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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Teaser Tuesday [45] - Rift by Andrea Cremer

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

Rift by Andrea Cremer
Expected Publication Date: August 7th
Publisher: Philomel
Page Count: 431 pages
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"Ember brought her sword down without warning and her aim was true. Her blade whistled through the air, hitting its mark and smoothly halving her adversary." - Page 1
*This quote is from an uncorrected ARC. Quotations in the finished copy may differ.*

Monday, July 30, 2012

Review: Auracle by Gina Rosati

Auracle by Gina Rosati
Expected Publication Date: August 7th, 2012
Publisher: Roaring Book Press
Page Count: 304 pages
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
16 year old Anna Rogan has a secret she's only shared with her best friend, Rei; she can astrally project out of her body, allowing her spirit to explore the world and the far reaches of the universe.

When there's a fatal accident and her classmate Taylor takes over Anna's body, what was an exhilarating distraction from her repressive home life threatens to become a permanent state. Faced with a future trapped in another dimension, Anna turns to Rei for help. Now the two of them must find a way to get Anna back into her body and stop Taylor from accusing an innocent friend of murder. Together Anna and Rei form a plan but it doesn't take into account the deeper feelings that are beginning to grow between them.
I have so many emotions!!! I had forgotten the synopsis of this book when I first started reading so I didn't really remember what I was getting myself into. The idea that Anna (she has my name!!!!) can astrally project is so cool and so original I was just sucked into the story from the very beginning. In a world that's so overly dominated by vampires and corrupted governments, the ideas behind Auracle were so refreshing and well thought out. I remember when the cover was first revealed for this one and I was just so excited about it. I'm so glad I wasn't let down. Gina Rosati created a world that was so unfamiliar and yet so easy to connect to. Auracle will have you emotionally soaring above the clouds at every turn of the page.

Anna, despite being able to project herself out of her body and fly across the universe, is so easy to relate to. She has issues at home, issues at school, issues with her friends, issues that I could easily grasp on to, having experienced them myself. I loved everything about Anna, sometimes I even felt like I was Anna. And Rei, Anna's knight in shining armor. He was just so perfect for Anna and I just wanted to scream at them until they finally understood how right they were for each other. Of course, it's hard to realize your soul mate is right in front of you when an angry spirit is inhabiting your body. Taylor was the perfect "villain" maintaining that combination of damaged yet slightly deranged. At times I would feel so sorry for her, and at others I just wanted to push her off a cliff.

While the characters were all incredibly well written, the plot was amazingly entertaining and fast paced, while still remaining original. I literally sat down and read this book in about two days, and that was only because I had to go to work. I could have easily read Auracle in one sitting; it was thought-provoking, refreshing, fast paced, and romantic while still providing those paranormal elements that I love. I easily jumped into the story just as easily as Taylor jumped into Anna's body and I found it so hard to disengage myself. Rosati's writing is amazing and beautiful and everything about it is so real. The only issue I may have taken with this story is that I have no idea what "Auracle" means (and yes, I looked it up!) but I don't even care!

If you're looking for an escape from the cookie-cutter stories that are so common these days, I definitely recommend you pick up Auracle. Even if you're not a big paranormal reader, Auracle walks the line of contemporary while still providing the paranormal elements that I crave. Auracle will have your heart breaking while making you laugh all at the same time. Anna is a sarcastic, enigmatic, and brave girl who just wants to escape the damaged household she's grown up. Auracle will teach you that no matter what challenges you have to face, the world will always be waiting for you to make your escape and sometimes that escape is waiting right next door.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Stacking the Shelves [12] - The one with Auracle!!!

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews as a way to share all the books we've received this week!

This week on the blog:

I had a pretty awesome week in books this week! I'm already reading Auracle and it's AMAZING!! So unique and original :D I can't wait to see what everyone else got this week!!

Auracle by Gina Rosati
Cuttlefish by Dave Freer
Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
The Blessed by Tonya Hurley
UnWholly by Neal Shusterman

Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors

Friday, July 27, 2012

Review: Glitch by Heather Anastasiu

Glitch by Heather Anastasiu
Expected Publication Date: August 7th, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Page Count: 371 pages
Format: E-Arc
Source: Publisher
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*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network.

When Zoe starts to malfunction (or “glitch”), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers.

As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Both boys introduce Zoe to feelings that are entirely new. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse.

In this action-packed debut, Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy.
It took me awhile to really get into Glitch. Although it's extremely fast-paced and there are a lot of twists and turns involved, I constantly felt like something was missing. I'm not sure what it was, but surrounding all of the action and intrigue was an air of boredom. I couldn't sit for a long time and read this book straight through, even though as an E-ARC it was less than 250 pages. I honestly can't quite put my finger on it, but something just didn't hold my attention in this book. Perhaps it was the lack of originality, or maybe it was the disconnect between myself and the characters. By the end I was definitely sucked in, I just wish it hadn't taken 200 pages to get there!

The characters are all pretty interesting. Zoe has lived her life connected to the Link, but when she starts to glitch she becomes aware of her surroundings and her new found powers. The idea of people being void of emotions and feelings reminded me a lot of The Giver. I did find the process of "discovering" emotions really interesting and how the idea of love and hate had to be described. I really couldn't connect with Zoe, I felt like she was incredibly naive and somewhat stupid about her decisions. She couldn't grasp things quickly enough and I just couldn't relate to her. There is definitely a love triangle between Zoe, Max, and Adrien, but it was a no-brainer for me. Max was a crazed possessive and sometimes violent character who I actually feared. Adrien wasn't anything spectacular, just another guy trying to save the world, right?

