Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sunday Post #89 - I'm going to ALA in NOLA!!!!

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted  @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme.   I haven't posted one of these since January!  Between being booked almost solid with tours and my own reviews, I also spent a lot of Sundays working this past spring at my part time job.  And while I could do these posts ahead and schedule them like I do most other posts, it just feels like I should actually write these on a Sunday.  A lot of things have gone on since January, obviously, but even beyond that, this coming week is one I've been waiting for and excited about since probably about that same time!  

I've been out of the classroom and in the library as a high school librarian for the past 5 years.  Before I got the job, I was teaching in Missouri, and attended several Missouri Association of School Librarian conferences, that were really great.  This year I'm going to attend the American Library Association Annual Convention, which is taking place in New Orleans!  Now, I've wanted to go to ALA for a long time.  I know that it's not just librarians who go, a lot of bloggers go as well.  But now, well I'm going as a librarian and a blogger.  I'm hoping to get a lot of good library resources, but have a feeling that all the author signings might draw me away from those actual sessions.  We'll see how it goes.  The reason I decided to go this year, is that it is taking place in New Orleans and I have a place to stay thanks to one of my friends from college.  Plus, it's NOLA!  If you haven't been, you totally should go at least once in your life.  And not just for the drinking and partying.  No, there is such great history and so many sights to see.  The first time I went, I got to go on a swamp tour, a plantation tour, and also did the tour of the cemetery where Voodoo queen Marie Laveau is.  While I know my days will be packed full with conference stuff, I look forward to peaceful evenings.  Hopefully one night will be dinner with a former colleague.  Another night hopefully dinner with my friend who is letting me stay in his place.  The other nights I'll probably wander the town,  or relax in my room, maybe get some writing done.

So, you should be prepared for maybe some impromptu posts from the convention.  If you're not following me on Twitter or Instagram, or even Facebook, I'll probably share stuff there as well, so go follow me.  Lisa Loves Literature on Facebook, buffywnabe on Twitter and Instagram.  

Some other happenings on my blog.  Well, first let's talk about my horrible progress on my Goodreads Reading Challenge.  I already dropped it down 5 books, back to what last year's goal was.  However, I'm still 16 books behind.  Not sure exactly why I'm not doing as well as last year. But that's okay.  I'm still reading a lot of good books I think!  

Instead of just doing a specific to last week list of posts, instead I think I'll leave you some links to some of my reviews I've done since my last Sunday post that I think you should check out, if you haven't yet, or maybe just some other fun posts.

  • Drumline by Stacy Kestwick
  •  Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia
  • The Ex Lottery by Kim Sanders
  •  Combust (Every Day Heroes #2) by K. Bromberg
  •  Cake by Carmen Jenner
  • Two Wedding Crashers (Dating by Numbers #2) by Meghan Quinn
  •  Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy
  • Release Blitz with Review: Social Media Viral Sensation - Wait With Me by Amy Daws 

    I'd do a Stacking the Shelves as part of this post, but that would be a ton of books as well.  Here are a couple cool ARCs I did get lately:

    And that doesn't include stuff I've bought for myself.  

    Anyway, I've got most of my posts scheduled to go up even while I'm out of town, so while I will be posting, just know I may not get back to replying to comments immediately. Although, honestly, I'm a bit behind lately because I'm no longer getting email notifications when I get new comments.  Need to figure that out I guess.

    Hope you had a great week, and that you  have a good one coming up!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Promo Post with Giveaway: Up to You (Love With Altitude #4) by Daisy Prescott @InkslingerPR @daisy_prescott

Today we are celebrating the release of  

UP TO YOU by Daisy Prescott. 

This is the fourth book in the Love with Altitude standalone series. Check out the buy links and teasers for the book below.


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UP TO YOU by Daisy Prescott (A Love with Altitude Novel, #4)

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I'm the last single woman among my friends. Don't feel sorry for me. I'm fine with flying solo, especially with ski season right around the corner. You won't hear me complaining. Until my mother decides I need a date for my cousin's wedding ... and chooses the worst man in the world for me.

Landon Roberts is the human equivalent of a parka with every ski pass he's ever purchased hanging off of his zipper. Apparently my mother is the last person in Colorado to know about Landon's reputation.

To make things worse, his super hot brother Aiden's back in town. Still gorgeous and still not remotely interested in me.

I can survive this wedding disaster as long as I pretend my date is someone else.


As one of the stars of Aspen's rugby club, I don't need help meeting women. Tell that to my mother. She's picked out my date for the biggest wedding of the year.

