Hey everyone! If you’re new around here, you may not know the deep and abiding love I have for all things Roan Parrish! Her books? AMAZING! Even the audio (which takes a lot for me to say as I just have some sort of mental block that disallows listening to books but for her…I could listen for hours and hours)! Today we’re celebrating the release of Roan’s newest audiobook, Where We Left Off, with a giveaway! Featuring the vocal talents of Spencer Goss this is one audiobook you do not want to miss! So read all about it and enter the quickie giveaway below for your chance to hear it!
Hey book friends! Judith here!
Now as some of you might have seen, the Carinvale/Mardi Gras anthology, Follow Me Into Darkness, got a reboot this week in honor of its one year anniversary. ONE YEAR! A year that flew by so oddly fast that I can’t really remember much of it though a few solid, exciting things do stand out:
In honor of all these amazing things, the Follow Me Into Darkness crew has a giveaway plus a MEGA SALE on the book itself. 99 cents won’t get you a cup of coffee anymore (I mean, really Starbucks? 2.33 for a cup of coffee?!) but it will get you five diverse stories about people trying to take off their masks and just live. So enter the giveaway, buy the book, and take off your masks right along with us.
Links to buy Follow Me Into Darkness for only 99 cents:
Giveaway starts 12 am on 2/26/17 and ends at 12 am on 3/6/17. Giveaway prizes: 1 of 3 (three) $5 Amazon Gift Cards and 1 of 2 (two) e-copies of a backlist book by one of the Follow Me Into Darkness authors. 5 chances to win!
Praise for Follow Me Into Darkness:
“The end was both expected and unexpected; this story has settled in my chest, a lingering ache.” author Jude Sierra, from her review at From Top To Bottom Reviews.
“I desperately need more of this in my life!” El, from her review at Just Love Reviews.
“Five queer romances taking place during Mardi Gras will grip readers in a way that’ll have them on the edge of their seats — and begging these authors for their full stories.” From the review at RT Book Reviews.
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Now it’s no secret that I’m a rabid Jordan C Price lover: she has so much talent and so much energy and so many crazy, fantastical, wonderful stories inside her that you can’t NOT be a fan. She’s one highly engaging writer of urban fantasy and these ideas she gets? Well…let’s just say that I’d be hard pressed to name anyone of any era who can match her there.
One idea she had – for a reader interactive story where characters were voted out as the story progressed – became the novel we know today as Magic Mansion. Don’t know it? Well, let me break it down for you:
Professor Topaz is tired of fending off advice that he should retire in Vegas where magicians his age have an easier time finding work.
Ricardo Hart’s career has sunk so low, he’s resorted to shaking his moneymaker at bachelorette parties.
But there’s a casting call for a new reality show called Magic Mansion that could change everything for these two gay stage magicians, one recovering from the loss of his partner, and the other awe-struck by the presence of his idol. Each is poised for a critical second chance: at fame, and at love.
Who will win? Step into the Mansion, and find out….
Release Day Extravaganza Organized by: Liz
I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this anthology a few weeks back, and after I finished it, I felt like I was in a bit of a daze and also floating on the happiest bubble into a rainbow. This collection of stories, the proceeds from which are all going to benefit The Trevor Project, felt almost monumental to me. Some stories are bigger in scope than others, but all are so human and touching and every single one of them is affirming in a way I wish I could have had when I was in high school.
So, we thought about how best to showcase this wonderful anthology, and decided that hey, a giveaway is a beautiful thing. A TRIPLE giveaway? Even better. All money goes to charity? Sound the trumpets!
It’s time for an Extravaganza!
Hello all you lucky Sutphin Boulevard lovers: I have the BEST stop on Santino Hassell’s blog tour because I get to share an exclusive scene from the book. Only this scene? It was deleted cause it was too sexy. I’m serious. From Santino’s mouth to your ears, there was too much sex and this scene was the casualty. Good thing I convinced him to share it with the world cause HOLY–
…well, you be the judge?
