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Cover Reveal & Giveaway: S.O.B., A Stepbrother Romance by J.C. Valentine

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S.O.B.
by J.C. Valentine
Publication Date: November 10, 2015Preorder Links for S.O.B.:

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Synopsis: Levi Black is an s.o.b.

Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, he’s a pretentious, obnoxious, womanizing jacka** who thinks the world revolves around him.

He wouldn’t be wrong.

A famous soccer player, his skills on and off the field have won him medals, trophies, women, and the cover of every heartthrob magazine in the country. He’s broken nearly every bone in his body and a few hearts along the way, including mine—his stepsister—and lived to tell about it.

One night changed everything, and I’ve avoided him like the plague ever since. Just long enough to finish college, to bury the hurt, and to outrun the memories. But now that’s all changed. I’m back, and there’s no more running.

My hands are supposed to be my livelihood, but now they’re my curse. Levi’s reckless ways have landed him in a sticky situation, and his father has given me an offer I can’t refuse. One month, and all I have to do is put my hands on his body. Easier said than done. The problem is, even though I know it’s bound to bite me in the a**, I can’t bring myself to say no to the s.o.b.

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Holy shit. I don’t know if I can do this. Vista is a problem. My problem. Having her here, in my home, is going to change everything.

Who am I kidding? It already has. But it doesn’t have to, a voice in my head whispers.

One month.

That’s all I have to get through, and then my life can return to normal. I can go back to pretending she doesn’t exist, doesn’t matter.

One month. I repeat the words in my head until they’re keeping time with the beat of my heart. They’re my new mantra.

One month.

One month.

Piece of cake.

Now all I have to do is believe the lie.

“Unless you’ve developed an unhealthy attraction to stairs I don’t know about, quit staring into space and get over here, jackass,” Vincent calls out. “I’m not a one man circus. Help me keep these bitches entertained.”

The women gasp as if offended by Vincent’s crassness, but they’re not. They are bitches, and they know it. Hell, they’ve made it an art. It’s what makes them attractive to men—being unattainable.

Except to me.

Being who I am, women like them are a dime a dozen, which grew boring ten minutes ago.

I stare up at the empty staircase for a moment longer before kicking a crutch out behind me and twisting around to join the party with the realization that choking down the lie is going to be damn near impossible.

I can’t ignore the hollow ache in my stomach that’s formed from just seeing her any more than I can ignore the throbbing pulse that’s demanding attention in my jeans.

Vista Marquis thinks a few stairs can keep me from getting to her? Then she doesn’t really know me.

I can obtain anything I want.

I’m Levi-fucking-Black, and just like my father, I make shit happen.

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About J.C. ValentineJC-Valentine

J.C. Valentine is the USA Today and International bestselling author of the Night Calls and Wayward Fighters Series and the Forbidden Trilogy. Her vivid imagination and love of words and romance had her penning her own romance stories from an early age, which, despite being poorly edited and written longhand, she forced friends and family members to read. No, she isn’t sorry.

J.C. earned her own happily ever after when she married her high school sweetheart. Living in the Northwest, they have three amazing children and far too many pets and spend much of their free time together enjoying movies or the outdoors. Among the many hats she wears, J.C. is an entrepreneur. Having graduated with honors, she holds a Bachelor’s in English and when she isn’t writing, you can find her editing for fellow authors.

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Book Blitz & Giveaway: ZIA, The Teenage Zombie & the Undead Diaries by Angela Scott

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by Angela Scott
Release date: September 20th 2015

Summary from Goodreads:

Zia would give anything to be a typical teenager… again. Heck, she’d settle for being a vampire or smelly werewolf, but a member of the walking dead? The lowliest of all the monsters? No way! Nothing is worse than being a skin-sloughing, limb-losing, maggot-housing, brain-craving undead girl. Nothing.

It wouldn’t be so bad if humans didn’t insist on “Living Impaireds” wearing bands to keep their insatiable appetites in check. And if LIs want to coexist with humans, then rules must be followed, no matter how ludicrous they might seem. Why do undead teenagers have to go to high school anyway?

Zia does her best to blend in and go unnoticed, but when a new group of LIs are bused in from another school and she finds herself part of a growing horde, all bets are off.

Besides, rules are meant to be broken—especially when an unbeating heart is pulled in two different directions.

