The time there were illustrations

Keiko is the one who pushed me to read Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I had requested it, but didn’t get around to reading it until she started hounding me. And by the time I was done, I was so in love with the story. Thankfully, Keiko knew that Nicola was going to have her launch party at Vroman’s. So obviously we were going.

Keiko picked me up at 12:30 and we headed up to Glendale so we could stop and get macarons. We had lunch and got cookies and then finished the drive up to Vroman’s.

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Nicola and her husband got to the store just before 6pm and set up all sorts of goodies. They had wine and macarons and the most adorable cookies with the book cover on them.

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The event started at 6:45 and Nicola talked about the writing.

I’ve wanted to be a writer forever. I actually found a journal that I wrote when I was young and in it, I said I wanted to write. But I forgot. I was good at math and it led me astray.

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This book started when my daughter was young. I wrote between 4-6 am. I wrote from the need to protect her. I wondered what would happen for a girl who had to be protected. The book is for my daughter and the need for diverse books. I’m Jamaican American and my husband is Korean American and I wanted to be able to have my daughter see herself in a book.

Love is a beautiful thing and the potential for loss is so great. My heart walks outside of my body. My daughter goes to preschool and my husband goes to work they are my entire heart. So the book is about love and the risks and what someone would risk for it.

Nicola then read a passage and her husband illustrated part of the scene.

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I wanted Maddy to draw her world. She’s obsessed with Hawaii and I’m obsessed with Hawaii. I wanted the Hawaiian state fish to be a part of it, but I can’t draw so I woke up my husband at 4am and asked him to draw it.

How long did it take to write?

It took 2 1/2 years to write. I quit my job and I figured I would be able to write during normal hours, but I can’t. So I’m back to writing at 4-6.

When you hit a wall, what kept you going?

Life gets comfortable and I sort of forgot about my dream. I knew I wanted to do it, but didn’t want to at the same time. I didn’t want to work in finance any more and that was a huge motivator.

What are you working on now?

I got a 2 book deal with Random House and turned in my first draft in August and I refuse to look at emails until October.

You write in moleskines?

Yes. I write in long hand. I’ve tried to change this and I can’t. I tried to spend some time typing and it didn’t work. I tend to edit myself less when I’m actually writing it out. And every three days, I’ll type it.

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Where do you write?

I’m my office. There aren’t a lot of places open at 4am. I can edit in cafes.

How did it work with David?

We went to grad school together. He reads everything I’ve done. For the book, I would draw a crappy version of what I wanted and then he would make me something beautiful. If you even saw my pictures, you wouldn’t know what it was.
How do you keep the structure?

I have a loose outline. I tend to deviate, but at least I have something. I also have an outtakes file. I could never be a pantser, but I can’t stick to a strict outline either.

How easy or hard was it to get published?

I sort of had a magical experience. My agents are awesome. My road to publishing was different since I had 22 years in finance.

Can you tell us about the movie?

I can’t. There is a writer attached. Knock on wood, you guys. If the book does well, we have a chance. Lots of books get options, but not made.

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How was it writing your second book while promoting your first?

It was torture. It was miserable. When you write the first book, there’s no feedback. It’s a luxury to write. For the second book, there are reviews coming from Amazon and Goodreads and trade reviews and it gets loud in your head.

Have you seen the fish in person?

I have! Turns out it’s the state fish because it’s everywhere.

Do you prefer to write romance?

I really believe in love, so I tend to write about it. I do have an idea for something with no love and all death.

Will you ever incorporate math?

There is some math in this book. I loved programming, it’s a part of me. What I didn’t love about corporate America is the politics.

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What is something surprising about publishing?

The whole thing has been surprising. I didn’t plan to make so many great friends. Everything takes so long. I sold this book 2 years ago and it just came out.

Will your heritage come in any future books?

Book 2 has a Jamaican girl and a Korean boy. We had some relatives just here and I realized that some of my writing cadence was rooted in the fact that I grew up in Jamaica.

Can you talk about diversity?

I’m part of We Need Diverse books and it’s about getting YA books to reflect the diverse world we live in. We need agents and publisher and authors to work on it. There are so many beautiful people and books should reflect that.