(and just as a precaution, this is totally an 18+ scene so, you’ve been warned!)
In case you hadn’t noticed, I Love YA Fiction is looking a little…different? Unusual? Completely not the same at all? Whatever word(s) you choose, it’s true! There’s been a complete site overhaul and now you’re looking at the new, improved, gloriously, more aptly named: BINGE ON BOOKS!
*throws confetti* *shouts* *plasters a big smile on and opens arms wide to all the guests* Welcome to the new site! We’re still just as cool and fun as before but now we can more comfortably talk about the books and book news that you enjoy. It’s a win for everyone! And you know what I have to do whenever there’s big news on the site…
Help! I’m leaving on a three week vacation and have absolutely nothing to read. Hard to conceive of but true. So here’s a fun way for me to get recs and a lucky winner to get a free book!
Here’s the deal:
You: leave the name and author of a great book you recently read. When I say great, I mean just that – I want something that wowed you; made you think about the characters long after it was over; made you wish that you knew the author so you could storm over to her home and then beg her to write a sequel.
Me: I’ll take your recs and get great reads for my trip *plus* I’ll gift one lucky reader a free e-copy of any book recommended (your choice!).
So start recommending away! Winner will be picked Tuesday around 9 pm.
Happy, happy release day to Rebekah Crane, one of our fave authors! Aspen, which you may remember us reviewing back in March is out today and you could win a copy! Details later.
We’re really excited to share this book with you and if you don’t know what Aspen is all about, then here’s the blurb:
One quiet night in Boulder, Colorado, Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor made a mistake.
In the next instant, her life changed forever.
Aspen doesn’t want to remember the devastating car accident that killed Katelyn Ryan, a sleek-haired popular soccer player. But forgetting is hard– because Katelyn may have died — but she didn’t leave. Her ghost is following Aspen around, and heading into senior year, it’s kind of a problem. Especially when Katelyn’s gorgeous former boyfriend Ben appears to be the only person at school with a clue as to how Aspen feels.
Popularity, college, Homecoming Court, hot guys – none of these things ever mattered to Aspen. She’s been busy trying to rein in her giant mass of blonde curls, keep her stoner mother Ninny away from Toaster, her mom’s awful bongo drumming boyfriend, and prevent her best friends Kim and Cass from killing – or kissing – one another. But with Ben sitting next to her in Physics looking all too gorgeous, Katelyn’s spirit dogging her steps, and her obsessive snow-globe collecting therapist begging her to remember all the things she wants to forget, Aspen is thrust into a vivid, challenging world she can’t control … and doesn’t want to.
A darkly funny, emotionally gripping story of opening up, letting go, and moving on, ASPEN is about the best-worst accident of your life … and what comes next.
One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of ASPEN and $25 Amazon gift card (US/CA only).
***Any contestant that uses dummy or contest only accounts to enter will be disqualified.***
If you want ANOTHER chance to win some swag:
Purchase and review ASPEN on Amazon by June 22, 2014 to enter to win 2 tie-dye scarves, 1 t-shirt from Moe’s Broadway Bagel in Boulder, Grateful Dead stickers, a signed copy of PLAYING NICE and a signed annotated copy ASPEN, plus $25 Amazon gift card.
Good luck everyone!
Rebekah Crane fell in love with YA literature while studying Secondary English Education at Ohio University. After having two kids, living in six different cities, and finally settling down in the foothills of her beloved Rocky Mountains, her first novel, PLAYING NICE, was published. ASPEN, her second YA novel, set in Boulder, CO, is due to release in summer 2014 from In This Together Media. She now spends her day carpooling kids or tucked behind a laptop at 7,500 ft high in the Rockies, where the altitude only enhances the experience.
