Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Blitz: Heart Shaped Rock by Laura Roppe

Heart Shaped Rock

Release Date: May 2014

Summary from Goodreads:

“If you liked the music
collaboration of Maybe Someday, you’ve got to check out Heart Shaped Rock.” —
New York Times best-selling author of Maybe Someday, Colleen Hoover

Roppé has written a moving and emotional novel of first love, accurately
capturing the voice and mind of a dramatic and emotional sixteen year old girl
caught in a maelstrom of grief and loss, love and heartbreak. And then there’s
Dean…you'll just have to read the book, ‘cause I can't do him justice in a few
short sentences.” –Jasinda Wilder, New York Times and USA Today best-selling
author of Falling into You

Sometimes a shattered heart needs to sing to love again . . . Sixteen year old
singer-songwriter Shaynee Sullivan hasn't so much as touched her guitar since
her mom died six months ago. In fact, Shaynee hasn't felt like doing much of
anything lately, except maybe playing Whack-a-Mole on her "emotionally
intelligent" brother's head. But when she meets a gorgeous and surprising
rocker named Dean, her shattered heart begins to mend . . . and then burst at the
seams. Heart-wrenching, heart-warming, and sometimes even heart-racing, Heart
Shaped Rock will leave you laughing through tears and rooting for love in all
its forms.

Hear the original music performed in Heart Shaped Rock at www.LauraRoppe.com. All
music available on iTunes.

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A log in the bonfire falls, and the entire fire crackles and pops and sizzles. A wave of thick smoke envelops me for just a moment with the shifting of the breeze. I begin to cough and wave the air with my hands to clear a clean patch to breathe.
“Looks like you’ve picked a dangerous spot,” a voice says. I turn, expecting Jared. But it’s not Jared. It’s some guy I don’t know.
Wow, yet another Casanova. Do I have “please talk to me” stamped on my forehead? What’s going on tonight?
I don’t reply to his pick-up line. I mean it’s pretty lame.
“Is this seat taken?” he asks, motioning to the sand next to me.
I shrug.
His voice seems really familiar to me. But I can’t place it.
He looks to the fire for a moment, and the flames dance across his face. Wow, he has the most alluring collection of features I’ve ever seen. Well, in person, anyway. I’ve seen movie stars and rock stars rival this guy, but I’ve never seen such perfection up close. He truly is a work of art. His hair is dark. His cheekbones are high. His nose is sculpted. His lips are . . . wow.
“I’m Dean,” he says, extending his hand.
I put my hand in his and immediately feel a current of electricity jolt through my body. I jerk my hand away.
“I’m Shaynee,” I say, sounding more confident than I feel. “I recently learned I’m supposed to say my name when someone says theirs. So, there, I did it. I said my name. It’s Shaynee.” Oh God, I’m rambling.
He laughs a masculine, guttural laugh.
I freeze. I know that laugh. Oh my God. I look down at his clothes. Jeans. Combat boots. He’s not wearing the leather jacket, but . . .
Another plume of smoke from the bonfire hits and envelops us. Again, I cough ferociously. But he isn’t coughing at all.
When the smoke clears, he lets out his breath. “You’re a bonfire rookie, Shaynee.”
When he says my name, my stomach flips over and that electricity from our handshake bounces throughout my body.
He turns to look at me, flashing a wicked grin, and I finally see those startling blue eyes in the flickering light confirming what I already know. Motorcycle Boy.
“When you see smoke coming,” he says, “you gotta hold your breath ‘til it passes.”
“Or, hey,” I say, “here’s an idea—we could just move back a bit.”
“What, and sacrifice warmth?” He grins.
“It is a bit of a Sophie’s Choice, isn’t it?”
Dean laughs like he actually understands my movie reference.
Gah, is it super-duper hot out here tonight? Am I sitting way too close to the fire? Is my hair burning? “Actually, holding my breath is my superpower,” I blurt. “I can hold my breath all day long.” God, I sound like such a dork.
“Well, that’s a handy superpower. You could totally team up with Aquaman and fight underwater crime and stuff.” He shoots me a crooked smile. “And make some really beautiful tadpoles.”
I can’t take it anymore. I have to call a spade a spade. “You’re the guy on the motorcycle.” It’s a statement, not a question. “Motorcycle Boy.”
“Yes, I am. And you’re the girl with the walkie-talkie. Walkie-Talkie Girl.” He laughs.


About the Author
Laura Roppé is an
award-winning singer/songwriter, author, audio book narrator, speaker, and
former attorney from San Diego, California. In 2011, Billboard Magazine ranked
her as Number Three on its chart of the Top 50 "uncharted" artists in
the world. In May 2013, Laura began hosting Amazon's weekly podcast,
"Kindle Love Stories," for people who love hearing about love
stories, romance, and happily ever afters.

