31 Mar 2015

Blitz: Michelle Madow's The Secret Diamond Sisters


The Secret Diamond Sisters (The Secret Diamond Sisters #1)
Release Date: February 25, 2014 by Harlequin Teen
           Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.
           The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite.

           Suddenly the Strip's most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.

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Praise:
"Sexy and often electrifying ... Gossip Girl meets The Princess Diaries in a city that never sleeps." — Booklist

"This quick and entertaining read is filled with glitz and glamour ... get ready for one crazy and fabulous ride." — RT Book Reviews


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              “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas … but that doesn’t matter when you live there.”
MADISON LOCKHART

             And what have the two of you been up to?” Madison asked.
             “Just making a bet.” Oliver rubbed his hands together and smirked. “Damien will owe me a grand by the end of the summer.”
             “Really?” Madison raised an eyebrow at Damien. “Why’s that?”
             “Oliver said he could easily hook up with all three Diamond sisters before school starts up,” Damien said. “And I bet he couldn’t. Especially since the youngest one already has it bad for me.”
             “You guys are disgusting.” Madison pretended she didn’tcare, but the mention of those girls made her blood boil. She didn’t want to discuss them for any longer than necessary.
             Trying to be subtle, she peeked over Damien’s shoulder to see what Nick and his friends were up to. Luckily, her ex seemed too involved in chatting with the people at his table to have noticed her yet.
             “Come with me.” She reached past Damien for Oliver’s hand and grasped it in her own, pulling him closer. He seemed surprised. Then a crooked smile spread over his face, showing the dimple on his right cheek.
             “Where are you dragging me, Mads?” he asked, although she could tell he was having fun. He kept his hand in hers, staying seated as he waited for her answer.
             “The second floor.” She leaned down and whispered conspiratorially, “I want to dance.”



Second Book

Diamonds in the Rough (The Secret Diamond Sisters #2)
Release Date: October 28, 2014 by Harlequin Teen
              All-access doesn't mean no problems.
          The three Diamond sisters survived the summer in style after coming to live with their long-lost billionaire father. But making a place for themselves at their exclusive new Las Vegas private school is throwing them any number of gold-plated curves. Savannah's YouTube stardom turns into a Sweet Sixteen reality show extravaganza—with complimentary enemies on the side. Dangerous flirtations don't keep Peyton from a gamble that will risk far more than she planned to bet. And when Courtney and the sisters' archenemy, Madison, uncover two explosive secrets, it will rock even this town of glittering illusion—and turn their lives upside down all over again.

          Sisterhood, first crushes, and scandalous secrets explode in book two of Michelle Madow's riveting series, The Secret Diamond Sisters.

Michelle Madow was inspired to write The Secret Diamond Sisters series while walking through her favorite hotel in Las Vegas. The next book in the series, Diamonds in the Rough, launches in October. Prior to The Secret Diamond Sisters, she successfully self-published The Transcend Time Saga. A tireless promoter of her work, Michelle is active on social media networks and has toured across America to promote her books and encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. A graduate of Rollins College, Michelle lives in Florida ... but she loves going to Vegas.

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30 Mar 2015

Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Publication: June 7th 2011 by Quirk
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy/Paranormal

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.




A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs. Who would not pick a book with weirdness overload?

I was so excited to read this but I was totally… disappointed. I liked the photos. Yep, they are weird and uncanny BUT ONLY ONE PHOTO CREPT ME OUT! I was not impressed. Maybe when I picked out the book, I was just curious as hell and only "went-with-the-flow" of some readers because of the peculiarity.

This is a book, right? So a book is a story made of thousands of words (Obvious, duh.) but the writing of MPHPC is terrible! It made me feel like traveling without a companion to talk to. Just plain and helluva boring.

My expectations to the main character, Jacob, have failed. I thought he would dig more of his grandfather’s secret but what had happened is he just went to Miss Peregrine’s house in Cairnholm Island, Wales with NO THRILL NO THRILL NO THRILL towards the journey. I really thought him just hallucinating everything like his grandfather!

It was definitely odd. ODD in a way that I am reading a Young Adult but feels like an ancient irksome history book! Anyway, I heard that Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is going to be a movie. I am more interested to the movie so I’ll be watching it but at the same time crossing my fingers that it would not be disappointing.

