Cover Reveal: Dear Rachel Maddow


Today Adrienne Kisner and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover and an exclusive excerpt for Dear Rachel Maddow, which releases June 5, 2018! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win an ARC!

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Book Stats:
Genres: Young adult, contemporary
Publication Date: June 5th, 2018
Purchase: Amazon – Barnes & NobleBook Depository

Sixteen-year-old Brynn Harper’s life has one steadying force—Rachel Maddow. She watches her daily, and after writing to Rachel for a school project—and actually getting a response—Brynn starts drafting emails to Rachel but never sending them. It’s an outlet; Brynn tells Rachel about breaking up with Sarah, her first serious girlfriend, about her beloved brother Nick’s death, her passive mother and even worse stepfather, about how she’s stuck in remedial courses at school and is considering dropping out.

But then Brynn is confronted with a moral dilemma. She learns that one student representative will be allowed to have a voice among teachers and administrators in the selection of a new school superintendent. Sarah, along with Brynn’s arch-nemesis John, believe only honors students worthy of the selection committee seat. Brynn knows they are more interested in power and perks. Brynn feels all students deserve a voice. When she runs for the position the knives are out and her brother’s memory and her new crush Michaela are shamed. Brynn asks herself: What would Rachel Maddow do?

Excerpt:

Folder: Sent
To: egrimm@westing.pa.edu
From: Brynnieh0401@gmail.com
Date: September 10
Subject: School Assignment

Dear Rachel Maddow,

I am writing to you because of a school assignment.  It’s a totally lame reason to be writing, but I don’t think you’ll actually read it anyway.  This kind of thing is so sixth grade.  I am a junior in high school and I’ve been forced to write to a “celebrity hero” by the Applied Language Arts teacher.  (Hey Mr. Grimm!  How’s it hanging, buddy?)  I wasn’t going to do it, because my ex-girlfriend worships you and, hello, school assignment.  But I turned on your show and Mom totally freaked out to see me watching you.  Apparently your liberal and leftist views don’t sit well with her.  Mom spat out the words like she was talking about my dad, so I knew she meant it.  That made you my celebrity hero.

You were talking about some guys running for congress.  But then you said one of them was “freaking amazing.”  I don’t think news people are supposed to say things like that.  And isn’t that biased?  News people aren’t supposed to be biased.  I know this because Mr. Grimm made us watch this video about newswriting.  Though no one else knows this about me, Rachel Maddow, I have a near photographic memory for stuff people say.  Their words just stick in my brain.  So I remember what a reporter is supposed to do. 

Anyway, thanks for pissing off my Mom.

Sincerely,
Brynn Harper

Folder:  Sent
To: Brynnieh0401@gmail.com
From: Egrimm@westing.pa.edu
Date:  September 11
Subject:  RE: School Assignment

Dear Rachel Maddow,

I am writing to you because of a school assignment.  It’s a totally lame reason to be writing, but I don’t think you actually read them anyway.  This kind of thing is so sixth grade.  [Brynn, this is good, honest writing.  Can you try to put a positive spin on it?]  I am a junior in high school and I’ve been forced [asked] to write to a “celebrity hero” by the Applied Language Arts teacher.  (Hey Mr. Grimm!  How’s it hanging, buddy?) [I’m doing well, thanks.  But you can take this out.] I wasn’t going to do it, because my ex-girlfriend worships you and, hello, school assignment. And Mom totally freaked out to see me watching you.  Apparently your liberal and leftist views still don’t sit well with her.  Mom spat out the words like she was talking about my Dad, so I knew she meant it.  So that made you my celebrity hero.  [Again, great personal touch.  But maybe too intimate for this correspondence?]

You were talking about the people running for congress.  But then you said one of them was “freaking amazing.”  And I don’t think news people are supposed to say things like that.  And isn’t that biased?  News people aren’t supposed to be biased.  I know this because Mr. Grimm, my English teacher, made us watch this video about newswriting.  Though no one else knows this about me, Rachel Maddow, I have a photographic memory for stuff people say.  Their words just stick in my brain.  So I remember what a reporter is supposed to be. [You are right, Brynn!  I didn’t know that about you.  Shouldn’t you remember your assignments, then?]

