Review + Release Blitz | Chasing Spring by R.S. Grey

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Chasing Spring by R.S. Grey
Released on February 1, 2016
Genres: Romance, New Adult, Contemporary, Womens Fiction
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My Rating: 
★★★★★ 5/5 

Synopsis:

I thought I’d left Blackwater, Texas behind for good. I didn’t belong in the small town, but my dad wouldn’t listen. He dragged me back home in his beat-up truck and dropped a bomb along the way: Chase Matthews was moving in with us. He was the golden boy of my high school, my former best friend, and the last person I wanted sleeping across the hall. His presence was too great a reminder of the ghosts I was trying to forget.

I didn’t ask for a hero. I don’t want to be saved. 

To me, Lilah Calloway meant late nights sneakin’ out, moonlit hair, and sparklers in July. She was my best friend until the day she left and I’d assumed Blackwater had seen the last of her. Then, like a tempest, she rolled back into town for the final half of senior year. The chopped hair and dark devil-may-care attitude warned most people away, but I knew if I fought hard enough, I could find the lost girl.

I didn’t want to be her hero. Some girls don’t need to be saved.

My Review:

ARC provided by the Author in favor of an honest review.


WHERE DO I EVEB BEGIN? I have this storm of emotions in my body and they’re screaming to be heard. I smiled, laughed, yelled, grunted, and definitely cried whilst reading this beautiful work by the lovely Rachel.CY5beh1WcAQLlOw

I knew I would love this book for many reasons. 1. It was by my favorite R.S. Grey; 2. The synopsis and prologue was enough to make you go wild with anticipation to read it all. This book is unlike anything Rachel has written in previous books. Although her previous books do hold real-life problems and dilemmas, they’re mostly romantic comedies, books that make your stomach hurt from laugher, and eyes pop out from the dreamy lead male characters, but they do not compare to this.

 I’ve learned to collect secrets one by one because secrets are flames and no place deserves to burn more than my small town.” – Prologue of Chasing Spring.“I love secrets and i’m good at finding them. For the least two years,


Chasing Spring has been a work in progress for two and a half years, and as Rachel said, the story has been through different versions and dozens of drafts. I first started this book in a rush of busy work days and starting class, but as I write this, picking the book up Teaser 2from where I left off at chapter three, i finished the entire book, left numb for a few moments before the emotions just hit me like a rock. When I enjoy a book, I put my entire mind and heart into it, and read until my eyes won’t stay open, and that’s just what I did. I have to get up in 5 hours for work but here I am writing this while my thoughts are still fresh.

Before I start talking about the book, I want to talk about how Rachel’s writing is always easy to read through, it flows perfectly and is worded just the right way. I was hooked from the prologue up until the last word, and still wishing there was more to the story. The ending was so beautiful, I can’t even put it into words, but it was a great way to end begin a story.

Now, let’s talk about the book.

I cried, a lot, while reading this book. I felt really sad when reading some parts of this book, and was always rooting for Lilah. There’s a lot of darkness in Lilah’s life, and she’s haunted by her past. Lilah Calloway had to return to Blackwater, Texas for the last semester of her senior year. Coincidentally, her childhood best friend Chase Matthews is moving into her house with her dad because of his drunken father. They ended things roughly before she left to live with her Aunt in Austen, but it doesn’t take long before Chase has broken through the wall of Lilah’s life. Lilah has a thing for secrets, she wants to know everyone’s secrets, she finds them interesting and helps her realize that not everyone have perfect lives. Her life is shattered back to reality when the past is ripped open again, and she’s forced to face the truth. Lila and Chase don’t have it easy, she wasn’tTeaser 1 looking for an angel, and he wasn’t looking to be her hero, but some things just happen.

 

“Which little white pill makes a mother forget her dautgher?”


A lot of people have demons on the inside, refusing to let other people see, but some are just the opposite, showing only their demons while refusing to show people who they really are. This is a story about two teenagers trying to figure their life out, and trying to forgive and stop being angry at ghosts of the past. A story you don’t want to miss.

 

“We’d forever be moving in opposite directions- after all, he was the golden boy, and I was the lost girl.”


