Monday Funday with Paula Stokes: Interview

Today we’re glad to be part of Paula Stokes blog hop for Liars INC!

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Let’s take a look at Liars Inc!


 

For fans of Gone Girl, I Hunt Killers, and TV’s How to Get Away with Murder.

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? In a story that Kirkus Reviews called “Captivating to the very end,” Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.

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Now to the interview with Paula Stoke!

1. How did you get the idea for Liars, Inc. and why did you write this book?

Paula:  I actually got the idea for LIARS back in early 2010, before I was agented. The idea for the business of Liars, Inc. came partly from an illegal lottery my brother ran in sixth grade and partly from a movie I saw in South Korea called The Alibi, in which a guy provides professional alibi services, mostly for men cheating on their wives. But although lying for profit is a fun hook, ultimately this book went in a darker direction.

I wrote LIARS for entertainment purposes, but just because it’s not “literary” doesn’t mean there’s nothing to think about. Like how well do we know people? How do we decide who we should and shouldn’t trust? How far are we willing to go to protect ourselves? How far are we willing to go to hurt others? Are there times when it’s better to always tell the truth? What is the true definition of family? My goal was to write a dark, fun book that’s compulsively readable and has a satisfying ending. I like the idea of giving people something to think about too, but I never really start a project with a big moral or message in mind.

 

2.What is your writing technique like? Do you have a certain spot you write? Do you drink coffee? Tell us your secret!

Paula: I write mostly at my kitchen table. Sorry, I know that’s not very exciting. Not only do I drink coffee, apparently I drink it super-concentrated. My mom just sent me a package that said:“Makes up to 40 cups” and I think it made about ten cups for me. Am I going to die from that?

Other than turbo-charged coffee, my secret is a lot of hard work. Most of you would be horrified to know how many hours I sit tethered to my computer each week. I also make lists and deadlines for everything. I haven’t had an actual publisher deadline since last year because I’m waiting on edit letters for both 2016 books and my 2017 manuscripts aren’t due until the end of the year. But I make my own writing and promotional deadlines every month to stay productive, and most of the time I meet them.

 

3.Are you working on anything new?

I’m always working on a multiple projects, so after LIARS there *might* be an indie NA book at the end of 2015—the fun variety, not the uber-dramatic kind. I go back and forth on really wanting to put out a second book this year and telling myself to slow down because there’s no rush and it’d be better to sell it to a publisher. But whenever and however it ends up releasing, I’m super excited about my first NA book. It’s full of best friends and romance and bromance and hilarious old people and travel hijinks all around Thailand. If that’s not win x 5, I don’t know what is :)

Then there will be both VICARIOUS and BAD LUCK CHARM in early 2016. VICARIOUS is a psychological thriller, the story of a high-tech Korean stunt girl who has to search worlds both real and virtual to find her missing sister. It’s dark, dramatic, and twisty. Perfect for fans of ALL OUR YESTERDAYS or THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. BAD LUCK CHARM is the story of an Irish girl who’s convinced she reflects bad luck on people around her. She crosses paths with a boy tennis pro who doesn’t believe in bad luck, and the two of them engage in a series of seven challenges designed to test her “curse.” It’s fun and romantic, perfect for fans of THE ART OF LAINEY or SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE.

 

4. Tell us something crazy about yourself!

It saddens me to realize most of my wild stuff is from long, long ago. But here’s something–I am the only person on the whole internet with my real name. My parents blessed me with a weird first name and a weird last name, neither of which I like >_< Paula is a nickname and Stokes is a family maiden name. What else? My sister and I once got interrogated by Customs agents who thought we had drugs because we were the last people off a cruise ship. I’ve petted a full-sized tiger and a full-sized gray whale. And a stingray. And a sea lion. And a monkey. And a dolphin. And a boa constrictor. And an elephant. I’ll stop now, but I could keep going :D

 

5. Any words of wisdom for newbie writers?

Paula: Find your own particular way and don’t let anyone tell you it’s wrong. Before I started working for Paper Lantern Lit (writing Venom) I wasn’t on twitter or FB and I was only a member of one writing forum. I wouldn’t trade all the great people I’ve met (or e-met) since then for anything, but sometimes I miss that insulation. I miss having a quiet head that isn’t full of other people’s worries and accomplishments. So if you don’t want to be super-connected, especially before you get published, that’s fine. If you want to plot or not plot, that’s fine. If you write in chronological order or in “scene with most kissing to scene with least kissing” order (I prefer #2 :D) that’s fine. If you vomit-draft, that’s fine. If you revise as you go along, that’s fine. Sometimes what works will change from week to week or book to book. Yep, that’s fine too.