While the story was definitely fast-paced it had a lot of cliched elements to it. Dystopian community where the government controls your mind and a select few try to fight back? Sound familiar? The idea that they all have super powers was pretty cool, and it was really great seeing Zoe use hers. The descriptions were definitely vivid and I really felt like I could see what Zoe was seeing when she used her powers. Near the end there were a ton of unpredictable plot twists that I did not see coming, which was a great improvement on the rest of the story. I think the next book will be a better read, hopefully the plot elements will improve more, but I doubt they will have much creativity.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book despite being a tad bored sometimes. I never thought about not finishing it because I had to know how everything was going to end, but the simplicity of the plot elements couldn't hold my attention for long periods of time. The story lacked a bit of creativity, but if you're a fan of books like The Hunger Games, Uglies, and The Giver than you might enjoy this one. I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what's going to happen in the next book!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Discussion: ARCs - What they are, how to get them, and what to do with them.

ARCs: What they are, how to get them, what to do with them.

What are ARCs?
An ARC is an Advanced Reader Copy, also called an uncorrected Galley, and it is used as a marketing tool to help spread publicity for that specific title. ARCs are given to booksellers, librarians, reviewers, and as of late, bloggers. ARCs are not free books. They cost money to make, and money to send. ARCs are to be used for publicity purposes, including reviews. ARCs are not to be sold. They aren't finished books. They still have mistakes in them. They are used to spark buzz about a book in order to get people excited for that title.

Who gets ARCs?
Booksellers use ARCs to determine whether or not they will stock their shelves with that book when the time comes to start ordering. Librarians use ARCs to determine the same thing. However, not every bookseller or librarian gets an ARC of every title. At my local library, the ARCs go to the main offices where librarians then decide what titles every library in their district will receive. That means that although there are about 15 libraries in the district, the ARCs are only going to one place. The same goes for bookstores.

For example, I work at Barnes and Noble. Now, I know Barnes and Noble is a huge corporation so obviously there is no way that every store would get an ARC of every book. That's a ridiculous thought. However, we do get ARCs on occasion. The ARCs are given to us by the publisher in order to get booksellers reading titles early so we are better prepared to sell the book when the time comes. I have a friend who works for a chain of indie bookstores in my area. She's the head of children's marketing for the entire chain and receives TONS of ARCs every week. She picks out the ones she really wants to read and gladly passes along the rest to booksellers and bloggers.

And of course, we get ARCs. Bloggers receive ARCs as less of a sales tool and more of a publicity tool. We get ARCs so we can write reviews and spread the news of a great (or not so great) book. We help build excitement for that title. We may not place books directly in a buyer's hands, but we help plant the seed. We spread the word about great titles and share out enthusiasm about amazing books that we love and want to hug, and place on our pillow at night. Don't pretend you haven't done this. And we do it for free. We don't get paid to read stacks of books and then spend hours writing reviews, formatting posts, etc. We do it for free, because we love to read.

How do I get my hands on that coveted ARC?
I didn't receive my first ARC until I was well into blogging. I didn't even know you could ask for them. I didn't know what they were, how people got them, or what they were for. When I started blogging, I was just writing about amazing books that I had bought, borrowed, etc. (Of course I was also writing about horrible books too...) I started blogging because I love to read and I love to recommend great titles, not because I wanted free books. And that is the first step.

In order to get your hands on ARCs, you have to be committed. Post consistently for at least 6 months. Spend time commenting on other blogs to build your network. Hang out on Twitter and make yourself known. Build a following. Be yourself. Most publishers request that you blog for at least 6 months and have a minimum of 350 followers. Some ask that you blog for at least a year. It all depends on the publisher. I waited until I was about 6 months into blogging before I started requesting anything, and I didn't get my first ARC until I had been blogging for 10 months. That is a long time to commit to.

Once you've established yourself a bit, send out some emails. I started by simply requesting multiple titles in an email to a publisher. Things to include in your emails:
  • Your blog name and a link
  • Your stats (followers, length of time blogging, unique visitors, email subscribers, Twitter followers, etc.)
  • The title of the book, author, and ISBN number
  • Why you want to review said books
  • Gratitude and professionalism (You would think this would be a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised.) I always start my emails with, “Hello and thank you for your time” and end them with, “Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you”
  • Keep it short. Publishers receive massive amounts of emails a day. The shorter your email the better. Keep it quick and to the point.
Other ways to get ARCs:
  • Friends. I give out my ARCs to my blogger friends all the time. I have so many that I don't have space for them. And most of them have come from my friends. Friends like to share with friends. Of course, don't make it a habit of attempting to befriend people simply for their ARCs. We're not stupid, and we know when people are using us. Also, most of my ARCs are given to me by friends who just have too many.
  • Conventions. I know you've seen all those posts about ALA, BEA, and other cons where people come home with tons of ARCs. If you can swing it, you should definitely go. Go to ALA, BEA, Comic-Con, and any other con you can find. Not just because you want a ton of books, but because it's a great chance to network. As always, don't be greedy, that's how we get a bad reputation. I went to Comic-Con and managed to come home with two new publishing contacts, tons of new followers, and several new friends. Conventions are a great place for bookish people like us to get together and be ourselves.
  • Giveaways. If I can't pawn my ARCs off on my friends I host giveaways. Tons of bloggers hold giveaways for their old ARCs. Find them and enter!
I'm sure there are plenty of other ways to get them, I just can't think of them right now.