Lilah and Chase go through a lot together, especially with their dark past and their families tie together that will forever be in their history. Lila refuses to get close to Chase, afraid of what will happen if she does, but Chase doesn’t care, he’s always cared for lilac and always will. In the last semester of their High School life, and life at Blackwater, they will decide if they’re worth having a happy middle.CY5bepiWMAAB2dI

Rachel Grey, I salute you and your incredible mind for writing such a beautiful and dark story, I couldn’t stop crying and smiling at the same time, and i’m glad you decided to publish Chasing Spring. I’m also thankful to have received an early copy, and that I got the chance to read Lilah and Chase’s story.

I recommend this book to any and everyone, It’s officially my favorite book by Rachel and if I could give it 6 stars, then I would. Go online and buy it!

Purchase Links: Amazon


Author Info:

“I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things…everyday.

I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors are Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I’m a comedy geek and love all things funny. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.”

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Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016!

Since it’s the New Year, I thought I would share my favorite books and authors of 2015, as well as share what books i’m excited for in 2016! This post will probably be all over the place, but… oh well!

I thought I would list all of the books I rated a solid 5 stars from the beginning of the year to the end, and then go on to explain some of them with reasons why I loved it and if I recommend (obviously yes if it’s 5 stars).

Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before were such cute and fluffy reads that I couldn’t help but love. They included cute boys, and adorable and lovable main characters such as Anna, Lola, and Lara Jean that you connected with in some way, or wished you were as lucky as them girls. Lola was my favorite of the three, She was spunky and spontaneous, and knew what she wanted and who she wanted to be, I admired that, and I loved thinking of what she looked like in her outfits. She’s definitely someone you’d want to be friends with.

Hopeless and Ugly love by Colleen Hoover were books that put me in a huge slump due to their emotional storyline. Yes, thankfully they ended on a good note, but the roller coaster ride from beginning to end was pure torture. I thought I was going to end up swimming in an ocean of my own tears. I definitely recommend though, because these books are so real. They have something that hooks you immediately, and you’re in love, addicted, and definitely hurt. *laughs hysterically until it turns to fits of tears*

The Allure of…. Julian Lefray and Dean Harper by R.S Grey. These two books can be read in any order. They are connected, just as the Anna and the French Kiss series is. If you read Dean Harper, then you won’t be spoiled on too much from Julian Defray, only on how it ends. (but i do suggest you read Julian Lefray and then Dean Harper). I am in love with these books, and especially the characters. Josephine and Lily are the females of the books, and they both run their own blog. Josephine runs a fashion blog, while Lily runs a food blog… hm, does that remind you of something. Oh! I run a book blog… I wonder if i’ll ever have a story like them, making it big in a big city like New York with my boyfriend as my boss… although, there was a lot of struggles in the middle of the books, such as he boys trying to figure out their complicated feelings. Boys, tsk tsk.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings, they’re sort of fantasy dystopian books. They are both about different worlds, and how it’s all different because of someone running the new world. Red Queen is one of my favorite fantasy books of 2015, especially of that shocking betrayal that I should’ve seen coming, and I was on the bad guys team for a short while…. shame on me! The Murder Complex is a gory world, and confusing until Meadow and Zephyr not only fall for each other, but find out the truth behind all of it. (The second book to TMC is The Death Code, check this series out!)

Who Do You Love by Jennifer Weiner was sent to me from Atria Books, and I’m so glad they did because I loved this story so much! It’s about a love story between two people, they fell in love as teenagers, and their story continues through many struggles and gaps until many many years later they meet again. It’s so cute, I definitely recommend for Young Adults/ New Adults as this is a NA Romance.

Binge by Tyler Oakley is one of my favorite members of this year! I was laughing my ass off so much when listening to this (because I listened to the audible version because it’s 10x more better listening to tyler), and I was even close to tears at some point. Matthew Tyler Oakley has opened his deepest secrets for all his fans, and anyone actually, and it’s so inspiring and even helped me when I was in a huge rut, so, thank you Queen Tyler for helping me smile and laugh like crazy! (I would not recommend this book for younger viewers as there is a lot of swearing and sex talk, just saying. Although, if you’ve watched more than five videos of Tyler’s… then go ahead and read it!)

Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida was the first Manga i read, and I’m glad to wrap up 2015 with it. I enjoyed not only the Art, but also the Paranormal and Horrific story of the Tokyo Ghouls and college student Kenaki. There’s an anime of Tokyo Ghouls, but everyone is saying it’s completely different from the Manga, either way, I’m excited to continue reading the Tokyo Ghoul manga series.