Also, find solid crit partners. A good CP sends feedback that energizes you to make your book better. If your feedback either convinces you that your book is perfect or makes you think you’re so bad you should just quit altogether, you need to find new partners. I mean, unless you really really don’t want partners, in which case that’s fine too.

Thank you so much for appearing today Paula!


 

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Paula Stokes writes stories about flawed characters with good hearts who sometimes make bad decisions. She’s the author of THE ART OF LAINEY, INFINITE REPEAT, LIARS INC., and several other forthcoming YA novels. When she’s not writing, she’s kayaking, hiking, reading, or seeking out new adventures in faraway lands. Paula loves interacting with readers. Find her online at authorpaulastokes.com or on twitter as @pstokesbooks.

 

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http://www.liarsincbook.com

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www.facebook.com/pstokesbooks

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Until next time!

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Southern Fried Wiccan Blog Hop

Today we’re excited to be apart of the Southern Fried Wiccan Blog Hop! Today we have some yummy recipes to go with this delicious book!

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Let’s take a look at Southern Fried Wiccan!


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Cilla Swaney is thrilled to return stateside, where she can hang up her military-brat boots for good. Finally, she’ll be free to explore her own interests—magick and Wicca. But when she arrives at her grandma’s farm, Cilla discovers that life in the South isn’t quite what she expected. At least while country hopping, she never had to drink G-ma’s crazy fermented concoctions, attend church youth group, make co-op deliveries…or share her locker with a snake-loving, fire-lighting, grimoire-stealing Goth girl…

…Who later invites her to a coven that Cilla’s not sure she has the guts to attend. But then Emilio, the dark-haired hottie from her charter school, shows up and awakens her inner goddess. Finally, Cilla starts believing in her ability to conjure magick. Until…

…All Hades breaks loose. A prank goes wrong during their high school production of Macbeth, and although it seems Emilio is to blame, Cilla and Goth may pay the price. Will Cilla be able to keep the boy, her coven, and the trust of her family? Or will this Southern Wiccan get battered and fried?

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southern 2About the author:

Born and raised in North Carolina, Susan Sipal had to travel halfway across the world and return home to embrace her father and grandfather’s penchant for telling a tall tale.  After having lived with her husband in his homeland of Turkey for many years, she suddenly saw the world with new eyes and had to write about it.  Perhaps it was the emptiness of the Library of Celsus at Ephesus that cried out to be refilled, or the myths surrounding the ancient Temple of Artemis, but she’s been writing stories filled with myth and mystery ever since.  She can’t wait to share Southern Fried Wiccan with readers in March 2015.

  


 

How fabulous is that cover? Now to the fabulous recipes with S.P. Sipal!

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Brewing Up Your Own Bubbly from Southern Fried Wiccan By S.P. Sipal

Do you like soft drinks? Are you a Coke or Pepsi person? Mountain Dew or Sprite?

I used to love soft drinks until I realized a few years ago that I felt better without so much sugar, or even the artificial sweeteners of the diet versions. It was then that I discovered that I could make my own fizzy drinks in a more natural way. In fact, modern-day soft drinks are descendants of the ancient practice of fermentation.

Cilla Swaney, the main character in my Young Adult novel Southern Fried Wiccan, thinks the stuff her aging hippy grandmother brews up in her farmhouse kitchen is vile. But as she gets to know her G-ma and discovers that the hottie she’s been eyeing at school loves the ginger beer, she decides to give it a try. Turns out, homemade soft drinks aren’t that bad. And like any good kitchen witch, Cilla likes concocting her own potions by playing with different flavors.

So I thought it might be fun to share a couple of G-ma’s best recipes with you. Emil, Cilla’s soon-to-be boyfriend, is partial to ginger beer, but Cilla develops a fondness for the versatility of kombucha, a fermented tea. Both of these drinks get their bubbly from the natural process of fermentation rather than simply adding CO2.

Note: As these are beverage ferments, both recipes produce a very slight alcohol content, but not so much that they can’t be sold to minors in stores.

Beware: Both of these brews can get quite bubbly. Cool bottles in the fridge before drinking, and then you probably want to open them over a sink!

Kombucha Recipe

If you understand the basic concept of what kombucha is, it’s really easy to make. Kombucha is tea that is fermented, then bottled and allowed to ferment a second time until the bubbly builds up. That’s it.

