Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Follow



Friday Follow is a blog hop that was started by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  Each week a different question is posted by our hosts and we will answer!  This is a great opportunity for bloggers to network and interact. 
This week’s question –

Characters, sometimes our favorites, die during books. If you’d get to choose, who would you bring back? viaHowling for Books 

Hmm...this is a hard one because oftentimes the storyline changes once a character is offed.  It sets the mood for future events and can be a catalyst for what is to come.  That being said, I really wish Dumbledore didn't die.  He was such a great role model for Harry and his friends.  However, if he hadn't passed, the story would have also had a much different outcome and may not have been nearly as epic.  
- Christinabean

Welcome to the Paperback Princesses! Make yourself at home, take a look around our blog and let us know what you think in the comments section. We would love to hear what you have to say about our posts. We often try to comment on your comments as well so feel free to start a conversation! Since there are two of us running the show, we always have a variety of titles and event postings. Be sure to check out our own personal meme page. Check out Fantastic Fairytales, Let's Hear it for the Boys, In Case you Missed it and a few others. We try to not only focus on new YA books but also great titles from the past.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Every Breath Blog Tour


Welcome to the Every Breath Blog Tour hosted by Tundra Books!
This stop with the Paperback Princesses will feature an interview with Ellie Marney, author of Every Breath.  A huge thank you goes out to Tundra for including us in your blog tour as well as Ellie for taking the time out to answer a few questions.


Summary (by Goodreads)

When James Mycroft drags Rachel Watts off on a night mission to the Melbourne Zoo, the last thing she expects to find is the mutilated body of Homeless Dave, one of Mycroft's numerous eccentric friends. But Mycroft's passion for forensics leads him to realize that something about the scene isn't right--and he wants Watts to help him investigate the murder. 

     While Watts battles her attraction to bad-boy Mycroft, he's busy getting himself expelled and clashing with the police, becoming murder suspect number one. When Watts and Mycroft unknowingly reveal too much to the cold-blooded killer, they find themselves in the lion's den--literally. A trip to the zoo will never have quite the same meaning to Rachel Watts again...

Ellie is quite an interesting author. She resides in Australia but has lived all over the world. She currently lives in the country and has been working hard on the Every series. 

Hi Ellie, and welcome to The Paperback Princesses!


Hi Christina!
I have a few questions to pick your brain....
What book are you currently reading (or do you even have the time??)
Oh, I always find time to read!  Reading is probably my number one activity after writing – I think most authors would say the same.  You’ve got to keep reading, or your TBR pile falls over and smothers you! I sometimes go through a bit of a lull when I’m working on a book, because I have a terrible (or wonderful) tendency to get sucked into another world, and I spend all my time pondering the book I’m reading instead of thinking about the book I’m supposed to be writing…

At the moment, though, I’ve got a couple of books on the go, which is my usual way unless I come across something that really compels my total attention.  I’m deep in 18th century Scotland right now with the third Outlander book, Voyager by Diane Gabaldon, and I’ve started Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey.  I’m keenly waiting for the next book by Graeme Simsion (The Rosie Project) too – The Rosie Effect has just come out, and I’m a bit desperate for it!

I also dip in and out of books I’ve already read, usually when I’m keen for a comfort-read, or I want to recapture a feeling or a tone that inspires my own work.  I usually have a pile of books that I pick up and read a few pages of from time to time – the current pile on my desk is getting quite high, and holds books by Honey Brown (a fantastic Aussie author of psychological thrillers), Felicity Castagna (The Incredible Here and Now), Melina Marchetta (The Piper’s Son), Katie McGarry (Take Me On), Holly Black (Black Heart) and Helen Garner (who is an Australian writer of beautiful non-fiction and memoir).

Where do you write?  Do you have a particular spot where inspiration hits? 
I used to write in cafes, when my children were small.  For the last few years I’ve been writing in a little study room that’s squeezed into our shed – it’s pretty basic there, and unfortunately it also tends to be used as a place to store random junk.

You can see by the pic that my workspace is kind of a homage to mess…  In the summer it’s horribly hot, and there’s no heating either, so I freeze my fingers off in the winter.  But I love it – it’s my retreat from the world, and it’s where I’ve written all my books, so I guess it’s the place where my imagination feels happy J


Hey, there is no judgement where creativity is concerned!!  I used to use a Rubbermaid tote as my desk...and it doubled as my "closet" for stationary and my laptop!

