As you may have heard, John Grisham gave an interview with The Telegraph in which he lambasted the US judicial system for excessive incarceration—including that of “Sixty-year-old white men in prison” whose only crimes were consuming child pornography.
“…But they got online one night and…
Series: Inked Brotherhood (Book 3)
Author: Jo Raven
Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance (steamy) / lickable angstyromance
They call me Zen-man, the cool-headed one, the protector. I keep an eye out for everyone, taking them in, finding them homes. They think I’m the calm and collected one, the self-assured one, the one who knows the way. They think they see me. They think they know me.
But they’re all wrong, because inside I’m broken. I have a jagged hole in my soul I can’t fix, a festering blackness. I’ve been to the pits of hell and nobody comes back unscathed. Life in foster care fucked me up, and now a thread is all that’s holding me together.
So I sleep around and never date, keeping chicks away. One day I’ll snap, and when I do, there’s no telling who I might take down with me.
All the same, there’s this one girl who won’t be scared away. Dakota. She’s hot and I won’t deny I want her. But she keeps coming back, needling me, trying to get me to talk, to open up to her.
She has no idea she’s playing with fire. When the demons come, she’d better be far away from me, just like everyone else.
Add Zane to your TBR:
Jo Raven writes New Adult erotic romance. She loves sexy bad boys and strong-willed heroines, and divides her time between writing and reading. When not cooking up plots, she putters in her cluttered kitchen and dreams of traveling to India and Japan.
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Jane The Virgin estreia hoje! Confira promos, sneak peek, fotos e mais: http://spotseriestv.blogspot.com.br/2014/05/novata-conheca-jane-virgin-e-confira-promos-imagens-nova-serie-cw.html
This show is everything.
"I felt very limited by the opportunities I had in Hollywood to play the maid, the pregnant teen, the drug addict. Those all exist, but they all exist in every ethnicity and culture. I wanted to tell stories that showed little girls because when I was younger, I didn’t see us in Casablanca and these phenomenal movies that told the human story."
Jane the Virgin’ Star Gina Rodriguez is THR’s next big thing. Read the full story at thr.cm/Gina
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Introducing a new YA/MG blog hop in time for Halloween! Mark your calendars for Oct 27- Nov 1st! Check out the participating authors
Taylor Swift on Emma Watson’s UN speech and (last 2 gifs) on not “acting up” like Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears (x)
I AM SO PROUD OF THIS WOMAN AND ALSO PROUD OF MYSELF FOR LOOKING UP TO HER
Hmmm. I think it’s amazing that more female pop stars are embracing feminism. It’s very “on trend.”
Except that there IS an anger to being a feminist and it comes from centuries of female inequality. So here is where Taylor Swift learns that it’s okay to embrace the idea that men and women are equals. But there’s also a huge history that was born of anger and picketing and protesting so that wealthy sweet girls can sit nicely and call themselves feminist.
So yes girls. Believe in the equality of sexes, but know the history and know that there is still a lot to fix. Ideas are not the same as actions.
Hey guys, my new cover is here! The good people at Diversion Books are giving out early review copies if you tweet about it. More details here: http://www.rtbookreviews.com/rt-daily-blog/cover-reveal-luck-line-zoraida-cordova
It’s out 11/11/14
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Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize—one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team!But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!
If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.
I’m Zoraida Córdova, author of The Vicious Deep (YA), and Luck on the Line (NA). I love dreaming up magical creatures and bacon. Not in the same sandwich though.
And now for all the good stuff!
Today I’m hosting JENNY LUNDQUIST.
Jenny Lundquist was born and raised in Huntington Beach, CA, where she spent her time unsuccessfully learning how to surf. When she was younger, she wanted to be either a rock star or a published author. After she taped herself singing and listened to it on playback she decided she’d better opt for the writing route. Jenny is the author of The Princess in the Opal Mask and The Opal Crown (both YA), as well as the middle grade titles Seeing Cinderella and Plastic Polly. Jenny now lives in Northern California with her family. Visit her online at www.jennylundquist.com.
Jenny’s Exclusive Content!
