[Blog Tour + Giveaway] CAMP by Lev A.C. Rosen

About the Book

Title: Camp
Author: Lev A.C. Rosen
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (May 26, 2020)
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBT, Queer
Find it on: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository | iTunes | B&N | Kobo | Google Books

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Blurb

From the author of the acclaimed Jack of Hearts (and other parts) comes a sweet and sharp screwball comedy that critiques the culture of toxic masculinity within the queer community.

Sixteen-year-old Randy Kapplehoff loves spending the summer at Camp Outland, a camp for queer teens. It’s where he met his best friends. It’s where he takes to the stage in the big musical. And it’s where he fell for Hudson Aaronson-Lim – who’s only into straight-acting guys and barely knows not-at-all-straight-acting Randy even exists.

This year, though, it’s going to be different. Randy has reinvented himself as ‘Del’ – buff, masculine, and on the market. Even if it means giving up show tunes, nail polish, and his unicorn bedsheets, he’s determined to get Hudson to fall for him.

But as he and Hudson grow closer, Randy has to ask himself how much is he willing to change for love. And is it really love anyway, if Hudson doesn’t know who he truly is?

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About the Author

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Lev Rosen is the author of books for all ages. Two for adults: All Men of Genius (Amazon Best of the Month, Audie Award Finalist) and Depth (Amazon Best of the Year, Shamus Award Finalist, Kirkus Best Science Fiction for April). Two middle-grade books: Woundabout (illustrated by his brother, Ellis Rosen), and The Memory Wall. His first Young Adult Novel, Jack of Hearts (and other parts) was an American Library Association Rainbow List Top 10 of 2018. His books have been sold around the world and translated into different languages as well as being featured on many best of the year lists, and nominated for awards. 

Lev is originally from lower Manhattan and now lives in even lower Manhattan, right at the edge, with his husband and very small cat.

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News

CAMP has been optioned by HBO Max to be turned into a feature film for the streaming service. Academy Award winner Dan Jinks (American Beauty, Milk) will produce through his Dan Jinks Company, and Kit Williamson (creator, director, and star of the Emmy-nominated series EastSiders) will write the screenplay.

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Book Launch

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Giveaway

Win (1) of (2) copies of CAMP by Lev A. C. Rosen (US only). Giveaway runs from May 20 to June 3, 2020. Click here to enter.

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[Review] PERNICIOUS PURSUIT by Gary D. McGugan, 4 out of 5 stars

About the Book

Title: Pernicious Pursuit
Author: Gary D. McGugan
Release Date: April 20, 2020 (ebook)
Genre: Thriller, Action
Find it on: Goodreads | Amazon | Kindle | Kobo

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Review

Howard Knight used to work for and handle the finances of The Organization, an organized crime group, headed by Giancarlo Mareno. He came to his senses, though, and ran away from Mareno’s grip, taking with him ten million euros. This makes him a fugitive but with the help of his most trusted friends, he and his girlfriend, Janet Weissel, have been able to successfully avert Mareno’s eyes. However, even after a couple of years of living warily, Mareno finds him in his residence in the Netherlands and takes him hostage. Luckily for Janet, they have been practicing her getaway in case something like this happens, and is now trying her best to get to Howard’s friend in Germany before the goons find her too.

Gary D. McGugan’s Pernicious Pursuit is a thrilling read that starts with a bang. McGugan doesn’t waste any time and gives the readers whopping action in the first few pages. However, this climactic start loses its magic completely in the next chapters as the pacing slows down. Howard’s capture and Janet’s escape seem to drag longer than necessary. The characterization is great, though; the story is like a huge chessboard with a lot of pawns, but each one of them is well-defined. Even the minor characters are three-dimensional. Also, making Janet a strong and powerful equal of Howard, instead of writing her as a typical damsel in distress, is worthy of commendation. The editing and formatting are also done well as there are no typos present. 

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[Review] LIGHT OF TRUTH by Sherry Crandell, 4 out of 5 stars

About the Book

Title: Light of Truth (Michelli Family Ties Book 3)
Author: Sherry Crandell
Publisher: SG+ Publishing
Pages: 240 pp.
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Christian
Find it on: Goodreads

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Review

Thirteen-year-old Rocco has lived his whole life with only his mom to lean on. Bruno, his physically and emotionally abusive stepfather, has always been out of the picture. His biological dad has never been a topic for discussion until his mom drags both of them out of Bruno’s house to escape. Soon enough, he meets his wealthy dad’s side of the family at his dad’s funeral. Several hours more and his mom disappears.