Where did you come up with your character's names? The pair - Mycroft and Watts just rolls off your tongue.
Well thank you!  Mycroft’s name is fairly easy to understand – it’s the name of Sherlock Holmes’s older brother, who is described as being ‘much smarter’ than Sherlock but too lazy to put his skills to use in any investigatory capacity.

Mycroft’s full name is actually James Whelan Mycroft.   I really don’t know where Whelan came from – it just seemed to fit, and I imagined that it was a family name, the way some names are passed down through generations (my husband has something like that in his family).  James was a name that seemed to pair well with Mycroft – but interestingly enough, while researching Every Breath I discovered that actually it was Sherlock’s nemesis who owned that name: Dr James Moriarty.  So in some respects, Mycroft is his own worse enemy!

As for Rachel Watts…well, that is a funny one.  I think the name Rachel just came to me as her voice started speaking in my head – some characters seem to name themselves, in that way.  Her brother, Mike, sometimes calls her Rache for short – and again, in one of those weird kismet things, I remembered a long time later that ‘Rache’ is German for ‘revenge’, and was actually referenced as a clue in one of the Sherlock Holmes stories, A Study In Scarlet!

Watts was a name I had to really search for.  I wanted something that sounded like Watson, but wasn’t so excruciatingly obvious.  I was on a camping holiday and madly scribbling down names and crossing them off…I think Weston was one of the names that came up as a possibility.  Then I was sitting in the car on the way to the beach, and I remembered the character of Watts, from Some Kind of Wonderful (directed by John Hughes), and I thought that’s it!  If you haven’t seen that movie, btw, you should – it’s totally awesome, and there’s more than a little bit of drummer-girl Watts in Rachel, I think.

If you could meet any author, who would it be?
Well, if I was allowed to include dead writers, I would have to say William Shakespeare – he’s a bit like the writer’s god, and I went through a phase after high school when I read all his plays and poems, madly falling in love with each one in turn (although Romeo and Juliet is still my favourite).

Living authors only would be harder, there are so many I admire…  But actually I’d love to meet Stephen King.  He’s always been a bit of an idol of mine, and I would love to actually meet him one day (and hopefully I wouldn’t turn into a stammering idiot talking to him).

I know you like mangoes and avocados on toast but what are galahs?
I should clarify that statement about food – I love mangoes, and I love avocado on toast, but not mangoes and avocado on toast together!

Galahs are the loveliest birds we have here in Australia, in my opinion.  They’re a type of parrot, with gray feathers and this beautiful pink tummy, and they make a strong calling cry.  We have loads of them living on our property here, and have fostered a few baby galahs that we’ve rescued after they’ve fallen out of the nest. 

(They sound so nice!!  So glad to hear you aren't having galahs on toast now that I know what they are....)

What I love about them is that they’re family birds.  They have a distinct territory, and they mate for life, which I find gorgeous – they actually fly around together in married pairs.  And the parents look after the chicks with such devotion…  Whenever we’ve found and rescued chicks, the parents have always come to the house, responding to the call of their chick.  When that happens, we usually put the baby out on our back veranda and go hide, and the parents come down onto the veranda to feed the chick!  It’s amazing, and I love them for it, that they’re so protective and caring of their babies.  (Where can I find myself a Galah??)


One word...everyone say it with me now....awwwww!!!!!

Will you be doing an in-person book tour?  And if so, where will you be? Our followers are from all over the world.  Maybe there are some in your area!
I would love to do an in-person tour!  That would be a bit of a dream come true…  But I would have to talk to my publisher about it (*nudges Tundra Books*)!

I am actually thinking of coming to the US for BEA next year, when the second book Every Word is due for release, although that is still a wish and not a reality yet.  If it actually happens, I will most definitely let you know!  And hi to all your followers – if you’re living in Victoria, Australia (anywhere near Melbourne or Castlemaine), be sure to look me up next time I’m around!
Thank you!!
Thank you so much for taking the time out to chat with us!  Can't wait to dig into Every Breath!!  Really hoping that Tundra will bring you out for BEA 2015!  Would be wonderful to meet you!!  Congrats on Every Breath and best of luck!!

It’s been a total pleasure!  Thank you, for having me over for a chat on this amazing blog tour, and I hope you enjoy Every Breath.  Have a great week!


Xx Ellie


Follow Ellie on Twitter @elliemarney

Follow Tundra's blog tour @TundraBooks


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday - The Terminals by Royce Buckingham

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine,  that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating or books that are in our TBR pile.  This week’s “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is


Summary (by Goodreads)

, only they spend the last year of their lives executing exciting and dangerous missions to make the world a better place.

With nothing to lose, Cam is in.

