Tuesday, June 30, 2015

BADASS AUTHOR, ANGELA V. COOK

Angela V. Cook lives a very unexciting, but never boring, life with her husbandand two children just outside of Detroit. Like most writers, she’s been making up stories for as long as she can remember and can’t imagine a life that doesn’t involve creating worlds.

Angela loves to write novels for teens because it’s the best outlet for her sarcastic personality, immature sense of humor, and love of romantic firsts. Her idea of the perfect day involves a quiet house, a good book, and a piece of cheesecake. Or two.

Now, let's get to know this badass:

What is your favorite word?
Buffet (#foodie).

What is your least favorite word?
That dreaded “P” word for female underwear—blick!

What sound or noise do you love?
I love that little, hard-to-describe noise babies make when their drinking from a bottle/being nursed (kind of like a grunt, but not really).
  
What sound or noise do you hate?
Oh, dear Lord… I could write a book on this topic. Let’s see… toenails being clipped (especially at work), popping jaws (it’s a thing), whining (from kids AND adults), noisy eaters (unless they’re babies—see above), and my husband’s snoring.
  
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Broadway performer. Well, you know, if I could actually sing, dance, or act.
 
What profession would you not like to do?
Again, another long list, but off the top of my head, I’d hate to be one of those people who have to suck out septic tanks.

What is your favorite color Popsicle?
Popsicles always remind me of being eight years old and sick with strep throat, but if I had to choose, I’d pick red.

Sprinklers or Slip N Slide?
Sprinklers—no doubt. Have you ever attempted a Slip N Slide as an adult? I was sore for days afterwards, and I’m pretty sure I cracked a rib.

Favorite John Hughes Movie?
Pretty in Pink!

Last song you listened to?
“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper. I know… #Random

What book do you wish you would have written because it’s just that good?
ELEANOR AND PARK by Rainbow Rowell. All those FEELS! Love it!

In one sentence or less, what does every aspiring author need to know?
Getting people interested in your book is easy; convincing them to actually buy it is DAMN HARD!

RIGHT?! BAD.ASS

Now, here's a little about the book Angela's contributing to the SPELLS, SPIRITS and SWOONS, OH MY! Prize pack:
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Allison McKready is a succubus. So is her twin sister. But while Allison spends her summer break hiding in the library behind her Goth makeup, Jade fools around as often as she can. Allison can’t believe Jade would ignore their mother’s fatal example so recklessly, but concealing a cursed bloodline and its dangerous effects is far from Allison’s only problem. Mean girl Julie’s snob mob is determined to ruin her summer, and Aunt Sarah’s Bible thumping is getting louder. Only her new friend, Ren Fisher, offers safe haven from the chaos of her life.

When one of Jade’s risky dates leads to humiliation and sudden tragedy, Allison reels, and Ren catches her. But as her feelings for him grow, so does her fear that she’ll hurt him—or worse—in an unguarded moment. The choice is coming—love him or save him—but Allison might not live to make it. One way or another, the curse will have its due.

Angela loves hanging with her readers, so start stalking her on her website, Twitter and Facebook, and be sure to add her to your Goodreads list.

Now, ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!

*Many thanks to James Lipton for letting me steal sharing his awesome interview questions*  

Saturday, June 27, 2015

BADASS AUTHOR, TONYA KUPER


Tonya Kuper is the author of ANOMALY, a YA scifi, released 11/14 by Entangled Teen. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her two boys and husband. Tonya is a pop culture nerd, a Star Wars freak, and a big Sherlock fan.

Now, let's get to know this badass:


What is your favorite word? 
kerfuffle (it’s fun to say)
What is your least favorite word? 
necessary (I can never spell it)
What sound or noise do you love? 
my kids laughing
What sound or noise do you hate? 
anyone crying
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
music DJ   
What profession would you not like to do?
housekeeper
What is your favorite color Popsicle?
pink
Sprinklers or Slip N Slide?
sprinklers
Favorite John Hughes Movie?
Sixteen Candles
Last song you listened to?
Dead Inside by Muse
What book do you wish you would have written because it’s just that good?
Hunger Games
In one sentence or less, what does every aspiring-author need to know?
Working toward the goal of publication takes patience, practice, and perseverance.



Yup. BADASS. 

Now, here's a peek at ANOMALY which is included in the MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU prize pack: 
Click here for a full list of prize packs



Worst. Birthday. Ever.

My first boyfriend dumped me – happy birthday, Josie!- my dad is who knows where, I have some weird virus that makes me want to hurl, and now my ex is licking another girl’s tonsils. Oh, and I’m officially the same age as my brother was when he died. Yeah, today is about as fun-filled as the swamps of Dagobah. But then weird things start happening…
Like I make something materialize just by thinking about it.

When hot badass Reid Wentworth shows up on a motorcycle, everything changes. Like, everything. Who I am. My family. What really happened to my brother. Existence. I am Oculi, and I have the ability to change reality with my thoughts. Now Reid, in all his hotness, is charged with guiding and protecting me as I begin learning how to bend reality. And he’s the only thing standing between me and the secret organization that wants me dead…


 Stalk Tonya on her on her website, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter or Instagram and be sure to add her to your Goodreads list!

NOW, ENTER THE CONTEST!!