Fourteen years later, Rocco has already accepted being a Michelli, but the idea that his mom might still be alive is burning wild in his heart. After having been cheated on by an ambitious girlfriend, he starts to date multiple women with their consent. Despite this, his heart still longs for Libby Cash — that one girl who has truly captivated him in the past. They’re bound to see each other again but this time, will Rocco seize the moment and never let Libby go, or will he let her get married to her disrespectful boss?

Sherry Crandell’s Light of Truth is the third installment in Michelli Family Ties. Though being part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. The book is a light but wonderful Christian read. There are a lot of Christian books out there but this one gets it right. Instead of being preachy and superficial by only throwing verses here and there, it talks more about loving and caring for everyone regardless of background. In general, the story has a typical premise which makes it predictable. The Michelli brothers, aside from Rocco, have no defining characteristics. The romance, however, is written well. Rocco and Libby’s journey is slow-paced and full of tension, making the book even more thrilling to read.

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[Blog Tour + Giveaway] WAR AND SPEECH by Don Zolidis

About the Book

Title: War and Speech
Author: Don Zolidis
Publisher: Little Brown (May 5, 2020)
Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction
Find it on: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Google Books | Book Depository

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Blurb

Not everyone can be a winner…

Sydney Williams knows this better than anyone. After her white-collar-criminal dad is sent to prison, Sydney fails almost all of her classes and moves into a dingy apartment with her mom, who can barely support them with her minimum-wage job at the mall. 

A new school promises a fresh start. Except Eaganville isn’t exactly like other high schools. It’s ruled with an iron fist by a speech team that embodies the most extreme winner-takes-all philosophy.

Sydney is befriended by a group of fellow misfits, each of whom has been personally victimized by the speech team. It turns out Sydney is the perfect plant to take down the speech team from within. 

With the help of her co-conspirators, Sydney throws herself into making Nationals in speech, where she will be poised to topple the corrupt regime. But what happens when Sydney realizes she actually has a shot at . . . winning? Sydney lost everything because of her dad’s obsession with being on top. Winning at speech might just be her ticket out of a life of loserdom. Can she really walk away from that?

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Excerpt

CHAPTER TEN

The Plan

Thomas leaned on the table and stared at me.

“You seem like a nice person,” he said. “Why would you want to do that?”

“Well, I had a peer counseling session with Logan, and he said I wasn’t hot enough for Speech and Debate, so—”

Lakshmi interrupted me. “Are you fucking kidding?!”

“Yeah, I know.”

“You’re so hot. I would totally do you.”

“Thanks. That means a lot.”

She laughed and raised her Chardonnay tipsily.

“I basically said I was the LeBron James of speech at my last school and that I was joining the team just to piss him off. I’m not gonna do it, guys. It was a joke. I have no idea what speech even is.”

Elijah nodded. “Logan sucks. They all suck. And it’s like—I was on the team, all right, the whole culture is toxic. And Coach Sparks is the worst; he’s like the boss demon in charge of it. He’s practically satanic.”

“Don’t get me started on him,” I said.

“You know him?”

Do I tell them? “I’m aware of his work. I’ve had encounters with him before.”

“Yeah, well, he’s the reason I quit. And he’s the reason I can’t . . .” He trailed off, biting his lip. “He ruins people, all right? I had a scholarship lined up with the U of M for next year—he called them up and they canceled it. He blackballed me.”

“He can do that?” I said.

“He runs the school. He’s more powerful than the principal. And if you cross him . . .”

Lakshmi set her glass down. “My little sister, Rani, is on the team.”

“Shit.”

“She’s JV this year, but she’s competitive, so she’s gonna be varsity eventually. And then she’s gonna like . . . turn into one of those sons-of-bitches.”

“The varsity squad,” said Elijah, “is the worst. They’re like seven Voldemorts.”

Thomas objected. “You can’t have seven Voldemorts. That doesn’t make any sense. They’re Death Eaters, at most.”

“They are fucking Voldemorts.”

“The entire term ‘Voldemorts’ is nonsense.”

“What about Andrew?”

“Okay, he’s a Voldemort, and everyone else is a Death Eater.”

“Fine, they’re supervillains, then. Like the Legion of Doom or the Sinister Seven.”

“The Sinister Seven isn’t a thing,” added Thomas.

Lakshmi slammed her fist on the table. “Can you two shut up and stop nerding out for a second? I don’t give a shit who they are, someone needs to take them out.”

Everyone was quiet for a moment.

“Like murder?” asked Elijah, hesitatingly.

“No!”