A helicopter flies Cam to a secret tropical location, where he’s tossed out with a parachute and an instruction manual. After a rough landing, he meets his nine teammates. The other terminals don’t seem sick; Zara is beautiful, Donnie is an amazing athlete, and Calliope sings like a bird. He soon learns that they’re enhanced with an experimental super steroid TS-8, which suppresses their illnesses’ symptoms and heightens their physical and mental abilities. It’s also fatal if taken for more than a year.

Cam joins this extreme spy team, and they begin pulling dangerous operations in multiple countries. As his teammates fall around him, he starts to receive cryptic messages from a haggard survivor of last year’s class hiding in the forest. She reveals that the program isn’t what it seems, leading Cam to question whether any of them are really sick at all.

What I like about the sounds of The Terminals is that it is a good, hearty action boy's read.  I'm just curious who will read it first?  Curlypow or myself?

- Christinabean



Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Book of Ivy - Book Trailer





The Paperback Princesses are happy to be part of the reveal for the book trailer for 'The Book of Ivy'
Keep your eyes open for my review coming in a couple of weeks.




Book synopsis:

After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of
survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family
would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control
are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning
group in a yearly ritual.

This year, it is my turn.

My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-
to-be husband—and return the Westfall family to power.
But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my
family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly
understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore
the Westfall legacy.

Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him...

Buy links:

Amazon: B&N:   iTunes:  Kobo:  Goodreads

About Amy Engel: 

Amy Engel was born in Kansas and after a childhood spent bouncing between countries
(Iran, Taiwan) and states (Kansas, California, Missouri, Washington, D.C.), she settled in
Kansas City, Missouri where she lives with her husband and two kids. Before devoting
herself full time to motherhood and writing, she was a criminal defense attorney, which
is not quite as exciting as it looks on TV. When she has a free moment, she can usually
be found reading, running, or shoe shopping.

Find Amy online:

Website:
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Goodreads Giveaway Link:


Monday, October 20, 2014

Stacking the Shelves


Stacking the Shelves allows us to share the books we have added to our collections - physical, virtual, borrowed, bought or received.

Here's my haul for this week - 


 

I guess they all seem to be a little big dark and dreary but it's fall, right?  Maybe I can find something a bit more uplifting next week.  :)
- Christinabean

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Shout Out to Indies - Autumn in the City of Angels by Kirby Howell AND Keeper of the Innocents by Kristi Centeno


We here at The Paperback Princesses often receive emails from Indie authors requesting reviews and are blessed with free book copies. Often we are unable to get to so many titles before our mass market published books take over our TBR shelves. That doesn't mean there aren't plenty of great reads though! We want to give back to those Indie authors and are declaring EVERY SECOND SUNDAY our SHOUT OUT TO INDIES MEME. For those of fellow bloggers, please feel free to add our meme to your regular schedule. We only ask that you quote and link back to us as a courtesy. For all of you Indie authors, we invite you to contact us at the contact link to your top left. We will select 1 - 3 titles (each time we post) that sound interesting. Lastly, for you readers, this is a bit of a test so please do comment and let us know what you think. We will also be offering up giveaway copies whenever we can! So without further ado, here are this week's picks:


A plague of epic proportion sweeps the globe, leaving less than one percent of the world’s population immune. Among the living is Autumn Winters, the teenage daughter of a famous actress.  When Autumn’s parents don’t come home and the city is overtaken by a dangerous faction, she goes into hiding with a small group of underground survivors.  They’re led by a mysterious young man who harbors an unearthly secret, and with whom Autumn feels a deep connection.


Kirby Howell's Autumn Series is available on Amazon!

 

The Autumn Series is a young adult trilogy of novels written by Kirby Howell.  The series follows the adventures of seventeen-year-old Autumn Winters after an apocalyptic plague decimates the planet.  Autumn is forced to grow up quickly when her parents don't come home, and she must decide who she can trust and who she should run from.

Kirby Howell is the pen name for Jessica Kirby Alexander and Dana Howell Melton, who have been writing together since 2000, when they met at The University of Alabama.  They've dedicated the past four years to The Autumn Series and are proud to announce the first two installments are available in both paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon! 