Mae London is the local girl who broke every heart in the valley before she left for California. Now she's back and hotter than ever. Too bad she hates me.

Enlisting the help of my brother, I'm going to become the ideal man, and charm Mae right out of her bad opinion of me.

This wedding date will be perfect as long as I pretend to be someone else.



“Yes, Mother Dear?” I fold my hands and put on my wide-eyed innocent face.
“Save it for your revolving door of women.” She places her empty glass on the island counter. “Do you have a date for the wedding?”
“What wedding?” I ask because I’m sure there is more than one upcoming wedding on her radar.
“The London-Tierney wedding, of course. Unless you’ve had one concussion too many and can’t remember our conversation from five minutes ago.” She’s not even a little amused by me right now.
“Why would I have a date for a wedding I’m not going to?” Crossing my arms, I lean against the counter. Mom’s had too many glasses of rosé.
“You’ll be invited. Invitations will be sent out this week.”
“I think I’ll be out of town. Playing rugby.” There’s no way I’m missing one of the last tournaments of the season for some society wedding.
“I thought the season ended mid-September with Rugby Fest?” Aiden’s grin tells me he knows he just threw me under the bus.
“It does. Didn’t Mom say September was the wedding? I’m sure I’m busy every weekend.” I feel the solid ground of my excuse begin to slip out from under my feet.
“It’s Columbus Day. That’s mid October,” she adds like I’m an idiot, which apparently I am because I just blew my out. “And you have to go because I’ve already told Mrs. London you’ll be Mae’s date.”
“What?” I ask, my voice cracking.
“Why?” Aiden sets down his beer with too much force. The glass makes a loud cracking noise against the marble, but doesn’t break.
“Yeah, why?” I echo him. “If I have to attend, I can bring my own choice of dates. I’m not some sad sack who needs his mother to set him up. Not like Aiden. Make Aiden shave off the recluse disguise and take her. If either of us needs help with the opposite sex, it’s him, not me. I’m sure he doesn’t have any other options.”
I can’t believe she thinks this crazy idea is going to fly with me. Anger heats my neck as I try to process why she thinks I’ll go along with her plan.
“Fuck off, Landon,” Aiden mumbles, wiping the bottom of his bottle with his open palm, checking for leaks.
Mom’s lips curve with the start of a small frown. “Can you two be in the same place for more than five minutes without sounding like the dialogue from an R-Rated mob movie?”
“No,” I say, sarcastically.
“It was a rhetorical question, Dumbass.” Aiden stares at the ceiling before mumbling, “I really need to get my own place as soon as possible.”
“You could always move back in here. We have a guest suite on the lower level with its own bathroom.” Mom touches his forearm, hope shining bright in her eyes.
“Thanks, but I can’t move home with my parents. I’m thirty, and while I’m not even in the running for wedding date material, I do have some pride left.” Aiden rests his hand over hers.
“Oh, sweetheart. I assumed you’d be gone before October. Plus, Landon and Mae are friends.” Mom reassures him, her voice all lovey and doting.
“We are?” I ask. “Since when?”
“Aren’t you? You grew up together and I know you run in similar circles in Aspen. When I ran into her at the bridal shower she was with Sage Blum, who dates your team’s captain. You can go to the wedding as foursome.”
Yeah, she’s definitely been pounding the pink wine if she believes any of that bullshit. I don’t even know where to begin unraveling her words.



NEXT TO YOU (A Love with Altitude Novel, #1)

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CRAZY OVER YOU (A Love with Altitude Novel, #2)

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WILD FOR YOU (A Love with Altitude Novel, #3)

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  USA Today Bestselling Author Daisy Prescott writes romantic comedies about real love. Her Modern Love Stories feature characters in their thirties and forties finding and rediscovering love in unexpected and humorous ways. Her Wingmen books star regular guys who often have beards, drive trucks, and love deeply once they fall. Daisy's Love with Altitude latest small town, rom com series is set in Aspen, Colorado. Bewitched is a magical serial set in Salem, Massachusetts. Don't miss her standalone, Tinfoil Heart, a rom com about love, letting go, and little green men.  


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Friday, June 15, 2018

Blog Tour Author Interview with Giveaway: Not For Me (The Windy City Chronicles #1) by Kat de Falla

Book info:
Title: NOT FOR ME (The Windy City Chronicles Book 1) 
Author: Kat de Falla 
Pub. Date: May 24, 2018
Publisher: Kat de Falla
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 40

Manda Wolfgram is a struggling literary agent who is looking for the perfect manuscript to land in her lap and the perfect man to land in her bed. When the sixth-floor hottie finally asks her out, she gets more than she bargained for. How can a girl wrap her brain around a Shakespearean actor who writes erotica?