You’ll find lots of recipes online that vary slightly, but the general rule is to brew tea, add sugar, and then when it cools, add your culture (called a SCOBY or a mother). SCOBYs can be found online or maybe locally. I’ve had success with both Ebay and Craigslist. For the kombucha starter, you can buy a bottle of kombucha at a local health food store to get you started and also see what you’re shooting for. But if it’s your first time tasting kombucha, let me warn you…the homemade version is a lot better because you can stop the fermenting to suit your taste!

Ingredients:

  • 8 tea bags, or 6-7 tsp loose-leaf tea
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 14 cups water
  • 1 SCOBY
  • 1 cup Kombucha starter

Equipment:

  • A big, glass bowl or jar that will hold 1 gallon
  • Some cotton kitchen towels that you don’t mind getting stained
  • A plastic strainer

Directions:

Brew the tea just like you would anytime you’re making tea. Some people make kombucha out of green tea, but kombucha is traditionally made from regular black tea. You don’t want to use herbal tea, however, as then it would not be kombucha.

While the tea is still hot, stir in the cup of sugar until dissolved. Let cool, then pour into your container of choice. I like to use a wide Pyrex gallon bowl because the greater circumference seems to help the brewing process. But lots of people brew in a big gallon jar.

Once the tea is cooled, add in your SCOBY and your starter culture. Then, cover the mouth of your bowl or jar with a towel secured by a large rubber band. This will keep out flies and other varmints while your kombucha ferments. Set it in a warm, dark space away from traffic.

Length of time to ferment varies based on your personal taste (whether you want it sweeter or tangier), temperature in the house, and type of vessel you’re fermenting in. The minimum, in my experience and with my taste, is 5 days. But in winter, I’ve seen it take 2-3 weeks.

You can determine when it’s ready by taking a straw, slipping it between the side of the container and the SCOBY (that should have spread across the top), and taking a sip. If you like the taste, it’s done!

Then, using clean bottles that you can stopper firmly, and using a funnel (and strainer if you want to weed out the culture), pour your tea into the bottles and close them up. Leave the SCOBY (which has probably grown a baby) and enough of the kombucha in your jar for your new batch. Place your bottled brew in a warm, dark space to brew for about 3-5 more days, and then store in your fridge until you’re ready to drink.

**Note – During the second ferment, when adding the kombucha to the bottle, it is at this stage that some people, like my gal Cilla, choose to add different flavors. You can find many recommendations online. Play with it and have fun!

You can find more detailed directions with step-by-step pictures online as well.

Ginger Beer Recipe

To make ginger beer, you first ferment what’s called a “bug,” then add this starter to a ginger syrup, add water, and bottle.

To make the bug:

  • 2 tsp grated ginger
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup water

Stir all this together in a jar, then cover it with a dish towel sealed with a rubber band, and keep in a warm place out of traffic. Feed your bug by adding the same ingredients above daily until it starts bubbling.

To make the beer:

  • 2 quarts water
  • 2-4 tsp grated ginger (to taste)
  • 5 cups sugar

Boil these ingredients together for about 12 – 15 mins. Let cool.

Add the juice of 2 lemons and the bug (reserving a couple of TBSPs if you plan to keep the bug going).

Run the mixture through a strainer, and then add water to make a full gallon.

Bottle in clean, sealable bottles. Place in a warm spot and let ferment for 10 days – 2 weeks, again depending on your taste and the warmth of the room. Store in the fridge until ready to drink.

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Whether you’re a witch or not, I hope you like brewing up your own soft drinks. You can find so many more recipes online and experiment with your own flavorings. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you could even try G-ma’s beet kvass or grape cooler!


Doesn’t that sound yummy? We have a sleeves rolled up and are ready to try this!

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Look Out Wednesday:

Hello friends!

You know what today is?

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That’s right! Look Out Wednesday is our weekly post that spotlights upcoming books we can’t wait to read! Today’s book is by an author we love and have been following for some time. We discovered her with a bunch of other upcoming authors on the blog YA Misfits! This is one blog you should be following because they have a wealth of knowledge for writers and book lovers.

Let’s take a look at Last Year’s Mistake by Gina Ciocca!


 

  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (June 9, 2015)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc

Is there anything that electric chemistry can’t overcome? The past may be gone, but love has a way of holding on in this romantic debut novel told in alternating Before and After chapters.