The signing started after that and as I stood up to be first, some guy swooped me and then had no idea what he was doing. I got up to Nicola and I told her who I was on Twitter. She laughed and for up and said we needed to hug. So we did. We also took a photo and she thanked me for all of my support and I generally flailed about.

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Keiko made the rounds to say goodbye to the friends she knew and I said bye to Allison and Alison. And then somehow I started chatting with some strangers in line and actually gave out one of my business cards for the blog. *gasp*

Nicola is delightful and her family is the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen. If you haven’t read Everything, Everything, you need to drop what you’re doing and start it immediately.

The time there were debates

When I saw that Josie Angelini was going to be at Mysterious Galaxy, it was a sure thing. And then I saw Mary Pearson was going to be there and it was an excited yes!

Keiko and I got down to MG early {as we do} and had delicious pastries before hitting the bookstore. We got into heated debates with Sam and Leah about Outlander, Once Upon a Time, the use of guyliner, accents, and the most beautiful woman in the world.

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Mary and Josie got to the story early. Mary came over and asked how we went to Disneyland so often. The event started right at 6pm and Mary stated by introducing Josie and then Josie gave the synopsis for Trial by Fire.

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J: I hate my voice on the answering machine and I figured that if I ever met myself from an alternative universe, I would hate her.  Because everyone thinks about alternate universes at 3am, right?

M: That’s what really fascinated me from the beginning. Haven’t we all wondered what would happen if our life was just a little different? It’s like a butterfly effect.

J: At the heart of the story is a lot of nature vs nurture. I think the more interesting thing is whether the character thinks it’s nature vs nurture. Lillian thinks it’s the world and it’s just what she has to do. Lily thinks she’s going to make the universe, that it’s up to her to make the world. It was fun to have the characters to decide which it was.

M: It’s fun because it’s not just Lily with alternate characters.

J: I have a character, Rowan, and he has a half brother who is like the shadowy side of Rowan. But they’re both from the same world. They have the same father, but were raised differently.

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M: You’ve created a fabulous setting. It’s a combination of old and new, sci-fi and feudal. I love the play of opposites. How did you come up with it?

J: I did most of my world building after I created the magic. It’s based on string theory. A witch is a woman who can change matter in her own body. There’s so much energy in matter. What would the world look like with these woman and their abilities.  The world building has to make sense with the magic.

M: I’m often asked about what superpower I would want. It was always flying, but now I would pick mind speak. It makes the people so vulnerable. How did you come up with it?

J: It was part of the magic. I’m a plotter. Before I write page one, I’ve plotted and plotted. The witch is very vulnerable, she can’t leap tall buildings.  The will stones are all about the person’s will. They have to give the other person the permission. It was based on the with trials, the witches were being accused of possessing people and I wondered how possession would actually work.

But trust is necessary. People want to be claimed and the witch wants to claim everyone. She would claim the whole world if she could. There’s this idea of fear. An idea that you could become someone’s meat puppet.

M: Lily has a great relationship with her sister.

J: I have 6 sisters.

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M: Is Juliette based on any of them?

J: She is my sister, Martha. Almost exactly. She was the one who said, do you have money, where are your pants. She would take me on dates with her because I wouldn’t want to be left behind on a Friday night.

M: Is there any technology or magic that is in the books that you wish really existed?

J: I would love for this series of magic to exist as long as I was one of the witches. I like that alternate power source.

M: I kept picturing the glow trees. I loved them.

J: Bio-luminescent trees instead of lampposts.

When did you decide you wanted to write?

I started keeping a journal when I was 10, but I didn’t think I was good enough to write. I went to NYU and TISH and I studied drama and Shakespeare. Everyone told me I was a writer. Half way through school I realized didn’t really like performing.

My husband took me over to my bookshelf and asked me how many screenplays I saw. I said none. And then I realized that I was an author, not a screenwriter.  I was never good enough. I was never smart enough. The first book I wrote sold. You’re good enough. You’re smart enough.

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Are there any other characters based on friends?

Matt from Starcrossed is my friend Matt. When the last book came out, I called him and told him that he was going to die, but he got the girl first. I don’t change people’s names. I just call people and say “I putting you in my book.” It hasn’t bitten me in the ass yet.