Rating:
DID NOT FINISH

22 Mar 2015

Book Tour: Playing Autumn by Mina V. Esguerra



PLAYING AUTUMN
by Mina V. Esguerra
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary



Haley Reese is going back home to Houston and she's dreading this trip. She volunteers as a mentor to young musicians at an annual festival, and the longer she's been doing it, the more she feels like a fraud. It's been years since the web videos that made her sort-of famous first came out, and she hasn't done anything else to pursue the career in music she's always wanted. Things start looking up when she shares a plane ride with Oliver Cabrera, music prodigy, rock star, and the reason why she picked up an instrument in the first place.

Oliver Cabrera hasn't called any place "home" since he started touring professionally in his teens, but Houston is as close to it as any. He's also nearly broke, his career just about over. When he gets the invitation to mentor at the Breathe Music Festival again, he decides, what the hell, he should finally show up. He meets Haley, Hot Piano Girl herself, and finds her own fear of failure might be easier to fix than his own.


EXCERPT
             Two people in an airport on a Thursday. That was all Haley Reese expected this to be.
            She recognized Oliver Cabrera right away (duh), and immediately her brain and other vital systems threatened to shut down. Why—how—what—when—huh—
            It took her about twenty seconds, a personal record, to reassemble herself, and remember that she wasn't thirteen years old anymore. She was twenty-two, an adult, an accomplished musician herself, and was absolutely not going to squee at the sight of the guy who used to star in most of her teenage dreams and daytime fantasies. 
            Good job, Haley. This was bound to happen, one day. Which fantasy was this?
            Ah yes. She had one daydream, conjured up during a torturous three-hour wait at the dentist's office when she was in junior high, involving Oliver Cabrera showing up—and being told by the mean dentist's assistant that he had to wait too, like everyone else, never mind if his tooth hurt like he had a jackhammer to his gums. No problem, Oliver would say, smiling through the pain, because he was cool like that. And then he would sit next to her. 
            She would be cool, too. Really cool. He wouldn’t even be able to tell that she was probably in the top ten of his biggest fans. Her calm exterior wouldn’t betray the posters she had up in her room, the recordings of all his performances (in multiple copies), the subscriptions to all the major newsletters, fan groups, and forums. She was just another girl with a toothache, like him. No big.   
            When Haley first came up with that, she had no idea that she was going to be leaving home to take a job in Tampa, didn't know that she would be spending any amount of time at TPA, didn't realize that this very airport was where her path and his would finally cross. She thought that magical moment would happen in New York City, where he lived and where she would make a musical pilgrimage to, one day. The next most likely location would have been Houston, his hometown and hers, maybe at a wedding of a friend they apparently had in common. 
            She did not expect Tampa. She was not prepared for this.
            Their eyes met. She didn’t expect that shade of brown, lighter than every photo of him had ever let on. He paused for a moment, cocked his head to one side, and smiled. She gave him a tiny nod and lifted her magazine up, focusing on it, pretending to be really interested in the headlines. Something about a food security breakthrough. How we shouldn’t forget about malaria, or was it mining. 
            He took a seat on the same row as hers, keeping a vacant one between them. The way normal people traveling alone did, when they were hanging out by the boarding gate. (When she was thirteen, she didn't know this either.)
            Hmm, Haley thought, absorbing her peripheral view of him. He's a regular guy. He doesn't look like the kid on my computer wallpaper anymore.
            No, he actually looked hotter. 
            Because Oliver grew up in the public eye, Haley was witness to several phases of his looks. The first one was the scrawny, twelve-year-old Oliver, with the stringy dark hair, the intense look in his eye, the violin in his hand. She first set her eyes on that guy when she was ten years old, watching him on that talent show week after week, like everyone else. 
***
           “This is headed to Bush International, right?” Oliver asked her, and it wasn't happening in her head. It was happening right then and there. Haley opened her mouth but no sound came out. 
            “What?” he said.
            “Yes,” she squeaked. “I mean, yes. Houston. This is it.” 
            “It says Fort Lauderdale.”
            “I know, but that's a glitch. They assured me that we're going to Houston.”
            He looked toward the screen that clearly did not say that, and shrugged. “So we're just going to have to trust all these people right?”   
            “I don't think they're trying to play a trick on us.”
            “I don't know. But suddenly I want to check out Fort Lauderdale.”
            Small talk. By Oliver Cabrera. If there was anything that was going to get her to stop worrying about her possible unemployment, this was it.  “You should, maybe. It's not bad.” Stay cool. That’s it. Good job, Reese. You can be witty another time. Don’t embarrass yourself.
            “Is this a thing? Load people in a vehicle and take them somewhere else? Surprise tourism? Is that how they do it these days?”
            He’s still talking to me. Seriously, Haley was running out of non-idiotic things to say. Her daydreams ended before this point, and were never this detailed. “What you're suggesting,” Haley said, “is like kidnapping. Or really bad service.”
            Oliver's laugh was short and melodramatic, and she blushed a little because she interpreted it as flirty. It was probably not flirty at all, if an objective party were to judge it. 
            “They tell me I have a problem with my imagination,” he told her.
She was all out of prepped lines. The real Haley would actually have to talk to him now. She cleared her throat and went on with it. “Because you use it? Don't believe them. How else do you survive a flight delay?”
            “With conversation,” Oliver answered.