SORRY TO OUR INTERNATIONAL READERS, BUT THIS IS A U.S. ONLY GIVEAWAY

*Many thanks to James Lipton for letting me steal sharing his awesome interview questions* 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

BADASS AUTHOR, BETHANY HAGEN


Straight from the mouth of Bethany Hagen: 
I am a former librarian living in the Kansas City area with my husband and two children. My debut novel Landry Park came out from Dial/Penguin in 2014, and the sequel,Jubilee Manor, will be out August 11, 2015. I am represented by Mollie Glick of Foundry Media.

Now, let's get to know this badass.

What is your favorite word?
Haberdashery.

What is your least favorite word?
Moist.

What sound or noise do you love?
The sound of rain falling…
  
What sound or noise do you hate?
The sound of the printer jamming.  

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I can cheat a little bit at this since I was a librarian before I got published—I would go back to the info desk in a heartbeat!
  
What profession would you not like to do?
Pet food taste tester.

What is your favorite color Popsicle?
Red—who doesn’t answer red?!

Sprinklers or Slip N Slide?
Sprinklers (how else would I get grass stuck to my feet?!)

Favorite John Hughes Movie?
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Last song you listened to?
“Pedestrian at Best” by Courtney Barnett

What book do you wish you would have written because it’s just that good?
Oh man.  There’s too many.  The last batch includes Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, Tiny Pretty Things by Dhonielle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra, and the latest Lockwood and Co book by Jonathan Stroud.

In one sentence or less, what does every aspiring-author need to know?
Read a lot!  A ton.  All the time.

Grass stuck to her feet...told ya. Straight-up BADASS!

Here's a peek at LANDRY PARK which is included in the AGAINST THE ODDS prize pack:
Click here for a full list of prize packs

Madeline Landry is born into a world of influence and luxury, a world of estates and gardens fueled by nuclear power and maintained by a caste of people called the Rootless.  When a Gentry girl is attacked, it is the Rootless who are blamed, even though Madeline knows better.
As she searches for the truth, she can’t escape the rumors of revolution and retribution circulating through the ballrooms, and neither can she escape the city’s new golden boy, Captain David Dana, who has secrets of his own. Soon, she finds herself forced to choose between her duty and her desires, her ancestral destiny and her conscience,and her choice will shake the very foundations of the world she was born to rule.

Be sure to stalk Bethany on Tumblr, Pinterest or Twitter. And don't forget to add her books to your Goodreads list!


Now, ENTER THE CONTEST!!!
SORRY TO OUR INTERNATIONAL READERS, BUT THIS IS A U.S. ONLY GIVEAWAY


*Many thanks to James Lipton for letting me steal sharing his awesome interview questions*  

Saturday, June 20, 2015

BADASS AUTHOR, A.G. HOWARD


A.G. Howard was inspired to write Splintered, the first book in her bestselling Splintered Series, while working at a school library in her Texas hometown. She always wondered what would've happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.

When she's not writing, A.G.'s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.


Now, it's time to get acquainted with this badass:

What is your favorite word? Eloquent
What is your least favorite word? Snot
What sound or noise do you love? Rain 
What sound or noise do you hate? Tornado sirens (scary!)    
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? 
Fashion Design      
What profession would you not like to do? Housekeeper (I can hardly get my own housework done…much less someone elses. *coughs*)
What is your favorite color Popsicle? Red
Sprinklers or Slip N Slide? Sprinklers
Favorite John Hughes Movie? Some Kind of Wonderful
Last song you listened to? Hazy by Darkness Falls
What book do you wish you would have written because it’s just that good? 
Jane Eyre
In one sentence or less, what does every aspiring author need to know? When you’re reading a critique of your work for edits, know the difference between pride and vision. (Can find a more detailed explanation of this advice in the Q&A section here)


Yup. Grade 'A' Bad.Ass.

Now, let's take a look at the books that make up the IT'S A MAD, MAD WORLD prize pack: 
A postcard with three paragraph sneak peek 


CLICK HERE FOR A FULL LIST OF PRIZE PACKS

 
SPLINTERED:  Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.


UNHINGED: Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole. She was crowned Queen of the Red Court and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the boy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly appealing Morpheus. Now all she has to do is graduate high school.
That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.
Could she leave Jeb and her parents behind again, for the sake of a man she knows has manipulated her before? Will her mother and Jeb trust her to do what’s right? 

 

ENSNARED: After surviving a disastrous battle at prom, Alyssa has embraced her madness and gained perspective. She’s determined to rescue her two worlds and the people and netherlings she loves. Even if it means challenging Queen Red to a final battle of wills and wiles . . . and even if the only way to Wonderland, now that the rabbit hole is closed, is through the looking-glass world—a parallel dimension filled with mutated and violent netherling outcasts.
In the final installment of the wildly popular Splintered trilogy, Alyssa and her dad journey into the heart of magic and mayhem in search of her mom and to set right all that’s gone wrong. Together with Jeb and Morpheus, they must salvage Wonderland from the decay and destruction that has ensnared it. But if they succeed and come out alive, can everyone truly have their happily ever after?.

You can stalk AG Howard on her website, twitter and Facebook. And be sure to add her books to your Goodreads list, too!

NOW, enter the contest for your chance to win these gorgeous books. 


 SORRY TO OUR INTERNATIONAL READERS, BUT THIS IS A U.S. ONLY GIVEAWAY
 
 
*Many thanks to James Lipton for letting me steal sharing his awesome interview questions*