Fancy an excerpt? Oh go on…
I swallow hard, trying to wet my dry mouth as someone takes the seat next to me. The bell needs to ring now to save me from further conversation. I scoot my chair over, the room and all its occupants slowly closing in on me—and then my neighbor’s head of messy black hair catches my eye. My stomach drops to the floor.
“Why are you sitting next to me?” I snap.
It’s Ben Tyler. Katelyn’s Ben. His eyebrows are pulled high on his forehead, his eyes wide.
“Taylor and Tyler. I guess Mr. Salmon did the seating chart by last name.” Ben says it like I’m interrogating him and he’s nervous he might give me the wrong answer.
“Oh.” Tingles flood my hands and I shake them out at my side. All around the room, people are looking at me. My cheeks heat with embarrassment. I’d get up and ask Mr. Salmon to change my seat, but then I’d get even more attention. People would start to wonder why I don’t want to sit next to Ben Tyler. Hotty Ben. The grieving, perfect boyfriend of the dead Katelyn Ryan. Me getting up is how rumors start. Suzy tells Olivia who tells Sophia who tells Claire that I didn’t want to sit next to Ben, and by the end of the week, everyone is talking about it.
I slink down in my seat, wishing I could disappear into the floor. “I hate eyes,” I whisper to myself.
“Don’t sweat it. I get that a lot, too,” Ben whispers out of the corner of his mouth. Only one side of his face curls into a smile, like he can’t force himself to pull the other cheek any higher. I feel the same way most days.
Then it hits me. People aren’t staring at me; they’re staring at us.
“I’m sorry.” I force a two-cheek smile. “I’m an ass.”
Ben huffs out a laugh. A scar runs through his right eyebrow, another across his left cheek. But even with the imperfections on his face, he looks handsome. I count all the colors in his eyes. Yellow, green, brown, flecks of blue.
“Aspen,” Ben says. “You don’t need to apologize to me.”
I saw him at the hospital that night. He was sitting in a chair, his head in his hands, while Mr. and Mrs. Ryan talked to a doctor in purple scrubs with a colorful sleeve tattoo down her right arm. The scrubs looked more like a costume than a uniform. Mrs. Ryan had her hand on Ben’s shoulder. Even with a face full of tears, he was beautiful.
At one point, he looked at me from across the emergency room. I was sitting in a bed, waiting for Ninny. My head was bandaged, and my leg was in a splint. I was even wearing one of those terrible gowns that open in the back so everyone can see your ass. As Ben stared at me, I kept seeing him and Katelyn in the halls. The whole school knew when they started dating sophomore year, because all of a sudden Katelyn went from the girl who played soccer really well to the girl who held Ben Tyler’s hand in the hallway.
We stared at each other for so long that eventually it got awkward. I asked the nurse to pull the curtain closed.
Ben doesn’t say anything else to me during class. Mr. Salmon goes over the syllabus for the year and then says he’s retiring in the spring and plans to be sick a lot.
“Nothing’s new in physics anyway,” Mr. Salmon says. “Gravity is still gravity.” He sits down behind his desk, takes a swig of his coffee, and tells us to “read or something.” Maybe I won’t fail after all.
When the class ends, Ben walks out of the room without another look in my direction.
Today, we’re very happy to be a part of the blog tour for L.M. Augustine’s new release, Two Roads. If you don’t know anything about this NA read about coming to terms with who you are and who you love, you are in for a wild ride! Plus a giveaway!
6 days only. That’s right. Only 6 measly days until you can get your hands on the 7th and last book in JL Armentrout’s legendary Half Blood series! Sentinel will be out on November 2nd and to celebrate it’s a week of awesome build up to the release. Today is officially Half-Blood day here at I Love YA Fiction and we thought it’d be fun to repost a hilariously irreverent interview featuring Seth and Aiden (as imagined by Ellen and Judith) + our Half-Blood review from a while back. We’ll also give you an opportunity to win a $200 gift card (to buy more books obviously…and maybe share with Judith? No? Hey! I like free books too!)