About the Author:
            Mina V. Esguerra writes contemporary romance and young adult novellas. She has a bachelor's degree in Communication and a master's degree in Development Communication, put to good use in her work as trainer and content management consultant. Mina lives in Metro Manila, Philippines, with her husband and daughter.
            She finds inspiration in the lives and experiences of other people, so the answer to "Is this story based on you?" is always, always "No."

17 Mar 2015

Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay


Publication: March 17th 2015 by Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Young Adult; Contemporary; Fiction
One girl. Two stories. Meet Fiona Doyle. The thick ridges of scar tissue on her face are from an accident twelve years ago. Fiona has notebooks full of songs she’s written about her frustrations, her dreams, and about her massive crush on beautiful uber-jock Trent McKinnon. If she can’t even find the courage to look Trent straight in his beautiful blue eyes, she sure isn’t brave enough to play or sing any of her songs in public. But something’s changing in Fiona. She can’t be defined by her scars anymore.
And what if there hadn’t been an accident? Meet Fi Doyle. Fi is the top-rated female high school lacrosse player in the state, heading straight to Northwestern on a full ride. She’s got more important things to deal with than her best friend Trent McKinnon, who’s been different ever since the kiss. When her luck goes south, even lacrosse can’t define her anymore. When you’ve always been the best at something, one dumb move can screw everything up. Can Fi fight back?
Hasn’t everyone wondered what if? In this daring debut novel, Moriah McStay gives us the rare opportunity to see what might have happened if things were different. Maybe luck determines our paths. But maybe it’s who we are that determines our luck.
Congratulations on your release day, Miss Moriah! I adore this book so much especially the cover. It's a pride to me too that I am one of the people who have seen the cover first before it was announced because when I invited Miss Moriah on my blog event, her book don't have a cover yet! I have interviewed her about Everything That Makes You and guess what? She had SO many jobs before this book! Like her on Facebook: Moriah McStay / Follow Moriah on Twitter: @moriahmcstay Subscribe through her bloghttp://moriahmcstay.com/ / Follow M on GoodreadsMoriah McStay

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Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee


Publication: March 17th 2015 by Putnam Juvenile
Genre: Young Adult; Historical Fiction
A powerful story of friendship and sacrifice, for fans of Code Name Verity 
Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you’re a girl, and harder still if you’re Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so they disguise themselves as Sammy and Andy, two boys headed for the California gold rush. Sammy and Andy forge a powerful bond as they each search for a link to their past, and struggle to avoid any unwanted attention. But when they cross paths with a band of cowboys, the light-hearted troupe turn out to be unexpected allies. With the law closing in on them and new setbacks coming each day, the girls quickly learn that there are not many places to hide on the open trail.
This beautifully written debut is an exciting adventure and heart-wrenching survival tale. But above all else, it’s a story about perseverance and trust that will restore your faith in the power of friendship.
Happy Release Day to Miss Stacey Lee! I am so overwhelmed she's one of the authors I have interviewed on my first blog event. She has shared us an exclusive excerpt and awesome soundtracks from her book PLUS a two question interview. Check it out here and swoon with me! I like like like when the protagonists disguised themselves as boys. If you happen to read Under a Painted Sky in advance, I am open for spoilers! *Whispers, I promise not to share. Winks.*

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16 Mar 2015

Blitz: Impervious by Heather Letto

Series: Ascension #1
Publication date: April 29th 2014
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult

The residents of Impervious are the remnant, the survivors of the war of Annihilation. And though the city is chockfull of pleasures to tantalize and entertain, a beast lurks in the corners, haunting the residents with its presence. The Beast, a mysterious and terminal illness killed off most of Generations One, Two, and Three. And as Gen-Four prepares to take the stage, a provocative, yet questionable, new method to avoid an untimely death incites a cultural rage. But Fran lives counter-culture, off the grid in true rebel fashion. With a life far from opulent, she scurries through dark tunnels, searching for hot meals with Pete while ditching the holographic security team. To her, it's a healthy trade-off. Unaccountability means The Council can't steal her sliver of hope, a belief that she'll see The Epoch arrive before The Beast can pull her into its Fetid embrace.