Harry Sackes leads a double life: making a career as an author by day and dipping into the dark underworld of criminals at night. The moment he sees Manda in his twin brother's arms, his whole life becomes his personal Shakespearean trag-comedy of mistaken identity and unrequited love in this fast-paced chick lit romance.

Author Interview:

1.What does your writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start?  Or do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)?  If you plan it out, how do you do that?  Outline, notecards, post-it-notes, etc.?
I have a brilliant flash of an idea…of a book I MYSELF would like to read and go from there. I do a lot more plotting now than I did when I first started my writing journey. But I love and need the whole process to be as organic as possible, less scripted and more from the heart. Plotting helps tighten your story arc, helps scenes flow and makes the whole book more cohesive. Truth be told, I love the whole process.
2. Do you edit as you go, or wait till you're finished before you edit?  How many times would you say you go over it yourself before having another set of eyes look it over?
I believe it’s best to write the book. Just GO and let if FLOW. Write it and come back and fix things later. This gives the writer’s emotions free reign to fully express themselves. If a book is too structured or outlined, and the writer has a strict schedule, it becomes too much like a job. Writing is my creative outlet so when I’m in a recliner with my feet up…words flow. Of course, after the story is done, I write, re-write, have my writing partner tear it apart, then write more. Writing is rewriting. But as a writing teacher once said, “Fiction is about a character in a story with problem.” Starting there is the best advice I’ve ever had.
3.  Are you part of a writers group that gets together and helps each other with their writing?
For many years, I was a member of RWA. I met so many great authors and made connections I still have. I have a core group of people who read and critique my work for overall content, then it’s back to the drawing board. I also had an amazing content and line editor for this book, Kelly Hashway.
4.  How do you come up with your ideas for your stories?
That’s a great question! For The Seer’s Lover, I had a creepy experience late at night in the pharmacy. That’s how The 7 Archangels Series started. I lived in a VERY haunted house and that’s where the idea for First Contact and the Haunts for Sale series started. We had a pet rat and that’s where the idea for Flying Mutant Zombie Rats came from. And after my vivid imagination ran wild during a show at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, NOT FOR ME was born.
5.  How long have you been writing?
As long as I can remember. I was writing poems and stories in elementary school. I sat down to write my first novel in November 2009. The time just felt right. I’ve never looked back and haven’t stopping writing since.
6.  What tips do you have for aspiring writers?
Open your computer. Create a new word document. Type your emotions. Dreams. Ideas. Feelings. Fears. Let the story evolve and grow.
After you write a few chapters, stop and go read anything, everything on how to create a beautiful story. Work with a creative writing teacher. Join a community of authors that write what you write and read each other’s work. Grow and become a better writer and above all else, never stop learning or trying to be better than yesterday.
Then step away and go outside. Walk people. Get in their heads. Ask people questions. A writer shouldn’t exist in a bubble. Even if you write space operas, you can glean so much information from talking to strangers and sitting outside people watching.
7.  How important are names in your books?  Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds, or the meaning?  Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?
 I love looking up the meaning of names. All of my names have been researched and my gut tells me if name fits the character. If the name doesn’t fit the character, I change it until it feels right.
8.   What are your favorite:
I’m a Shakespeare buff…always have been, always will be!
Movies/TV Shows
Star Wars
Ancient Aliens
Anything on Gaia
Rock ‘n’ Roll – I’m an 80’s girl all the way!
Food/Writing snack
Pizza and cupcakes…ahh!

About Kat:
Kat was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she learned to roller skate, ride a banana seat bike, and love Shakespeare. She holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and is happily employed as a retail pharmacist. She is married to her soul mate, composer Lee de Falla and raising four kids together ala the Brady Bunch. The Seer's Lover was Kat's first book and she is working feverishly on four different series at the moment!

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Kat is so much an extravert that she has come full circle and enjoys her alone time as much as her social adventures. Connect with Kat (who does indeed love cats!)