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Dear Diary,

I wish I’d been given the casket and burial plot kind of funeral instead of no funeral at all. I even know the type of headstone I’d like. Not the ones that lay flat on the ground. No one sees those. They get mowed over and stepped on. It would be nice to have an upright one in the shape of a heart with a built-in vase for a nice flower or two. Preferably a daisy—my favorite. 

My headstone would say my name, Zia Evans, and my birth date—the day I actually came into the world and not my “rebirth,” as many call it: April 16, 1999. And of course, the day I died—July 26, 2015. 

Sing a song. Cry a little. Let me go to the great beyond. But no, none of that for me.

The day I died has come and gone and isn’t recorded anywhere. I still walk the earth and do everything the same as before but with a “handicap”—my word for it—and no one cares when I died anymore.

I remember, though. 

Because the day I died was also the day I became a part of the walking dead. 

And also the day my life totally began to suck.

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I hear voices. Tiny fictional people sit on my shoulders and whisper their stories in my ear. Instead of medicating myself, I decided to pick up a pen, write down everything those voices tell me, and turn it into a book. I’m not crazy. I’m an author.

For the most part, I write contemporary Young Adult novels. However, through a writing exercise that spiraled out of control, I found myself writing about zombies terrorizing the Wild Wild West—and loving it. My zombies don’t sparkle, and they definitely don’t cuddle. At least, I wouldn’t suggest it.

I live on the benches of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains with two lovely children, one teenager, and a very patient husband. I graduated from Utah State University with a B.A. degree in English, not because of my love for the written word, but because it was the only major that didn’t require math. I can’t spell, and grammar is my arch nemesis. But they gave me the degree, and there are no take backs.

As a child, I never sucked on a pacifier; I chewed on a pencil. I’ve been writing that long. It has only been the past few years that I’ve pursued it professionally, forged relationships with other like-minded individuals, and determined to make a career out of it.

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Book Blitz & Giveaway: The Girl and the Gargoyle (The Girl and the Raven #2) by Pauline Gruber

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by Pauline Gruber
Release Date: 06/23/15

Summary from Goodreads:
Being half-witch/half-demon and dating Marcus, a gargoyle and demon enemy, is complicated enough for Lucy. She can almost tolerate Jude, her demon father, forcing her to undergo combat training.

But when Marcus’s long-lost family returns to Chicago, her world begins to crumble. Marcus’s mother wants him to leave to join the gargoyle clan; his father wants him to help kill Jude. There’s one major problem with this: if Jude dies, Lucy dies.

Marcus will do whatever it takes to save Lucy and her father. Meanwhile Lucy has her own plan and with the aid of a surprise newcomer, seeks help from the most unlikely—and dangerous—source.

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Pauline Gruber is a self-professed music junkie, cat wrangler, and travel nut. She went to Paris in the 90’s where she discovered a love of three things: croissants, old cathedrals, and gargoyles. Deciding that the paranormal world could use a new kind of hero, Pauline translated her fascination with the protective gargoyle into a suspenseful love story. She is the author of the young adult series, The Girl and the Raven, The Girl and the Gargoyle and the forthcoming novel, The Girl and the Demon. By day, Pauline is a legal assistant for a Chicago law firm where she steals identities and incorporates them into her books. If you tell anyone, she’ll deny, deny, deny. Pauline lives outside of Chicago with her precocious black cats.

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“ What are you?” The words come out like a sigh. He takes his time answering, but when he finally speaks, the velvety softness of his voice turns husky, sending a delicious shiver through me. “ I’m the creature who spends his nights on the rooftop, protecting you from evil.”

PlaylistHere is a link to the playlist on Spotify for The Girl and the Raven and The Girl and the Gargoyle: https://open.spotify.com/user/gruberp/playlist/0TQkg1W6fq8xmpoIqdvF1t

The playlist is also set forth below:
•Everlong – acoustic version, by Foo Fighters
•Hero/Heroine, by Boys Like Girls
•Take Me (As You Found Me), by Anberlin
•Your Guardian Angel, by The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
•Little Death, by +44
•Running Up That Hill, by Placebo
•Tomorrow Comes Today, by Gorillaz
•Franklin, by ParamoreVelvet, by The Big Pink
•Walking With A Ghost, by Tegan and Sara
•Magic, by Coldplay
•Electric Feel, by MGMT

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Review & Giveaway: Blue Voyage by Diana Renn

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by Diana Renn
Published October 13th 2015 by Viking Books for Young Readers
Hardcover, 464 pages
ISBN13: 9780670015597

An intricately crafted mystery set in the contemporary Middle East.