Next, I will list three books that I am excited for in 2016, as well as talking about them.

Synopsis: I thought I’d left Blackwater, Texas behind for good. I didn’t belong in the small town, but my dad wouldn’t listen. He dragged me back home in his beat-up truck and dropped a bomb along the way: Chase Matthews was moving in with us. He was the golden boy of my high school, my former best friend, and the last person I wanted sleeping across the hall. His presence was too great a reminder of the ghosts I was trying to forget.

‘I didn’t ask for a hero. I don’t want to be saved.’

To me, Lilah Calloway meant late nights sneakin’ out, moonlit hair, and sparklers in July. She was my best friend until the day she left and I’d assumed Blackwater had seen the last of her. Then, like a tempest, she rolled back into town for the final half of senior year. The chopped hair and dark devil-may-care attitude warned most people away, but I knew if I fought hard enough, I could find the lost girl.

‘I didn’t want to be her hero. Some girls don’t need to be saved.’

Synopsis: Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

Synopsis: A fighter dedicated to saving humankind from dragons in strictest secrecy.

That was what Garret Xavier Sebastian thought he was part of as a soldier of the Order of St. George. What he learned from a fiery dragon hatchling twisted all he believed in and set him on a collision course with certain death-but not without a chance to put things right.

Betrayed and on the run again, Ember and rogue dragon Riley discover an unthinkable truth about Talon and St. George. They’ll need Garret’s skills and insider knowledge of the Order to negotiate an impossible deal-and if they fail, there will be no way to stop all-out war.

So, Those are all of my favorite books of 2015, and all the books that I am excited to come out in 2016! I hope you enjoyed this post, and make sure to follow/subscribe to my newsletters for updates on when I post next!

HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Courtney xx

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Review | Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 1 (Tokyo Ghoul, #1) by Sui Ishida

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Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 1 by Sui Ishida, Joe Yamazaki (Translator)
Released on June 16th 2015 by VIZ media LLC (english translation)
Genres: Manga, Fantasy, Horror, Sequential Art, Graphic Novel, Paranormal
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My Rating: 
★★★★★ 5/5

Goodreads Synopsis: Shy Ken Kaneki is thrilled to go on a date with the beautiful Rize. But it turns out that she’s only interested in his body—eating it, that is. When a morally questionable rescue transforms him into the first half-human half-Ghoul hybrid, Ken is drawn into the dark and violent world of Ghouls, which exists alongside our own.

My Review:

I’ll start by saying this is the first ever Manga novel that I have read, and i’m both surprised and relieved that I enjoyed this so much, I have it five stars. There were some points where I just stared at the amazing artwork, because it’s so good. That’s the main reason (obviously) that I love Manga/Comics so much, the art! Also, don’t laugh that it took me five minutes to figure out you had to read it from right to left instead of right to left, I’m such a fail! *facepalms*

I thought that the story was overall interesting, especially since immediately it started out talking about the Ghouls in Tokyo, and how there was a human found dead with some Ghoul blood, and I was really intrigued by how the Ghouls look. THEY LOOK SO COOL WITH THE RED EYES!! Anyways, Tokyo Ghoul is about shy College StudCXlXgt2UoAA3f34ent
Ken Kaneki who finds himself on a date with a girl he’s had a crush on, they shared many interests in books and he thought it was just fate, or luck. Little did he know, what she was, and what her intentions were. THINGS GO DOWN! Kaneki waked up in the hospital with an organ transplant that has completely changed his life forever. He thinks it’s for the worse, and even tried fighting it, distancing himself form his best friend since elementary, Nagachika. I’ll also add, Kaneki used his knowledge of a book he recently read, two actually, and used that knowledge to help his… umm… situations that he were in.

Nagachicka is the kind of friend who is always loyal, who always looks out for you, and always pays attention. Nagachicka noticed things about Kenaki that he didn’t even notice in himself, that’s when you know you’ve got a good friend. It broke my heart when Kenaki almost hurt Nagachicka, in a way that cannot be revered or forgotten, luckily Touka came to the rescue.

