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A Tour of Haze’s Setting: guest post by Paula Weston

A Tour of Haze’s Setting: guest post by Paula Weston

Last year, we invited author Paula Weston to give us a tour of the Australian setting for her paranormal romance book Shadows, the first book in her Rephaim series. With the North American publication of its sequel Haze, we thought it’d be fun to have her back to show us some of the places that inspired the new book! A Tour of the Settings in Haze by Paula Weston Like many writers, I have a collection of images that help inspire me or put me in the right frame of mind to write a particular scene. For the Rephaim series, I’ve created an eclectic (private) Pinterest board crammed with all sorts of weird and wonderful bits and pieces. More than a few of those images relate to locations. Some are mine, some are images I found online. I love Google images when it comes to research. In fact, the images… Read more »

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The Body Electric: Beth Revis guest post + giveaway

The Body Electric: Beth Revis guest post + giveaway

When a series ends, sometimes we just aren’t ready to let go of the characters we’ve come to love. Beth Revis’ Across the Universe trilogy is a favorite of many YA scifi readers, so everyone was understandably excited when the author announced that she would be releasing a follow-up story this year entitled The Body Electric! I was intrigued to hear that the author is self-publishing this new novel, which to me speaks to the degree of her love for her characters and for her fans. The author told me that only 350 copies of a very special edition will be printed, which will be available exclusively at her local bookshop Malaprops and at booksignings until they sell out. You can learn more about this fascinating experiment and the various other formats available in yesterday’s Publishers Weekly article on out-of-the box promotions. In an increasingly crowded marketplace, I think it’s… Read more »

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On Revenge: Mortal Danger tour post + giveaway

On Revenge: Mortal Danger tour post + giveaway

We’ve all been wronged. Maybe even grievously wronged. But how many of us seek justice? Mortal Danger is the story of a girl who does just that, and as part of the book’s blog tour, we’re pleased to welcome author Ann Aguirre back to The Midnight Garden as she tells us the best revenge story she’s ever heard.  Fact or fiction? You decide! The Best Revenge Story Ever by Ann Aguirre I have a friend. Let’s call her Lucy. In college, Lucy dated around a lot. At one point, she was dating five guys simultaneously. But they all knew she wasn’t exclusive with anyone, so it wasn’t shady. She had been unpopular in high school, so college was a whole new frontier, where none of the labels carried over. So she was having a blast her freshman year and who could blame her? By her sophomore year, she was tired… Read more »

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Everything Leads to You: Tour Stop

Everything Leads to You: Tour Stop

  I am so happy to be hosting the tour stop at The Midnight Garden for this hazy, dreamy, lovely summer read. I’m not one for contemporary usually, but this book has such a fantastic almost fairy tale like feel in its telling. It makes sense when you think about it. Isn’t love itself a sort of magic? And there’s so much more underneath the surface.  Love lost and and love found. There is both tragedy and blessing. This book encapsulates it all. And, of course, I love, love, love seeing female/female relationships being explored in YA. Even better, this isn’t an “issue” book, and Emi’s sexuality is never approached as a thing. It just is. I really adored how normally and matter of fact her lesbian relationships are portrayed. For queer girls like me, it truly gladdens my heart to see it; especially in YA. I just love what Nina has… Read more »

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A Photographic Tour of She Is Not Invisible + giveaway

A Photographic Tour of She Is Not Invisible + giveaway

Traveling a long distance can be confusing and stressful. Now imagine you’re a teenager trying to find someone in a strange city, with only your young brother to help you. Think that’s hard? Now imagine that you are blind. That’s the idea behind She is Not Invisible, the new book from the brilliant Marcus Sedgwick. He’s one of my favorite authors, and one whose books I wish I could buy for everyone because each one takes me to a place I’ve never been before. I’ve certainly never read a book from the POV of a blind person before.While it’s a marked departure from his usual dark, gothic style, it’s still feels like a Sedgwick novel because of its careful puzzle-piece plotting, fascinating characters, and sheer ingenuity. I also enjoyed seeing the author’s thoughtful, quirky side in the narrative voice–he’s a humorous, pleasant interview, and upon reading any of his guest… Read more »

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Retelling Fairy Tales: guest post + The Glass Casket giveaway

Retelling Fairy Tales: guest post + The Glass Casket giveaway

I am always drawn to reimaginings of classic fairy tales, but I’ve found that the ones I’ve enjoyed best seem to be very dark or sad, and more closely aligned to the Grimm or Andersen versions of the stories than the happy cartoon versions. In The Glass Casket, McCormick Templeman serves up an atmospheric fantasy full of mystery, romance, and bloodshed, and it’s a great stormy night read if you like your fairy tales with a little bit of bite. We’re very pleased to be part of the official blog tour for this book, and invite you to read about the author’s process for researching and shaping her story. ~ Wendy On Retelling Fairy Tales by McCormick Templeman I have memories of my grandmother reading me fairy tales when I was pre-literate. The book we had was beautiful, but the versions were too sanitized for my grandmother’s taste, so she… Read more »

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Literary Swoon: YA Authors Dish on their Fictional Crushes!

Literary Swoon: YA Authors Dish on their Fictional Crushes!

Welcome to our third annual Literary Swoon series! Every year we invite authors we love to chat with us about all kinds of romantic literary subjects, because who better to find feels-inducing books for us than the writers who excel at that themselves? This year we wanted to know: who are their favorite fictional crushes? I personally think the people and characters you’re drawn to say a lot about you, so I loved hearing what this year’s authors had to say. All seven of them wrote fantastic pieces that are so great in helping us add swoon-worthy books to our reading piles. Get those TBR lists ready, because you’re going to want to snap up these books if you haven’t already read them! ~ Wendy       I’m crushing on this fictional character in honor of my teen self, who would’ve died a thousand deaths to save this bad… Read more »

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