Anyway, thanks for pissing off my Mom. [There is a list of questions I asked you to include.  Maybe you could end with that instead.]

Sincerely,
Brynn Harper

Folder: Sent
To: Egrimm@westing.pa.edu
Cc: Rachel@msnbc.com
From: Brynnieh0401@gmail.com
Date: September 12
Subject: School Assignment Again

Dear Rachel Maddow,

I learned an important lesson about rough drafts.  If you really want to send someone a letter, you should just send it.  Do not turn it in to your English teacher first.  But Mr. Grimm (said English teacher) is the only person I know who doesn’t think I’m hopeless, so I am trying this again for his sake.  Though I’m sending it to you too, to avoid further editing. 

My name is Brynn Harper and I am sixteen years old.  I live with my mother and stepfather in Westing, Pennsylvania.  I have a brother, too.  Or, I had one, anyway.

I first watched your show a couple of times in high school because my best friend (well, okay, my girlfriend) loved you, so she kind of dragged me along with her.  She’s not my girlfriend anymore.  And she said she didn’t have time to watch television anymore either, even for you.  So she dumped us both.  That gives us something in common.

I had a list of questions that I was supposed to ask you, but I got most of the answers online already.  Mr. Grimm suggested I think of new ones.  So here you go:

  1. When you look at the papers on your desk and circle something, are you really reading from them?  Don’t you read from a teleprompter?  When you go to commercial, you shuffle those papers, too.  Seriously, is there anything even written on them?
  2. How much does a person have to know to be considered a “wonk?”
  3. At least one person laughs in the background while you are talking.  Is this on purpose?  Who is that? 
  4. Why don’t you run for political office?
  5. Is there ever a staff meeting when you think to yourself, “Huh, there really isn’t a lot going on in the news today.”
  6. How many pairs of shoes do you actually own?

Giveaway Details:

2 winners will receive an ARC of Dear Rachel Maddow, US Only. Enter here!

ALK PhotoAbout Adrienne:
I have lived my entire “adult” life in a college dormitory working in both Residence Life and college chaplaincy.  I like the term “dormitory” better than “residence hall.”  I went to school for a long time so that now I get to swoop around in a fancy robe and silly hat (like at Hogwarts).  I have an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts (a place like Hogwarts).  I play both the viola and tennis with more heart than skill.  I love my current home in Boston but will always be a Pennsylvanian at heart.


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Cover Reveal: Antipodes


I’m back at it with another cover reveal. I love that this one is landscape based, you don’t see a lot of that in YA contemporary! Meet the beautiful Antipodes by Michele Bacon!

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Book Stats:
Genres: Young adult, contemporary
Publication Date: April 3rd, 2018
Purchase: Amazon – Barnes & Noble

When Erin Cerise steps off her plane in Christchurch, New Zealand, she is focused intently on her mission: do something unique that will erase the mess she made of her life days before her 17th birthday. She’s already lost her swim team captainship, her boyfriend Ben, and her reputation. Her mother is certain studying abroad will regain Erin’s chances of a good future. Once Erin sees her uninspiring host family and city, though, Erin’s not so sure.

Before Christchurch, Erin wasn’t always intense and focused. A mission used to sound like a fun adventure, and the only ivy she cared about was the stuff growing around her grandparents’ back porch at their peaceful Upper Peninsula home. When had her priorities gone upside down?

Now Erin balks at NZ’s scratchy school uniforms, cold houses, and her hosts’ utter inability to pronounce her name correctly. Christchurch does boast amazing rock climbing, gorgeous scenery, and at least one guy who could make her forget Ben if she lets him. With months ahead of her, Erin slowly begins to draw on the years behind her, one step back into her memories and then another, as she rebuilds her life from the other side of the world to find that when life turns your world upside down and you’re farthest from home, every way you move takes you closer to where you came from.

I need to read more contemporaries, so this one is definitely going on my TBR! I’m going to drown in all of them someday…

Also, the author is hosting a giveaway in honor of the reveal! They have 3 ARCs available, which should be sent out in January of next year! Giveaway available in the US only.

Below is an excerpt from the book for your reading pleasure!


Alone at lunch, Erin cracked her Italian book and read ahead. The clouds had burned off during her art experiments, but everything was still damp. She juggled her Italian book and lunch until Jade called her name.

