
5. Love The Way You Lie (Original Demo) by Skylar Grey – Captures the volatile push-pull of Willow and Ashton’s relationship. 
6. If I Die Young by The Band Perry – I’ve always loved this song and it fits perfectly as Willow begins to face the reality of the situation she’s been sucked into. 
7. Midnight City by M83 – This song is more about the tone it sets than the lyrics. This is Ashton’s theme of freedom. 
8. Under the Milky Way by the Church – Ashton is listening to this song at Twisted Beauty in Chapter 9: In accordance with his herbal-enhanced mood, Jeff changed the LP to a mellow, and only slightly less angsty, band from the eighties singing about finding a destination under the Milky Way. Ashton closed his eyes and let the song flow through him. He’d missed this. The way music could either transport you or gut you like a pumpkin, leaving your innards exposed and vulnerable. 
9. Clarity by Zedd – “If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? If out love’s insanity, why are you my clarity?” And ALL the lyrics!
10. Break by The Cinematics – Ashton’s dark state of mind as things begin to fall apart all around him. 
11. Problem by Ariana Grande – “Even though I hate you I wanna love you. And even though I can’t forgive you, I really want to.” Enough said.
12. Style by Taylor Swift – This was THE song that captured the heart of Ashton and Willow. (#Wilton or #Ashlow…ship name?) Every time I heard it, the words would instantly flow onto the page. But when it would come on the radio, I would change the station—I couldn’t risk getting sick of it and it losing its power to inspire me! 
13. The Heart Wants What It Wants by Selena Gomez – Another one that I listened to over and over while writing Willow’s relationship with Ashton. 
14. There She Goes by The La’s – When I was in college, a boy made me a mixed tape and this was the first song on it. *Sigh* It also expresses Ashton’s feelings as he longs for a girl he believes is too good for him. 
15. The Promise by When In Rome – Another song that Ashton hears at Twisted Beauty. “If I had to walk the world and make you fall for me, I promise you, I promise you, I would.” Best. Line. Ever! 
16. Beautiful Disaster (Acoustic) by Kelly Clarkson – Absolutely flawless lyrics.
17. Letters From The Sky by Civil Twilight – Things turn dark.
18. This is Halloween by Panic! At The Disco – The Sleepy Hollow Ball. This scene was unquestionably the most fun to write!  
19. The Words by Christina Perri – The lyrics of this song tear my heart out. It’s so perfect for Wil and Ash. And I may have watched the video with Colin O’Donoghue a few dozen times! 
20. Not a Bad Thing by Justin Timberlake – No Lorie Langdon playlist would be complete without JT! The ironic thing about this song is that some the lyrics mirror what my husband said to me on our first date. After you finish the book, read my dedication to him and the pieces will click into place. <3 b="" nbsp="">
*Bonus: Disney’s Haunted Mansion - Otherworldly Concerto – I originally got the idea to write a thriller with a creepy vibe while in line for The Haunted Mansion ride at Disney World. It was a dark, rainy day and when I glanced up at the mansion, I saw a shadow move across one of the windows. I knew it wasn’t real, and yet, it gave me a chill that started my creative juices flowing. What if I wrote a novel about a creepy, old house that held secrets? And a girl that lived there and wasn’t quite sure if it was really haunted…This was the original spark for Gilt Hollow, even before I realized I wanted to write about a boy who’s a convicted felon. 

Thanks again for asking me to chat about the Gilt Hollow playlist! 

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

-ONE winner will get a chance to have a 10-15 minute Skype call or Google Hangout (Winner's Choice) with Lorie and a Signed Copy of Gilt Hollow.

-ONE winner will receive a signed copy of Gilt Hollow.

-THREE winners will receive a copy of Gilt Hollow.

 photo JBN_TourHost_zpskfk0jzdi.jpg

I hope you've enjoyed this stop on the tour!

Happy Reading!! xoxo

Friday, September 16, 2016

{Book Nerd Blast} Vicarious + GIVEAWAY!

 photo Vicarious_Tour_Banner_zpszlwtyy0x.jpg

 photo VICARIOUS_zpsvgcougrc.jpg

Winter Kim and her sister, Rose, have always been inseparable. Together the two of them survived growing up in a Korean orphanage and being trafficked into the United States. But they've escaped the past and started over in a new place where no one knows who they used to be.

Now they work as digital stunt girls for Rose's ex-boyfriend, Gideon, engaging in dangerous and enticing activities while recording their neural impulses for his Vicarious Sensory Experiences, or ViSEs. Whether it's bungee jumping, shark diving, or grinding up against celebrities in the city's hottest dance clubs, Gideon can make it happen for you--for a price.

When Rose disappears and a ViSE recording of her murder is delivered to Gideon, Winter is devastated. She won't rest until she finds her sister's killer. But when the clues she uncovers conflict with the digital recordings her sister made, Winter isn't sure what to believe. To find out what happened to Rose, she'll have to untangle what's real from what only seems real, risking her own life in the process.

Paula Stokes weaves together a series of mysteries and the story of an unbreakable bond between sisters in this unforgettable high-tech thrill ride.

 photo Paula Stokes 2 web res_zps4fl0pxad.jpgABOUT THE AUTHOR

Paula Stokes writes stories about flawed characters with good hearts. She’s the author of several novels, most recently Vicarious and Girl Against the Universe. Her writing has been translated into eleven foreign languages. Paula loves kayaking, hiking, reading, and seeking out new adventures in faraway lands She also loves interacting with readers. Find her online at or on twitter as @pstokesbooks.

 photo Giveaway Banner_zpsncbpowye.jpg