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The Boyfriend Whisperer
I crank up Mumford & Sons on my iPod and pull up the Boyfriend Whisperer Enterprises files on my tablet. With Valentine’s ten days away, I need to plot out some big moves for my clients.
I start with Jolene. I watched Brendon staring at her this afternoon during the pep rally. He’s falling hard. No need to play it subtle. He likes spicy food, so Red Hots are an obvious choice, in a heart-shaped tin. What should the card say? Something super flirty. “Let’s heat it up on Valentine’s.” No … “spice it up.” I jot that down and move on to my next client.
Just as I’m picking out a sweet YouTube link I want her to send her BF-to-be, Coach Reilly pulls my earbud out and scares me half to death.
“Malloy! I’m talking to you. What are you working on?”
I slam my tablet shut. “What? Homework. Sorry. What do you need?”
She shoves my backpack to the floor and plops down beside me. “Let’s talk about tomorrow. We’re expecting scouts from all over. Rumor has it someone from U Conn might even turn up.”
She pauses as if to gauge my reaction, so I force a smile. “U Conn? Wow. That’s great.”
She leans in. “There’ll be a lot of buzz in that arena. Parents, coaches, other players. They’ll all be talking about the scouts and about you and your future. Here’s the thing: You need to ignore them.”
“Exactly. You have one job tomorrow, and that’s to play the best game Alexis Malloy knows how to play. Run, pass, shoot, rebound. That’s it. The rest is static. Ignore the static.”
“Got it. Static.”
Coach furrows her brow. “You nervous?”
“Maybe a little.”
She pats my arm as she stands. “A little nervousness is good. You’ve got this, Malloy. You can do it.”
I smile and slump back into my seat. The fact is, I’m not at all nervous. I only said that so she wouldn’t launch into a lecture about being too cocky. She’s forever vacillating between warning me not to be too nervous and not to be too cocky, when in reality, I’m neither. The truth is, when it comes to college scouts, I just wish they’d leave me alone.
Between the Raindrops
by Sydney Logan
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 26th 2018
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Seventeen-year-old Scout Ramsey’s life is a mess. With a dead father and a junkie mom, she can’t imagine things can get worse.
Then her mother tries to sell her for a bag of meth.
After her mom’s arrest, Scout’s forced to switch schools in the middle of senior year. Scared and alone, she pours her heart into her journal and dreams of the day she turns eighteen.
For Wyatt Campbell, senior year is predictable purgatory. Then the new girl steals his seat in history class, and suddenly, school’s not so bad. They bond through their love of music, and Wyatt finds himself falling hard for the journal-loving girl with the sad blue eyes.
Wyatt’s heard the rumors. He knows Scout’s had it rough.
He’s determined to be the one thing in her life that’s easy.
In this captivating teen novel, Sydney Logan weaves a touching story that tackles the heartbreak of addiction, the power of forgiveness, and the wonders of first love.
The Unbelievable, Inconceivable, Unforeseeable Truth About Ethan Wilder by Cookie O'Gorman ~ Blog Tour & Review
The Unbelievable, Inconceivable, Unforeseeable Truth About Ethan Wilder
by Cookie O'Gorman
Genre: YA Romance/Murder Mystery
Release Date: April 5th 2018
In the south, everyone has a secret--and murder is served with sweet tea.
The word's out: Ethan Wilder’s coming back to town, and the people of Bowie, Georgia are in a southern tizzy. Everyone knows the story. He shot and killed his sister four years ago, and people say his father, Jim Wilder, the biggest holy roller this side of the Mississippi, sent him packing for just that reason. Even if her death was unofficially ruled a suicide, Ethan’s return has everybody talking.
Seventeen-year-old Delilah Doherty can’t go anywhere without hearing his name. Born and raised in Bowie, Delilah knows firsthand about the gossipmongers and how they love a good scandal. The daughter of a wild child and niece of the local psychic, she’s also the only one who doubts Ethan’s guilt.
After Ethan saves her life, the two start a slow and steady burn neither can deny. But when Bowie's spiritual leader is nearly murdered, it rocks the small southern town to its core. Delilah and Ethan are caught in the crossfire, their relationship threatened before it's even begun. Someone has it out for Ethan's family. With everyone convinced of Ethan's guilt, it's up to Delilah to unravel the mystery before someone else gets hurt or worse...dead.