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:
6/11/2018- Cindy's Love of BooksReview
6/11/2018- To Be ReadReview

6/12/2018- Don't Judge, ReadReview
6/12/2018- Eating Between the Lines IncReview

6/13/2018- The BookWorm DrinkethReview
6/13/2018- Mythical BooksGuest Post
6/14/2018- The Layaway DragonSpotlight
6/14/2018- FUONLYKNEWSpotlight

6/15/2018- The Book GirlReview
6/15/2018- Lisa Loves LiteratureInterview

Week Two:
6/18/2018- TheHufflepuffNerdetteReview
6/18/2018- Love in a time of FeminismExcerpt

6/19/2018- BookHounds YAReview
6/19/2018- Confessions of a YA ReaderExcerpt

6/20/2018- Wonder Struck- Spotlight
6/20/2018- A Gingerly ReviewExcerpt

6/21/2018- Sweet Southern HomeExcerpt
6/21/2018- Two Chicks on BooksInterview

6/22/2018- Books a Plenty Book ReviewsSpotlight
6/22/2018- ParajunkeeExcerpt

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Blog Tour Author Interview with Giveaway: Love Scene, Take Two by Alex Evansley

Book info:
Title:  Love Scene, Take Two
Author:  Alex Evansley
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: June 12th, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Debut author Alex Evansley delivers a sweet summer romance in this inventive novel about a young heartthrob and teen author falling in love.
Teddy Sharpe is kind of famous. He might actually be on his way to being really famous, especially if he’d nailed an audition for the lead role in the movie adaption of the newest bestselling young adult book series. There’s just one problem: He totally blew the audition. And he’s stuck in a tiny North Carolina airport. And his maybe-ex-girlfriend kind of just broke up with him.
The weekend isn’t exactly looking good until Bennett Caldwell, author of the very book series he just auditioned for, takes pity on him and invites him to her family’s lake house. Away from the glitz and glam of Hollywood for a few days, Teddy starts to relax . . . and somehow he and Bennett just click. But dating is hard enough when you aren’t the subject of several dozen fanblogs, and the Internet is full of juicy gossip about Teddy and Bennett . . . gossip that Bennett might not be prepared to handle.
Chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, Alex Evansley’s debut novel, written from both Bennett and Teddy’s perspectives, will have teens laughing, swooning, and falling in love along with these fantastically relatable characters.

Author Interview:
1.  What does your writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start?  Or do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)?  If you plan it out, how do you do that?  Outline, notecards, post-it-notes, etc.?  Are you part of a writers group that gets together and helps each other with their writing?

    •    I really wish I had a consistent writing process, but it’s different every time. I pantsed the heck out of Love Scene, Take Two—I honestly didn’t know where it was going until I was at the end. On the other hand, I’ve also written stories with excessively in-depth outlines that involved grid paper Moleskines, 5x10 index cards, storyboarding, and using expo markers on a floor length mirror to write out scenes (don’t ask—that was a weird day lol). I’m not part of a writers group but I am working toward an MFA in Fiction Writing right now, and that experience alone has had an indispensable impact on my writing. 

2.  How do you come up with your ideas for your stories?

    •     I’d say 90% of everything I’ve ever written has been strongly influenced by real life. Most of my ideas come from situations I’ve experienced (or wish I’d experienced) and I’ve noticed that my favorite ideas are the ones that I never would have thought of had I not been in the right place at the right time with the right people. 

3.  How long have you been writing?

    •     The first fiction story I remember writing was in 4th grade Language Arts class, but I didn’t start writing on my own until about 6th grade. 

4.  What tips do you have for aspiring writers? 

    •    Learn the rules of writing now so you’ll know exactly how to break them later. 

5. Can you tell us about how the Swoon Reads  process works?

    •     The coolest thing about Swoon Reads is that there’s no other imprint out there doing what they do. You upload your manuscript to their website; people read and comment and rate the story; and then books are chosen for publication from a mixture of crowdsourcing and the cool peeps up at Swoon HQ. I uploaded my story in April 2016, was offered a contract in July 2016, and it’s honestly been one of the coolest experiences of my life. 

6.  What are your favorite:

    •    Books/authors/genres: Harry Potter, everything Rainbow Rowell has ever written, The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, YA, romantic comedies, dystopian, and anything with magic! 

    •    Movies/TV Shows: Game of Thrones, Friends, The Office, The Walking Dead, Zoey 101 (no shame), Gossip Girl, Silicon Valley 

    •    Music: No joke, I love pretty much everything except for Pop Country and The Doors… But specifically, I love Mumford and Sons, Dave Matthews Band, Led Zeppelin, ODESZA, RAC, Taylor Swift, The Pretty Reckless, Cast Iron Filter, Coconut Records, The Black Keys, Stroke 9, Kid Cudi…if I don’t stop now, I’ll go on forever…

    •    Food/Writing snack: Goldfish and blue Gatorade  

Author Bio:
Alex Evansley is a twenty-something-year-old writer from North Carolina. Her specialized talents include putting on workout clothes and not working out, sleeping during the day, losing socks, and procrastinating stories she’d like to write. Love Scene, Take Two is her debut novel.