Touka is a waitress from the beginning of the book, she is also a Ghoul. People seem to really love Touka, and I don’t know much yet but I’m excited to know her story and get to know her character more. Touka also helps Kenaki, because maybe being in both worlds isn’t as bad as Kenaki is thinking, maybe it’s a chance of a lifetime.

Ahh, I’m already looking forward to the next three volumes of Tokyo Ghoul, which i’ve always ordered, and am excited to know more about the Ghoul history and how they are in the Present. It’s so exciting. Overall, I would say this is a successful start to my Manga collection.

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Review | Binge by Tyler Oakley

28000122Binge by Tyler Oakley
Released on October 8th 2015 by Simon & Schuster
Genres: Autobiography, Memior, Humor, Non-Fiction
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My Rating: 
★★★★★ 5/5

Goodreads Synopsis: Pop-culture phenomenon, social rights advocate, and the most prominent LGBTQ+ voice on YouTube, Tyler Oakley brings you his first collection of witty, personal, and hilarious essays.

For someone who made a career out of over-sharing on the Internet, Tyler has a shocking number of personal mishaps and shenanigans to reveal in his first book: experiencing a legitimate rage blackout in a Cheesecake Factory; negotiating a tense stand­off with a White House official; crashing a car in front of his entire high school, in an Arby’s uniform; projectile vomiting while bartering with a grandmother; and so much more. In Binge, Tyler delivers his best untold, hilariously side-splitting moments with the trademark flair that made him a star.

* this book may not be acceptable to younger readers since it includes adult contents.

My Review:

If you’ve been following me on Instagram or Twitter then you know i’ve been in a really depressing book slump for the past few months so i’ve decided to listen to Tyler Oakley’s new book Binge, narrated by the queen himself. Saying I loved it is definitely an understatement. It was phenomenal! Tyler, you’ve not only booted my sad emotions to being more happier and positive, but i’m also considering buying your book too, just to have in case i want to read it again.

“I aggressively run into things, back up into things, have no depth perception, often forget which buttons and knobs do what, and am easily distracted. But enough about my sex life! Back to my driving skills!”

Let me say, I’ve been watching Tyler’s videos for a while, maybe four years, I can’t exactly pin point it but probably 3-4. I remember tweeting “who is tyler oakley?” because I was in the One Direction fandom or something, and he was all over the fandom news, and he FAVED IT! I laughed, and didn’t realize that I would soon be in love with that adorable cupcake.

But really, Who is Tyler Oakley? Sure, his life mainly consists on the internet, but what do we know about his personal life? Not a whole life, once you think about it. In this Memior Binge, we get a huge look into Matthew’s life, and who he really is, and what made him who he is today!

“Tyler Oakley isn’t my real name.”

binge-is-finally-here-01Since I listened to the book on Audible, I’ll rate the performance… can I give it a 100 out of 100 or no? Okay, 5/5 stars! It’s was such a great book, It felt as though Tyler himself was talking directly to me. I felt so involved that I didn’t want to stop listening to it. You get to see the personal and almost secret side of Matthew Tyler Oakley.

“No person, no matter how important society deems their relationship to you, has the right to denounce you for who you are.”

Not only was this book hilarious, but it was also inspiring and important. Tyler talks about his struggles with an eating disorder, and about his struggle about coming out and how it was hard for his dad to accept it, and the struggles of dating someone who hasn’t accepted themselves. Life isn’t perfect, especially for the adorable and internationally known internet star Tyler Oakley. He lets it all out, literally. I about died when he was talking about driving just to hook up with this guy.. I’m actually cracking up thinking back on it. The audio book is 10 times better than the book, simply because you get to hear Tyler himself, and it’s the best thing ever. His voice expresses everything, and it just connects you with the book in a way you can’t with the book. So, get both!

tumblr_no3obvk01O1tcj833o1_500I also want to thank Tyler for the truth he has shown in this book, he’s such a brave guy putting all this out in the open, and I hope e knows this book is a masterpiece, and it’s definitely helped me with so much. Not only did it cheer me up, but it helped me see things much clearer. Also, can we please appreciate bi-curious people because they do exist, thanks! I feel like that, among other things, is something that stuck out most, his appreciation for the LGBTQ+ community, and how he’s really helping everyone in that community with this book.

“This is why homophobia is a terrible evil: it disguises itself as concern while it is inherently hate.”