“In here!” Jade pulled Erin into a gymnasium.

They sat on the floor, and Jade said, “How are you finding New Zealand?”

“Still jet lagged,” Erin said.

“True kiwi lunch here, want some?” Jade held out a plastic container of brown and grey food.

“Every time someone mentions kiwi, I picture fuzzy green fruit,” Erin said.

“Aye, we’ve got kiwi fruit, too. This is bangers and mash.”

“Funny, isn’t it? Last night, Felicity asked whether I liked—whether I fancied—kumara. An orange vegetable. Not a carrot. Soft in the middle when cooked, but not a squash. Then she served it and it was a sweet potato.”

“Kumara are my favorite in winter.”

“Yeah. My grampa used to make them with brown sugar and cinnamon. I love them, so you see how off-kilter I feel. Same cars, but yours are smaller. And slower. Everything is a little slower. We speak the same language, to an extent. But sometimes? I have no idea what people are saying. And sometimes, words have entirely different meanings. At home, biscuits are small, fluffy, buttery breakfast breads. What you call biscuits, we call cookies.”

“Sounds delicious, either way,” Jade said.

Outside, a circle of guys bunched up over the rugby ball, pushing hard but not moving in any particular direction. “Aren’t words funny?” she said. “I once met a girl at a resort in North Carolina—that’s actually in the southern part of America—and she and I realized when a Chicago native says she skis, she means skiing in snow. But we also go water skiing.

“In the south, though, where it’s warm, skiing means water. And they call the other kind snow skiing.”

“Here, of course, the North Island is the warm part, and we get the cold down here,” Jade said. “One of us is upside down.”

“Yeah. It’s definitely me.”

MicheleAbout the Author:
Michele Bacon was born in Trumbull County, the only square county in Ohio, where books were her favorite means of escaping an unhappy childhood. Writing was her transparent attempt to create the things she craved: big happy families, international adventures and unconditional friendship. From a young age, she was drawn to people’s stories, and she still wants to know how you met your best friend or fell in love with your partner.

In high school, she embraced her inner geek and wrote her first novel. In college, there were short stories and still more novels. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in English, with concentrations in critical theory and creative writing.

Full-time work sapped her creative brain for several years, but her professional life was one of reinvention. In state government, business management consulting, and nonprofit fundraising, she adapted easily and absorbed the languages of different professions. Her last paying job was as an independent fundraising consultant for nonprofit organizations. That was seven years ago.

Since then, she has been writing and traveling (and, let’s be honest, chasing down small people who don’t like to wear clothes). She’s traveled to all 50 states and dozens of other countries, always collecting pieces of characters and ideas for stories. She recently spent a year on sabbatical in Christchurch, New Zealand, where she may have left her heart at Ilam School. Now that she’s settled back in the States, she’s writing for adults and young adults, exploring the Pacific Northwest, and baking like a fiend. (You’d thinking baking would be the same everywhere, but it’s not. Something is different about kiwi butter.)

When an idea strikes, she scrawls sweeping plot outlines, character idiosyncrasies, and ideas for scenes on the nearest blank spot of paper. Her current manuscript was born of those torn slips of paper, used envelopes, lollipop wrappers, fuel receipts and–once–that little paper bit that keeps a nursing pad sticky until it’s time to use it. Her manuscripts are better than the quality of papers where they began. Promise.

Outside of writing, she is a tabletop game enthusiast, passionate skier, and lover of prime numbers. She also is a mentor at the Moving Words Writing Clinic, and a freelance copyeditor.

She lives in Seattle with her husband and three growing children.


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Cover Reveal: The Everlast Series


Today I have not one, not two, but a cover reveal for four different books, all part of the Everlast series by Juliana Haygert!

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Book Stats:
Genres: Paranormal, New Adult
Publication Date: Fall 2017/Winter 2018
Purchase: Amazon – Barnes & Noble – iBooks – Kobo
Destiny Gift (The Everlast Series #1)
In 2047, the world exists in permanent darkness. Nineteen-year-old Nadine, a student at NYU, works hard to better her family’s life in the harsh conditions. When she starts having strange visions of someone named Victor, she tries to ignore the flashes, afraid she might be going insane. 