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A Word from the Crowd

Today, we’ve rounded up the characters of Impervious and asked them all one question: 

In just one word, how would you sum up our main character, Fran? 


Pete: Arcs a brow while his mouth twitches to a smile. “Hot.”
Ted: While shaking his head. “Wickworm.”
Nissa: “Who, Wickerbug?” Waves a hand, “I don’t know… I think she’s mad at me.”
Chan:  “Messenger.”
Folsom: Squints into the light. “Who?”
Derrick: “Smooth. No, wait, I mean, cool. And brave.”
Random Council member:  Scoffs, “Rebel.”
Tanya: Scratches her head. “Interesting.”
Retter:  Shrugs, “Friend?”
Ruth: “My joy.” Tears glisten.
Ian: Chuckles. “Sarah-Fran? Oh, definitely Princess.”
Ben: “Fortunate.”
Ema: While patting Ben’s shoulder. “Oh, yes, she’s fortunate, dear. But I’d add delightful as well.”
Marcus: Sneers, “Mine.”


There you have it… the many marks Fran has left on her world. Read her story to find out which character you agree with!

I’m a book-writing, selfie-taking, latte-drinking, social media gal. I’m living a good life on the road as a full-fledged Bedouin (Well, except, my tent is actually a fully-equipped RV.) Me and my partner-in-crime (Benj) tend to hunker down wherever the skies are clear and the temps stay in the 70’s. We call ourselves Gypsy Nerds because we aimlessly wander the U.S. with glasses perched upon our noses and faces jammed into computer screens (for the first half the day... The second half of the day is typically devoted to playing because we’re also somewhat immature.)

Like most authors, the characters I create are my extended family.  And like most readers, when the story ends, I get a little sad. In real life, I have two handsome, hardworking, grown-up boys who know how to make their Mama proud! *Waves to Joey and Mike!*

The Ascension Series is my debut into the world of YA fiction.

I’m living what I love and loving what I live! 

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12 Mar 2015

Life of a Blogger: Favorite Quotes

Life of a Blogger is a weekly feature hosted by Jessi from Novel Hermit where every Thursday we will talk non-bookish topics and/or to know more about the blogger behind this blog.

Today, I'll be sharing my favorite quotes from the books I have read and love. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.


Love Letters to the Dead left me an overwhelming feeling. I can't get enough of it. I know it is compared with Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower but I don't really care. I think Ava's better than Stephen's.

The quote stabs me again and again. It's true that people want to be someone. Me? I want to be someone who's wiser than myself right now. And YES I am scared as a rat. I'm trying to be better. I tried to be someone who has a lot of friends and a lot of people to say HI to when I'm walking down the hall. I tried to be someone who is good at blogging but I am not, neither being appreciated with my reviews on a book. But I guess, no, that's really life is.


Have you read my review of We Were Liars? If no, then don't. Don't because I am never lying the truth.


I know, I know. The quotes I have chosen are a bit painful. There's something in me right now that I can't explain. I think I need a shrink. LOL. Well, whatever. I think this is just because of my midterm grades or family matters. I am in need of silence. I really wanted to be alone until I graduate college. I just wanted to leave this place and live alone. I hope there's still a place where money doesn't matter. I am in need of a paper town.

Share your favorite quotes! I would love to read them and share my thoughts with you. :)

10 Mar 2015

Book Tour: Red by Alyxandra Harvey

Published March 2015 by Entangled Teen
Bad girls burn hot…

Red is the color of Kia Alcott's hair.
It's her temper, which blazes hot and always gets Kia into way too much trouble.
And it's the color of fire. Fires that Kia can start…just by thinking about them.