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Aside from the ridiculously long title, this book was really enjoyable! Very engaging and quirky. I was on hook, line and sinker from the moment Delilah and Ethan first laid eyes on each other. Great slow burn beginning tempered with the central mystery made it a page turner for me.
Delilah is hilarious and I really enjoyed her character humor, as well as her relationship with Mom and aunt.
Honestly, I was turned off by a situation involving a teacher being offensive and viciously rude to Delilah. I found it very unbelievable and every scene involving them together stuck out like a sore thumb in an otherwise well-written book.
5 Stars for a quirky and funny coming of age mystery!
About the Author
Cookie O'Gorman writes YA romance to give readers a taste of happily-ever-after. Small towns, quirky characters, and the awkward yet beautiful moments in life make up her books. Cookie also has a soft spot for nerds and ninjas. Her debut novel ADORKABLE is out now! Her second book NINJA GIRL was released March 30,2017!
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Junior year’s looking up for sixteen-year old Mike. Her new BFF isn’t a sadistic control freak, her boyfriend adores her, and she’s learning to bike in the mountains without decapitating herself on a tree.
When she meets a group of riders who welcome her into their pack, she feels like she’s finally found where she belongs. One particular rider—a boy with an amazing smile and an even more amazing ability to see what she’s truly capable of—gives her the confidence to go after what she wants: her own life with her own rules.
There’s only one problem—he’s not her boyfriend.
Just as things seem to be falling into place, her parents put on the pressure to figure out her future—one that doesn’t include riding. Mike soon realizes that having everything isn’t that great when she’s not the one choosing it. She needs to decide if she’s going to continue to be a follower or step out of the shadows and find her own trail.
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If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?
I’d love to go back to the late 1840s during the time of the women’s suffrage movement. Women’s rights are very important to me and all my main characters are strong, female role models (even if they take a little while to get there). I think it’d be fascinating to witness those history-changing times.
What is the last thing you googled?
“When was the women’s suffrage movement,” lol. I was thinking it was the 1820s, so I’m glad I checked. Clearly I know TONS about that era.
What is your favorite way to spend a rainy day?
Reading or writing or watching a movie. As a creative person, gloomy days energize my imagination. They make me want to cuddle up inside my brain and I’m far more productive than on nice days, when I want to be outside. I lived in Mexico for a few years and the constant sunlight nearly drove me mad.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I’m very active and play a ton of sports, most of them with my husband. Things we regularly do: golf, kayak, bike, hike, walk the dog, softball, bowling, ski… plus all kinds of yard and bar games like cornhole (bags), darts, pool, etc. I also like to do DIY projects around the house and go beer and wine tasting.
If you were stranded on a desert island, which of your characters do you want by your side?
Hmm… any of my love interests? Cameron from the Flicker series was my first character I loved. Blake from The Slope Rules is a little immature for me (well really, they all are since I write YA), but Mica from The Trail Rules is pretty swoony. He’s outdoorsy so could probably handle the whole find shelter and food thing pretty well, and he’s not too hard on the eyes either.
What is the hardest part of writing?
For me, the hardest part of writing is getting started. I love telling stories and letting my imagination take over, but I always feel like I need to do “one more thing” before sitting down to write. I outline extensively and have a set time when I write—every morning before work—so I have very little excuses to not stick to my schedule. Once I push my other obligations out of my mind and acknowledge that this is the time I’m going to write, it comes much more easily.
How long have you been writing?
I first started writing in elementary school and that carried into middle and high school—primarily poems, songs, and short stories—but I stopped when I got to college and I didn’t start again until my mid-thirties. Now I’ve written nine full-length manuscripts (one memoir and eight novels) and I have several more planned.
Who or what inspired you to be a writer?
Honestly, writing is just something that I’ve always done. I suppose I could say my early teachers, or my early love for reading, but I’ve just always loved telling stories and writing was a way to do that. There is a specific person who I credit for inspiring me to write novels: my former co-worker Matt. I was leaving Chicago to live in Mexico with my (now ex-)husband and Matt said, “now you can write the great American novel.” I don’t know if I’d ever shared my desire to write a novel with him, but that casual comment stuck with me and I started my first novel a year later.
Tell us about your next release.
My new release is The Trail Rules, the second book in The Rules Series. It’s about Mike, a 16-year old girl who thought she had it all figured out, but starts to realize that maybe everything she thought she wanted isn’t enough. A lot of the story takes place while she’s mountain biking, and I had a lot of fun exploring the Colorado forests with her.