The summer before freshman year, Kelsey and David became inseparable best friends—until the night a misunderstanding turned Kelsey into the school joke and everything around her crumbled, including her friendship with David. So when Kelsey’s parents decide to move away, she can’t wait to start over and leave the past behind. But David’s not quite ready to be left.Now it’s senior year and Kelsey has a new group of friends, genuine popularity, and a hot boyfriend. Her life is perfect. That is, until David’s family moves to town. Old feelings bubble to the surface and threaten to destroy Kelsey’s second chance at happiness. The more time she spends with David, the more she realizes she never let him go. And maybe she never wants to…


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About the Author: Author of LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE (Simon Pulse, 2015) Respecter of the Fluff. Lover of love. I am represented by John M. Cusick at Greenhouse Literary.

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A swoon worthy read we can’t wait for!

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Release DAY Blitz: March 24th

Release Day Blitz! It’s where we highlight some new books that released today we think you might like! We’re so excited for two releases today!

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Today we’re spotlighting two great authors! Aisha Seed has been part of our Pre-Pub Adventure on The Writer Diaries. We’re excited for her release! Paula Stokes has been an author we’ve been stalking  following for some time. Her new book is intriguing and we can’t wait for you to read it!

Let’s take a look at the releases today!


 

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books (March 24, 2015)

This heart-wrenching novel explores what it is like to be thrust into an unwanted marriage. Has Naila’s fate been written in the stars? Or can she still make her own destiny?

Naila’s conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing: She may choose what to study, how to wear her hair, and what to be when she grows up—but they will choose her husband. Following their cultural tradition, they will plan an arranged marriage for her. And until then, dating—even friendship with a boy—is forbidden. When Naila breaks their rule by falling in love with Saif, her parents are livid. Convinced she has forgotten who she truly is, they travel to Pakistan to visit relatives and explore their roots. But Naila’s vacation turns into a nightmare when she learns that plans have changed—her parents have found her a husband and they want her to marry him, now! Despite her greatest efforts, Naila is aghast to find herself cut off from everything and everyone she once knew. Her only hope of escape is Saif . . . if he can find her before it’s too late.

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (March 24, 2015)

A dark and twisted psychological tale that will keep readers guessing, perfect for fans of I Hunt Killers and Gone Girl.

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money. So with the help of his friend Preston and his girlfriend, Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something, and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about it. But then Preston never comes home. And the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead to Preston’s body.

Terrifying clues that point to Max as the killer….

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Don’t these books sound fabulous?

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What are you looking forward to reading?

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Monday Funday with Francesca Zappia

It’s Monday!

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Now don’t fret! We have some fun in store for you today. It’s Monday Funday, where we ask authors fun questions! Today we’re going to have some fun with author Francesca Zappia!


 

About Francesca:chessie

Francesca Zappia lives in Indiana, majors in Computer Science at the University of Indianapolis, and still isn’t sure exactly how that happened. She spends most of her time writing, reading, drawing, watching anime, and playing way too much Pokémon. Some of her stories have nice neat endings, and others don’t have very neat endings at all.

You can find her on Twitter:

And on DeviantArt.


Now the game beings!

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1. What is your go to writing source, whether it’s coffee or drawing?


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I will probably die if I ever ingest coffee. Actually, music is my main writing source. When I need to brainstorm, music gets the wheels turning. I do occasionally have to turn it off to really focus on a scene, but usually, if I’m writing, the music is on.

 

2. If you had to pick an book character to meet…who would it be?

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Hm. Maybe Remus Lupin from Harry Potter. I’ve always loved that guy, and I feel like we’re about the same speed, socially speaking. Ooh, or Luthe, from The Hero and the Crown. Luthe knows how to live–chilling in a palace in the woods on a mountain, with no people around. Maybe me and Lupin and Luthe could all go hang out in Luthe’s mountain palace.

 

3. Tell us something crazy about yourself!

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Um. Lettuce is my favorite food? I eat like a bowl of lettuce a day. Not salad–don’t need any cheese or croutons or any of that nonsense in there–just leaf lettuce with some olive oil and lemon juice and salt. It’s the best thing ever.

Wow I wish I like lettuce. I might have to try that.

 

4. If you were abducted by aliens and you could bring one thing, what would it be?

 

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Maybe, like, some really good socks. 

 

5 Any advice for new writers?

Write what makes you happy. Happy writers are 200% more likely to improve than angry and frustrated writers. (That being said, sometimes writing what makes you happy will also make you angry and frustrated. Push through it.)

Thank you so much for joining us Francesca!
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May your Monday be great! Until next time!

 

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Book Friday: Under A Painted Sky

It’s not often that a western captures my attention. But this one did. Two girls posing as boys and add the Oregon trail with hot cowboys…HELLO!