What do I do with them when I'm done?
  1. Shelve them. I know a lot of people like to keep ARCs simply because they enjoy having ARCs on their shelves. If you want to keep them, go ahead!
  2. Give them to friends. ARCs are in high demand with bloggers and there are a lot of us who can't get our hands on them. I love to pass on my ARCs to other bloggers because it means that not only will they get the chance to read and review it, but that's one more review out there for that book that the publisher doesn't have to send out and ARC for.
  3. Host a giveaway. Say your friends don't want it. Or maybe you just feel like being generous. Have a giveaway! There are going to be tons of people who would love to have that book on their shelf, even if it is an ARC! If you're going to host a giveaway, ask the publisher first. I've never had an experience where the publisher cared, but it's always polite to ask!
What do you do with your ARCs when you're done with them? I know a lot of people donate theirs to the library, but my library sells donated books in their monthly book sale and I can't stand when ARCs pop up in the inventory so I try not to contribute to that.

Also, do the author a favor and buy their book if you really loved it. Authors don't get paid for ARCs so if you never buy finished copies because you keep your ARCs, you're doing that author a disservice. If you can afford it, buy up finished copies of books you've read as ARCs so that you can help support an author you love and you'll help insure that they continue to publish amazing stories for you. 

Remember, ARCs aren't free and you don't deserve them.
I get a lot of questions about ARCs and how to get them and things like that. It seems like a lot of people are really into blogging simply because they want free books. But ARCs aren't free. ARCs cost about $15-$20 each. And publishers and authors make no money off of ARCs. So imagine how many ARCs publishers send out each year, an author friend of mine did the math and discovered that publisher can easily spend over $100,000 on ARCs alone. So don't get greedy. If you're only blogging to get free books than you're doing it for all the wrong reasons. Blogging takes a ridiculous amount of time and energy and if you're not passionate about books than you will never succeed at it. I blog because I love spreading the word about great literature and I want to encourage teens to read and love reading. I spend hours on the computer formatting posts, writing reviews, as well as hours reading books that are both fantastic and not-so-great. I do it all for free.

If you request an ARC, make that commitment to reviewing it. By receiving the book in the first place you're entering an unwritten agreement that you'll do your part and review the book whether you liked it or not. Same goes for ARCs you get from giveaways, conventions, friends, etc. ARCs are a marketing tool and if you don't plan on using them for that purpose then don't bother asking for them or taking them. I always consider ARCs to be review books because that is what they are made for. If you're just going to read them and shelve them like you would any book than buy a finished copy. Don't be greedy and just take it because it's “free” because it's not.

Don't act like you deserve to get every ARC out there. I don't deserve them and you don't deserve them. ARCs are a privilege that we receive through hard work and professionalism. When I get denied a title from the publisher I don't throw a fit and demand they send it to me. I graciously thank them for taking the time to even read my email or look at my blog and remember that they have sent me plenty of titles in the past and I thank them for their generosity. Publishers are not required to send us anything. They do it because bloggers can be a good marketing tool when we're passionate enough about the books we're reading and reviewing. We will never replace booksellers or librarians. These people actually put books in the hands of buyers. We may spark their interest and even convince someone to buy the book through our own words, but we do not replace the amazing people who physically put books in the hands of teenagers on a daily basis. Remember that. 

Waiting on Wednesday [48] - Ironskin by Tina Connolly

****"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill at the Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.****

Ironskin by Tina Connolly
Expected Publication Date: October 2nd, 2012
Publisher: Tor Books
Page Count: 304 pages
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Jane Eliot wears an iron mask.

It’s the only way to contain the fey curse that scars her cheek. The Great War is five years gone, but its scattered victims remain—the ironskin.

When a carefully worded listing appears for a governess to assist with a "delicate situation"—a child born during the Great War—Jane is certain the child is fey-cursed, and that she can help.

Teaching the unruly Dorie to suppress her curse is hard enough; she certainly didn’t expect to fall for the girl’s father, the enigmatic artist Edward Rochart. But her blossoming crush is stifled by her own scars, and by his parade of women. Ugly women, who enter his closed studio...and come out as beautiful as the fey.

Jane knows Rochart cannot love her, just as she knows that she must wear iron for the rest of her life. But what if neither of these things is true? Step by step Jane unlocks the secrets of her new life—and discovers just how far she will go to become whole again.
Why I Can't Wait: Dude, she wears an IRON MASK. To keep her fey side at bay. Like, this is just as cool as it gets. I've been wanting a god fey book since Julie Kagawa's series ended (and then kind of started back up again) so I'm really looking forward to what this one has to offer!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Teaser Tuesday [44] - The Kill Order by James Dashner

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

The Kill Order by James Dashner
Expected Publication Date: August 14th, 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Page Count: 336 pages
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"Teresa looked at her best friend and wondered what it would be like to forget him.
It seemed impossible, though she'd now seen the swipe implanted in dozens of boys before Thomas, Sandy brown hair, penetrating eyes and a constant look of contemplation - how could this kid ever be unfamiliar to her? How could they be in the same room and not joke about some smell or make fun of some clueless slouch nearby? How could she ever stand in front of hi and not leap at the chance to communicate telepathically?
Impossible." - Page 1
*This quote is from an uncorrected proof. Quotations in the finished copy may change*
OH EFF YOU GUYS. This is just the first page. THE FIRST EFFING PAGE! Okay so we all know what happened to poor Thomas and Teresa.  What irony. Who else is excited for this one?!?! I can't wait to get a finished copy :)

Monday, July 23, 2012

Review: The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter

The Goddess Legacy by Aimee Carter
Expected Publication Date: July 31st, 2012
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Page Count: 395 pages
Format: E-ARC
Source: Netgalley
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*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
For millennia we've caught only glimpses of the lives and loves of the gods and goddesses on Olympus. Now Aimee Carter pulls back the curtain on how they became the powerful, petty, loving and dangerous immortals that Kate Winters knows.

Calliope/Hera represented constancy and yet had a husband who never matched her faithfulness....

Ava/Aphrodite was the goddess of love and yet commitment was a totally different deal....

Persephone was urged to marry one man, yet longed for another....

James/Hermes loved to make trouble for others-but never knew true loss before....

