Eric Devine’s PRESS PLAY Cover Reveal and Epic Giveaway!

You guys, I’m nice so I’m bringing to YOUR attention the fantastic cover reveal of YA author Eric Devine. Trust me, you wanna read this book when it comes out (which is 5 months away! *cries* So far away…) But first, there’s an epic, I mean, really EPIC book & swag giveaways to accompany the reveal.

 

We’re talking about this:

A signed copy of SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS by Bethany Crandell + a swag pack with bookmark and pin!

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This:

An 18×24″ UNHINGED poster + Splintered series swag pack from A.G. Howard

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This:

An e-book of ESSENCE by Lisa Ann O’Kane + Essence swag buttons

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This:

A signed copy of A. Lynden Rolland’s debut OF BREAKABLE THINGS + swag pack

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This:

A signed copy of the horror anthology AMANDA’S RECURRING NIGHTMARE, which includes the short story “Wildflower”  by Justin Holley

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ANDDDDD…

 

A SIGNED ARC of Eric Devine’s upcoming book PRESS PLAY!

 

Here’s PRESS PLAY’s cover teaser:

 

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About the Book:

 

Does the truth really set you free? Pound by sweaty pound, Greg Dunsmore’s plan is working. Greg is steadily losing weight while gaining the material he needs to make the documentary that will get him into film school and away from the constant jeers of “Dun the Ton.” But when Greg captures footage of brutal and bloody hazing by his town’s championship-winning lacrosse team, he knows he has evidence that could damage as much as it could save. And if the harm is to himself and his future, is revealing the truth worth the cost?  

With unflinching honesty, author Eric Devine explores the debatable truths and consequences of the choices we make to get through each day intact.  

About the Author:

Eric Devine is the author of multiple works of Young Adult fiction, most recently Dare Me. He is also a veteran high school English teacher, where he spends as much time teaching as he does completing field research for his novels. His work has been listed by YALSA and Booklist for reluctant readers and for Best in Sports. He and his wife have two wonderful daughters and two not-so-wonderful Labradors. Eric’s next novel, Press Play, will be released 10/28, and he is currently working on two novels. Find out more at his blog, his Facebook fan page, or Twitter: @eric_devine

 

Epic, right? Check out the cover and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway right HERE! Go now!

Mom, This One’s For You

Dear Mom,

 

A few days ago I was up pacing the floor at three in the morning, rocking my poor sick baby boy to sleep. Prior to that, I was down on the floor, scrubbing vomit off my older boy’s bedroom floor, and even before that, I was in the bathroom watching his little body heave with each wave of nausea. An hour before that, I was scurrying up and down the stairs to bring my husband medicine and washcloths and water and Gatorade while he had his turn of the nasty bug that was gunning down my family one by one.

 

The morning before that, I was holding my little girl’s hair while she threw up in the toilet. The night before the morning my daughter got sick, I woke up to my baby boy’s cry and when I picked him up, he puked all over me. I have changed countless dirty diapers since then, washed clothes and bedding linens, muttered prayers under my breath, and thought of you.

 

When baby boy was born, I had such a high fever the doctors had to pump us both with antibiotics, and the baby had to spend a long time at the NICU, and I was so scared and worried…

When I saw older boy’s face for the first time after a hard delivery, when I stared at his squinty eyes and perfectly-shaped tiny face…

When I held my daughter in my arms, my firstborn, her body pink and slippery, her cries so soft that I fell in love with her immediately…

I thought of you.

 

When my kids come home with a perfect test score, or a school award, or when I see their faces tired but happy, content at having had a good day,

When I see them cry, little fists swiping away tears, their hearts broken because maybe someone was mean to them, or maybe they made a mistake and were upset, and they tell me tell me tell me all the words, all the things, and my heart listens patiently, my heart breaks a little too and all I want and wish is to fold them in my arms and never let go…

When they get hurt. When older boy broke his arm, and he was three and just a tiny little breakable thing, and how I willed myself not to cry because I had to be brave for him, and I thought of how I was once a tiny little breakable thing too and how you held me together, broken bones and bruises, how you held me in your arms with such tenderness I didn’t feel any pain…

When my kids kissed me and hugged me and told me they love me,

I thought of you.