Writers are often faced with difficult decisions when they revise their manuscripts. Early on in The Opal Crown we find out that Mistress—the manipulative, abusive woman who raised Elara—has become seriously ill. When I wrote the original draft, I felt strongly that Elara needed to have one last scene with Mistress, and I did everything I could to fit it into the plot. However, during the revision process I was forced to take it out due to pacing issues and changing plot points. Still, the scene below remains a favorite of mine, and I’m excited to share it with you here:
A foul smell wafts from Mistress Ogden’s bedroom. I step closer to her bedside, and when I stare into her emaciated face I expect to be overwhelmed with all of the anger and loathing I have so often felt in her presence. But I feel…nothing. Nothing whatsoever.
Mistress’s dulled eyes stare back at me, a twisted grimace on her face. Her lips pucker, and she struggles for breath, as though she’s trying to speak.
“What is it?” I lean closer.
She lifts her head, and utters a familiar word: “Worthless.”
My head snaps back, and I release a breath. I had thought I was past the point of being hurt by her. But even now, now when I’ve won, it still hurts. For I have won, haven’t I? I am young. I am strong. I am royalty! And she has become an old woman, withered and dying. No one but Serena will mourn her passing, while I have half the kingdom calling for my ascension.
I start to imagine stuffing away the pain, but it feels a hollow exercise. I want to feel the hurt this time, let it twist in my guts, and ask myself why, after all this time, she can still hurt me. Let myself wonder why it is that Mistress chose to hate me, instead of love me.
A wave of pain rolls through her. Her back arches; her skin whitens; her eyes unfocus.
“You need herbs for pain?” I say, when her spasming subsides.
“I…don’t… need… anything from you,” she gasps.
“Serena seems to think you do,” I counter. Yet even as I say the words, it occurs to me how easy it would be to walk away. To let Mistress die a painful death. Would it bring me any satisfaction, to know she ended her days in agony?
“Serena told me who you are,” she says, her voice suddenly gaining strength. “The unwanted daughter of a king. Even the most powerful family in the world—rich enough to hire a hundred nannies so they’d never have to even see you—couldn’t be bothered to keep you around. What—”she breaks off, as another wave seizes her. “What will happen afterward, if you and that freak sister of yours are successful? Do you really think they’ll allow you to become queen? You? They’ll use you. And when they’re finished with you they’ll throw you away, just as they did once before.”
Venom drips from her hoarse voice, whispering all the fears I have stuffed somewhere deep inside of me.
I stare around the drafty bedroom. The frayed curtains; the tattered furniture. I could take it all away from Mistress, if I wanted to. I could tell Rolf I was commandeering all the firewood, the food, every remaining item of value I could find in this wretched place and he would carry out my order without question. I could hurt, as I have been hurt. I could pay her back for her years of hatred. Didn’t I used to dream of a day like this? When it was Mistress who was vulnerable and in need, and I was the one with the power to determine her future?
But those are the dreams of a hurting child, and for me, childhood ended long ago.
I stare down at Mistress’s shriveled, broken frame. At the woman I once yearned to call “Mother” and say, “I’ll see that Serena gets the herbs.” I stand to leave.
“Stop.” Mistress raises herself up. And though it leaves a bitter taste in my soul, she gives me words, the last I know I’ll ever hear from her. “The Queen of Galandria. It’s the role of a lifetime, Elara.” Her lips strain with effort. “Play it well.”
Wasn’t that awesome? You can buy The Opal Crown here!
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Now you know! Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the RED team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!
But before you go! I’m holding my own contest. I will be giving a signed copy of THE VAST & BRUTAL SEA and well as a quartz charm inspired by the cover. For some exclusive content from me, read the RED TEAM posts!
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Or, Zoraida learns how to use Adobe Illustrator
The rumors are true. I’ve figured out a very basic way to design things on Illustrator. It’s a lot of fun playing with color and fonts. It’s better than losing 100 hours on Tumblr. I made these images to go with my upcoming release!
What is LUCK ON THE LINE about? Well it goes something like this:
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Here we go—my very first author interview! I had the privilege of interviewing author Zoraida Cordova (there should be an accent over the first o in Cordova, but I’m not smart enough to figure out…