Thursday, October 2, 2014

YA Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to the YA Scavenger Hunt!





You are hunting on the




I'm Suzanne Lazear, I write the Aether Chronicles Series (fairytale steampunk). Welcome, have a cupcake.  You can start the hunt here or you can go to the YA Scavenger Hunt homepage to find out more or if you're stuck.

Book 1, INNOCENT DARKNESS and Book 2, CHARMED VENGEANCE are out now. Book 3, FRAGILE DESTINY  just released in August. Somewhere in this hunt you'll find a cut scene from FRAGILE DESTINY with Noli and the Dark King. 

Also, at the bottom of this page I have a special giveaway. I'm giving away 7 prizes. Okay, maybe not, but there are prizes.


To enter to win the big prize, collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the orange team, and then add them up. Hint: the secret number is highlighted ORANGE. Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. The hunt ends October 5th.


And now on to the author I'm hosting today: 

Lorie Ann Grover



Lorie Ann Grover is a young adult novelist and board book author. She has received starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist and was a Washington State Book Award Finalist. Her works have been further honored by VOYA, Bank Street College, the New York Public Library, Parents Magazine, and Girls Life magazine.


and her book


HIT


With a full ride scholarship to Mills College next year, Sarah’s future is set until she falls for Mr. Haddings, student teacher from the University of Washington. She’s convinced he’s flirting back but then…he hits her in the crosswalk. 

Bonus Content



For my exclusive content, I thought to share how the manuscript for HIT was originally written. It was a verse novel with six points of view! Below are the first entries. Sarah was named Kelsie, and Cydni was named Serita. Hope it’s fun to see the differences between this and the final version in prose when HIT releases, October 7th!

Morning

Kelsie

Not exactly
plump enough
to be called truly beautiful.
But not skinny, right?

I trace my upper lip
with my index finger,
drag it past my teeth.
Haddings flits into my mind.
And stays.



Haddings

I tilt two sugar packets
into my Americano
and stir the brown warmth.
The Starbucks’ espresso machine
hisses behind me,
and I jump
half expecting the steam
to sear my neck.
A branding of sorts
for being attracted to her.
How? How could I?
She’s a high school student
for crying out loud.
The grad program’s
full of women,
and it’s this girl
who haunts me?

The rain slips on the window.

On my last visit to the school,
two weeks ago,
she came into the classroom
early,

and I didn’t
immediately
stand to leave.

She walked toward me
with forced determination
and vulnerability.
Both as beautiful
as the wide hope of her hazel eyes.

The lavender scent
bloomed from her hot wrists.
I shifted on the desk
willing my legs to move.
But they didn’t.

Like our thoughts,
her poetry journal sat heavy
between our hands
when she passed it to me.
Kelsie’s cinnamon breath
slipped between the thin space
separating us.

I knew what she wanted,
and I wanted it more.

Leaning forward
I closed the space,

but
jumped up
and away
when Serita
banged open the door.

I snagged on indifference
and sat down quickly behind the desk.
Serita’s glares
barely cooled me off
as Kelsie 
still lingered close.

Earlier, I had been resolved
to read the poem in class
and let Kelsie know
this wouldn’t work.
Forcing myself
to follow through,
I ended up reading it
without a speck of conviction.

Total fail.

Ready to keep hunting? On to Tamara Ireland Stone -- make sure you bring her a cupcake.

Also, don't forget to enter my special giveaway.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

FRAGILE DESTINY blog tour stop #9 -- come ask me questions, win stuff

It's stop #9 on the FRAGILE DESTINY blog tour. I'm over at Bitten By Books. There's an interview with Queen Tiana. Also, ALL DAY TODAY I will be answering questions (Tiana may as well). Stop by, chat, ask questions, and enter to win a $25 GC.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Friday, August 8, 2014

DESTINY IS HERE! Fragile Destiny release day + Blog Stop #5

Launch the cupcake cannons! Today FRAGILE DESTINY releases!

I am so excited for you to read this book. There's so much in here that I had been wanting to write for *so long*. All the things start to come together. I really hope you enjoy it!


Part of me is a little sad, though. My dad was a  huge fan of the series. He used to read the love scenes outloud to my mom (I'd leave the room.) He shipped Kevighn and Noli hard. He had thoughts on all kinds of things (like the MoBats, in book 2). I turned in revisions on book 3 right before he died. He'd just gotten an e-reader so I was going to load the arc on it when they came out. Now, he'll never get to read book 3. I'll never get to hear what he thinks of certain scenes.

The book is dedicated to him and my niece Erika. Tomorrow, Erika would have been 24. She, too, was a huge fan. She's help me at my launch parties and was an avid reader. We lost her to Cystic Fibrosis a few months ago.

But I'm still excited to share this latest installment of James, V, Noli, and Kevighn's adventures. It's still ONLY $6 (both hard copy and e-book) on Amazon. $6, that's a coffee and pasty. It's also available at Barnes and Noble and Book Depository. If you want a SIGNED COPY order it from Vroman's and tell them you want me to sign it when I sign there on August 15th.

If' you're in Los Angeles, I'm signing at Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena at 7 pm on August 15th. Steampunk costumes & fun hats encouraged. There will be cake!

Also, today I'm over at Bookish Things & More for stop #5 on the FRAGILE DESTINY blog tour!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

It's all about CAKE -- Blog Tour Stop #3

Today I'm over at The Attic Reviews for stop #3 of the FRAGILE DESTINY blog tour.  Today I'm talking about cake, and Noli and the gang. Because they eat a lot of cake. Come tell me what sort of cake you like.

Also, FRAGILE DESTINY is already shipping/downloading from some places. Also, it's still only $6 on Amazon, for both the paper copy or the e-book. GO GET IT! The pre-order giveaway still applies until Friday. Details here.


Don’t forget to check out all the other stops!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Fragile Destiny Blog Tour Stop #2

Today I'm at Page Turners talking about the search for Noli's dad -- also there's a little interview with Mrs. Braddock, Noli's mom. Come say hello!

Monday, August 4, 2014

FRAGILE DESTINY Blog Tour, Stop #1

Today is the very first stop of the Fragile Destiny Blog Tour!

I'm visiting What the Cat Read. Come stop by and say hello. I'm talking about POV and a little about the newest addition to the Aether Chronicles, Elise Darrow. 

Other Tour Stops:

Aug 7: Kate Tilton blog
Aug 9: Mundie Moms
Aug 11: Book Raptured 
Aug 12: Bitten By Books
Aug 13: Anonymous Interests  
Aug 15: Tizzy Potts 

FRAGILE DESTINY -- Five days and Counting

Destiny is coming! FRAGILE DESTINY releases *this Friday* -- 8/8/14!

Here's a little teaser.

Also, it's not too late to pre-order and get the pdf of stories (which should be going out in the next day or two.)


Friday, August 1, 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lookie, Lookie....

Eeeep. Look what I got, my first copy of FRAGILE DESTINY, which releases 8-8-14. Isn't it pretty?