Renn creates an exciting mystery taking place throughout Turkey. If you’ve ever wanted to visit Turkey but couldn’t for whatever reason, now you can navigate the vibrant country from your living room. The descriptions are lush, the customs, traditions, people and culture well described. It’s exciting zigzagging all over this colorful county. Lots of historical points referenced make this read both exciting and educational without being boring. Renn takes you from coastal setting to inland, numerous tourist sites visited.

Zan takes a little getting used you until you understand what she’s grappling with. A mercurial teenager, trying to fit in with her peers, her family life is in the spotlight, even more so when her politician father’s infidelity is discovered. She deals with vitiligo, trying to accept her condition, great on Renn’s part for bringing awareness to this autoimmune disease. Zan’s a smart girl, lonely, trust issues along with sticky fingers, she finds solace in rock climbing, when you become more familiar with this prickly young lady she actually grows on you.

The mystery aspect was intriguing, especially with artifacts, forgeries, mafia, corruption and authentic treasure pieces at stake all actual instances plaguing Turkey, which makes this read even more riveting. Artifacts smuggling is a serious issue as Turkey is all too familiar. Renn merely scratches at the surface of this ongoing challenge. Plenty of noteworthy characters keeping you on your toes as you seek the truth along with Zan and her family and friends.

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Diana Renn is the author of the young adult mystery novels TOKYO HEIST, LATITUDE ZERO and BLUE VOYAGE all published by Viking/Penguin. She is also the Fiction Editor at YARN (Young Adult Review Network), an award-winning online magazine featuring short-form writing for teens. Diana grew up in Seattle and now lives outside of Boston with her husband and son.

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Spotlight & Guest Post: Blue Voyage by Diana Renn

imageBlue Voyage
by Diana Renn
Published October 13th 2015 by Viking Books for Young Readers
Hardcover, 464 pages
ISBN13: 9780670015597

An intricately crafted mystery set in the contemporary Middle East.

Zan is a politician’s daughter and an adrenaline junkie. Whether she’s rock climbing or shoplifting, she loves to live on the edge. But she gets more of a rush than she bargained for on a forced mother–daughter bonding trip to Turkey, where she finds herself in the crosshairs of an antiquities smuggling ring. These criminals believe that Zan can lead them to an ancient treasure that’s both priceless and cursed. Until she does so, she and her family are in grave danger. Zan’s quest to save the treasure—and the lives of people she cares about—leads her from the sparkling Mediterranean, to the bustle of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, to the eerie and crumbling caves of Cappadocia. But it seems that nowhere is safe, and there’s only so high she can climb before everything comes tumbling down.

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The Phantom Siblings in Blue Voyage

When I first started writing Blue Voyage, my main character, then named Abby, had a sister. Since my previous two novels featured only children, and since I happen to have a sister in real life, I was excited to explore this dynamic in a story.

Abby and her first-draft sister, Lauren, were polar opposites. Abby was reserved and reclusive. She thought deeply about things, and explored her feelings and impressions in a travel journal. Lauren, in contrast, was outgoing, a risk-taker, sometimes reckless. Both were reacting in different ways to their parents’ impending divorce: Abby withdrawing into her thoughts and her journal, Lauren acting out.

Their differences led to tension-infused dialogue. My story opened with a fractured family on a pleasure cruise in the Turkish Riviera, and the siblings bickered endlessly. At one point the mother, in exasperation, pounced on them for being such self-entitled spoiled brats that all they could do on an expensive vacation was argue over petty things.

The mom’s words hit me hard as soon as I wrote them. She had spoken the truth. The girls were coming across as whiny and bratty. Mom couldn’t bear to spend a three-day cruise in their company; could I, or a reader, tolerate them for four hundred pages? Rereading their dialogue, I saw they were arguing in order to highlight their differences, as well as to establish some backstory, but their spats did not propel the plot forward. If anything, they obscured the mystery plot that I was trying to get to—and hadn’t yet gotten to by page fifty.

