Monday, November 28, 2016

Author of the Week: Meg Wiviott


November is the month of Thanksgiving! It's filled with reminders of our blessings and it's a time to be thankful for all of the big and small things in your life. For me, I have a wonderful family and so many blessings... One of which is being able to read books! Now there are many things that contribute to that blessing, but the main contributors are the Authors that write the stories I get lost in. I wanted to show my appreciation for their time and effort, so I decided to feature a favorite Author of mine each week in November. The fifth featured Author is Meg Wiviott - Author. I came across her book, Paper Hearts and fell in love.... It was a story that was rich in history and vivid in emotion. It's a book that should be read by all! That's why it's one of my favorites from 2016 so I hope you will all check it out -> http://amzn.to/2e2Ev0S

A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE WEEK, Meg Wiviott - Author
When I was six years old, I decided the world needed more Little Bear stories. I wrote and illustrated my own additions to Elsa Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak's classic series. When I showed them to my father, he kindly explained the word "plagiarism" to me. It's amazing I ever picked up a pencil again, but I did. I just stopped showing my work to my father.

In high school I wrote really, really bad poetry.

When my children were born I rediscovered the wonders of children's literature and started writing picture books again (though I don't illustrate them anymore because I can only draw stick-people).

I graduated from the MFA (Master's of Fine Arts) Program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at The Vermont College of Fine Arts in July 2011.

When I am not writing, I am ususally reading, or doing needlepoint.

I am married and live in New Jersey. My husband and I have two grown kids and a ridiculously friendly cat named Slide.
Be sure to check out her pages below...
Website- MegWiviott.com Goodreads- https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3396559.Meg_Wiviott

FB- Meg Wiviott - Author

Meg took the time to fill out this fun interview so please be sure to read on... I'm told she reveals info on an upcoming release! <- THIS MAKES ME ALL KINDS OF EXCITED! Interview Question #1: What is your favorite fall tradition?
MW: Thanksgiving -- Family, food and football!

Interview Question #2: If you had to describe your writing using just one sentence... What would you say?
MW: Sometimes it is all rainbows and unicorns, most times, though it's like pulling teeth.

Interview Question #3: Are you thankful for any one person that inspired you to write?
MW: I was inspired by books more than any one person. My favorite books growing up were all the LITTLE BEAR stories by Elsa Holmelund Minarik, FREDDIE THE DETECTIVE by Walter R. Brooks, ME AND CALEB by Franklyn E. Meyer, and WHERE THE RED FERNS GROW by Wilson Rawls.

Interview Question #4: If you could only read two books for the rest of your life... Which two would you choose?
MW: I think I might die if I could only read two books for the rest of my life. Or I might die trying to pick two books. That said, my short list would include: THE BOOK THIEF by Marcus Zusak, hands down my most favorite book; and probably THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, because there's a lot jammed into that one book and if I can only read two books for the rest of my life, they better be really long; and maybe the new Tana French book THE TRESPASSER, which I haven't read yet, but I know I'm going to love because all her work is fantastic, and I don't mind reading mysteries again even when I know who the murderer is because it's fun to see what hints I missed.


Interview Question #5: What book are you most thankful for?
MW: THE HOUSE AT POOH CORNER, because that is where my love of reading began.
Last, but not least ... Interview Question #6: Are you working on any upcoming releases?
MW: I am close to sending another historical young adult novel set in Los Alamos during 1944-45 to my agent.
Let's take a look at my review of Paper Hearts...

Here is a brief snippet:
"My heart was truly touched by this book. I found the brutality to be inspiring. It really made me feel appreciative and blessed for the most simple of things. I looked at my pen and paper completely differently. It no longer was just a piece of tree and an ink cylinder. It was a sliver of hope and power. A way to tell a historic story that should be shouted from the rooftops. I found the words insightful and important. I wanted to jump into the story and wrap my arms around the girls. I wanted to tell them how brave they were and how inspiring their story was. To know this was based on a true story just makes it that much more enthralling. I highly recommend it to every reader. This is a piece of history we should immerse ourselves in in order to always be reminded of how truly blessed we are..."