What kind of setting do you write in?

Depends on deadline. One is the kitchen table and I put on music and cookies and coffee. When I’m punished, I have a desk that faces the wall. There’s nothing but having to write the book. I got punished a lot with book 3.

M: do you have a certain set of words a day?

J: 1500-2000 a day, but I cut a lot.

M: You’re an outliner.

J: And you’re not.

M: I try. I sort of have premise, but until I know the characters, I don’t know the premise. I’m still getting surprised at things I planted in book 1.

J: I’m more like the gestapo. They go here and do this. And then I completely forgot to write a character to show them there.

M: There’s no plot without characters and no characters without plot.

J: Right. They wouldn’t make the choices to drive the plot if they weren’t who they are.  I think when people have a block in their writing, they don’t have an active villain. I found these books through my villain.

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What is your favorite book?

M: Just one?

Or a cover you like?

M: YA is pretty amazing right now. There are so many good books. There was a time when you could just name one or two, but I can look over there and see The Wrath and the Dawn and I just love the end papers and you open it up and there’s the girl.

J: There was the girl in the dress. And then the symbol, like The Hunger Games. I like the idea of a trilogy and all 3 covers line up and make a complete photo. I’m so tired of the girl in the dress. The genre just got validated and there’s so many good writers out there. I’ve never really looked at covers. It’s all about the stories.

M: I’m all about the cover. I have an art background. I always want to see the cover and have input. In fact when I was here, we talked about book 3 and the color and what she would be wearing and I submitted all of that to the designer.

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M: I love Rowan. He’s a great book boyfriend. Are there any heroes that you love?

J: Do you know the TV show The Borgias? There was that dirty, underhanded guy who was gay and I just loved him. He was evil and would kill people and you found out later that it was all about loyalty. That’s how you build a character.

J: Who are your favorite book boyfriends? {this is when everyone looked at me}.

I said Noah Shaw and I had to explain my love for him.

From there, it was time for the signing. I had gotten books from SDCC, so I went up with Keiko to get her books signed.

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We chatted about our love for the Starcrossed series.  And then I saw Mary trying to take photos and I started backing away.  I said that I didn’t like to be on the internet and she laughed saying that I preferred to be the mystery blogger.

I have a serious love for the books that Josie and Mary have written and these two ladies couldn’t be more lovely.  Definitely go see them if you get a chance and absolutely buy everything they’ve written.

The time it was a monthly wrap up {3}

Hi guys! *waves* Here we are for the August wrap up and holy shit, where did summer go? Here in San Diego, it’s still hitting the high 90s every day and I’m beyond ready for winter weather.  Or what constitutes our winter weather…I really want some rain.

Anyhoo.  Here’s the recap for the month!

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What did I read?

I read a total of 24 books.

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One of the books was Vicarious by Paula Stokes.  It releases in 2016 and I’m just blown away by what she created in that book. I can’t wait for you guys to get your hands on it.

What did I get?

I got a few pretties in the mail this month: Dark Wild Night by Christina Lauren and Concentra8 by William Sutcliffe from the publishers. I won Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy from Epic Reads and The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagtch from Novl.  Annnd, the ever so lovely Kristina {aka: @gone_pecan} sent me an arc of Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon so I could have all of the copies.

I also had a mini meltdown at the new 2016 books that HC put up on EW.   There are a lot of gooooood titles that I know I won’t be waiting until next year to read.

What did I do?

Interviews:

Fangirled over:

Special stuff:

What’s coming up in September:

  • Interviews with Leila Sales, Emma Mills, Sarah Prineas, and Mackenzi Lee
  • Fangirling over Josie Angelini, Nicola Yoon, Andrew Smith, Kunal Nayyar, Aaron Hartzler, Paul Dini, and maybe a road trip to Arizona to see Erin Bowman and Rae Carson
  • Stuck in a Good Book hop
  • Long Beach Comic-Con

Sadly, I had to cancel my tattoo appointment, but I’m going to be making a new appointment for either the end of September or the beginning of October.

What about you? How was your August? What was your favorite read?

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Tell me everything.

