Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Cover Reveal: ONE, TWO, THREE by Elodie Nowodazkij

I am so excited to help reveal the cover of ONE, TWO, THREE by my friend Elodie Nowodazkij!

Here's a little about this amazing book...

When seventeen-year-old Natalya’s dreams of being a ballerina are killed in a car accident along with her father, she must choose: shut down—like her mother—or open up to love.
Last year, Natalya was attending the School of Performing Arts in New York City. Last year, she was well on her way to becoming a professional ballerina. Last year, her father was still alive.
But a car crash changed all that—and Natalya can’t stop blaming herself. Now, she goes to a regular high school in New Jersey; lives with her onetime prima ballerina, now alcoholic mother; and has no hope of a dance career.
At her new school, however, sexy soccer player Antonio sees a brighter future for Natalya, or at least a more pleasant present, and his patient charms eventually draw her out of her shell.
But when upsetting secrets come to light and Tonio’s own problems draw her in, Natalya shuts down again, this time turning to alcohol herself.
Can Natalya learn to trust Antonio before she loses him—and destroys herself?

And now for the cover!
I cannot wait to read this book!
A little about the author...
The short story: Young adult author, Elodie Nowodazkij writes the stories swirling in her head during her commuting time.

The long story: Elodie Nowodazkij was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she’d never lose her French accent. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Modern Language & Linguistics, and later earned master’s degrees in German Cultural Studies and European Studies. Unbeknownst to her professors, she sometimes drafted stories in class. Now she lives in Germany with her husband and their cat (who doesn’t seem to realize he’s not human), and uses her commuting time to write the stories swirling in her head. She's also a serial smiley user.
ONE TWO THREE is her first novel. 

Author Links:
Definitely check out this book! 

Also, there's a giveaway! Hope I post this correctly...

Giveaway: The author is hosting a giveaway to celebrate the reveal!
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Sunday, March 16, 2014

My Bucket List, in Honor of the Release of SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY

In honor of the release of SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY, author Julie Murphy has asked us to post about our bucket lists. Here's mine!

side effects
1. Swim with dolphins. This has been my dream for as long as I can remember.
Swim with dolphins
2. Travel the world. There are A LOT of places I want to visit! A few places at the top of my list are: Australia, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Iceland and Dubai. But really, it's easier to list the places I don't want to visit. I pretty much want to go everywhere!
What destination is on your bucket list? Let's see what Tripping can do:
3. Hold a koala. They are just so adorable!
Bucket list
4. Get a book published. Obviously.
5. Have my book made into a movie. (Actually, my ultimate dream is to have my book made into a tv movie for ABC Family.)
6. Visit all 50 states. I have been to 25 so far. I also really want to visit the 4 corners!
7. Visit all 7 continents. I have been to 3 so far. I REALLY want to go to Antarctica, despite how much I hate the cold and snow! And I really want to see penguins!
8. Be fluent in French. This has been one of my goals in life since high school.
9. Fall in love and get married. I'd be lying if I didn't put this on my list.
supreme bucket list
10. See the Northern Lights.
And now for a few things I have accomplished!
1. Get a tattoo. I have two: a star and a dolphin.
2. Go on a road trip. I have been on several!
3. Be an extra in a movie. The movie was never finished but it was still a fun experience!
4. See the Eiffel Tower. Amazing. However, I need to go back so I can see it sparkle at night. I went in the fall of 1999, before they started doing that.
5. Go to Egypt. I went in 2007 and it was incredible. I got to see the pyramids and ride a camel.
6. Go to Europe. I studied abroad in college and got to travel all over Europe.
Now, about the book. I'm so excited to read it!
Side Effects May Vary
From Goodreads:
What if you’d been living your life as if you were dying—only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you?

When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs—however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, whom she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that’s as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her arch nemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger and reliving some childhood memories). But just when Alice’s scores are settled, she goes into remission.

Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she’s said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she done irreparable damage to the people around her, and to the one person who matters most?

Julie Murphy’s SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY is a fearless and moving tour de force about love, life, and facing your own mortality.
About Julie:
Julie lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her, her dog who adores her, and her cat who tolerates her. When she's not writing or trying to catch stray cats, she works at an academic library. Side Effects May Vary is Julie's debut novel. Julie can best be found on her website (www.juliemurphywrites.com), tumblr (www.andimjulie.tumblr.com), or twitter (www.twitter.com/andimjulie).

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Book Love: Solving for Ex by Leigh Ann Kopans

Solving for Ex 

From Goodreads:
1 crush on your best friend +
1 gorgeous, scheming new girl +
1 Mathletics competition =
1 big mess


Ashley Price doesn’t have much in life after being bullied so hard she had to leave her old school to live with her aunt and uncle in Pittsburgh. But the camera she borrowed from her best friend and secret crush Brendan, and her off the charts math abilities, make things a lot more bearable. Plus, since Brendan is the captain, making the school Mathletes team should be easy.

But when gorgeous new girl Sofia rolls in and steals Brendan, Ashley's place on the team, and her fragile foothold on the Mansfield Park Prep social totem pole, it’s on. Sofia is everything Ashley left her old school to escape. The only thing Ashley didn’t count on is Sofia’s sexy twin brother Vincent.

Vincent is not only the hottest boy in school, he’s charming, sweet, and he’s got his eye on Ashley. He’s also not taking no for an answer. There's no real reason Ashley shouldn't like Vincent, but with the
battle lines being drawn between her and Sofia, Ashley’s not sure which side he’s on. Or which side she wants him to be on.

She does know Sofia is trouble with a capital T, and she’s determined to make Brendan see it.

SOLVING FOR EX is a YA contemporary romance that remixes Mansfield Park as Clueless meets Mean Girls in a crazy mix of high school society, mathletic competition, and teenage romance.

Once I saw that description: "a YA contemporary romance that remixes Mansfield Park as Clueless meets Mean Girls in a crazy mix of high school society, mathletic competition, and teenage romance" I knew I just had to read it!  I will admit, I have never read Mansfield Park but Clueless and Mean Girls are two of my most favorite movies. I knew I had to read this book, and I was lucky enough to receive an e-ARC.

I loved this book! I never really liked math in school. It wasn't that I was bad at it (I was actually pretty good) it's that I wasn't interested so I didn't care. I remember doing bad in math on purpose in junior high so that boys would like me better (oh, the stupid things we do in junior high). So anyway, math was never my favorite subject. However, my sister is a math teacher, so I'm used to fractions, and math jokes and eating pie on Pi Day. I had no clue about most of the math stuff they discussed in this book but it was okay because I still got it.

Haha ;)

Ashley is a totally relatable character. She went through some pretty rough stuff at her old school, and wants nothing more than to never deal with that again. She has this great best friend/crush, Brendan, who is adorable and sweet and made me want to go eat pancakes in a diner with him. And while I've never had the hottest guy in school after me, I could understand how Ashley felt about Vincent. Sofia was a great "mean girl" and I couldn't wait to see what would happen to her.

It's a great book. Go check it out! You can find it here:

And just for fun, my favorite math joke: