SST Tour Interview: Mackenzi Lee & The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

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Today on the blog, Mackenzi Lee, author of the upcoming release The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, is here to talk writing, favorites, and so much more. First check out all the details on her new book below!


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Published by Katherine Tegen Books

Expected on June 27, 2017

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My Review

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Witty, romantic, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a sumptuous romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.

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Interview

What is your go to reward for hitting a deadline?

Depends on the deadline. My deadline rewards have ranged from French fries with dinner to a Kate Spade handbag I’d been coveting for years.  

Do you edit while writing or wait until the end?

I try so hard to wait until I’m done with a draft before I go back and start editing. I’m a firm believer that all a first draft has to do is exist as words on the page, and if I go back and read and edit what I’ve written, I get very self conscious about how bad my writing is and how far I have to go. It stunts my ability to draft.

What are some of your favorite books at the moment?

Oh gosh. I’ve been obsessed with The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery for a year, which is a nonfiction book that made me fall in love with octopuses. Turns out, they are basically the most amazing creatures on the planet. I am also aggressively enamored with Landline by Rainbow Rowell, which I read in one fell swoop on a plane and cried my eyes out over.

How do you spend your free time? Any hobbies?

Many! I love to bake, play the piano and the ukulele, draw and handletter, travel, see theater, watch Star Wars, and drink Diet Coke.

Favorite genre to read?

Historical–I am aggressively predictable.

Favorite foods?

Vanilla soft serve ice cream.

Favorite travel destinations?

I sort of designed Monty, Percy, and Felicity’s itinerary in the book around my favorite places I’ve traveled. Venice and Barcelona are my two favorite cities in the world, though I just went to Amsterdam as research for another book and fell pretty hard.

Thanks so much Mackenzi for answering my questions! Continue reading

SST Review & Giveaway: Internet Famous by Danika Stone

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Today I’m happy to bring you a review of Internet Famous by Danika Stone for the SST Blog Tour. Check out my thoughts and all the details below!


InternetFamousInternet Famous by Danika Stone

Published by Swoon Reads on June 6, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 320 Format: eARC Source: NG

4/5 Stars

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I acquired this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

High school senior and internet sensation Madison Nakama seems to have it all: a happy family, good grades, and a massive online following for her pop-culture blog. But when her mother suddenly abandons the family, Madi finds herself struggling to keep up with all of her commitments.

Fandom to the rescue! As her online fans band together to help, an online/offline flirtation sparks with Laurent, a French exchange student. Their internet romance—played out in the comments section of her MadLibs blog—attracts the attention of an internet troll who threatens the separation of Madi’s real and online personas. With her carefully constructed life unraveling, Madi must uncover the hacker’s identity before he can do any more damage, or risk losing the people she loves the most… Laurent included.

Last year I discovered the wonderful talent that is Danika Stone through the Sunday Street Team and I couldn’t pass up the chance to read and review her newest release, Internet Famous. Madi is a big time blogger but has to keep her real life separate. When both crash together, things begin to unravel and a troll lurking in the shadows comes out of hiding. 

Madi is an absolutely endearing character. She’s witty, smart, and totally passionate. She takes on so much and has a hard time connecting IRL. Laurent, my utterly charming French boy who’s good with a camera, stole so many scenes. And the two of them together was such a joy to read. I also really liked Madi’s sister, Sarah, and the familial bond between them.

The online community can be a magical place. Connecting with people who are passionate about the same things, sharing this joy far and wide, and making lasting impressions on those you’ve never met. All this can be seen first hand through Madi’s eyes. Unfortunately with the good comes the bad and online harassment has gotten worse and worse. Stone shows the extremes from persistent attacks to actual doxxing. 

I did have a few issues with this story, mostly in regards to the family aspects. First of all, what mother screws up the schedule of her autistic child, for her own selfish goals. Not to mention leaving most of her care to her other underage daughter. Plus the father was completely non existent when it came to parenting. Madi had to handle everything on her own and that really grated on me.

Overall Internet Famous by Danika Stone was an adorable and clever story that highlighted both the good and the bad of the online community. Madi and Laurent were ridiculously sweet and I totally connected with the two of them. Plenty of swoons were had but I did have a few minor issues along the way. If you’re looking for a cute romance with a dose of reality, this one is definitely for you.

Are you interested in Internet Famous? Read Stone’s other title All the Feels?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!


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About the Author

DanikaStonePortrait2Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both teens (All the Feels and Internet Famous) adults (Edge of Wild and Intaglio). When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.

Ms. Stone is represented by Morty Mint of Mint Literary Agency.

Social Media:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Danika-Stone/426003857425751?fref=nf

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Danika_Stone

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linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danika-stone-99783769/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmYNXyohrKMkIgsWLLbMjEA

Tumblr: http://danikastone.tumblr.com/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/authordstone/


Giveaway

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Tour Schedule

5/22 ~ Tine Reviews

5/23 ~ The Heart of a Book Cover

5/24 ~ Fafa’s Book Corner

5/25 ~ The Ultimate Fangirl

5/26 ~ The Cozy Little Book Nook

5/29 ~ The Hermit Librarian

5/30 ~ Paved with Books

5/31 ~ Books and Ladders

6/1 ~ Boundless Bookaholic

6/2 ~ Recommends Book

6/5 ~ Little Book Wyrm

6/6 ~ Bookstackamber

6/7 ~ Pondering the Prose

6/8 ~ Bayy in Wonderland

6/9 ~ Hopeful Reads

6/12 ~ A Gingerly Review

6/13 ~ The Litaku

6/14 ~ Downright Dystopian

6/15 ~ Books, TV, & More…Oh My!

6/16 ~ A Backwards Story


SST Tour Interview & Giveaway: Laura Silverman & Girl Out of Water

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Today on the blog Laura Silverman, author of the upcoming release Girl Out of Water, is here to talk writing, favorites, and so much more. First check out all the details on her new book and be sure to enter the giveaway!


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Published by Sourcebooks Fire

Expected on May 2, 2017

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Ocean breeze in her hair and sand between her toes, Anise can’t wait to spend the summer before her senior year surfing and hanging out on the beach with friends. Santa Cruz is more than her home-it’s her heart. But when her aunt, a single mother, is in a serious car accident, Anise must say goodbye to California to help care for her three young cousins.

Landlocked Nebraska is the last place Anise wants to be. Sure, she loves her family, but it’s hard to put her past behind her when she’s living in the childhood house of the mother who abandoned her. And with every Instagram post, her friends back home feel further away.

Then she meets Lincoln, a charismatic, one-armed skater who challenges her to swap her surfboard for a skateboard. Because sometimes the only way to find your footing is to let go.

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Interview

How do you choose names for your characters?

For the most part they just come to me, but every now and then I end up scrolling through lists of names trying to find the perfect match. Usually when I see the right name it clicks instantly.

What is your go to reward for hitting a deadline?

A break! And finally catching up on my TBR! I love marathon-ing a bunch of books after a deadline because it’s often really hard to keep up with my reading when I’m in the writing zone.

Plotter or Pantser?

A little bit of both but I definitely lean towards pantser. I’ll usually have a vague idea of the big picture but only outline a few chapters at a time. Once I actually write those few chapters I have a better sense of what the next few will look like and so on.

What are some of your favorite books?

Always an impossible question! My favorite genre is YA Contemporary, but I read all genres too. Some recent favorite reads are THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED, THE HATE U GIVE, WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI, and UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES.

How do you spend your free time? Any hobbies?

I used to love going to concerts, and I hope to be able to do so again. Same with walking nature trails. I’ve recently gotten into stationary and sending letters to my friends and family

Favorite foods?

Sushi! Also sushi! Then probably Mexican, Thai, and like really good salads (not just iceberg lettuce and a cherry tomato haha).

Favorite travel destinations?
I love the beach and the mountains – just getting away and decompressing. But I’ve also loved traveling to big cities with tons of museums and epic food.

Thanks so much Laura for answering my questions! Continue reading

SST Interview & Giveaway: The Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen

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Sunday Street Team is a monthly feature highlighting upcoming releases and promoting new authors. SST was created and run by Nori over at ReadWriteLove28.

TWTGTWSThe Way to Game the Walk of Shame by Jenn P. Nguyen

Published by Swoon Reads on June 7, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

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Taylor Simmons is screwed.

Things were hard enough when her single-minded dedication to her studies earned her the reputation of being an Ice Queen, but after getting drunk at a party and waking up next to bad boy surfer Evan McKinley, the entire school seems intent on tearing Taylor down with mockery and gossip.

Desperate to salvage her reputation, Taylor persuades Evan to pretend they’re in a serious romantic relationship. After all, it’s better to be the girl who tames the wild surfer than just another notch on his surfboard.


I am thrilled to have Jenn Nguyen on the blog today to talk about everything from her debut novel, The Way to Game the Walk of Shame, to favorite destinations and TV shows. Check out her responses and don’t forget the giveaway at the end!

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SST Review & Giveaway: All the Feels by Danika Stone

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Sunday Street Team is a monthly feature highlighting upcoming releases and promoting new authors. SST was created and run by Nori over at ReadWriteLove28.

AlltheFeelsAll the Feels by Danika Stone

Published by Swoon Reads on June 7, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 336 Format: eARC Source: NetGalley

5/5 Stars

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College freshman Liv is more than just a fangirl: The Starveil movies are her life… So, when her favorite character, Captain Matt Spartan, is killed off at the end of the last movie, Liv Just. Can’t. Deal.

Tired of sitting in her room sobbing, Liv decides to launch an online campaign to bring her beloved hero back to life. With the help of her best friend, Xander, actor and steampunk cosplayer extraordinaire, she creates #SpartanSurvived, a campaign to ignite the fandom. But as her online life succeeds beyond her wildest dreams, Liv is forced to balance that with the pressures of school, her mother’s disapproval, and her (mostly nonexistent and entirely traumatic) romantic life. A trip to DragonCon with Xander might be exactly what she needs to figure out what she really wants.

I received this eARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


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SST Review & Giveaway: Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

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Sunday Street Team is a monthly feature highlighting upcoming releases and promoting new authors. SST was created and run by Nori over at ReadWriteLove28.

9780399175411_OutrunTheMoon_BOM.inddOutrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

Published by G. P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on May 24, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Historical Fiction

Pages: 350 Format: eARC Source: NetGalley

5/5 Stars

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San Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. Not to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses, Mercy stands strong—until disaster strikes.

On April 18, an historic earthquake rocks San Francisco, destroying Mercy’s home and school. With martial law in effect, she is forced to wait with her classmates for their families in a temporary park encampment. Mercy can’t sit by while they wait for the Army to bring help. Fires might rage, and the city may be in shambles, yet Mercy still has the ‘bossy’ cheeks that mark her as someone who gets things done. But what can one teenaged girl do to heal so many suffering in her broken city?

I received this eARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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SST Interview & Giveaway: The Island by S. Usher Evans

 

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Sunday Street Team is a monthly feature highlighting upcoming releases and promoting new authors. SST was created and run by Nori over at ReadWriteLove28.

TheIslandThe Island by S. Usher Evans

Published by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing on April 26, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Romance, Fantasy

Pages: 260

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Prince Galian is third in line to the throne, but prefers his place as a resident at the Royal Kylaen Hospital. When his father urges him to join the military to help reclaim their colony, Galian is forced to put aside his oath to Do No Harm and fight a war he does not believe in.

Across the great Madion Sea, Captain Theo Kallistrate dreams of a day when she is no longer bound by conscription to fight for her country’s independence. But when the Kylaens threaten, honor and duty call her to the front lines to fight off the oppressors.

When an air skirmish goes wrong, both Theo and Galian crash on a remote island hundreds of miles from either nation. Grievously injured, Theo must rely on Galian’s medical expertise, and Galian must rely on Theo’s survival skills, to live another day in a harsh and unforgiving terrain.

Can they put aside their differences long enough to survive? Or will the war that brought them to the island tear them apart?

I’m so excited to have S. Usher Evans on the blog today to talk about writing, life, and her new book The Island! Plus, check out the giveaway below!

About the Author

S. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a “real job” as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for the birds and rekindled a childhood passion for writing novels. She sold everything she owned and moved back to Pensacola, where she currently resides with her two dogs, Zoe and Mr. Biscuit.

Evans is the author of the Razia series and Empath, both published by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing.

So, here we go!

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