The third book in the series, The Edge Rules, follows the mean girl from the story and comes out in October 2018.
Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
I adore Cally, Mike’s best friend and the main character in The Slope Rules (the first book in the series), but I think Alex is my favorite. Mike meets her while riding and her no-nonsense attitude and openness to new adventure draws Mike to her. She’s a total [badass] who teaches Mike to challenge herself and not be afraid to go after what she really wants.
I’m especially excited about Alex because she’s the main character in a short story that’ll be in a YA contemporary romance anthology that comes out later this year.
How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
I’ve have to say Kenzie, one of the Snow Bunnies (mean girls) from the series. She starts off in The Slope Rules as the number two mean girl, but over the course of the series her nastiness shows its true colors and I really don’t like her. She’s basically a combination of the mean people I’ve known in my life, all rolled into one self-absorbed, hurtful girl.
This or That?
iPod or Mp3? my iPhone
Kids or No Kids? no kids, but I have a furbaby
Chocolate or Vanilla? chocolate
Outline or Pantser? OUTLINE
Married or Not? married <3
Pie or Cake? pie (but I love cake)
Frozen Yogurt or Ice Cream? frozen yogurt (dairy is not my friend)
Spring or Fall? fall
Soda or Pop? soda (it took 3 years to beat pop out of me)
Dogs or Cats? dogs
Wine or Beer? depends on my mood?
Comedy or Drama? drama
Indie or Traditional? indie
Fantasy or Reality? reality
Call or Text? TEXT. What kind of heathen calls people?
Coffee or Hot Chocolate? the two mixed together (I’m more of a tea gal)
eBook or Paperback? eBook, but I buy paperbacks from my friends.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Multi-award winning young adult author Melanie Hooyenga first started writing as a teenager and finds she still relates best to that age group. She has lived in Washington DC, Chicago, and Mexico, but has finally settled down in her home state of Michigan. When not at her day job as a Communications Director at a nonprofit, you can find Melanie attempting to wrangle her Miniature Schnauzer Owen and playing every sport imaginable with her husband Jeremy.
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Title: Saving Me
Author: Sadie Allen
Genre: Mature YA Romance
Release: February 22, 2018
On the outside, Ally has everything any teenager could want. She’s beautiful, popular, and athletic. She has the right friends, an adoring boyfriend, and the picture-perfect family.
Too bad it’s all a lie.
Every day she’s dying a little on the inside, drowning in everyone’s expectations and opinions, the weight of it all pulling her under.
She wants to do the unthinkable ... until a boy with shaggy hair, unusual eyes, and a lip ring changes her plans.
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The cast of characters in this book was amazing. So much depth in so little pages. All characters were dynamic, and some comparisons were made between different cliques that I liked to see, showing that mean people were in all walks of life, just as good people were. At one point, Ally, the female protagonist, calls attention to this and shames someone on their biased opinion. It was one of the best, most profound moments in this book.
The book starts with Ally about to do something really horrible. Her dad was such a jerk. OMG, I did not like that man at all. If that was my dad, I would have throat punched him. Her mom didn’t help, didn’t really seem to see a problem with Ally’s dad’s behavior told her. However, her mom started to kick some major butt as the book progressed. I liked her mom a lot!
Anyway, something, or I should say someone, happens to make Ally stop. That someone was amazing. So down to earth, so in tuned with who they are. Sterling, that someone, gave Ally reasons to live, and I loved how inventive Allen was with this! So sweet, cute, and funny.
Ally goes through a transformation throughout this book. It gets pretty weepy in some areas, but oh so funny in others. Mixed in with that is a whole lotta drama, from teenage sex to mean girl snark. This book has a lot of everything a teenage girl goes through.
What I like most is that, though Ally was popular and beautiful, her inner self was just as beautiful. She wasn’t petty, she didn’t bring people down to build herself up, and when she said something, it was important, wise beyond her years. Saying that, I know people are going to say, “If she was so wise, why would she try to kill herself?” Well, how others treat you can break you down. The old sticks and stones saying is BS. Words hurt as much as actions, and Ally had both of those beaten into her, among other issues.
A dramatic and uplifting read, I know Saving Me is going to stay with me for a while.