To check out my full review click below...
http://readerscandyy.blogspot.com/2016/06/paper-hearts-by-meg-wiviott.html

To end this feature, I want to say THANK YOU to Meg for taking the time to participate in our month of appreciation. I truly believe that each book is a work of art that deserves so much praise. Paper Hearts is one that should not be missed so please, please check it out!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Author of the Week: Marissa Kennerson

November is the month of Thanksgiving! It's filled with reminders of our blessings and it's a time to be thankful for all of the big and small things in your life. For me, I have a wonderful family and so many blessings... One of which is being able to read books! Now there are many things that contribute to that blessing, but the main contributors are the Authors that write the stories I get lost in. I wanted to show my appreciation for their time and effort, so I decided to feature a favorite Author of mine each week in November. The fourth Author I'm featuring is Marissa Kennerson... She wrote a book called The Family and I loved it! It's a cult feel thriller with deep emotion and swoony romance. Definitely a MUST READ and a favorite from 2016, so I hope you will all check it out HERE.

MEET THE AUTHOR OF THE WEEK...
Marissa Kennerson received her B.A. in English Literature from the University of California at Berkeley. Before earning her master’s degree in psychology and art therapy, she worked for Wired and Glamour. She lives in California with her family.
Be sure to check out her pages (leave a like, a tweet, or a follow) ...<3- FB- Marissa Kennerson Twitter- @MarissaAlexK Website- marissakennerson.com
Marissa was kind enough to fill out this fun interview! Read on to find out her fall favorite, who inspired her writing, and a book she is most thankful for... Interview Question #1: What is your favorite fall tradition? MK: Ooh. I love fall - so I love this question! I think baking pumpkin bread. The spices, the smiles on people's faces when you deliver a loaf. Yes! Eating it with a cup of coffee... Interview Question #2: If you had to describe your writing using just one sentence... What would you say? MK: Ominous Interview Question #3: Are you thankful for any one person that inspired you to write? MK: Jessica Almon - my editor at Full Fathom Five (now at Razorbill) - who really believed in me. Interview Question #4: If you could only read two books for the rest of your life... Which two would you choose? MK: Ahh! Whitney!! Lol. Okay - I Capture the Castle and Jane Eyre. Interview Question #5: What book are you most thankful for? MK: Stargirl. I think I saw myself in her and always so thankful for books that encourage you to be YOU! Last, but not least ... Interview Question #6: Are you working on any upcoming releases? MK: I am! I am working on a new YA thriller set half in NASA. Let's talk about my thoughts on the book...
Here is a snippet from my review. "The life of the collective is tragic and brutal. Basically everyone worships Adam, the leader and thinks they deserve punishment when they don't follow "the rules".They all believe that infection will consume them if they leave and are very content in confinement. All but the main character Twig that is... When she gets into an accident and is taken to a hospital all her views are altered. Nothing is as she expected. People explain how infection spreads and helps her to see that maybe everything she knows is based on lies. When she returns to the collective she struggles with the new found knowledge and starts to crave whats on the outside. Through brutal punishments and belittling, Twig tries to hold it together long enough to hopefully be freed. It's a long shot, but she doesn't give up through the final page."
You can check out the full review here. http://readerscandyy.blogspot.com/2015/12/the-family-by-marissa-kennerson.html
I want to end this week long feature with a HUGE THANK YOU to Author Marissa Kennerson for the time and effort put into this fun feature! Each and every book wrote is a piece of art that should be praised. I am so looking forward to her next book & I really hope you all check out The Family (http://amzn.to/2cSMpd1).

Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true? 

MY REVIEW:
5/5 STARS

This was one of the most beautiful, thought provoking young adult books I've ever read. There were lessons within the words and grit beneath the surface. It was an intense book that pulled at my heartstrings and opened my eyes to a subject that I was blind to... It pulled me in with it's lyrical prose and kept me captivated with deep rooted emotion. 

Natasha and Daniel are both familiar with immigration... One has family pushing for the American dream, while the other is fighting deportation struggles. When their worlds collide, it brings an unexpected connection that leads to an emotional, passionate whirlwind romance. Together they participate in a questionnaire to prove that love can be scientific. In just one day they fall in love and embed inspiration in one another. It was a unique concept that brought so much to the table. 