I’m not even sure what I was expecting out of this, but it definitely exceeded my expectations by a landslide, I think this made me love Tyler even more! He’s such a unique person, and we all need to enjoy his admirable personality, and just give this memoir a chance. If you barely know anything about Tyler, then i’m pretty sure you would still enjoy the humor and honesty from this book, there’s no doubt you won’t laugh. How can you not appreciate Tyler for speaking out about what he’s dealt with, struggled deeply with, and tried to keep in the past. He’s so real, and he’s so proud of himself that I greatly admire that, and that’s one of the reasons this memoir was so inspiring, because Tyler has inspired me.

Okay, I will admit a lot of weird shit is discussed in this book, in between the deep personal topics, but that’s Tyler, that’s what to expect form him, you just… go along with it.

“Binge on giving, in all senses. Binge on indulging. We’re told every day from an early age that moderation is key. Count your calories, wait a while before you tell someone you love them, and remember that balance is the path to happiness. While all of those are great in theory, does a lesson taught from someone else’s mistakes resonate just as deeply as the ones you learn yourself? When you binge, you find your own boundaries.”

Anyways, If you’re a fan of Tyler Oakley, then why haven’t you read/listened to it yet? You so need to, I recommend the audio if you can, you’ll thank me later. I apologize if this review is so short, I could;t put my thoughts and emotions in any coherent sentences, I just really enjoyed this and I recommend it.

Side node: Tyler, if you’re reading this, you’re the queen, and you should follow my twitter: @lwtfangirl

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Snervous is out too, Tyler Oakley’s movie about being a YouTuber! HERE!

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Interview with Biagio DiSalvo

26205331Hey, guys. I have been working with new author, Biagio DiSalvo, author of Galileo and the Maze Maker’s Treasures, and we decided to do an author interview. I asked you guys to ask Biagio some questions on instagram, and he’s answered them. Make sure you read the synopsis, and if it interests you, the purchase links are also listed too. Enjoy!

Synopsis:

Galileo Ambrosius appears to be an ordinary teenage boy, but is actually far from it. He is a wizard with magical powers and resides in a world where most people do not know that magic exists. When an evil silver-haired witch disguised as his bad-tempered high school science teacher curses two nonmagical students, Galileo must reveal his magical abilities to save them.

The students survive, but the curse has left its mark: they can both produce magic. Now it’s up to Galileo and his allies to find out who the witch is and why she targeted the young wizard’s school. When they intercept a damaged magical map that points the way to a wizard’s greatest treasure, Galileo and his friends must race to find this treasure before the witch and her accomplices seize it for their own dark purposes. Fantasy and adventure combine in Galileo and the Maze Maker’s Treasure, creating an unforgettable story of courage and friendship.

Biagio DiSalvo has been writing from an early age, starting his first novel, Galileo and the Maze Maker’s Treasure, when he was 14 years old. The project allowed him to combine his passion for travel and fantasy. Biagio lives in Westchester, New York, and enjoys mushroom hunting in his spare time.

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Questions and Answers with Biagio DiSalvo:

@themindofabooknerdDo you have a specific time every day that you sit down and write?

I don’t usually have a specific time to write. I typically tend to write when I have some free time which, unfortunately, is rare lately.

@c0nstantreaderWhat sort of books do you usually read? Do you have a favorite genre?

Lately, I’ve only been reading biomedical textbooks for class. My favorite genre is YA fantasy. After joining Instagram, I’ve seen a lot of really interesting novels such as Red Queen that I will hopefully get the chance to check out over my winter break.

@_thelittlelibrary_What did you do when you got ‘writer’s block’?

I do something kind of strange. Whenever I experience ‘writer’s block,’ I go for a run and carry a pencil with me. I’m sort of superstitious and I guess this is one of my silly superstitions. It usually works.

@ashley_caitlinxoWhat is the best way to describe your feelings when you got the first copy of your published book?

I remember this moment very clearly. I was on break from school and knew that the first package of books was arriving. I went for a run around my neighborhood and when I came back home, the brown box was sitting in front of my door. My heart rate was already up from my run, otherwise I think it would have shot sky high. When I opened the package and picked up the top book, I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. This had been a project 7 years in the making and it was finally over. I was definitely very, very happy.

@gabby_booksDo you write depending on your mood or do you not take your mood into the writing?

