Monday, April 24, 2017

Welcome to the FFBC- Blacksouls by Nicole Castroman & GIVEAWAY


Blacksouls (Blackhearts #2)

by Nicole Castroman
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: April 11th 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance, Pirates, Adventure
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Synopsis:

Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard.

Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships.

Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands.

Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could have ever imagined.





Today we’re welcoming Nicole Castroman, author of the Blackhearts series, into the FFBC.  Welcome Nicole, we are super excited to have you in our FFBC tours. 

Thank you so much for having me!




ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

1.  Favorite Book?     

Too many to choose from.

2.  Favorite TV show?

Project Runway followed closely by Chopped.

3.  Favorite movie?

Too hard to narrow to just one, but I love the Jason Bourne trilogy and the LOTR trilogy.

4.  Your Favorite Song?

Seriously, this is like trying to pick your favorite child.

5.  Favorite Food?

Toss up between French fries and imported cheeses.

6.  Name 3 fictional places you would move to in a heartbeat.

Hogwarts, but only if I was a wizard.
Mr. Darcy’s house in Pride and Prejudice 
The Shire from LOTR

7.  Who is your perfect fictional boyfriend?

Aragorn from LOTR

8.  Favorite Quote?

Gah, what’s with all the difficult questions? :)

9.  What do you find yourself “Fangirling” over?

Star Wars
LOTR
Polder
Authors of my favorite books

10.  What were your favorite books growing up?

Little Women
Pride and Prejudice



ABOUT THE BOOK:

Could you tell our Book Addicts a little bit about The Blackhearts series?

It’s a Blackbeard “origin” story, or what I like to call pre-pirate. it’s my idea of what led him to leave everything he knew behind to become the most notorious pirate to sail the seas.


How did you come up with the story? Did you find inspiration in any other story/movie/show and how has this affected your writing?

I came up with the idea when my family and I took a trip to Charleston, SC and discovered that Blackbeard held the entire city hostage at one point. After doing more research, I discovered that only the last two years of his life are documented and so I set out to write HOW Blackbeard became a pirate, or at least my version of it.


Tell us your favorite quote from Blacksouls.

“A dead man tells no tales.”

Is there a specific scene that you had the most fun to write?  Or which part was the most difficult to get through?

Anne’s scenes were definitely the most difficult to get through.


I’m a big Potterhead.  What houses would you sort your characters into?  What about a Patronus?

Anne is Gryffindor and Teach is definitely Slytherin. Oh, the Patronus is a good question, and one I’m not able to answer at the moment.


Is there any recommendations you could give your readers to be in the “perfect mood” to read Blacksouls (specific music, snacks…)?

Although I didn’t use The Pirates of the Caribbean as inspiration, if anyone listens to the soundtrack, it will definitely put you in the piratey mood.
For snacks, I suggest some Pirate’s Booty white cheddar popcorn. :)


What’s next for you?

At the moment, I’m not at liberty to say. :)



Thank you so much for everything, Nicole!


Nicole was lucky enough to come with her very own best friend...she has a twin sister who can read her mind and finish her sentences for her.

At the age of 13, she went to Europe for the first time and it changed her life. She loves learning about different people, languages and cultures and speaks fluent German. She knows enough Spanish to get herself into trouble and can still read the Cyrillic alphabet from when she studied Russian.

She received her B.A. from Brigham Young University and has lived in Germany, Austria and two different places called Georgia. One is located on the Black Sea. The other is the state of Georgia where she now lives with her handsome husband and two beautiful children who continue to amaze her.





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Thursday, April 20, 2017

#ReadaDessen Tour & Giveaway-- Someone Like You


The countdown to Sarah Dessen's new book Once and For All is ON!!  To celebrate, Penguin Teen is running the #ReadaDessen tour featuring the complete backlist of Ms. Dessen's awesome books!!  Today I'm talking about Someone Like You-- which is a book I reread for the first time since probably 2002.

Note: I was provided a copy of Someone Like You by Penguin Teen as a #PRHPartner to read and spotlight this book.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Discussion-- Do You Ever Read Too Many Books At Once??




I read THIS post from Kristy Chronicles-- and it got me thinking about my book starting habits.  I really liked her list, so I decided to make one of my own.

Admittedly, I start a lot of books before I've finished the book I'm currently reading-- and I do it for a number of reasons:


1.  Because the book I'm reading is BLAH.

  • So, basically I do this because I'm going the DNF the book I'm currently reading, but I'm not ready to ADMIT to myself that I'm going to DNF it.  I'll start a new book and TELL myself that I'm going to go back to that other book-- and then I don't.