This was my first book by Nicola Yoon and I honestly can't say enough good things. She took an intense subject with ugly situations and somehow turned them into inspirational beauty. The words made me stop and think and there were lines that I indulged in more than once. I think that especially during this time ... all readers need to give it a read. It's educational, romantic, and everything a ya contemporary should be.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Author of the Week: Michelle Modesto

November is the month of Thanksgiving! It's filled with reminders of our blessings and it's a time to be thankful for all of the big and small things in your life. For me, I have a wonderful family and so many blessings... One of which is being able to read books! Now there are many things that contribute to that blessing, but the main contributors are the Authors that write the stories I get lost in. I wanted to show my appreciation for their time and effort, so I decided to feature a favorite Author of mine each week in November. The third Author I will feature isMichelle Modesto. I recently came across her book called Revenge and the Wild, purchased it, and became addicted very fast. It's a unique debut with a magical/steampunk feel. There are cannibals, western shootouts, characters with machine body parts, and swoon worthy romance... I mean how crazy cool is that? I put it on my top reads from 2016 list, so I hope you will all check it out ->http://amzn.to/2dkJjxy
MEET THE AUTHOR BEHIND THE BOOK...
Michelle Modesto is an associate editor at Gold Man Review, a west coast literary journal. She is also a former tattoo artist and works as a dog groomer and rescuer. She loves hockey, mudding and redneck things. She lives in Northern California with her two kids and a couple of bed-hogging bull mastiffs

Be sure to follow her at the pages below...
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2dkM55S
FB: Michelle Modesto
Twitter: ellemodesto
Website: http://www.michellemodesto.com/
I'm so excited that Author Michelle Modesto took the time to fill out this fun interview. Read to find out who inspired her writing... or just to see what her favorite fall tradition is. <3- Interview Question #1: What is your favorite fall tradition? MM: Reading by the fire while drinking pumpkin flavored coffee.



Interview Question #2: If you had to describe your writing using just one sentence... What would you say? MM: Odd and a bit dark.



Interview Question #3: Are you thankful for any one person that inspired you to write? MM: My mom. She passed away this year. She encouraged me to write. I owe everything to her.

Interview Question #4: If you could only read two books for the rest of your life... Which two would you choose? MM: Reapers are the Angels by Alden Bell. It's everything. And Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Interview Question #5: What book are you most thankful for? MM: Where the Heart is by Billie Letts. This book played an important part in my life when I was a teen.

Last, but not least ... Interview Question #6: Are you working on any upcoming releases?
MM: Nothing that's going to be released any time soon, but I'm always writing.
That concludes the interview... Now onto my Review


Here is a snippet from my review of Revenge and the Wild...
"This story was a wild adventure packed with suspense, romance, and mystery. There were many twists and turns that I never expected and the romance was quite overwhelming. There were so many potential suitors, but only one was true love."
Check out my full review here -

http://readerscandyy.blogspot.com/2016/03/revenge-and-wild-by-michelle-modesto.html

To end this feature, I want to say THANK YOU to Michelle for taking the time to participate in this month long event. Please everyone check out Revenge and the Wild. You won't be disappointed!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Author of the Week: Paulette Mahurin



November is the month of Thanksgiving! It's filled with reminders of our blessings and it's a time to be thankful for all of the big and small things in your life. For me, I have a wonderful family and so many blessings... One of which is being able to read books! Now there are many things that contribute to that blessing, but the main contributors are the Authors that write the stories I get lost in. I wanted to show my appreciation for their time and effort, so I decided to feature a favorite Author of mine each week in November. The second Author I will feature is Paulette Mahurin. I recently came across her book called The Seven Year Dress, purchased it, and LOVED every page. It's a story that's rich in history and packs an emotional gut punch. I put it on my top reads from 2016 list, so I hope you will all check it out -> http://amzn.to/2dxLqLh

(PLUS, please note that profits from her books go to help rescue dogs. <- I'm all about that!)