I don’t write depending on my mood, but my mood can definitely be seen in my writing. Once while I was editing a first draft, I came across a passage that I had probably written while angry. It was a scene in which Galileo, my main character, decided to take out his frustration over something silly on his friends and he jinxed them all. It was completely out of his character, so I removed the entire scene.

@vana_corpuzWhere do you get most of your inspiration from, and why?

Most of my inspiration comes from dreams- both night-time dreams and day dreams. Some of the coolest plotlines of my book came from a dream.

@booknerdstatusWhere is your favorite place to write, and why?

I like to write in libraries. They tend to be quiet places where I can focus on developing storylines. Most of the time, I’ve already thought out the plot and details and I just need to write them down.

@kaithegreatkingWas there anything in specific that kept you motivated and inspired when writing? (I.e. A Place, music, a movie, or even a person?) 

The first thing that comes to mind is playing the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone soundtrack on loop while writing. If a movie were ever made based on GMMT, I would hope that John Williams writes the score. He is an awesome composer!

@booknerdfromasiaWho is your ultimate favorite author? 

As much as it has become cliché to say, J.K. Rowling is probably my favorite fantasy writer. J.R.R. Tolkien and Edward Eager are also up there.

@read.my.bioo123How did you come up with the title, “Galileo and the Maze Maker’s Treasure”?

Over the course of the seven years it took to write and edit the book, the title changed hundreds of times. I finally narrowed it down to a couple of titles and then asked my friends and family who had read the book which name they liked the best. After taking everyone’s input into account, I made the final decision to choose Galileo and the Maze Maker’s Treasure.

Q: What do you study at Cornell? Have your studies influenced your writing?

As an undergrad at Cornell, I majored in biology and followed the pre-med track. Now, I am in a Master’s of Engineering program for biomedical engineering. Since I finished my book before going to college, my Cornell education didn’t really play a role in my writing experience. But as I’ve announced on my Instagram account (@galileogram), the sequel will take place in Ithaca, so readers might notice some strong influences.

Q: Are you going to continue writing? Any sequels in the works? What do you plan to do in the future?

I am going to continue writing! The sequel is almost finished, but there is no expected release date as of yet. In the future, I hope to be a practicing biomedical engineer making innovative biomedical technology.

Q: Hobbies? On the back of the book, it says that you go mushroom hunting in your spare time. Can you expand on that?

I have a bunch of hobbies. One of my summer/fall hobbies is to go hiking and mushroom hunting. I’ve learned a lot about edible mushrooms, so I like to go collect them and then eat them. My other major hobbies include running, playing soccer, writing, and learning languages. I am currently trying to learn American Sign Language ,which is an amazing language, but also pretty difficult to grasp (pun intended).

That’s all of the questions that Biagio answered, and I hope that you learned more about him, as well as learned more about an authors writing process. Keep an eye out for future posts, thanks! xx

Cover Reveal | Chasing Spring by R.S. Grey

CoverTitle: Chasing Spring
Author: R.S. Grey
Release Date: Feb 1, 2016
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Synopsis:

I thought I’d left Blackwater, Texas behind for good. I didn’t belong in the small town, but my dad wouldn’t listen. He dragged me back home in his beat-up truck and dropped a bomb along the way: Chase Matthews was moving in with us. He was the golden boy of my high school, my former best friend, and the last person I wanted sleeping across the hall. His presence was too great a reminder of the ghosts I was trying to forget.

I didn’t ask for a hero. I don’t want to be saved.

To me, Lilah Calloway meant late nights sneakin’ out, moonlit hair, and sparklers in July. She was my best friend until the day she left and I’d assumed Blackwater had seen the last of her. Then, like a tempest, she rolled back into town for the final half of senior year. The chopped hair and dark devil-may-care attitude warned most people away, but I knew if I fought hard enough, I could find the lost girl.

I didn’t want to be her hero. Some girls don’t need to be saved.

Author Info:

I am a lover of books, chocolate, reality TV, black labs, and cold weather. Seriously, if I had it my way, I would be curled up on the couch with all of those things… everyday.

I live in Texas where I spend my free time writing and reading. My favorite authors include Mindy Kaling & Jonathan Safran Foer. I’m a comedy geek and love all things “funny”. Women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Mindy Kaling are definitely the biggest inspirations for my writing, though I think my work tends to skew a bit smuttier than theirs.

