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Monday, January 25, 2016

Book Blitz: The Prophecy of Shadows



Title: The Prophecy of Shadows

Author: Michelle Madow

Genre: YA Fantasy

Book Blurb:

When Nicole Cassidy moves from sunny Georgia to gloomy New England, the last thing she expects is to learn that her homeroom is a cover for a secret coven of witches. Even more surprisingly … she’s apparently a witch herself. Despite doubts about her newfound abilities, Nicole is welcomed into this ancient circle of witches and is bedazzled by their powers—and, to her dismay, by Blake—the school’s notorious bad-boy.

Girls who get close to Blake wind up hurt. His girlfriend Danielle will do anything to keep them away, even if she must resort to using dark magic. But the chemistry between Blake and Nicole is undeniable, and despite wanting to protect Nicole from Danielle’s wrath, he finds it impossible to keep his distance.

When the Olympian Comet shoots through the sky for the first time in three thousand years, Nicole, Blake, Danielle, and two others in their homeroom are gifted with mysterious powers. But the comet has another effect—it opens the portal to the prison world that has contained the Titans for centuries. After an ancient monster escapes and attacks Nicole and Blake, it’s up to them and the others to follow the clues from a cryptic prophecy so that they can save their town … and possibly the world.

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About the Author:
Michelle Madow grew up in Baltimore, graduated Rollins College in Orlando, and now lives in Boca Raton, Florida. She wrote her first book in her junior year of college, and has been writing novels since. Some of her favorite things are: reading, pizza, traveling, shopping, time travel, Broadway musicals, and spending time with friends and family. Michelle has toured across America to promote her books and to encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. Someday, she hopes to travel the world for a year on a cruise ship.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Blog Tour: Every Big and Little Wish



Title: Every Big and Little

Title: E C Moore

Genre: YA Romance

Book Blurb:
E.C. Moore’s young adult novel, Every Big and Little Wish, opens in late spring 1970. Sixteen-year-old Jacy Wilbert’s Mom got promoted, so her parents sold their Victorian home in California and moved to a townhouse in Oregon.
Torn away from the only home she’s ever known, forced to leave her beloved German shepherd behind, Jacy feels misplaced. Exacerbating an already terrible situation, her dad runs off with the bombshell real estate agent who sold them their townhouse. And, just when it seems things can’t get any worse, her mom loses the stupid job they left California for in the first place and begins to drown her sorrows with pink wine, night after night. Jacy’s caught in the middle, struggling to maintain a relationship with her AWOL dad while tolerating his annoying, much-younger girlfriend.
Missing old friends back in California, and feeling like an outsider, Jacy needs to build a new social life in a new school. Not the sort of girl to wait around for what she wants to come her way, she sets her sights on Neil Wilder, the best-looking boy around.
Everything changes when Jacy Wilbert knocks on the wrong door.


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About the Author


When Elizabeth’s not writing feverishly, you will find her out walking or sightseeing. She’s crazy about coffee, books, cooking, good wine, cairn terriers, miniature ponies, historical houses, tapas, and witty people.


She resides in a fifties bungalow in Southern California, with her creative-director, hubba-hubba husband, a yappy blonde dog, and one feisty Chihuahua.



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Elizabeth Moore on Book-to-Film Adaptions


Two of the best book-to-movie adaptions have to be The Godfather and To Kill a Mockingbird. Two stinkers are The Great Gatsby and Memoirs of a Geisha.
I love a good mob story. With that said, The Godfather is an entertaining book, but the movie is much better. It’s Artsier. Marlon Brando at his best doesn’t hurt. The scene where he dies in the garden while playing with his grandson will stay with me forever.
Blame my passion for the film version of TKM on Gregory Peck in his prime, and Kim Stanley’s excellent but uncredited narration. As the narrator, Stanley does a stellar job of voicing Scout as an adult. The scene in the forest when Scout is being chased barefoot in that ham hock Halloween costume is movie magic. To Kill a Mockingbird is sheer perfection when it comes to adaptions.

Moving right along to the dreck, I’ve heard it said that The Great Gatsby is unfilmable, and history backs this premise up. Roger Ebert wrote of the 1974 Robert Redford version: The Great Gatsby is a superficially beautiful hunk of a movie with nothing much in common with the spirit of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel. I found the 2000 TV version downright odd, who thought it was a good idea to cast Mira Sorvino as Daisy? Buzz Luhrmann’s 2013 musical version has been called shallow, trashy, and tasteless. Maybe Hollywood should give up on bringing Jay Gatsby’s tragic tale to the silver screen. Maybe.

I had high hopes for Memoirs of a Geisha. Arthur Golden’s stunning novel knocked my socks off, so impressed I read it twice. Sadly, the lavish production did not deliver. The kimonos were the highlight.

Why do so many movie adaptions of beloved books fall short? So much has to do with time. The scope of some novels is just too vast and nuanced to condense down to 120 – 160 or so minutes, consequently characters, plot lines, and many fine points get omitted by the time the screenplay is complete. It makes more sense to turn longer novels into series for cable. Are you listening, Hollywood?




Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Author Rendezvous: Creativity Unleashed







3 Concepts Writers and Readers Must Know

The YA Author Rendezvous is a collective effort of 70+ talented and motivated authors.  We got our start through our founder, Patrick Hodges, who couldn’t find the group he needed on Facebook - one that caters to young adult, middle grade, and children's audiences and authors.  So he took up the cause wholeheartedly to create a group based on trust, kindness, and true friendship.  Together, we’ve established ourselves as a group that prides itself on honest to goodness great writing that engages and enlightens readers.

Whether you are a writer, a reader, or both, here are 3 concepts you must know:

1. Love.  Without admiration for your craft, you'll be stuck wondering why you bother.  If you want to share your work or your review of someone else's writing, you must find it worthwhile, and the first step is to know why it's important to you.  I love writing young adult fiction just as much as I love reading it.  My novel, 'Freshman Fourteen,' is an embodiment of all my favorite parts of the YA genre – love, friendship, teenage angst, and bull-headed conflict that always gets in the way.

2. Criticism.  Knowing how to understand and use critiques, positive or negative, will strengthen your craft.  The same is true with reading or reviewing.  Allowing others to disagree with your opinions will establish your opinions as increasingly credible.  That which you find praiseworthy in your writing or someone else's, somebody may disagree about.  This doesn't make it easier to deal with negative ratings about books you've written and books you want to read.  Negative reviews can be turn-offs, but as authors and readers, we must compel ourselves to see writing objectively.

3. Characters.  Make them shine for who they truly are, based on looks and personalities, and also on who they grow to be.  You may end up with characters you don't recognize, but these make for the best, most well-defined ones.  One of my favorite characters in 'Freshman Fourteen' was Mrs. Gribble. She started off as a secondary character, yet quickly morphed into a necessary nuisance.  And characters aren’t always people, but sometimes ideas or even inanimate objects!

Best of luck in all your future writing and reading endeavors – these concepts will help bring about a stronger, more purposeful focus.


Written by Beth Rodgers, an author, editor, and college English instructor who lives in Michigan with her husband, son, and soon-to-be new baby.  Her debut novel, 'Freshman Fourteen,' was released in October 2014.