Meet the Author:

Paulette Mahurin lives with her husband Terry and three dogs, Max, Bella, and Lady Luck in Ventura County, California. She grew up in West Los Angeles and attended UCLA, where she received a Master’s Degree in Science.

While in college, she won awards and was published for her short-story writing. One of these stories, Something Wonderful, was based on the couple presented in His Name Was Ben, which she expanded into the fictionalized novel in 2014. The first week out, His Name Was Ben, made it to top ten books sold in the Amazon Kindle store (topic: health/wellness/cancer). Her first novel, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, made it to Amazon bestseller lists and won awards, including best historical fiction of the year 2012 in Turning the Pages Magazine.

Semi-retired, she continues to work part-time as a Nurse Practitioner in Ventura County. When she’s not writing, she does pro-bono consultation work with women with cancer, works in the Westminister Free Clinic as a volunteer provider, volunteers as a mediator in the Ventura County Courthouse for small claims cases, and involves herself, along with her husband, in dog rescue. 

YOU CAN CHECK OUT HER PAGES HERE...
Blogsite:
https://thepersecutionofmildreddunlap.wordpress.com/

Facebook: Paulette Mahurin's Books

Amazon Page:
http://amzn.to/2dPWzv3 

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/MahurinPaulette


Paulette is such a genuine, kind soul... She took the time to fill out this fun interview & I hope you will all check it out! 

Interview Question #1: What is your favorite fall tradition?
PM: Thanksgiving. The day of gratitude is a beautiful reminder to hold that in our hearts all year long.

Interview Question #2: If you had to describe your writing using just one sentence...
What would you say?
PM: Organically spontaneous is where my best writing comes from; in the framework of a story that interests me.

Interview Question #3: Are you thankful for any one person that inspired you to write?
PM: Deb Norton. A wonderful writing teacher who really set a fire under me.

Interview Question #4: If you could only read two books for the rest of your life... Which two would you choose?


PM: The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz and Man's Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Interview Question #5: What book are you most thankful for?
PM: The Four Agreements is beautifully written and inspirationaly helpful.

Last, but not least ... Interview Question #6: Are you working on any upcoming releases?
PM: No, I'm working on my next novel. In the beginning phases. 

*And lastly let me say a heartfelt thank you for your support of my book. With all my profits going to help get dogs out of kill shelters I'm truly grateful for your contribution. And to anyone else who has helped with the effort to free a dog from a kill shelter you have my heart's gratitude. To date this year in 2016 we've help free 157 dogs. Last year's total was 148. More to come.
That concludes the interview... 

Here is a snippet from my review of The Seven Year Dress by Paulette Mahurin's Books... (http://amzn.to/2dJ71BT)
"This book was historical fiction at it's finest. The ugly words were intricately weaved into a beautiful story of strength and perseverance. My heart ached with pain and swelled with inspiration. The circumstances Helen overcame were gut wrenching and awful. She lost loved ones, was humiliated in more ways than one, and in the end had lasting emotional scars."

Check out the full review here - http://readerscandyy.blogspot.com/2016/10/the-seven-year-dress-by-paulette-mahurin.html
I want to end this feature with a HUGE THANK YOU to Author Paulette Mahurin for the time and effort put into this fun feature! Each and every book wrote is a piece of art that should be praised. I am so looking forward to picking up her other books and I hope you all will check out The Seven Year Dress
*Don't forget profits from her books go to rescuing dog
s! 

Friday, November 4, 2016

Author of the Week... Sarah Glenn Marsh (Interview)


November is the month of Thanksgiving! It's filled with reminders of our blessings and it's a time to be thankful for all of the big and small things in your life. For me, I have a wonderful family and so many blessings... One of which is being able to read books! Now there are many things that contribute to that blessing, but the main contributors are the Authors that write the stories I get lost
 in. I wanted to show my appreciation for their time and effort, so I decided to feature a favorite Author of mine each week in November. The first Author is Sarah Glenn Marsh. She just recently released a book called Fear the Drowning Deep... I was lucky enough to get an ARC and devoured it in just two days. It was Beauty and the Beast meets the sea. Eerily beautiful with so many twists and turns. It's one of my favorites from 2016 so I hope you will all check it out -> http://amzn.to/2d56rgt
-Whitney

Let's get to know the Author...Sarah Glenn Marsh writes young adult novels and children’s picture books. An avid fantasy reader from the day her dad handed her a copy of The Hobbit and promised it would change her life, she’s been making up words and worlds ever since.