Henry/Hades's solitary existence had grown too wearisome to continue. But meeting Kate Winters gave him a new hope....

Five original novellas of love, loss and longing and the will to survive throughout the ages.
The Goddess Legacy is a fantastic prequel to the Goddess Test series. I'd always wondered how the relationship between Persephone and Hades began, as well as why Calliope was so bitter. Goddess Legacy answers a lot of questions that fans of the Goddess Test series may have as well as opening our eyes to how the Gods and Goddesses have evolved (or not) over time. Although my feelings about the characters didn't change much, I definitely liked seeing them in a different light. After the cliffhanger ending that Goddess Interrupted provided, and after reading about the different relationships between the Greek Gods and Goddesses, I'm even more excited to see how this series will end!

I didn't care much for Calliope, Ava, or Persephone to begin with. They've always been hateful, shallow, and selfish women to me, but it was really great to see how they ended up that way. While Calliope is a murderous wench, I can understand her jealous nature and feelings of betrayal towards Henry/Hades. Her husband is a womanizer and a liar and the only man she ever truly loved has turned his back on her. It makes sense that something inside of her would break. Persephone is thrust into an unwanted marriage with a man she doesn't love (or like really), and the one man she does love is unattainable. My heart really felt for her, but I think it was quite unfair of her to go off galavanting with other men while her husband stayed at home. Even Ava is just a slutty, selfish girl who runs around with different men every day and trying to ruin people's lives. It's safe to say I didn't care for these women before, and I care for them even less now.

The writing is the same as the rest of the series, but the plot is simpler. We already know how these's people's lives end up so there isn't a lot of guess-work involved. Goddess Legacy simply serves to fill in the blanks about why Henry needs a new wife and why James is so ostracized. Although, that bit I really didn't understand. The different novellas all sort of play off of each other, while focusing on the individual God or Goddess. I think my favorite part had to be the beginning, when the original six are still all alone, right after they've defeated the Titans. It was great to see them as a cohesive family, if only for a little bit.

If you're a fan of the Goddess Test books then you definitely need to pick up Goddess Legacy. It will fill in a lot of blanks and answer a lot of questions you've been asking yourself. For once, Kate isn't the central focus and it's a refreshing story about the Gods and Goddesses and their backgrounds. Goddess Legacy starts at the beginning and takes us through the last two thousand years or so, finally ending with how Kate came to be Henry's new queen. I definitely recommend picking this one up while you're eagerly awaiting the final book!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Stacking the Shelves [11] The one with UNRAVEL ME!!!!!

This Week on the Blog

Books Mentioned
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
Origin by Jessica Khoury
Crewel by Gennifer Albin
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Nerve by Jeanne Ryan
Prodigy by Marie Lu
Everlast by Chad Michael Murray
Poison Princess by Kresley Cole
Eve and Adam by Michael Grant
Quantum Coin by E.C. Myers
Blood Fever by Veronica Wolff
The Kill Order by James Dashner
Foretold Edited by Carrie Ryan
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Something Strande and Deadly by Susan Dennard
Unwholly by Neal Shusterman
Rift by Andrea Cremer
Every Day by David Levithan
Insignia by S.J. Kincaid
The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi
BZRK by Michael Grant
Legend by Marie Lu
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Mouse Guard by David Peterson
Blood Riders by Michael Spradlin
Star Corpsman by Ian Douglas
Galaxy Zack by Ray O'Ryan
Amy and the Missing Puppy by Callie Barkley
The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Bloggers Mentioned
Nicole at The Reader's Antidote

Saturday, July 21, 2012

New Releases: Week of July 23rd

These are just the awesome releases I'm excited about getting my hands on!! Especially Something Strange and Deadly!! I really need to own a finished copy :) What new releases are you looking forward to this week??

Friday, July 20, 2012

Author Jodi Meadows discusses working with Bloggers!

As you may not know, I love Jodi to death and her book, Incarnate was the very first ARC I received from a publisher and is still one of my favorite reads. Jodi is an amazing author and person and I'm so happy she agreed to write up a post about authors working with bloggers. In my opinion, Jodi is one of the most successful authors when it comes to working with bloggers and her willingness to do interviews, guest posts, blog tours, and all sorts of things is an amazing attribute. So, everyone welcome Jodi to the blog today!

Jodi Meadows lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a Kippy*, and an alarming number of ferrets. She is a confessed book addict, and has wanted to be a writer ever since she decided against becoming an astronaut.

*A Kippy is a cat.
PART ONE: A few people with blogs.

By the time I got an offer on the INCARNATE trilogy, I thought I had a pretty good handle on the way publishing worked. I'd been writing for seven years, was on my second agent, and I'd even read slush for an agent to help educate myself about the business.

And then a friend told me about book bloggers.

While I was intrigued and pleased by the notion of people blogging about what they read, I admit, I dismissed it. I didn't understand how a few people with blogs could do very much.

Two years later, I want to thwap past-me on the forehead. Pay attention. That's what I'd tell myself.

Not much happened that first year. I kept my head down and wrote books, but then something magical happened: I got a cover for INCARNATE and I discovered the power of book bloggers.

The cover spread from blog to blog to blog. INCARNATE appeared on thousands more "to read" shelves on Goodreads. Zillions of new Twitter followers told me how excited they were to read the book. I had more interview requests than I knew what to do with. Everywhere I looked, it seemed like people were talking about my book. Even my publisher heard the noise bloggers made, and decided to give INCARNATE a little extra nudge.

It was an exciting time, and I began to realize that while I'd been there, minding my own business before the cover came out, a few bloggers had started following me on Twitter and reading my blog, just waiting. When they cover appeared, they were ready. They made noise. They spread the word.