Why Kirby Howell Chose to Write YA:
When we were young adult readers, books by Ann M. Martin, Judy Bloom, Beverly Cleary, and Christopher Pike were popular, though, these books only made up a fraction of our page-turning hours.  Douglas Adams, Roald Dahl, Jane Austen, Robert Heinlein, and Laura Ingalls Wilder, amongst others, captured our attention and inspired us not only to want to be like the characters in their books, but to create characters with similar attributes that might inspire others in the same way.
You’ll find a bit of Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Kristy Thomas, Mary Ann Spier, Elizabeth Bennet, Charlie Bucket, Matilda, Ramona Quimby, and Laura and Mary Ingalls (and even a bit of Pa Ingalls!) hiding inside the characters of The Autumn Series.
By writing for young adults, we hope to pass on the inspiration and courage we gained by reading such great works.  There is no better age to teach the lessons of integrity, bravery, tenacity, the value of true friends, and the bonds of family.

 

Dana Melton and Jessica Alexander, who write under the name Kirby Howell, have been writing together since 2000 when they met as freshman in their first script writing class at the University of Alabama.  Dana, a native Southerner, quickly showed Jessica the ropes and the joys of living below the Mason Dixon Line.  Having lived in nearly every other part of the country, it didn’t take Jessica long to acclimate to sweet tea, grits and football.  Four years later, with a couple of film degrees under their belts, they moved to Los Angeles to pursue their professional writing careers. 



Recognition for The Autumn Series:

2014 National Indie Excellence Award Finalist

2014 Kindle Book Review Award Semi-Finalist

2014 Beach Book Festival Honorable Mention


Our second title this week is:


Demi Redding has used her powers to vanquish demons for years, but when one shows up next door she will be forced to set both her experience and instincts aside to battle a war that has nothing to do with magic, and everything to do with matters of the heart.
As a Keeper of the Innocents, Demi’s load as a guardian reduces with only one charge to take on at a time. However, when her new foe proves to be a force she can neither see nor find, she has no choice but to doubt the so-called good intentions of the stranger one door down.
Rhyzel Connor is not your average neighbor by any means. The red specks of color in his green eyes alone sets him apart and his demonic heritage makes him an easy target. Because of who he is he can’t afford a mistake that will result in his demise, but the fact that he knows way too much about Demi quickly raises the suspicion veil over him.
There is a mission he must complete, and secrets he must fight hard to keep, but the biggest hardship he must face will be forfeiting his life in order to save Demi’s.
Book Links:
We asked Christy why she writes for a YS audience.
Why I write YA
Young adult is one of my favorite genres to both read and write. And even though I write other genres, YA is definitely my favorite.
I’m often asked why I write YA. Well, aside from being the age where most rites of passage begin, it’s also an important stage of our lives and often times these years turn out to be the most difficult period of our existence. During our teenage years most of us learn or at least try to learn, where we’re going. We try to figure out who we are and what we’re meant to do. Where we stand. We learn about responsibilities and how to take them seriously. How to accept right from wrong.
Although I’m an adult—having left my teenagers behind some ten or so years back—this self-discovery battle is one I struggled with myself and when I read a young adult fiction, identifying with characters who are often struggling with something in their lives comes naturally to me and I tend to transmit my own feelings in my writing.
One of the reasons I enjoy writing young adult fiction is because it allows me to be challenged by the characters. Often times, teenagers are a lot more open about trying new things, having different experiences, exploring, delving into things they shouldn’t just to see where they end up and I like to push this aspect of their personalities without being extremely graphic.
Ultimately, YA is a huge part of me as well. I’ve been reading YA fiction for as long as I can remember and I feel like I’m tied to this specific genre because a part of me is still young inside. When I started putting together the ideas for my first book, the first thing that came to mind is that my story would definitely fall into this category and even though it wasn’t my plan to continue the trend, I felt compelled to continue writing YA fiction because I have a deep appreciation for it.
Although I read other genres, YA is my first choice even when I’m shopping for something new to read or write. Though my reading list includes many genres, when it comes to the voice that identifies me the most there’s no other than young adult fiction.
So, in case it wasn’t clear, I write YA because I have a deep passion for it.




Friday, October 17, 2014

Follow Friday


Friday Follow is a blog hop that was started by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read.  Each week a different question is posted by our hosts and we will answer!  This is a great opportunity for bloggers to network and interact. 
This week’s question –

Share the song you can’t stop listening to.via Journey Through Fiction







What can I say? I'm a top 40's kinda girl.  :)
 - Christinabean

Welcome to the Paperback Princesses! Make yourself at home, take a look around our blog and let us know what you think in the comments section. We would love to hear what you have to say about our posts. We often try to comment on your comments as well so feel free to start a conversation! Since there are two of us running the show, we always have a variety of titles and event postings. Be sure to check out our own personal meme page. Check out Fantastic Fairytales, Let's Hear it for the Boys, In Case you Missed it and a few others. We try to not only focus on new YA books but also great titles from the past.

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