The time it was about Everything, Everything

I had heard a little buzz about Everything, Everything by the time I had gotten around to reading it.  I try to ignore the hype because it usually ruins things for me, but Everything, Everything delivered like whoa.  After I was done losing my mind all over Nicola, she ever so nicely agreed to do an interview.

Before we get to her answers, let’s check out the book.

18692431My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Sounds good, right?

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Where did the idea for Everything, Everything come from?

I started writing Everything, Everything when my daughter was just four months old. I was a very nervous new mom and I worried about lots of things. I worried about her getting a cold, eating dirt (!), falling down and hitting her head. Newborns can be so fragile and my protective instincts were going crazy. It got me thinking about what life would be like for a girl who needed protection for her whole life. What would that do to her relationship with her mom? How would their relationship change as that little girl grew up?

Why do you love Maddy and Olly and why should we root for them?

I love both Maddy & Olly for the same reasons: they both maintain hope in the face of overwhelming obstacles.

What was the weirdest thing you googled while doing research?

Decontamination chambers!

Describe Everything, Everything in five words.

Is love worth risking everything?

Speed {ish} round:

You get the call/email/letter that says you’re being published for the first time.  Describe the next five minutes.

I was getting on a plane to go to Hawaii on vacation with my husband and daughter. My agent called just as the flight attendants were telling us we had to turn off our phones. There was no internet on the plane so I had to wait for another 6 hours to find out that I had an offer! The wait was pure torture!

What three things would you take to a desert island?

Besides my husband and my daughter, I’d take a lot of tea, my kindle and a notebook for writing.

You can only read one book for the rest of your life. What is it?

Oh, this a really evil question! It’s too hard! It’s too hard! OK, if I really have to choose, it would be The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Who are your favorite swoony boys/girls?

Too many to list so I’ll just choose two: Ethan Hawke as Troy Dyer in Reality Bites, John Cho as Harold in Harold and Kumar.

You wake up and discover that you are Bella in Twilight.  You know how it plays out.  What do you do differently? {Huge thanks to Bookish Broads for letting me use this question!}

There’d be no agonizing trying to decide between Jacob and Edward. Edward all the way!!

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Everything, Everything is her first novel.
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Huge thanks to Nicola for dealing with my flails taking the time. Make sure you’re checking out her website, following her on Twitter and Tumblr, and adding all of her books to your Goodreads TBR.

Now.  Haven’t had a chance to get your greedy hands on a copy? I’ve got one up for grabs! I’m going to try my best to get an extra signed copy next week when I see her, but if I don’t the book will be coming from TBD.  Either way, the contest is international and additional giveaway rules are here.

**Good Luck!!**

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The time it was about A Whole New World

I was really excited about the idea of an Aladdin retelling, so I couldn’t sign up fast enough to be part of the blog tour for A Whole New World by Liz Braswell.

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Before we get to Liz’s interview, let’s check out the book!

24397040Welcome to a new YA series that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways. Each book asks the question: What if one key moment from a familiar Disney film was changed? This dark and daring version of Aladdin twists the original story with the question: What if Jafar was the first one to summon the Genie?

When Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish.To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed Princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war.

What happens next? A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.

Sounds good, right?

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Jasmine needed to do something really great. Something befitting a future Sultana who has a tiger for a best friend. And Agrabah is a fascinating place…it needed to be explored properly and have its own arc. Plus, if you’re looking for an unexpected twist, Jafar getting the Genie is pretty good!

How are your Aladdin and Jasmine different from the Aladdin and Jasmine we’re familiar with?

It’s not a question of them being different; it’s more that in a book you can get inside their heads and see how their thought processes lead to the actions or dialogue they eventually pursue. And because we get to spend more leisurely time with them, we get to see them grow as people. By the end of the book Aladdin is still charming, nimble, and optimistic…but he’s also wiser, a little more serious, and learning how to rely on people other than just himself and Abu.

What makes a good villain and how did you incorporate that into the story?

That’s like asking what makes good art. Everyone has a different answer: being prone to unspeakable acts of violence, having a sense of humor, possessing unexpected depths, flaunting devilishly good looks… Jafar made a pretty great, villain in the movie—he certainly dressed the part. I just made him a bit more psychotic.