2.  I promised that I was going to read X book by X date.

  • If you're a book blogger, then you know.  We get books and we're supposed to read/review them by the release date (or a week or 2 after).  Also, we sign up for blog tours and have other personal deadlines we like to make for ourselves to finish and review books.


3.  I just like variety because-- MOOD READER.

  • Sometimes I'm just not in the mood to read my current book.  But that doesn't mean what #1 on this list means.  It's not that I'm trying to stealthily DNF, it's that just at THIS exact moment, the fluffy contemporary is not doing it for my dark mood.  But then I read a darker book for a few hours and I'm all refreshed to go back to that fluffiness.


4.  It makes me feel like I'm accomplishing things.

  • When I read 3 (or 5) books all at once, I feel like I'm somehow reading faster than I am??  No, I'm totally not, but I just feel that way because books are getting opened instead of sitting on shelves.


5.  My mom brings me a library book.

  • I make lists of backlist books I want to read and I give them to my mom.  Since she's a regular library goer, she picks up books for me along her way, and it's really worked out great.  But when she shows up with a book, I feel like I should do my best to read it in the 2 week allotment that the library gives.  It's worked out really well because I've read SO many older books that had slipped through the cracks.


6.  Format problems.


  • Sometimes I'm reading a book on my Kindle and it needs charged and I'm about to go somewhere-- and OMG, I am not going without some sort of book.  So, I grab a physical copy of something to start.  OR sometimes the opposite happens.  Sometimes I'm going somewhere where I feel that reading an eReader would be better-- say it's going to be darkish??  Or I don't have a ton of room in my bag and my Paperwhite would fit better?



Throughout all these reasons, sometimes I just end up being overwhelmed by the amount of books I've started and haven't finished.  When that happens, I go into this weird panic mode where I feel like I can't start ANYTHING until I finish what I have going on.  But then I get sad because that means a new book being started is so far away.




So, the struggle of a multi-book reader is real!!


Let's Talk:

Do you read many books at once?  Do you ever use it to super-secretly DNF?  Does multi-book reading work out good for you, or do you go to the bad place sometimes where you get overwhelmed (like me)?  Or are you just an Organized Oliver and can keep them all straight?  

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Alone in Paris Guest Post-- Ashley Earley's 10 Obsessions & GIVEAWAY


Alone in Paris

Publisher: CreatSpace
Release Date: April 1, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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Synopsis:

Breathe, Taylor. 

 Taylor Clay's family isn't exactly perfect. They may look the part with the nice, big house and her dad's fancy job, but that's what's tearing them apart. That, and her dad's sudden recurring drinking problem. Though her family is close to falling apart, she never wished for something like this to happen. She never wished for her father to drive off a bridge. Especially not while they were on vacation; especially not when her and her mom were in the car with him at the time.

Breathe.
 She's devastated after the fact. And it isn't helping that the papers are gossiping about how the pristine lawyer could have driven off the bridge on purpose. And just when she thinks nothing could possibly make things worse, she realizes she's left alone with no relatives to care for her. So she's alone. Her parents are dead. And she's stuck in the country her family was visiting for their vacation. She's alone in Paris.

Just breathe. 

 Then Nathan walks into the picture. Funny, snarky, persistent, and sometimes, just flat out rude, he annoys Taylor to no end. He won't leave her alone, but Taylor doesn't know whether or not she should push him away.



  • Since I love to obsess over things (see my OBSESSIONS posts), I decided to ask Ashley what her 10 biggest obsessions are.  As it turns out-- she's a big Shadowhunters fan!!  And it's nice to find someone else who is morbidly fascinated with True Crime.
  • Without further ado, here are:

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Welcome to the FFBC: ALONE IN PARIS by Ashley Earley


Alone in Paris

Publisher: CreatSpace
Release Date: April 1, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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Synopsis:

Breathe, Taylor. 

 Taylor Clay's family isn't exactly perfect. They may look the part with the nice, big house and her dad's fancy job, but that's what's tearing them apart. That, and her dad's sudden recurring drinking problem. Though her family is close to falling apart, she never wished for something like this to happen. She never wished for her father to drive off a bridge. Especially not while they were on vacation; especially not when her and her mom were in the car with him at the time.

Breathe. 

 She's devastated after the fact. And it isn't helping that the papers are gossiping about how the pristine lawyer could have driven off the bridge on purpose. And just when she thinks nothing could possibly make things worse, she realizes she's left alone with no relatives to care for her. So she's alone. Her parents are dead. And she's stuck in the country her family was visiting for their vacation. She's alone in Paris.

Just breathe. 

 Then Nathan walks into the picture. Funny, snarky, persistent, and sometimes, just flat out rude, he annoys Taylor to no end. He won't leave her alone, but Taylor doesn't know whether or not she should push him away.

Hello Ashley! We are super excited to welcome you to the FFBC.