When her latest “episode” gets her kicked out of school, Kia is shipped off to her grandmother, who works for the wealthy Blackwoods. It's an estate shrouded in secrets, surrounded by rules, and presided over by a family that is far from normal…including the gorgeous and insolent Ethan Blackwood.

Ethan knows far more about the dangers of the forest surrounding the estate than Kia can ever imagine. For this forest has teeth, and Ethan is charged with protecting the outside world from its vicious mysteries.

But inside, even the most vibrant shade of red doesn't stand a chance against the dark secrets of the Blackwood family… 



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Excerpt: Ethan from “Red” by Alyxandra Harvey 
                 I continued along the edge of the property, an arbitrary line drawn by men in business suits in an office in town. The forest was the forest and it only cared about its own ferocious appetite. The Blackwood wards looked innocuous enough: palm-sized Gorgon heads with snakes for hair. Unlike the myth of Medusa, they couldn’t actually turn people to stone, but they worked on the same principle. The magic inside kept people and beast alike away from the estate.
                 I wished it worked on me.
                 I wondered if Kia would notice anything, if she managed to get this far into the forest. Most people didn’t. She didn’t seem like most people, though—I could already tell she saw more than she let on.                  And in this place, that was as dangerous as anything else the magical wards banished.
                 I painted dozens of hidden Gorgon heads with a mixture of blood and bone dust—; most from the butcher shop, others best left unexamined. Magic flickered and flared, intensifying. Even though I’d done this once a month since I turned ten, the hairs on my arms still lifted, prickling like needles.
                 The more magic you used to keep monsters away, the more monsters were drawn to you. It was a delicate balance. Who knew what else had already gotten out?
                 Or in?


About the Author
                 Alyxandra Harvey lives in a stone Victorian house in Ontario, Canada with a few resident ghosts who are allowed to stay as long as they keep company manners. She loves medieval dresses, used to be able to recite all of The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson, and has been accused, more than once, of being born in the wrong century. She believes this to be mostly true except for the fact that she really likes running water, women’s rights, and ice cream.
                 Among her favourite books are ‘The Wood Wife’ by Terri Windling, ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte, and of course, ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen. Elizabeth Bennet is her hero because she’s smart and sassy, and Mr. Darcy is, well, yum.
                 Aside from the ghosts, she also lives with husband and their dogs. She likes cinnamon lattes, tattoos and books.

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9 Mar 2015

Blitz: The Infinite by Lori M. Lee


Release Date:March 10, 2015
Skyscape Publishing
378 pages
The walls of Ninurta keep its citizens safe.
Kai always believed the only danger to the city came from within. Now, with a rebel force threatening the fragile government, the walls have become more of a prison than ever.
To make matters worse, as Avan explores his new identity as an Infinite, Kai struggles to remind him what it means to be human. And she fears her brother, Reev, is involved with the rebels. With the two people she cares about most on opposite sides of a brewing war, Kai will do whatever it takes to bring peace. But she’s lost her power to manipulate the threads of time, and she learns that a civil war might be the beginning of something far worse that will crumble not only Ninurta’s walls but also the entire city.
In this thrilling sequel to Gates of Thread and Stone, Kai must decide how much of her humanity she’s willing to lose to protect the only family she’s ever known.


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“You’re late.”

My stomach gave a familiar flip. Avan stood on the flagstones, a smile tilting his lips. His dark hair was combed neatly back, the steel bar in his eyebrow had been long removed, and he was dressed in the finery of his new station. This wasn’t the boy from the Alley. Unlike my dress, his appearance wasn’t a costume.

I took his hand, my fingers brushing over the calluses on his palm. Did he ever look in the mirror—at the tattoo and the scars and the calluses, grave markers of his past—and wonder, Who are you?



About the Author
Lori is an avid writer, reader, artist, and lover of unicorns. She should probably spend less time on the internet (but she won't). She has a borderline obsessive fascination with unicorns, is fond of talking in capslock, and loves to write about magic, manipulation, and family. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, kids, and a friendly pitbull.



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Blitz: Motocross Me by Cheyanne Young

Publication date: June 4th 2013
Genres: Romance, Young Adult


When Hana Fisher moves to the small town of Mixon, Texas to live with her dad, she dreads having to work at the boring pile of dirt he fondly calls a motocross track. But when she gets there, she finds the rinky-dink dirt bike track from her childhood has grown into the most respected racing track in the state.