As INCARNATE's release neared, bloggers continued to be amazing advocates for my book by including it in memes like Waiting On Wednesday and Teaser Tuesday. They passed around their ARCs on tours and did the most important thing anyone can do for a book they love:* they talked about it.

When I asked bloggers if they'd be willing to help me with a ridiculous scavenger-hunt-like thing to celebrate the release of INCARNATE, dozens raised their hands. Ideas, enthusiasm, and determination to the best job possible: that's what I got from them. The event was such a success that I've already been getting questions about whether we'll be doing the same thing for ASUNDER's release in seven months.

What can a few people with blogs do?

A lot.

*Well, that and buying a copy or ten.

PART TWO: Dealing with the drama.

Let's face it: the YA book world is dramatic. It seems like there's always some scandal happening. Bloggers vs. authors. Yankees vs. Red Sox. Crochet vs. knitting. But we all love yarn baseball books, so why can't we get along?

I truly believe that 95% of bloggers and authors just want to talk about books in a drama-free world, but just like with any group of passionate people, drama happens. So what's an author to do when they approach bloggers for assistance?

Treat them like people. In fact, treat them like people who are doing lots of work to promote books . . . in their spare time. And for free.

While, yes, there are bloggers who are in it for the ARCs and never do the work that comes along with that privilege, there are authors who are in it for the prestige, too. Not all authors are like someone who hops into YA to make a quick buck. Most authors become authors because they love storytelling. They love books. The same goes for bloggers; they shouldn't be judged by the actions of a few.

Book bloggers can do a lot for an author, but it takes respect and hard work from both sides to make it work.


I'd like to thank Jodi for taking her time to write up this post and share her opinions, especially in such a sensitive time for us all. I love and appreciate her and I think she's done an amazing job reaching out to bloggers and doing her best to work with us.

Bloggers, what's been your experience working with authors? If you're an author, how do reach out to bloggers? What are your opinions about bloggers in general?

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Blog Tour: Want by Stephanie Lawton + Giveaway!

Want by Stephanie Lawton
Publication Date: June 7th, 2012
Publisher: InkSpell Publishing
Page Count: 318 pages
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Julianne counts the days until she can pack her bags and leave her old-money, tradition-bound Southern town where appearance is everything and secrecy is a way of life. A piano virtuoso, she dreams of attending a prestigious music school in Boston. Failure is not an option, so she enlists the help of New England Conservatory graduate Isaac Laroche.

Julianne can’t understand why Isaac suddenly gave up Boston’s music scene to return to the South. He doesn’t know her life depends on escaping it before she inherits her mother’s madness. Isaac knows he must resist his attraction to a student ten years his junior, but loneliness and jealousy threaten his resolve.

Their indiscretion at a Mardi Gras ball—the pinnacle event for Mobile’s elite—forces their present wants and needs to collide with sins of the past.

Will Julianne accept the help she’s offered and get everything she ever wanted, or will she self-destruct and take Isaac down with her?

Much of my book, Want, revolves around the unique social customs in Mobile, Alabama, with a focus on those surrounding Mardi Gras, where everything is over the top and a faux pas is unacceptable (and will probably make it into the newspaper the next day!). In Want, Juli buys a dress for the symphony that doubles as her Mardi Gras ball gown.

On the day of a mystic society’s parade—especially the older, more exclusive ones—members and their family must dress accordingly. The people riding floats must wear their costumes and masks, but their significant others must also abide by certain conventions.
Women and children (and a few men) usually watch the parade from roped-off grandstands outside the Carnival Museum. They wear bright dresses, flamboyant hats, gloves, heels and their best jewelry, usually pearls. I have no idea why since it’s always warm here on the Gulf Coast, but many women also wear fur coats, and yes, they are real. Political correctness and PITA have no sway over fashion.

After the parade, non-parading women change into their formal ball gowns for the evening’s festivities. Sometimes there is a strict dress code and the mystic society even dictates which stores you can get your dress from, but other societies are less stringent. Matching shoes, bags and bling are a given.

Parading men and usually wear their costumes to the ball. Others must wear tuxedos, and usually these have tails (non-parading male members are even called “black-tails”). It’s a bit old-fashioned, but dang I’ve seen some hot men dressed to the nines! I’ve also seen men don top hats and gloves, but I’m pretty sure those are optional. 

After collecting a couple English degrees in the Midwest, Stephanie Lawton suddenly awoke in the deepest reaches of the Deep South. Culture shock inspired her to write about Mobile, Alabama, her adopted city, and all the ways Southern culture, history and attitudes seduce the unsuspecting.A lover of all things gothic, she can often be spotted photographing old cemeteries, historic buildings and, ironically, the beautiful beaches of the Gulf Coast. She also has a tendency to psychoanalyze people, which comes in handy when creating character profiles.On her thirtieth birthday, she mourned (okay bawled) the fact that in no way could she still be considered a “young adult,” so she rebelled by picking up Twilight and promptly fell in love with Young Adult literature.She has a love/hate relationship with Mardi Gras –where does all that money come from?–and can sneeze 18 times in a row.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday [47] - A Fractured Light by Jocelyn Davies

****"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill at the Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.****

A Fractured Light by Jocelyn Davies
Expected Publication Date: September 25th, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count: 352 pages
Goodreads | Amazon | IndieBound
When she wakes up in unfamiliar surroundings, Skye knows something terrible has happened to her. But it's not until she hears Asher, the dark, rebellious angel she fell in love with, that the memories come flooding back. She tries to put the past behind her, but she knows she'll be forever haunted by the ruthless betrayal that almost took her life.

Skye returns home, but with the knowledge of who she really is, nothing can ever be the same. As she tests the limits of her newfound powers, Skye discovers that she's capable of far more than anyone could have imagined. Both the Order and the Rebellion want her for their side as war between the factions looms. She can't forget the terrifying truth she now knows about the Order, but something holds her back from embracing the Rebellion.