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Thanks for reading,  I hope you’ve added this book to your wishlist for 2016. Also check out my reviews of Rachel’s other books: Scoring Wilder, The Allure of Julian Lefray, and The Allure of Dean Harper.

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Release Day + US Tour Schedule | Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl

Hello, Hello Everyone! Today marks the day that Black Widow: Forever Red’s Marvel YA novel by Margaret Stohl releases. If you didn’t know, Black Widow is also referred as Natasha Romanoff, one of the Marvel Avengers characters with the kick-ass black outfit, gorgeous short red hair, and the killer fighting and defensive moves.

SYNOPSIS

Enter the world of the Avengers’ iconic master spy

Natasha Romanoff is one of the world’s most lethal assassins. Trained from a young age in the arts of death and deception, Natasha was given the title of Black Widow by Ivan Somodorov, her brutal teacher at the Red Room, Moscow’s infamous academy for operatives.

Ava Orlova is just trying to fit in as an average Brooklyn teenager, but her life has been anything but average.The daughter of a missing Russian quantum physicist, Ava was once subjected to a series of ruthless military experiments-until she was rescued by Black Widow and placed under S.H.I.E.L.D. protection. Ava has always longed to reconnect with her mysterious savior, but Black Widow isn’t really the big sister type.

Until now.

When children all over Eastern Europe begin to go missing, and rumors of smuggled Red Room tech light up the dark net, Natasha suspects her old teacher has returned-and that Ava Orlova might be the only one who can stop him. To defeat the madman who threatens their future, Natasha and Ava must unravel their pasts. Only then will they discover the truth about the dark-eyed boy with an hourglass tattoo who haunts Ava’s dreams. . . .

Black Widow:Forever Red features all the heart-pounding adventure readers expect from Marvel, written by #1 New York Times best-selling author Margaret Stohl. Uncover a new side of the Marvel Universe that will thrill loyal fans and newcomers alike, as Stohl reveals the untold story of Black Widow for the very first time.

Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Nobles
Author Links: Website | Instagram | Twitter | Marvel
Add it to your Goodreads Shelves!!

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U.S. TOUR SCHEDULE

Join #1 NYT bestselling author Margaret Stohl for the 10/13 release of Black Widow: Forever Red, a Marvel YA Novel. The tour will also feature special guests & giveways. Come in cosplay and win prizes!

  • SF Bay Area, CA: Wednesday, October 14th at 7PM
    Kepler’s, Melno Park:
    Signing and #WomenofMarvel Panel featuring Marguerite Bennett (Marvel’s A Force), Judy Stephens (Marvel Producer, Cosplay Expert), Lorraine Cink (Marvel’s “The Watcher”) and Saboa Tahir (Marvel Fangirl).
  • Los Angeles, CA: Thursday, October 15th at 7PM
    Santa Monica Public Library:
    Signing and #WomenofMarvel Panel featuring Anne Foley (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) Marguerite Bennett, Judy Stephens, and Lorraine Cink.
  • Chicago, IL: Friday, October 16th at 7PM
    Anderson’s Naperville:
    Signing and #WomenofMarvel Panel featuring Marguerite Bennett and Lorraine Cink.
  • Austin, TX: Sunday, October 18th at 3:15PM
    Texas Book Festival:
    Panel & Signing, details TK.
  • San Francisco, CA: Monday, October 19th at 7PM
    Microsoft Campus, Mountain View:
    Stories Matter: How is to kill a Mockingbird relevant Today? A Community Conversation with Lolita Tademy and Iasabel Wilkerson.
  • Seattle, WA: Saturday, October 24th at 5PM
    University Bookstore, Bellevue:
    Signing and “Women of Marvel” Panel featuring G. Willew Wilson (Ms. Marvel).
  • Pasadena, CA: Saturday, October 31st at 3PM
    Vroman’s Bookstore, Pasadena:
    Talk and Cosplay contest featuring Marie Lu (The Young Elites) and Sarah Enni )Firt Draft Podcast).
  • Charleston, SC: Friday-Saturday, November 13th-14th
    Yallfest:
    Check YALLFEST.ORG for more info in October.

Sneak Peak into the first chapter.

I hope that you guys can go to any of these events, It would be so much fun, I wish I could go, but if you go send me pictures so I can live vicariously through you guys!