But when she bumps into a very real Victor, her entire world shifts. Her visions taking a turn for the worse, Nadine is bombarded with prophecies of eerie fates, unfamiliar gods, sharp-clawed demons… and instructions. Along with the reluctant Victor, she finds her path entwined with yet another man, Micah, who may be able to shed light on her dark revelations.

Directed down an unbelievable path of magic and mayhem, the three must unravel clues from the visions in order to restore an ancient creed. The chance to bring sunlight to the world again is in Nadine’s gift, but only if the evil forces behind the darkness don’t manage to stop her first.

I’ve only included the first synopsis in the interest of preventing spoilers. I am very excited to read this though, I love new paranormals! Maybe I can manage an ARC and publish a review for y’all in a bit… 🙂

Also, the author is hosting a giveaway in honor of the reveal! See the details below.

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JulianaAbout the Author:
While Juliana Haygert dreams of being Wonder Woman, Buffy, or a blood elf shadow priest, she settles for the less exciting–but equally gratifying–life of a wife, mother, and author. Thousands of miles away from her former home in Brazil, she now resides in Connecticut and spends her days writing about kick-ass heroines and the heroes who drive them crazy.


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Cover Reveal: Deadly Sweet


Do you love cake? Potions and magic? A little bit of both? Well, then I have the book for you! Today I have the cover reveal for Deadly Sweet by Lola Dodge. The idea behind this look super interesting, and the fact that I live two hours away from the setting is also intriguing for me.

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Book Stats:
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Publication Date: January 16th 2018
Purchase: Amazon – Barnes & NobleiBooksKobo
Anise Wise loves three things: baking, potion making, and reading her spell books in blissful silence. She might not be the most powerful witch in the suburbs, but enchantment is a rare skill, and her ability to bake with magic is even rarer. Unfortunately, witches have a bad rep, and Anise’s dream of attending pastry school crumbles with each rejection letter.

Then her great aunt Agatha pops out of the woodwork with a sweet offer. If she signs on as Agatha’s apprentice, Anise can have all the training and ingredients she’s ever imagined, and she’ll inherit the family bakery.

The catch? Studying with Agatha means moving to Sedona—a dangerous otherworldly power center where her aunt is a key player in the magical community’s shady dealings. And the last apprentice? Assassinated.

Now Anise is next on the hit list. If she can’t find and stop whoever wants her dead, she’ll be more toasted than a crème brulee.

Lola-Dodge-Author-EditorAbout the Author:
Lola Dodge is a compulsive traveler, baker, and procrastinator. She earned her BA in English from Stonehill College and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University–and hasn’t stopped moving since. When she’s not on the road, Lola spends her time indoors where the sunlight can’t melt her, writing or bingeing on anime and cherry soda. She can be summoned in a ritual involving curry, Hello Kitty idols, and a solid chocolate pentagram.


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Cover Reveal: Chasing Ella


Back at it again, this time I have an adorable new book to release the cover for! I can honestly never read enough fairytale themes. I need. them. all! But, just look at this gorgeousness for Chasing Ella by Jillian Quinn! I think this might be going on my favorite covers list!

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Book Stats:
Genres: Contemporary, new adult, romance
Publication Date: September 27th, 2017
Purchase: AmazonBarnes & Noble
When a masked girl throws herself at Shawn Finch at a costume party, the hotshot football player assumes she’s just another girl trying to get his attention. Except she’s not just any girl. She’s his Cinderella, the nameless girl in the pale blue dress who got away.

Desperate to find her, Finch searches for his mystery girl with no luck. So, it must be fate when Finch’s grade point average drops and the school assigns him a tutor not knowing they just handed over his Cinderella.

After having a crush on Finch since the first time she spotted him on campus, one kiss was all she’d ever wanted. But Finch has other plans for his Cinderella once he discovers the truth about his tutor.

JillianAbout the Author:
Jillian loves sports, bad boys, dirty talkers, strong females, and books with plenty of heat—all of which you will find in her books. As a lover of all things bookish, she has a serious book hoarding problem and runs a blog in her free time. When she’s not reading, writing, or blogging, she’s obsessively fangirling over hockey players and can be found wherever she can catch the next hockey game.

 


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