When she’s not writing, Sarah enjoys watercolor painting, ghost hunting, and pursuits of the nerd variety, from video games to ta
bletop adventures. She’s never met an animal or a doughnut she didn’t like.

Sarah lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband and their tiny zoo of four rescued greyhounds, a bird, and many fish. She is the author of Fear the Drowning Deep, the Reign of the Fallen duology, and several picture books.


YOU CAN CHECK OUT HER PAGES HERE...
Blog: http://www.sarahglennmarsh.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SG_Marsh
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sarahglennmarshauthor/
Goodtreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/10909117.Sarah_Glenn_Marsh;https://www.amazon.com/Fear-Drowning-Sarah-Glenn-Marsh/dp/1510703489

Sarah was a doll and took the time to fill out this fun interview.
It will give you an insight to her sweet personality and also to some of her personal preferences...


Interview Question #1: What is your favorite fall tradition?
Carter's Mountain Orchard! It's a beautiful mountaintop orchard/vineyard that overlooks my hometown, offering an incredible view. Each year, we go there to pick pumpkins and apples, buy delicious cider, and eat apple cider doughnuts! I don't feel like it's fall until we've been to Carter's and enjoyed those doughnuts.

Interview Question #2: If you had to describe your writing using just one sentence... What would you say?
SGM: The things I write are dark and lyrical, with a dash of the strange and unexpected!

Interview Question #3: Are you thankful for any one person that inspired you to write?
SGM: Many! But one person in particular who inspired me to write is my husband! He was the one who encouraged me to write my first book, and who patiently listened to many drafts of it as I read aloud, and helped me untangle plot threads! He still listens to all my books when I draft to this day, and still chimes in with a cool plot idea from time to time!

Interview Question #4: If you could only read two books for the rest of your life... Which two would you choose?
SGM: I'd choose The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (I'm recommending this beauty all over the place!) and The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (if choosing the whole trilogy is cheating, I'll pick my favorite section--The Two Towers!). I'd pick these because while they're very different (one is sci-fi, one is fantasy), they're both books where I feel like I catch something new each time I re-read them.

Interview Question #5: What book are you most thankful for?
SGM: The Harry Potter series. I grew up alongside Harry, and I feel like he and his friends were great role models who encouraged me to a brave and thoughtful person! Also, Harry Potter was my gateway into fantasy books, so all around, it's brought a lot of magic into my life!

Last, but not least ... Interview Question #6: 
Are you working on any upcoming releases?

SGM: YES! My next book, Reign of the Fallen, is the first in a YA dark fantasy duology about a talented young necromancer who must decide whether to save or help destroy the change-averse society crumbling around her. It's set in an original world with a new magic system, and it's much darker than my debut...I hope you'll want to take the journey with me!


That wraps up the interview part...
Now it's time to chat about my review of Fear the Drowning Deep...
Like I said at the beginning, her book is fantastic... I rated it 5 stars!
Here is a small snippet of my review, but please check out the full version HERE.

"Eerie plot, folk feel, and absolutely beautiful execution. My mind and heart fell in love with this book. The story was haunting, yet intriguing. The characters were unique and the book world was vivid and lush. As I turned the pages I could feel the mist clinging to my skin and the breeze blowing the back of neck. The plot pulled me in and I found myself captivated by the magic. I mean witches, sea monsters, forbidden love, and folk lore... What more could you ask for?"

Hopefully by now you are intrigued enough to check it out on Amazon. You can do so HERE.
I want to end this post with a HUGE THANK YOU to Author Sarah Glenn Marsh for the time and effort put into this fun feature! Each and every book wrote is a piece of art that should be praised. I am so looking forward to her next book & I really hope you all check out Fear the Drowning Deep...