Her first book is the non-fiction memoir, Rocking the Pink. Her latest is a
YA-teen romance novel entitled Heart Shaped Rock, featuring a soundtrack.

Author Links:


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Monday, May 19, 2014

The Swift Boys and Me by Kody Keplinger

The Swift Boys and Me
by Kody Keplinger
272 pages
Middle Grade Realistic
NetGalley- Scholastic
May 2014

Book Jacket Summary
Eleven-year-old Nola Sutton has been best friends and neighbors with the Swift boys for practically her whole life. There's the youngest, Kevin, who never stops talking; the oldest, Brian, who's always kind and calm; and then there's Canaan, the ringleader and Nola's best-best friend. Together, they have a summer of fun adventures planned.

But then everything changes overnight.

When the boys' dad leaves without even saying good-bye, it completely destroys the Swift family, and all Nola can do is watch. She tries to hold on to them, but they are changing. Kevin stops talking, Canaan starts hanging out with mean boys, and Brian is never around. Nola just wants things to go back to the way they were--the way they've always been.

Is Nola strong enough to save the Swift boys from themselves, or has she lost them forever?

My Thoughts
This is the first honest to goodness novel I have read in a while and I am glad I started with it. The Swift Boys and Me was tugging on my heart strings as I read it!  It all starts when Mr. Swift leaves his family without saying goodbye and Nola notices the changes in her best friends, the Swift brothers. There is the oldest Brian who is forced to look after the younger two, the youngest Kevin who stops speaking, and Canaan who grows angrier by the minute. Nola doesn't know how to help and has to deal with the changes of her own family dynamic. She must also look outside the Swift boys for friends and finds them in the most unlikely places.
I was so worried about how Canaan was changing from the friend Nola had always known to an angry bitter young man. It reminded me of how Jake and Lily drifted apart in Jerry Spinelli's same named book. I was worried that their, Nola and Canaan, friendship could not be salvaged . That is all part of that age group though. You are discovering yourself and finding friends based on fun rather proximity. 
This is a book a lot of kids will be able to relate too. Changes happen during the middle grade years and Nola is dealing with some harsh ones. Friends can leave or seem to leave and it is a hard transition to make. Nola has her sad days and mad days just like the rest of us. I found her to be a great narrator and girl who is learning about life. I also found comfort int he ending, not everything was tied up in a neat little bow but there was hope. That is what I am looking for... not a perfect ending but one that leaves the reader satisfied and knowing that there will be a good life ahead for Nola.

Book Pairings
Three Times Lucky by Shelia Turnage 
Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli 
The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng
Close to Famous by Joan Bauer 


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Blitz: Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay

Love and Leftovers

Paperback Re-Release:

Katherine Tegen Books

Summary from Goodreads:

My wishis to

cranium over Converse

in dizzy, daydream-worthy love.

(If only it were that easy.)

When her parents split, Marcie is
dragged from Idaho to a family summerhouse in New Hampshire. She leaves behind
her friends, a group of freaks and geeks called the Leftovers, including her
emo-rocker boyfriend, and her father. By the time Labor Day rolls around,
Marcie suspects this "vacation" has become permanent. She starts at a
new school where a cute boy brings her breakfast and a new romance heats up.

But understanding love, especially
when you've watched your parents' affections end, is elusive. What does it feel
like, really? Can you even know it until you've lost it?

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About the Author
Raised without
television, Sarah Tregay started writing her own middle grade novels after she
had read all of the ones in the library. She later discovered YA books, but
never did make it to the adult section. When she's not jotting down poems at
stoplights, she can be found hanging out with her "little sister"
from Big Brothers Big Sisters. Sarah lives in Eagle, Idaho with her husband,
two Boston Terriers, and an appaloosa named Mr. Pots. Her next book, Fan Art,
will be released in June.

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Guest Post: What is your character reading?

Throughout Love and Leftovers, Marcie, leaves hints about what she has been reading. Marcie is on a quest for love and acceptance—despite her parent’s current relationship troubles—and some of her reading choices are little side trips in her journey.

Early on, she finds comfort—and answers—in the happy endings of the romance novels that her Aunt Greta leaves behind at the summerhouse, even though her mother doesn’t approve. (Her mom is both a feminist and an author who doesn’t think much of genre fiction.)

Other reads on Marcie’s nightstand are Sonya Sones’s verse novel, What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know; Cecily von Ziegesar’s Gossip Girl series; Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon; and classics like Charlotte Brontë’s Jayne Eyre and Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. There’s a little Shakespeare left over from English class. Sam, the Goth girl at Oyster River High School, also loves classic literature and can’t live without Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Marcie’s haphazard pile of books on her nightstand mirrors the types of books I read when I was sixteen—books my mom thought were good, YA reads, and classics I read to impress my English teacher.


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