“’Cause Sydney’s dad probably knows a guy.”

“My dad’s in prison for tax evasion, he definitely does not know a guy.”

Lakshmi sighed. “No, I mean just—get him fired, destroy their grip on the school . . . something like that.”

“Man,” said Elijah. “I would pay good money to some other speech team to take them down. Just destroy them in open combat. Cheat if they have to. The whole varsity squad and Sparks.”

Silence descended on the table.

I cocked an eyebrow.

One person can ruin a whole team.

“No one can beat them from the outside,” I said. “But what if I could beat them from the inside?”

Lakshmi looked at me. “What are you talking about?”

“There’s no way,” said Elijah. “They’re better than you. Plus, they all do different events. How could you beat all of them?”

“No no no,” said Thomas. “I get it. You don’t have to beat all of them. You could just be the bad apple that spoils the bunch. They wouldn’t even know it was coming from you—the evil is inside the house.”

Tabb arrived at the table. “What’s up, peeps?” he said, and nodded his head ever so slightly. “Just wanted to let you know that I can give you the check at any time, and there’s no rush, but if you guys are done then—”

“We’re not done,” said Lakshmi. “I’m gonna get a bottle of wine.”

Tabb shook his head. “Look, guys, I know you think that you’re cool as hell or whatever—”

Lakshmi narrowed her eyes. “Tabb, I like you. But what if I told you that I was really seventeen and you had mistakenly served me alcohol because you couldn’t tell the difference between two Indian people? And furthermore, what if I went to your manager and said that you had served someone who was underage, even though you’ve been trained explicitly not to do that? How do you think that would reflect on you?”

Tabb’s mouth disappeared into a tiny slit. “What are your demands?” he said.

“First, I’m gonna need you to clear these plates. Then, we need a fresh paper tablecloth and some sharpened crayons. Finally, a dessert menu for everyone and a bottle of your house white.”

He locked eyes with her for a moment. “Very well, Najima.”

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About the Author

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Don Zolidis grew up in Wisconsin, went to college in Minnesota, and is mostly known for being a really funny playwright. For the past five years, he’s been the most-produced playwright in American schools. His more than one hundred published plays have been performed tens of thousands of times, and have appeared in sixty-four different countries. He currently splits his time between New York and Texas, and has two adorable boys who will someday read this book and have a lot of questions. He aspires to owning a dog. His first novel was The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig.

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Giveaway

Win a copy of WAR AND SPEECH by Don Zolidis (US only). This giveaway runs from April 29 to May 13, 2020. Click here to enter!

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[Blitz] DON’T GO STEALING MY HEART by Kelly Siskind

About the Book

Title: Don’t Go Stealing My Heart
Author:
Kelly Siskind
Publisher:
CD Books (April 22, 2020)
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary
Find it on: Amazon | Apple | Nook | Kobo | Goodreads

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Blurb

She wants to steal his Van Gogh. He wants to steal her heart.

Some people would call Clementine Abernathy a criminal. She considers herself a modern day Robin Hood, who steals from the rich and gives to the poor. Not exactly on the up-and-up, but she knows what it’s like to lose everything. Her latest heist involves swiping a priceless Van Gogh from its owner, who’s supposed to be an egotistical trust-fund brat.

Turns out Jack David is a sexy, kind-hearted man… and Clementine is in trouble. Falling for her mark would make her the World’s Dumbest Conwoman, but Jack is charmingly persistent, always singing sweet songs in her ear.

And that earth-shattering kiss? She never stood a chance.

Now she’s imagining a fresh start with this dashing man, but that means telling Jack about her past. And other nefarious sorts are after the same painting. Too soon, Clementine learns what it means to risk it all for love.

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Excerpt

God, she wanted to kiss him, and do so much more. To experience sex with someone who knew pieces of her puzzle, who didn’t pity her but lifted her up. If he got his skilled hands on her, she feared and thrilled at what could happen.

“You said you couldn’t ask me on a date,” she said, voice shaky. A pitiful attempt to force their distance.

She’d kissed marks on a job before. She’d play up her prude innocence and nothing more would happen. Rich men, she’d learned, found a hard-to-get woman enticing. A change from gold-diggers hunting for prey. After locating her targeted loot, she’d then feign illness and thank her dates, never to return their calls. A week or month or two later, she’d sneak in and secure her score.

No residual guilt. No longing for what could have been.

Kissing Jack David would wreck her. She knew it. She wasn’t sure she could avoid it, or even worse, fight it.