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Let’s take a look at Under A Painted Sky!


 

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

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.


 

 

My Review: Under A Painted Sky starts off with the death of Sammantha’s father’s, a Chinese shop owner trying to make a life for them in the wild west. After his untimely death Samantha is on her own, only to find that she has to defend herself from a ruthless man that ends in his death. In comes Annamae, a slave who doesn’t hesitate to help. The girls flee town, because who wants to hang for murder? They hitch a ride on the OregonTrail but with such a lawless, dangerous world they disguise themselves as boys, Andy and Sam. It doesn’t take them much time to join up with 3 cowboys, swoon worthy cowboys! They head out racing against the law and bands of thieves to make it out west.

First off, Stacey created a wonderful world full of diverse characters. It was a refreshing read to have characters of different ethnicities mingle together throughout the book. From a Chinese girl, a slave girl, a Mexican vaquero…each character brought spirit throughout the adventure.  Not only do they come upon Scottish and french characters but runaway slaves as well. It brought realism into the brutal world of the wild west. The west was diverse place with many people from across the country and world trying to find their place, whether that’s gold or freedom. How many times have readers waited for such diverse characters?  I know I have been one of them so that’s why this book reached my heart. Stacey weaved wonderful characters together to make a heartwarming adventure in the Wild West.

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From the moment I was introduce to Sammantha I loved her. A Chinese girl in a world full of  prejudice, she never let it take her down. She was strong and independent. Even when she cut her waist length hair short, she took every opportunity to be like a boy. It didn’t matter it took her Femininity away. Sam was the heart of the story, trying to see her father’s dream of living out west in California come to be. She cared for everyone, putting their needs first. If Sam was the heart of the story Andy was the strength. She was always there to help Sam stay incognito as a boy, reminding her that they needed to act like boys. When they meet up with the 3 cowboys,  Andy never holds back her thoughts or shies away. And boy does the fun start when the cowboys appear.

Hello cowboys!

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These cowboys help the girls on a dangerous mission to California. Stampedes, snakes and a gang of thieves block their path to gold rush paradise. Cay is the ladies man while West is a silent, keep to himself fellow. He definitely was intriguing and took interest right away to Sam. Peety was the horse loving vaquero who brought humor and aw moments throughout the book. I just loved his character and his passion for his horses. It was wonderful that Stacey had him speak spanish which Sam translated. This bought realism to the book and the world. The whole “do they know we’re boys or not?” was great between Sam and Andy. Because that’s what I kept thinking too! Stacey keeps the humor in a much needed dangerous world with the interaction of the entire group.

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What I found most intriguing was the friendship between Sam and Andy. Sure there was a romance that was to die for but the strength of the book was the friendship. Stacey did a wonderful job creating chemistry between the two that It made me wantto be their friends as well! The passion they had for each other was heartwarming.

Stacey’s writing proved superb with her historical setting and diverse plot. The description vividly put me in the story, on a horse in the wild west. Every action scene, every bump in the road they came upon made my heart race. The historical accuracy to the camps and wagon trails portrays a realistic world. I never much thought of westerns books but Stacey won me over. I’m a fan!

 

Should you read it? YES! This is the YA Western I never knew I wanted but greatly needed. I devoured every page. It’s a refreshingly great read with such vivid historical accuracy. I can see schools putting this on their reading list for students. I highly recommend this read

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Until next time!

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Look Out Wednesday: Ice Like Fire

Hello peeps!

It’s Wednesday and that means we’re looking at books we desperately need!

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Look Out Wednesday is our weekly post that spotlights upcoming books we can’t wait to read! Today’s book is the highly anticipated sequel to Snow Like Ashes. Both covers are gorgeous…which would make great posters on our wall!

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Let’s take a look at Ice like Fire by Sara Raasch!

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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray (October 13, 2015)

It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and 

Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

 Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?

Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?

As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world.


 

About Sara:

Sara Raasch has known she was destined for bookish things since the age of five, when her friends had a lemonade stand and she tagged along to sell her hand-drawn picture books too. Not much has changed since then — her friends still cock concerned eyebrows when she attempts to draw things and her enthusiasm for the written word still drives her to extreme measures. Her debut YA fantasy, SNOW LIKE ASHES, came out October 14, 2014 from Balzer + Bray, and the sequel, ICE LIKE FIRE, comes out October 13, 2015. Neither features her hand-drawn pictures.

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Doesn’t this book sounds amazing? The cover is so dark and brutally beautiful. We loved Snow Like Ashes so  we can’t wait to see where Sara takes Meira!

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