After a great deal of soul-searching and brainstorming, I made a difficult decision. I was going to lose one of the sisters. I was disappointed because I’d wanted to write about siblings, but maybe this was not the book for that. I already had a complex mystery plot in mind, and a rich setting. The family dynamic with the parents’ reasons for divorce was deep enough without adding a sibling into the mix. Besides, I have found that it is simply easier to write a mystery without a sibling to deal with, unless the two are going to team up and become sleuths—and these two girls didn’t seem likely to do that for some reason. Maybe they were too busy fighting.

First I tried to solve the problem by making one of the sisters missing. Maybe dead. But that missing sister still took up residence in my character’s brain, and she still had to be dealt with on the page – in memories, in speculations, in missing person searches, in investigations. I like missing person stories, but that wasn’t the kind of mystery I wanted to write. I knew I wanted a missing artifact too, and the two plotlines could complete for attention. After all, what could compare with the loss of a sibling?

Then there was the question of which sister to cut. I loved Abby’s introspection, her rich inner life. I also love Lauren’s spunk and sass.

I couldn’t decide. So I took a deep breath and I started from scratch. I just wrote in one character’s voice and didn’t give her a name.

After fifty pages, I stepped back and realized this new character had elements of both Abby and Lauren. The result? A more nuanced and complex character. She was a risk-taker – a chronic shoplifter, a partier, a rock climber – who was also afraid to reveal her real self to her peers and the world. She spoke back to her mother and her wit could be acerbic, but she also withdrew into herself and experienced moments of intense reflection. She was concerned with her public image, at times superficial, but felt very deeply.

I named this hybrid character Zan, short for Alexandra. A name that had nothing to do with either of the names I’d begun with because this was a brand new person. Yet the original sisters were a part of her still, like phantoms.

Interestingly, I did get to explore a sister dynamic in the end, just not in the way I had planned. Zan’s mother has a sister, Aunt Jackie, an expatriate widow who is living in Turkey. Zan’s mother and aunt are now the bickering duo, but their arguments are less frequent, and more purposeful for the plot. Zan also meets an alluring girl about her age on a cruise, and this girl, Sage, becomes a stand-in sister during Zan’s voyage—but without the years of drama I might have to delve into with a real sibling.

Creating and then abandoning these original siblings gave me an important new tool in my writing toolbox. Now if I see siblings emerging in a story draft (especially twins) I take a hard look at them. I wonder if they both really need to be there. Are they distinct individuals? If so, great, I’ll keep them both. If one feels like a drag to write about, or their scenes aren’t energized, or I’m straying from my main story too much, I can ask myself if these two people are really just two personality elements of one complex individual. If I’m genuinely interested in a tension between them, I can look at other character duos and see if that tension could be better played out with another pair.

They say you can’t choose your family, and I guess that’s true. But the great thing about writing is that you can. If anything, choosing and changing up family dynamics can enrich the story. And the best part? Nobody’s feelings get hurt.

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Diana Renn is the author of the young adult mystery novels TOKYO HEIST, LATITUDE ZERO and BLUE VOYAGE all published by Viking/Penguin. She is also the Fiction Editor at YARN (Young Adult Review Network), an award-winning online magazine featuring short-form writing for teens. Diana grew up in Seattle and now lives outside of Boston with her husband and son.

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Book Blitz & Giveaway: Sweet Liar (Candy #2) by Debra Doxer

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by Debra Doxer
Release Date 10/20/15

Summary from Goodreads:

Sometimes lies are sweeter than the truth.

Beauty is alluring; it can disguise the ugliness beneath. But scarred beauty is even more potent to a girl who vowed never to let her heart be broken again. It was an easy vow for Candy to keep until she met Jonah, an arrogant boy with a face that would be too perfect if not for the scar that marred the skin beside his eye.

That imperfect boy earned her trust and won her heart, but the ties that bind people together are fragile, especially when lies are told. Trust is also fragile, and once broken, doesn’t heal like a heart. Trust has to be earned again, and Jonah desperately wants Candy’s trust back.

But Candy has more than Jonah to worry about. Her father is in trouble, and she intends to help him whether he likes it or not. People tell her he’s a bad man, and that may be true, but he’s not all bad. Deep down, she understands his brand of badness because she’s so much like him.

When Candy finally learns the truth, she’ll have to grow up fast, let go of old grievances, and realize that being vulnerable doesn’t make her weak. In fact, opening herself up may be the very thing that makes her whole again.

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Like Candy (Candy #1)
by Debra Doxer
Release Date: 07/28/15
300 pages

Summary from Goodreads:

Revenge is sweet, just like candy.