“I did say I couldn’t date you, didn’t I?” Jack mused, unaware of her turmoil. Or maybe he was aware. It was impossible to hide her trembling limbs. “But kissing isn’t dating, is it?”

“You’re suddenly forward.” As hard as Shy Jack was to resist, Bold Jack was proving more challenging.

“Thing is,” he said, back to drawing sexy circles on his beer bottle, not meeting her eyes. “I’m painfully awkward around beautiful women, which is why I’ve been curt with you at times and generally artless. But when I get comfortable with someone, when trust takes over the nerves”—he looked at her then, right into her eyes—“when that happens, the confidence I feel on stage bleeds into my life.”

He continued staring at her, unabashed, no wobble or skittishness in sight. Shivers erupted along her arms.

This is who I am, his piercing blue eyes said.

I like you. I trust you. I want to kiss you.

Everything she felt in spades. “I think classifying the kiss as dating or messing around depends on the kissing,” she said, breathless.

“Excellent point.” He hummed, still focused on her.

She struggled to fill her lungs.

He smirked knowingly. “Let’s say, for argument’s sake, that I kiss your cheek. Would that be considered acceptable? A non-date kiss?”

The mentioned spot tingled with anticipation. “I believe that would be allowed.”

“And the crescent-moon scar on your shoulder?”

A shaky “yes” was all she managed.

“And the three freckles on your nose, and the birthmark just below your right collarbone, and the one on the back of your neck, that lines up with your spine?” He said all of this with his eyes locked on hers, confident in his seduction. He’d been studying her body without doing so overtly. No different than the way she’d snuck glances of his strapping physique while they’d been running or when emphasized in his tailored suits. Both of them had been lusting from the sidelines.

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About the Author

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A small-town girl at heart, Kelly moved from the city to enjoy the charm of northern Ontario. When she’s not out hiking with her husband or home devouring books, you can find her, notepad in hand, scribbling down one of the many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head.

Her novels have been published internationally.

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[Blitz + Giveaway] BENEATH THE SURFACE by Abbi Cook

About the Book

Title: Beneath The Surface
Author: Abbi Cook
Release date: April 14, 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Find it on: Goodreads | Amazon

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Blurb

I was born and bred to be a killer. It’s all I’m supposed to be.
I take no prisoners. Until Lily. For her, I make an exception. But only for a week.
When I walk in, time starts ticking down to zero. Her father has seven days to save her.
Until then, she’s mine. Mine to have. Mine to take.
Mine to keep.

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Excerpt

He leans in close to me and takes a deep breath in, letting it out slowly as an ominous hum reverberates in the space around us. “I don’t know what you’re doing, little girl, but trust me, you don’t want to tease a man stuck out alone in the country.”

“You’re not alone. I’m here.”

Cason’s gaze travels down my body and back up again to meet mine. His lids heavy, he looks at me hungrily. “You’re playing with fire here, Lily. You’re going to get hurt.”

My knees shake at how intimidating he sounds, but I press them together and flash him my best fuck me smile. “I’m not a child, Cason. It’s not like I don’t know things.”

“And what do you think this is? Do you think if you get me to fuck you that I won’t want to kill you when the time comes? Is that what you’re thinking?” he asks in a low voice, his warm breath drifting over my ear with each word he practically hisses out before he steps back away from me. 

My heart sinks at how callously he dismisses my plan, but I can’t let him see how frightened I am at this very moment. This can work. I know it can. I just have to see it through. 

So I take a step closer to him, close enough that I can feel the heat coming from him through that black T-shirt that fits so perfectly over his toned body. I look up into his dark eyes and swallow hard. “What I was thinking was I didn’t want to be alone, Cason.”

The words hang in the sliver of space that separates us as I wait for him to respond. He just needs to say yes and I can do this. 

He looks down at my T-shirt, and then his hand touches my hip, sending need dancing through me. “I’m not one of those boys you tease to get your own way, Lily. This is your one last chance to go back to your room and pretend this never happened because if I let you come in, the word no doesn’t exist in here.”

Every word drips with a threat of something he thinks I can’t handle, but I don’t care. Whatever he is inside that room, at least I’ll be alive there at the week’s end. 

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About the Author

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Abbi Cook grew up wondering if she was different because she always wanted to know more about the villain than the hero in the stories she read. When she got older, she found there were others in the world like her and devoured their writing, loving every dark word. She’s written her own tales for years, but in 2019 she decided it was time to take the next step and publish them. She’s never looked back since that day.

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Giveaway

Win a $10 Amazon gift card (Intl). Giveaway ends on April 23, 2020. Click here to enter.

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