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CORA CARMACK SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Fans of Cora Carmack’s Rusk University, we have a SUPER exciting announcement: ALL CLOSED OFF, Book 4 in the Rusk University Series, is coming!!!Check out this message from Cora!
*WARNING: This letter contains spoilers for All Broke Down. If you haven't yet read that book, read at your own peril. SECOND WARNING: this letter talks about fictional characters as if they are real people. Sorry I'm not sorry. THIRD WARNING: The letter below broaches a serious topic that could be a trigger for some people*


Hello beloved readers! 

The first person who read one of my Rusk University books was my older sister. I gave her All Lined Up when I finished, and her first question was "Are Ryan and Stella going to be together?" 

At the time, I told her no. I had plans for both of them that included their own storylines. I thought they were too much alike. They'd make great friends. They might even hook-up, but in the end... I couldn't envision anything serious for them. So I actua…

#OpenLetterToMyYASelf

Thank you Ginger over at GReads for putting An Open Letter to My YA Self together and inviting me to take part.



Dear Teenage Jen,

If I could give you a few pieces of advice to help you through these years, I would tell you...

Be yourself. All the time in every situation. Stop trying to be who you think every one wants you to be. You'll only wear yourself out. There is only one you. Learn to love her, flaws and all. 

Guard your heart. In friendship and in love. I wish I could tell you those friends and that boy are still around, especially after promising forever, but they're not. And you're better off for it.* 

Look for the funny in every situation. Smile more. Life doesn't always go the way you think it will. Learning to laugh at yourself and the situation will make the painful times easier to bear.



Know when to ask for help. Teenagering is hard. So is Adulting. Weakness is not admitting a struggle or asking for help, that's bravery. You are only weak when you keep i…

BLOG TOUR + GIVEAWAY: Still Waters by Ash Parsons

Author: Ash Parson
Publication: April 21, 2015
By: Philomel Books
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A gritty, powerful debut that evokes The Outsiders. You won't be able to look away.

High school senior Jason knows how to take a punch. Living with an abusive father will teach a kid that. But he’s also learned how to hit back, earning a reputation at school that ensures no one will mess with him. Even so, all Jason truly wants is to survive his father long enough to turn eighteen, take his younger sister, Janie, and run away.

Then one day, the leader of the in crowd at school, Michael, offers to pay Jason to hang out with him. Jason figures Michael simply wants to be seen with someone with a tough rep and that the money will add up fast, making Jason’s escape plan a reality. Plus, there’s Michael’s girl, Cyndra, who looks at Jason as if she sees something behind his false smile. As Jason gets drawn deeper into Michael’s game, the money keeps flowing, but the stakes grow ever mo…

RT TEEN Day Giveaway!

The Romantic Times (RT) Booklovers Convention is just around the corner, and a ton of YA authors will be there! Saturday, May 16th, is TEEN DAY at RT, and in addition to the Giant Book Fair, there will panels, games, and parties! If that's not enough, 100 Young Adult authors will be signing in YA alley at the Giant Book Fair! Trust us, you don't want to miss this year's amazing lineup. 
Some of the authors attending TEEN DAY include: Meg CabotKiera CassScott WesterfeldTamora PierceLauren OliverKami GarciaMargaret StohlRichelle MeadJennifer L. ArmentroutMelissa de la CruzAlyson NoelBecca FitzpatrickAnd many more! Fans will be able to purchase autographed copies of the author's latest books at the Book Fair. To attend this event, purchase a Teen Day pass. The cost of the ticket is $30. Check out the Full Teen Day workshop schedule. For more information on Teen Day, please go here. Don't forget to register! Be sure to follow the Teen Day Instagram @RTTeenDay & Facebo…

BLOG TOUR: Jack: The True Story of Jack & the Beanstalk by Liesl Shurtliff

~ About the Book ~Author: Liesl Shurtliff
Publication: April 14th 2015 
By: Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Jack has always been told that giants are not real. But if that’s the case, how do you explain the huge, foot shaped pond in the yard, or the occurrence of strange and sudden storms in which the earth quakes and dirt rains from the sky? When his father is carried away in such a storm, Jack gives chase in the only logical way: by trading the family cow for some magic beans that will give him access to a land beyond the clouds. He arrives to find that the giants themselves have giant-sized troubles. With the help of an overachieving little sister, a magic goose and a chatty cook (who is not interested in grinding human bones into bread, thank you very much!) Jack sets out to save his dad and save the day.


~ My Thoughts ~Very well done! I loved the characters, the setting, the subtle changes (ex. not all giants are evil), and how it ties into the o…

BLOG TOUR: Need Me by Tessa Bailey

~ About the Book~ Series:Broke and Beautiful #2 Author: Tessa Bailey Publication: April 21, 2015 By: Avon Impulse Amazon | B&N | Goodreads 
4.5 Stars!
When Honey Perribow traded in her cowboy boots for stilettos and left her small Kentucky town to attend Columbia University, she never expected to find a dirt-cheap apartment or two new best friends. No stranger to hard work, Honey’s sole focus is a medical degree...until she sees newly-minted Professor, Ben Dawson, and her concentration is hijacked. Honey is fascinated by her gorgeous, young English professor and vows to find a crack his tweed-wearing, glasses-clad exterior. 

While at an off campus party, an accident lands Ben in a dark, locked closet with a sexy-sounding southern belle...and their chemistry is explosive. But when he discovers that the girl in his arms is the same beautiful student he can’t stop thinking about, he is stunned. Student-teacher relationships are strictly forbidden…yet no matter how hard he tries,…