Candy Seaborne knows she’s badass. She takes after her father, an assassin and possibly a spy, although he won’t admit to either. She idolizes him. Her dream is to follow in his footsteps. But first, she has to finish high school.

Biding her time, waiting for real life to begin, Candy craves drama and isn’t above manufacturing some. If you’re a classmate who wronged her or a boyfriend who cheated, watch your back. She’s no pushover, and revenge may be her favorite pastime.

Jonah Bryson is the senior class heartthrob who breaks all the stereotypes. He’s a jock, but he isn’t the typical player. He’s moody and antisocial. No girl has gotten anywhere with him since his last girlfriend broke his heart.

Candy sees Jonah as a challenge and the perfect distraction. But she may be in over her head because unlike everyone else, Jonah isn’t buying her tough act. He sees the lost, lonely girl inside. He sees too much. When he looks at her that way, she wants to let her guard down and be vulnerable. But that’s the last thing she should do because her father’s world is spilling over into hers, and life is about to get real much sooner than Candy expected.

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Debra Doxer was born in Boston, and other than a few lost years in the California sunshine, she has always resided in the Boston area. She writes fiction, technical software documents, illegible scribbles on sticky notes, and texts that get mangled by AutoCorrect. She writes for a living, and she writes for fun. When her daughter asks when she’ll run out of words, her response always is, “When I run out of time.”

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Interview with Jesse Kornbluth, author of Married Sex

25378531A Tattered Copy extends a warm welcome to Jesse Kornbluth, author of Married Sex. Thank you for joining A Tattered Copy Jesse. For Starters tell us a bit about Married Sex.

In 1995, Dustin Hoffman had the film rights to a novel about a divorce lawyer. No screenwriter leapt to write it, and eventually the offer came to me. The novel was beyond stupid, but the character of the divorce lawyer interested me. I thought: What does a divorce lawyer want least? To be divorced. And why do couples get divorced? They cite all manner of reasons, but in the end, I believe it comes down to sex; interest withers, or someone cheats. How might a couple prevent a divorce? I thought: What if they made an agreement — if you’re tempted to cheat, bring that person home. I pitched that story to Dustin. “It sounds like it should have subtitles,” he said. And passed. I thought: This is a good idea. (Definition of a good idea: No one else has written it.) So I went home and started to write it — as a novel. What l learned along the way: It’s got some hot sex scenes, but it’s not about sex. It’s about love and intimacy and communication in a close relationship — and sex as a way of taking the temperature of the relationship. Readers who come for the sex will be surprised.

When did you first, without hesitation, call yourself a writer?

The phrase “born writer” applies to me. I wanted to do it, I was good at it from a young age, and I didn’t think there was anything I could do better.

What’s the earliest memory you have of writing a story?

Age 8. A book review for the local paper: “Barney of the Babe Ruth League.” With my name on it.

What is your least favorite part of the writing process?

It changes. Usually it’s whatever part of the process I’m doing at that moment. Because, really, I’d rather be… reading.

How do you work with an editor without the pride thing getting in the way?

Editors are sent by the gods to help me — and I tell them that. Which makes it an easy relationship.

What technology do you use for writing?

I type with one finger. On a Mac.

How do you keep from resenting your duties and every human’s sleeping
requirement when you have to stop writing to take care of them?

You’re kidding, right? I live for interruptions.

Describe your writing style in ten words or less.

What George Orwell described as “prose like a windowpane.” What some call “style” is my enemy. My job is to put you in the room and tell you a story, not to have notice my craft.

When you hear from your readers, what do they say?

Everything. And it’s fine. I’m thrilled to hear from anyone. I answer every email.

How do you use social media to promote your writing?

Twitter and Facebook. And I hired a plane to pull a banner over Long Island beaches on Labor Day weekend.

How is this world a better place because of your books?

Isn’t the writer the last to know?

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Jesse Kornbluth is the founder of HeadButler.com, a cultural concierge site. He has served as editorial director of AOL, cofounded Bookreporter.com, and has been a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and New York. The author of four nonfiction books, including Highly Confident: The Crime and Punishment of Michael Milken, he has written screenplays for Paul Newman, Robert De Niro, ABC, PBS, and Warner Bros.

Married Sex is Kornbluth’s first novel. He lives in Manhattan with his family.

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