 

When you let me go. When you said goodbye to me at the airport, when you checked your tears and told me to be brave, be good, be strong… When you let me follow my heart and my dreams… When you let me be myself and still loved me flaws and all…

 

Dear Mom, I am who I am today because of you.

You are beautiful.

You are strong.

You are my mother, and therefore, my heart.

I love you.

 

 

Book Spotlight: IMPERFECT CHEMISTRY by Mary Frame

I haven’t blogged for so long I forgot my password and had to be kicked out of WordPress. Well, not really ‘kicked out’, just that it wouldn’t let me try logging in for a while. Ha!

But all’s good now, and the reason why I’m here despite the fact that I have 2 sick kids in the house right now, and I really really really should use this teeny free time (they’re both asleep) to work on my WIP, is to tell you guys about this book because I loved reading it.

 

Book: New Adult Funny Contemporary Romance (I added ‘Funny’ because it has a rom-com feel to it)

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Blurb (from Amazon):

Lucy London puts the word genius to shame. Having obtained her PhD in microbiology by the age of twenty, she’s amassed a wealth of knowledge, but one subject still eludes her—people. The pendulum of passions experienced by those around her both confuses and intrigues her, so when she’s offered a grant to study emotion as a pathogen, she jumps on the opportunity. When her attempts to come up with an actual experiment quickly drop from lackluster to nonexistent, she’s given a choice: figure out how to conduct a groundbreaking study on passion, or lose both the grant and her position at the university. Put on leave until she can crack the perfect proposal, she finds there’s only one way she can study emotions—by experiencing them herself. Enter Jensen Walker, Lucy’s neighbor and the one person on the planet she finds strangely and maddeningly appealing. Jensen’s life is the stuff of campus legend, messy, emotional, complicated—in short, the perfect starting point for Lucy’s study. When her tenaciousness wears him down and he consents to help her, sparks fly. To her surprise, Lucy finds herself battling with her own emotions, as foreign as they are intense. With the clock ticking on her deadline, Lucy must decide what’s more important: analyzing her passions…or giving in to them?

 

About the Author:

Mary Frame is a full time mother and wife with a full time job. She has no idea how she managed to write a novel, except that it involved copious amounts of wine. She doesn’t enjoy writing about herself in third person, but she does enjoy reading, writing, dancing, and damaging the ear drums of her co-workers when she randomly decides to sing to them. She lives in Reno, Nevada with her husband, two children and a border collie named Stella. To see what she’s working on, you can follow her on:

FB: Mary Frame–Author

Blog: http://marewolf.blogspot.com

Twitter: @marewulf

 

(I love this lady!)

 

My Thoughts:

 

You guys, my confession first: I was lucky enough to beta read this for the lovely and fabulous Mary Frame. I laughed and giggled and snorted my drink while reading the earlier draft of this book. It was brilliant, it was clever, it was laugh-out-loud funny! I knew she had a winner here, and I could only wish her a hearty good luck as publication loomed near.

 

Confession #2: The day IMPERFECT CHEMISTRY went live on Amazon, I immediately snagged myself a copy. AND…I read it again. All of it. I laughed, I giggled, I snorted my drink–didn’t think it was possible that rereading a book I’d just read a few weeks earlier could elicit the same response and emotions despite the fact that I already knew what was going to happen and what to expect. So that’s quite something, don’t you think?

 

Lucy London is a riot. She maybe the biggest nerd out there but she’s not your stereotypical nerd.  I loved her confidence in herself and later on, when she’s finally experiencing a myriad of emotions firsthand, I loved how she still showed a lot of confidence despite her newfound vulnerabilities. She’s not a whiny, blathering female protagonist. She’s strong and she empowers herself in the face of failure and uncertainties.

 

While that may sound oh so serious, Lucy is actually comical, without meaning to. She says the darnedest things, and is not apologetic for who she is. I just love her!

 

Her friends are also excellently fleshed-out, especially her new best friend, Freya. I enjoyed their interactions with each other.

 

Now for Jensen. Yeah, Jensen. *swoon* He’s sweet but guarded; a little bit bruised in the love department but not jaded. I dare you not to fall in love with him. 🙂

 

Pick up a copy now–you won’t regret it.

All the links right here:

Amazon Kindle

Amazon Paperback

Goodreads