A Fractured Light picks up right after A Beautiful Dark's shocking cliffhanger ending and is perfect for fans of Lauren Kate's Fallen and Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush saga.
Why I Can't Wait: I read A Beautiful Dark when it first came out as an ARC so I've been waiting a ridiculously long time to read this one!! The cliffhanger ending of A Beautiful Dark was just so intense! I seriously need to find out what's going to happen next!!!!!

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Teaser Tuesday [43] - Erasing Time by C.J. Hill

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

Erasing Time by C. J. Hill
Expected Publication Date: August 28th, 2012
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Page Count: 368 pages
Goodreads | Amazon | IndieBound
"It was as good a day as any to plan treason.

Echo's hands moved over the computer control panels in a quick rhythm until an aerial picture of Traventon appeared on the screen. He enlarged the wilderness that bordered the domed city, searching for any sign of a path. In order to escape from the city, he needed to find a safe route - the route others took when they fled." (Page 1)
*This quote is from an uncorrected proof. Quotations in the finished copy may change*
OMG WHAT?! I just started this one and I am already intrigued! Who is this Echo person? Why are they escaping? TO WHERE??? 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Blog Tour: Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson - Author Interview!

Lucky me, I'm the next stop in the Tiger Lily blog tour and I am so excited to be hosting an interview with Jodi Lynn Anderson today!!! I read Tiger Lily (check out my 5 star review here!) and loved it, and I really loved what Jodi had to say about her amazing novel!

Jodi Lynn Anderson is the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches, The Secrets of Peaches, Love and Peaches, the popular May Bird trilogy, and Tiger Lily . She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and an endless parade of stray pets.

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1. Convince us to read your book Twitter style (in 140 characters or less!)
In this bittersweet, romantic, teenage retelling of Peter Pan, Tiger Lily is the heroine, Tink is the narrator, Smee is seriously scary, and Wendy is the intruder.

2. What is your favorite version of the classic fairy tale? Mine's "Finding Neverland" :)
I loved “Finding Neverland”! I also like “Peter Pan” starring Jeremy Sumpter. I think Sumpter did the perfect Peter –overconfident, vulnerable, irresistible.

3. What inspired you to write a book from Tiger Lily's point of view?
I rediscovered the original Peter Pan And Wendy three or four years ago. And it just seemed strange to me that there wasn’t more of a relationship between Peter and Tiger Lily, as they seem to be such equals. I felt like there might be something unsaid there…and that these two people had failed each other somehow. And once I started thinking about it, I couldn’t stop. I had such a strong and instant sense of a difficult love story.

4. What kind of research did you have to do?
I kept the original Peter Pan & Wendy dog-eared on my desk at all times! And I researched some Amazonian tribes for survival skills, foods grown in the rainforest, medicinal herbs – though I wanted Tiger Lily’s tribe to stay as “imagined” as possible, since I don’t know enough about any tribe on earth to write about them faithfully!

5. I loved the character development and intricate background stories involved. Which character's story was your favorite to write?
It’s a toss up between Tik Tok’s and Tink’s. I think I loved writing them because they were the most surprising to me: I didn’t plan for them to happen the way they did. I just fell in love with both characters.

6. Who is your favorite character from the classic tale? Who is your least favorite?
I love Peter Pan –he is so brilliantly created and so real– he’s such a complicated boy in J.M. Barrie’s original story that it was incredibly fun to write about him as someone a bit older. I don’t think I have a least favorite. Wendy doesn’t come off well in my version, but I don’t dislike her. I think she means well…though I do kind of want her to fall in the ocean J.

7. I have to admit, I cried for most of your book. It's completely heartbreaking! Was there ever a time where you thought, “I should make this a little more happy.”
It’s a great question. Early in the process, when I told a friend about the book, she said “Oh! You want it to be like a beating heart and a cup of tears.” Ha! I thought of her words many times as I wrote. You know, I really tried to stay true to my themes, which I pulled from the original story, and I think those themes are loss and growing up and the freedom to be who we are. I think each of the main characters in the story is dealing with those things in some way or another, and I guess I really focused on the challenges. To me, there is so much bittersweet sadness in the original book, and I kept to that.

8. Now that Tiger Lily is out, is there anything you wish youcould go back and change?
I do have a thing about Tink. In my mind, Tink has issues but she is very funny. I wish I had fleshed out Tink’s sense of humor more because in my mind, she is hilarious.

9. What titles are currently on your nightstand?
Well, I’m getting my masters degree right now, so I have a book list a mile long. Right now, I’m reading Middlemarch by George Eliot. And I just read Toni Morrison’s Beloved, which was beyond amazing. I love that my school makes me read books. It’s like someone making me eat ice cream.

10. Is there any advice you can give to young writers?
Read read read. Read the things that are gripping but also read thethings that move slow and challenge you. Read writers who are ethnically and culturally diverse – it will inspire you. Keep a journal. And don’t let criticism and temporary failure deter you. I feel like writing is 90% mistakes, at least it is for me. Also, it may not seem like it sometimes, but revision is your best friend.