Where there any scenes that had to be cut that you wish could have stayed?

The one where Jasmine and Aladdin manage to solve all of the crises in the Middle East. That was a real shame; I feel like someone should have read it… Ah, well. Deleted forever.

Describe A Whole New World in 5 words.

Fun! Luscious! Exotic! Also nostalgic!

Speed [ish] round:

You get the call/email/letter that says you’re being published for the first time. Describe the next 5 minutes.

GAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
(continue for five minutes)

What three things would you take to a desert island?

Water purifier/desalination rig

Tinder kit

Magic lamp

You can only read one book for the rest of your life. What is it?

Grimm’s Fairy Tales! So many! So large! Win!

Who are your favorite swoony boys/girls?

Mr. Rochester.

Coster-Waldau. I’m more Jaime Lannister than Jon Snow.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Wait, is that weird?

My husband! Mainly ‘cause I’m totally gonna diss him in the next question.

What is the one thing about publishing you wish someone would have told you?

You know what? I wish the opposite. I’m married to a publisher and I wish he would just shut up about all the publishing things. Sometimes I wish I married a farmer. Really, an author doesn’t need to hear day in and day out about good deals, bad deals, pricing issues, marketing ideas, marketing debacles, the fine art of calculating returns, the hoary ends of remainders, and how annoying authors can be.

Also? Do NOT get into an ART vs MONEY philosophical debate with a publisher, especially one you have to get up next to in the morning. It will only make everyone cranky.

You wake up and discover you are Bella in Twilight. You know how it plays out. What do you do differently? {Huge thanks to Bookish Broads for letting me use this question}

First, I immediately go down to the local True Value and buy every last hardwood stake they have. Then…

I kid! Sort of.

What I would do differently is HAVE SAFE SEX. Seriously. No unprotected sex. All right, weird note to end on. But it’s the truth.

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LizBraswell_HDFull time author, under the name Tracy Lynn. And Celia Thomson. And J. B. Stephens. And E.J. Braswell. But mainly Tracy Lynn.

Her series “The Nine Lives of Chloe King” has been adapted into a TV show by ABC Family.

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Huge thanks to the ladies at Rockstar Book tours for the invite and to Liz for taking the time. Make sure you’re checking out her website, following her on Twitter, liking her Facebook page, and adding all of her books to your Goodreads TBR shelf.

Definitely check out the rest of the tour for more goodies and keep scrolling for an awesome giveaway!

**Good Luck!!**

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The time it was about the Get Real pre-order giveaway

I think everyone knows of my love for Tellulah Darling and her wonderful words, right? She’s got a new book coming out next month and she’s got a pretty awesome pre-order giveaway set up.

Before we get to the goodies, let’s check out the new book.

25479922Francesca Bellafiore is a good Jewish girl, living up to family expectations that she use her magic to heal others. Underneath, she’s a wannabe badass with her heart set on becoming a detective and solving magical crimes. But nice girls don’t disappoint their moms.

Party boy Rafael Muñoz does everything possible to publicly disappoint his high profile father. Privately, it’s a different story. His carefully crafted bad boy reputation masks the fact he’s a master illusionist, forced into solo covert ops. The role is wearing thin and Rafael longs to be part of a team.

When Francesca meets Rafael at a friend’s party, she’s taken by the sexy stranger. Until he speaks. Beautiful plumage doesn’t compensate for spectacular ego. Rafael finds Francesca’s sweetness a turn-on. For about five minutes. Judgmental golden girls are more trouble than they’re worth. Then a terrified girl with reality warping powers, locked and loaded on their destruction, whisks the pair to Manhattan. Francesca and Rafael are caught in a web of magic, minions, secrets, and enough sexual tension to power NYC. Desperate to prove themselves, their only chance to save the city and survive is to team up, trust each other–and maybe even fall in love.

Provided they don’t kill each other first.

Sounds good, right? I am so excited to read this one.   And now I’ll let Tellulah explain how this is going to work!

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Hello, lovelies!

Back in June, I promised everyone who pre-ordered Get Real a treat, now it’s time to deliver. This is the book of my heart and I’m so excited for it to get out into the world.