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“Wow, I love this book! A beautifully uplifting coming-of-age story with a vulnerable yet strong heroine that you cannot help but love, and an absolutely gorgeous YA romance that had my heart pounding, and a huge smile on my face.
Ally’s story captivated me from start to finish. I loved her as a character, and I thought this was a beautifully written story of family, friendship and love, of learning who you are and fighting for what you truly want.
Absolutely beautiful – 5 stars!” - The Escapist Book Blog
“You know that you have found the perfect book when you find that you can relate to the story and characters in such a way that it feels like the author could be retelling your own story. We are allowed access to the very soul of Ally, and we can feel her emotional despair, her hopes, desires and what will ultimately be life changing moments. I wept for her, felt anger for her, but I also felt moments of extreme happiness for her. The reflective message contained within the pages of this book will stay with readers of all ages.” - YA Book Divas
"This book was hella melodramatic “to the nth degree”—the amount of drama in this book could have kept a teenage soap/drama from The CW spoon-fed for a complete season." - Goodreads Reviewer
“SAVING ME by Sadie Allen is a beautiful story of finding strength, trusting in others and learning what love truly is, whether it is romantic or familial. Prepare to have your emotions twisted, to become angry, to smile and to have hope for the future of these characters.” - Tome Tender Book Blog
“This is a gorgeously written mature YA book - an emotional, dramatic and romantic story that deals with some pretty heavy themes, but that is also sweet, funny and uplifting. This book captivated me from start to finish, and I loved it!” - The Escapist Book Blog
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Sadie Allen lives in Texas with her husband and three young children. When she's not writing, she's reading, catching up on her favorite shows, or chasing her family around the house.
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What The Valley Knows
by Heather Christie
Publication date: January 25th 2018
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
Millington Valley is a quintessential small Pennsylvania town: families go back generations. Football rules. Kids drink while adults look the other way. High school is a whirlwind of aspiration and rivalry, friendship and jealousy.
When smart and pretty Molly Hanover moves to town and attracts the attention of the football team’s hero, Wade Thornton—a nice guy with a bad drinking habit—longtime friendships are threatened and a popular cheerleader tries to turn the school against Molly.
The young couple’s future is shattered when Wade, drunk, wrecks his truck and Molly is thrown through the windshield. She wakes from a coma to find her beauty marred and her memory full of holes. As she struggles to heal, she becomes sure that something terrible happened before the accident. And there is somebody in the valley who doesn’t want her to remember.
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This book is not the style I usually read, but now I really want to. I love how we get pieces of key characters throughout the book, threading together to get a bigger story. And this story was sad in such a big way. I felt so bad for Molly and Wade, and Molly’s mom, Ann. Such tragedy happens in such a little book.
I also liked how detailed the author made the characters. The pages weren’t filled with beautiful people, but girls with glasses, boys with zits, and girls who still wore pigtails while volunteering as a candy striper. The entire book had this old fashion feel to it. I kept picturing it in the 60s until there was a mention of a cell phone.
Molly is extremely shy, yet she opens up to Wade in a way she never has with anyone else. They both talk and are the real them with each other. It’s really sweet. However, tragedy is the climax, and then the book takes a turn down a dark road. It gets better, though those dark parts were cringe-worthy, I should warn. And Molly and Wade find themselves on separate roads, trying to find where they fit in a world that has stayed the same while they have changed.
A close-to-tears, emotional, unforgettable read.
Heather Christie grew up in rural Pennsylvania and, at age seventeen, took off for New York City in hopes of becoming a movie star. Flash forward several decades, a couple degrees, a bunch of cats, two kids and one husband later, she's back in Pennsylvania writing her heart out and chasing dreams again. She loves to read, run, drink tea, and make Sunday dinner. Follow her blog at www.HeatherChristieBooks.com and say “hello” on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Saving Meby Sadie Allen Publication Date: February 22, 2017 Genres: New Adult, Contemporary
Preorder on iBooksOn the outside, I look like the All-American teenage dream. I'm pretty, popular, and athletic. I have the right family, the right boyfriend, the right kind of friends. If you only knew… Every day I die a little on the inside. I'm drowning in everyone's expectations and opinions. I can never be myself. I'm never free. I feel the weight of it all pulling me under. If I can't find freedom in life… I guess I'll find it in death.
About Sadie AllenSadie Allen lives in Texas with her husband and three small children. When she's not writing, she's reading, catching up on her favorite shows, or chasing her family around the house.