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Publication Date: July 3rd, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count: 304 pages
Amazon | IndieBound | Goodreads
Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn't believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

Peter is unlike anyone she's ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland's inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she's always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it's the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who's everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Peaches comes a magical and bewitching story of the romance between a fearless heroine and the boy who wouldn't grow up.
 Make sure you stop by the rest of the tour!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


July 11th - July 15th

If you follow me on Twitter (@Lit_Explorer) then you know I've been excited for this since March when I finally got myself tickets :D So for the first time ever I am going to Comic-Con in San Diego!!!! I am RIDICULOUSLY excited people!!!! I am going to be in the most hectic atmosphere of my life, but I bet it will be completely worth it!!! Of course I've been planning out my schedule for all the panels I'd like to see and all the authors I want to meet and all the booths I want to check out, but who knows what I'll actually have time for. Thankfully, Comic-Con has linked with so I could easily plan out my schedule and see what I have time for and what overlaps. This is just the general idea of all the things I want to try to see: 

Obviously, with the fact that waiting in line for most panels will take about 3 hours for things like Twlight and half hour for the author panels I'm not going to have a lot of time for anything else. My main goal is to check out the exhibit floor, meet with pubs, pick up ARCs, chat with fellow book lovers and also see all the crazy stuff that the other booths will have! If I only have time for that, I'll be happy. Although, I would LIKE to check out the author signings if I can :) 

Because I'm going to Comic-Con I'm not going to have a computer and I'll be MIA on the blog for awhile, other than what I schedule (which won't be much) so I hope you'll follow me on Twitter and make sure you check out all the awesomeness I tweet about!!!

Will you be going to Comic-Con this year? Are you dressing up (I'm not)? Have you been before? I'd love some tips and tricks you can share!!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Teaser Tuesday [42] - Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Expected Publication Date: December 11th, 2012
Publisher: Razorbill
"The boy's hands shot up to his neck as the blood began to gush, his eyes wide with shock and pain. A moment later, he fell to his knees and then fully hit the ground. His hands clawed at his throat, the dagger still deeply embedded there." (Page 21)
* This quote is from an uncorrected ARC. Quotations in the finished copy might differ. *  
YOU GUYS! THIS BOOK IS CRAY!!! Seriously, 20 pages in and people are getting stabbed?!?! Yeah, as if you weren't excited enough for this book right?! 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Review: Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
Expected Publication Date: July 24th, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count: 400 pages
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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* I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review *
The year is 1876, and there’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.
I haven't had a lot of luck with zombie books in the past, but I've always been a huge fan of historical fiction which really drew me to Something Strange and Deadly in the first place. The inclusion of steampunk elements also had me highly intrigue. I have to say, Something Strange and Deadly is not your average zombie book at all. The way the zombies are brought to life is an awesome idea and something I haven't really read about before. While the zombies are completely disgusting, the people the people who fight them are just amazing. I loved the horrifying world that Susan Dennard created, combining the living dead with ghosts and steampunk elements, Something Strange and Deadly is one you do not want to miss!

The characters are all really fantasti and I just wanted to be part of their zombie fighting team. Eleanor is a high society girl who's lost her brother to evil forces and enlists the spirit-hunters to help her find him Not only is Eleanor strong-willed, independent, fierce, and incredibly smart. I loved Eleanor because she's such a great female protagonist who can take care of herself and doesn't need the help of men around her! Daniel, the challenging, brave, and pasisonate boy who builds machines for the spirit hunters is such a great love interest. I really fell for him, and the romance between him and Eleanor develops so slowly and realistically, I definitely swooned more than once! I also loved Eleanor's propriety! She wears a corset!! It's really not something you see in contemporary YA and the idea of having a chaperone while you're on a walk with a man is just so old school! All of the side characters are also great in their own way, whether I hated them or loved them!

The writing in Something, Strange, and Deadly really blew me away. It's so elegant and accurate! I really felt like I was stuck in 1876 Philadelphia with not only the language, but the descriptions as well. The character's voices are all incredibly unique and I could easily tell each person apart from another. Each character also had a separate "accent" which was very distinct and easy to identify. Joseph is from New Orleans and has a creole accent, and occasionally he will use creole words which really helped me see him in my mind. The story itself is really fast-paced and gory so if you're not into the blood and guts thing you probably shouldn't pick this one up. Or any zombie book.... Although some plot lines did seem overly predictable by the time I had finished reading, I actually didn't figure out anything until it was revealed right in front of my face! So thumbs up to you Dennard!

Overall, I absolutely enjoyed Something Strange and Deadly! It was a fast-paced, horrifying tale of survival in the time of a zombie apocalypse. This is definitely a different take on the zombie horrors, combing steampunk elements as well as witches and ghosts! Fans of zombie stories will definitely love the gore of this one, and paranormal addicts will enjoy all of the different creatures rolled into one. If you haven't added Something Strange and Deadly to your TBR yet, you definitely need to get on it!!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Stacking the Shelves [10] - The one with BETA!

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews as a way to share all the books we've received this week!

What Happened This Week?

Books Mentioned
Lost Girls by Ann Kelley | Goodreads
Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown | Goodreads
The Kill Order by James Dashner | Goodreads
Mystic City by Theo Lawrence | Goodreads
Every Day by David Levithan | Goodreads
Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer | Goodreads
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson | Goodreads
Everblue by Brenda Pandos | Goodreads
Prodigy by Marie Lu | Goodreads
Beta by Rachel Cohn | Goodreads
Feedback by Robison Wells | Goodreads
Eve and Adam by Michael Grant & Katherine Applegate | Goodreads

Bloggers Mentioned
Sasha from Sash and Em
Nikki from Take Me Away

Friday, July 6, 2012

Publishers, Booksellers & Bloggers: We’re all on the same team. - Guest Post with Maggie from NYMBC

Today, I'd like to welcome a very very very special person to Literary Exploration. One of my good friends, Maggie from Not Your Mother's Book Club has graced us with her presence today to discuss how Bloggers, Booksellers, and Publishers can all work together towards a common goal: sharing and selling our favorite books. This awesome post is all from Maggie's words of wisdom, so please take the time to hear how an actual bookseller works with and appreciates bloggers.