Now popular by association, Hana endures the pain and sweat of working in the summer heat in order to fit in with a sport she’s growing to love. She gets a real family, a best friend and not just one, but two of the fastest racers trying to win her heart.

When Hana abuses her status as the track owner’s daughter to help the gorgeous Ryan Russo cheat in the biggest race of the year, she risks more than just losing her job. Every good thing in her life is at stake now- her friends, her dad’s trust, and Ash Carter- the kind-hearted racer who may not be as alluring as Ryan, but is proof that nice guys don’t always finish last.


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                  Just because they’re the two fastest two-fifty Pro riders in Texas, doesn’t mean they have a reason to hate each other. I promise myself I’ll find out the big secret that Shelby doesn’t know. I’ll find it and I’ll fix it. But when I see Ryan, all thoughts of anything remotely comprehensible drift out of my mind like a message in a bottle, tossed out to sea. 

6 Mar 2015

Vendetta by Catherine Doyle


Pinoy Book Tours organized a YA Contemporary book tour and I'm glad to be one of the host! Today, I will be interviewing Catherine Doyle about her edgy, twisty, and absolutely brilliant (Kate Ormand's review on Goodreads) novel!

Vendetta (Blood for Blood #1)

Published January 1st 2015 by Chicken House Ltd
          When it comes to revenge, love is a dangerous complication.With a fierce rivalry raging between two warring families, falling in love is the deadliest thing Sophie could do. An epic debut set outside modern-day Chicago.
          When five brothers move into the abandoned mansion in her neighbourhood, Sophie Gracewell's life changes forever. Irresistibly drawn to bad boy Nicoli, Sophie finds herself falling into a criminal underworld governed by powerful families. As the boys' dark secrets begin to come to light, Sophie is confronted with stinging truths about her own family, too. She must choose between two warring dynasties - the one she was born into, and the one she is falling in love with. When she does, blood will spill and hearts will break.

What is your typical celebration when releasing a book?
For Vendetta, I held an official book launch with special cupcakes, honey pots and other fun treats. There was a bunch of speeches and I signed books too.
Later, at home, my friends and family had a party with champagne and Vendetta-themed cake! 

No matter how many books you write, I'm sure each one has its own challenges. How was this book more challenging to write than your others? How was it easier?
Vendetta was the first novel that I properly finished, but not the first one I started. I think the reason I managed to finish it so quickly (in about a month) was because the characters felt so alive to me. They were writing their own story. And I was passionate about the story from the start. I felt like I knew Sophie, and I couldn’t wait to see what happened to her. It was challenging too because I felt like I had to write it all really quickly so I pushed myself to finish it much sooner than I needed to. That meant some sleepless nights! 
“Imagine if we had no secrets, no respite from the truth. What if everything was laid bare the moment we introduced ourselves?” 
Do you listen to music while you write? If yes, what do you like to listen to?
Yes, I think music is important for setting the right mood for writing. At the moment, I’m loving Hozier, Sam Smith, Kings of Leon, and Mumford and Sons.

Lucky Sophie! Not one but five, FIVE HOT BROTHERS are involved in this gritty YA you wrote! (Okay, sign me up now please. I don't care if they are bad news or not, at all.) Are you planning or even starting a book two right now? Share more! I'm so thrilled!
Haha, yes Sophie’s lucky in that way… but a little bit unlucky in other ways, as people will see! ;) I’m working on book two at the moment, but I’ve only just finished the first draft. I’m hoping to start book three towards the end of the year. Over all, the books will have lots of boys, danger, drama, romance, big decisions and high stakes! I’m really excited for people to get to know Sophie and the boys!
“There is beauty everywhere; even in the dark, there is light, and that is the rarest kind of all.” 

Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity to interview you, Cath! And I hope you guys did enjoy my interview of Miss Doyle. I have not read Vendetta yet so the quotes are from Goodreads. Anyway, this post is the last stop of the book tour so I hope you did have fun with the tour and have visited my co-hosts blog! If you haven't, just click the tour banner above and it will redirect you to PBT with the blog tour schedule. There are cool guest posts and exclusive excerpts given in every tour stop!

Catherine Doyle lives in the west of Ireland. She holds a bachelor’s degrees in psychology and a master’s degree in English from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Vendetta is her first novel. Catherine lives in Galway, Ireland. Follower Catherine on Twitter @Doyle_cat and on Tumblr at www.Catherine-Doyle.tumblr.com.

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