And it’s as easy as 1-2-3!

FROM AUGUST 25 UNTIL SEPTEMBER 25, 2015 (because the book releases on September 26):

  1. Take a screenshot or photo of your Get Real pre-order receipt.
  2. Email it to me at td@tellulahdarling.com.
  3. Let me email you my exclusive original romantic comedy short story Better Than Chocolate. (4 out of 5 hopeless romantics agree it’s filled with sass and swoon. Plus it’s totally stand-alone with no connection to any of her existing worlds.)

That’s it! It’s that simple.

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!!!

BOOK PIMP SPECIAL! The first 50 people to:

  1. Convince a friend to pre-order Get Real.
  2. Tell the friend to send their screenshot/photo to td@tellulahdarling.com for their short story and mention your name as their book pimp.
  3. Will receive from me (in thanks for book pimpage) one of these limited edition (first 50 people part) truly awesome wristbands, containing a quote by the very swoony Rafael. Look. Here’s a photo of one:

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You get the entire quote – half on one side of the bracelet and half on the other.

And I’ll autograph it for you.

Need a copy? Get Real is available until the release date at the following retailers for pre-order: Amazon | iTunesKobo

So get ordering and get your fab swag today. All the good karma in the universe to you for spreading the word about Get Real.

xo

Tellulah

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So there you have it! And make sure you’re checking out Tellulah’s website, following her on Twitter, liking her Facebook page, and adding all of her books to your Goodreads TBR shelf.

Now, go forth and pre-order!!

The time it was Top Ten Tuesday {6}

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Let’s just disregard the fact that today is Wednesday…

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This week’s topic is: Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors

1. Michelle Hodkin — She had me at the first page of Unbecoming, but throw in Noah Shaw {he’s mine, I have proof} and I’m like putty in her hands.  Mindfuckery is one of my favorite things to read and Michelle is a master of it.  I can’t wait to see what she puts out next.

2. A.G. Howard — I’ve always loved Alice in Wonderland and Anita’s retelling is creepy and delicious.  Not to mention, she created a delicious boy who should always be wet. {Jeb is mine, I have proof}. Anita spoils me and I’ve been able to beta read a few of the upcoming things she’s got happening.  Let me assure you that all of her words are magic.

3. Tamara Ireland Stone — I got a copy of Time Between Us at ALA years ago.  I picked it up on a whim and absolutely fell in love with Bennett the story and characters that she created.  She was already 100% on my auto-buy list, but then Every Last Word came out and I just don’t have words for what she’s given us.  Definitely check it out. Oh, and Bennett is mine, I have proof.

4. Susan Dennard — Zombies + a kick ass heroine + Daniel = sign me up forever. Sooz’s Something Strange and Deadly series is one of my top five favorites. I will {and have} read her grocery list.

5. Megan Erickson — With Megan’s books, there’s always a guarantee for great MCs and a HEA: two requirements in the books I love.  I can’t recommend her stories enough.

6. Paula Stokes — I enjoyed Paula’s words when she was writing as Fiona Paul, but her voice has really come to life when she’s writing under her own name. I adore Liars Inc. and The Art of Lainey {Micah is mine, I have proof}, but her 2016 book Girl Against the Universe is perfection. Be sure to add it to your TBR.

7. Kasie West, Emery Lord, Stephanie Perkins — Sure, they’re different people, but all three ladies write the best contemporary books out there.  We all know how picky I am about contemp and they never disappoint.

8. Elizabeth Norris — Time traveling boy who includes the f-bomb when saying ILY? Yes. Please.  It’s been a while since she’s had something come out, but I’m beyond excited to see what it is.

9. Brighton Walsh — I think I’ve expressed my undying love and affection for Brighton, yes? Just go get everything she has written.  Now.

10. Veronica Rossi — Doesn’t matter if she’s writing under Veronica or as part of Noelle August, she’s always a must read.

11. Sarah J. Maas — I mean, obvs.

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This was a bit easy for me because I have a shelf on GR for the authors I will forever read. Okay, so maybe I cheated, but with a list like that, who could blame me?

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Who are some of your auto-buy authors?