I feel like everywhere I go, publishers and booksellers are talking about bloggers. And we should be. This blogging thing is for real: it’s happening, it’s gaining speed and it’s big. And I hope we can all, as an industry, find a while to work with this momentum so that book culture can stay vibrant, and relevant.

Everyone is afraid of the new direction of publishing, mostly because none of us are really sure where it’s going. And while the idea of bookstores dying off fills me not only with sadness and dread, but also with (I think) a valid concern that meaningful literature will die with us, I try not to shy away from the new opportunities that our web-based lives afford us. And one of my greatest sources of comfort is bloggers.

I love bloggers. Not all of them—I don’ think there’s ANY group of people that I love ubiquitously—but I love the idea of bloggers, and I love the bloggers that I work with (what up, ladies.)

As a bookseller, my entire livelihood is dependent upon people who love books. So why wouldn’t I love bloggers? Bloggers are people who love books so much that they spend huge amounts of time and hard work just to create a space where they can TALK about books. Those are my kind of people.

So we’re clear I love bloggers? Rad. Let’s divert course for a minute.

If you know me, you likely know me as the Not Your Mother’s Book Club lady. Not Your Mother’s Book Club is Books Inc.’s author salon, which has been running since 2005. We have hosted some of the best, most exciting and talented authors thanks to our terrific partners in publishing houses. Truly, NYMBC would be nothing without the tremendous support we receive from publishers—because events with great authors are the bread and butter of what we do.

The other hat I wear is that I’m the Children’s Department Director for Books Inc., a chain of indies in the San Francisco Bay Area. And while I’m proud to say that we’re thriving, it’s no great secret that: a.) we are dependent on SALES and b.) That evil online conglomerate that shall not be named? They’re the biggest threat to what we do, what we hold dear and our livelihoods. So I have to confess: this whole blog post has a DECIDEDLY anti-evil online conglomerate that shall not be named point of view. Just for the sake of full disclosure.

As for the rest of us: We’re all on the same team here. We all LOVE books. We all want a million copies of the books we love to sell so that those authors and publishers will be rewarded for their talent and hard work, and we want more, more, more of it. We want this industry not just to survive, but also to thrive.

SO. Here’s my community-building, hand-holding, let’s-all-be-friends-because-we’re-all-on-the-same-team proposal for publishers, booksellers, librarians and bloggers, IE the people who care THE MOST about books (and do not use them as a loss leader to get names into databases so that we can more effectively sling flat screen TVs) can work together, happily, to create a vibrant space for books, and the people who love them.

It starts with publishers. All the major houses are realizing that bloggers matter. Anyone who went to BEA 2012 could see it, and it left a lot of booksellers feeling, well, a little left out. And while I do feel like some of that was due a little to sour grapes, I also felt like I saw some things that did lend credence to that complaint. We sell your books! Don’t we matter anymore? I think we do, and not just because I am one. We do, not just because we’re the ones who SELL your books, but because we’re the ones who host your authors for events. And that’s pretty much the coolest thing we do. We’re a gateway from the publishing house to the public. We officiate that space, we curate it, and (if I do say so myself) we make it awesome. So don’t forget about us, publishing. Use us as your intermediary to bloggers.

But now we have moved swiftly into what booksellers must do. This is very important: we have to find our local bloggers, cultivate relationships with them, respect them, and treat them as our colleagues. Because that what bloggers are. They’re our literary colleagues. They’re fans. AND THEY DON’T EVEN GET PAID TO DO IT. So we should be finding ways to make sure that our stores are a meeting place, a home away from home, and a location for social gathering for these people. We should be using our events to connect bloggers with their favorite authors. If that means setting up interviews, do it. If that means personally introducing bloggers we know are fans to authors in the signing line, simply so that they have someone outside of themselves to break the ice, then we should be doing that too. If that means chatting about books, for the love of God, do it! We should be making sure our guests have had a meaningful, personal experience in our stores, and especially at our events. IE, we should be doing our job as customer service professionals. To. A. Tee. Because that’s how we’re going to stay around, and how we will stay relevant. Basically, we should be acting as gracious hosts.

But that leads us in to what it means to be a gracious guest. And here’s where we get into the uncomfortable truth about purchasing power, which is truly the crux of this whole plan. Because without your dollars, that space, where you get to meet your favorite author? It no longer exists. So bloggers, please: even if the publishing house sends you an ARC, if you’re lucky enough to have a store near you hosting an event, buy a book! Use it as a give-away if you don’t want to keep it. Give it to a friend. The publishers will be asking that bookstore, ALMOST AS SOON AS THE EVENT IS OVER what the sales were. So bringing your book that you bought on that evil online conglomerate that shall not be named is NOT supporting the event, or EVEN that author’s tour! Keep doing that, and there will be no more tours. And that will be lame, sad and super detrimental to the future course of literature.

Now, this doesn’t mean buying books you don’t like. If you don’t like it, aren’t interested, HATED the author’s talk, don’t buy the book. That’s fair. Those are valid reasons NOT to buy. But that it’s cheaper to buy online? Not valid. When that happens it justifies the worst complaints about bloggers, because you’re no longer contributing the industry that creates the literature you’re passionate about.

I have to follow all of this with saying that the bloggers I work with set what I think should be the professional standard for blogger/bookstore etiquette. I have little tornadoes of neuroticism before EVERY event I throw, and I only start to feel better once I see my bloggers there. As soon as I do, I literally feel my shoulders loosen, feel a smile spreading. That’s how it should be.

And I like to think that the basis of this great synergy is because Not Your Mother’s Book Club, as a brand and as a group, has the utmost respect and appreciation for our blogger counterparts.

If the amazing authors that publishers send to us (seriously, AMAZING) are the bread and butter of what we do, the bloggers are something like the dessert.

And really, what’s a meal without carbs, fat or sugar?

Lame. That’s what.


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