Right Kiss Wrong Guy (Offsides #2) by Natalie Decker
Publication Date: January 23, 2018
Publisher: Swoon Romance
You'd think a girl with the most romantic name in the world would have her pick of boyfriends.
But Valentine's Day sucks when you're single. Just ask Juliet Valentine, whose last name happens to also be the name of the most dreaded made-up holiday ever.
A romantic at heart, this year is especially hard on Juliet. Her sister, Layla, is in a new relationship, her mom's match-making business is doing great, and her school's new fundraiser is "Love-Grams."
Juliet's miserable, a little jealous, and lonely.
Quarterback Jared Black is the most popular guy in school. A star athlete, Jared tops the most-eligible bachelor list year after year. But to Juliet Valentine, he's all but invisible. She isn't impressed.
Jared's never had to work hard to get the attention of a girl before. Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and he's determined to ask Juliet out. After all, if Tyler can win over Layla, Jared ought to have a shot with Layla's sister.
Unlike Tyler and Layla, charm, flattery and good looks won't work on Juliet. So with the V-Day dance coming up, Jared uses the school’s Love-Grams to let Juliet know how he feels. Should be simple enough, right?
Wrong. Each attempt ends up either in the trash or thrown in someone's face. Juliet won't play his game.
Now, without a date to the dance Jared realizes it’s going to take a Hail Mary to win the girl of his dreams.
Right Kiss Wrong Guy is my first Natalie Decker novel, and I really enjoyed it. I felt like I was back in high school reading it.
Jared was my favorite character. I related to him the most because I lived a similar existent growing up with my dad. I felt bad for him, but at one point I wanted him to give up or man up. He did have a stupid moment where he needed a whack to the back of the head, but he was genuinely a nice guy. His crush and feelings for Juliet were very sweet.
Juliet… I liked her overall, but she was a little ragey and a little selfish. She had tunnel vision during the month leading up to the dance and couldn’t see outside her situation. It ended up hurting some of her friends and her sister. Her ex was an idiot, but just as she didn’t want people to see her as the nerdy one, she needed to not see all jocks as stupid jerks like him.
I didn’t read the first book in the series, but RKWG can be read as a standalone. I didn’t feel like I was missing any references. I liked how Decker transported us into the classrooms and homes of these characters. I just wish I would have gotten a better idea of what they looked like… Overall, it was fun, quick read.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Natalie Decker is the author of Rival Love. She loves oceans, sunsets, sand between her toes, and carefree days. Her imagination is always going, which some find odd. But she believes in seeing the world in a different light at all times. Her first passion for writing started at age twelve when she had to write a poem for English class. However, seventh grade wasn’t her favorite time and books were her source of comfort. She took all college prep classes in High school, and attended the University of Akron. Although she studied Mathematics she never lost her passion for writing or her comfort in books. She’s a mean cook in the kitchen, loves her family and friends and her awesome dog infinity times infinity. If she’s not writing, reading, traveling, hanging out with her family and friends, then she’s off having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying: Your life is your own journey, so make it amazing!
Title: Nowhere Girl
Series: Foundlings #1
Author: Fiona Keane
Genre: YA Romance
Release: December 12, 2017
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
They thought sending me to this supposed tropical paradise would keep me safe. But there’s no place safe for me now. Not when the memories won’t leave me alone.
I didn’t know what the universe had in store for me, but I definitely didn’t expect Jameson Burke. People think he has more secrets than I do, but he showed me his true self – his smile, his thoughtfulness, his love.
I can’t afford to fall so far, so deep. Not after what happened. I should run, but somehow my heart keeps coming back to him…
I had my own reasons to run. Little did I know the most important piece of my story started and ended with the quiet girl sitting next to me in seventh period.
Sophia Reid’s shy smile brought my soul out of hiding. Through her, I learned what starting over really means.
But if I give in to this love, I’ll put us both in danger.
For a short time, I was whole again, but what they say is right. The old me is dead, and the new one will never know love again.
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Fueled by coffee and rainy days, shelves of books consuming her home in the Pacific Northwest, and a vivid imagination, Fiona writes about love because she believes the world needs more of it. She could spend eternity lost in a story, taken into someone’s thoughts while she is left lingering there long after the pages have turned. Fiona works to meld themes in the current world and spin them into stories of longing, determination, and hope. Her characters are relatable and relevant, as they battle their own fictional version of existence.
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