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Book Tour: Amplified

Ok, so a while back I had a poll on my side bar asking how people felt about Book Tours. Only a hand full of people responded but they all said they loved them. So today I am going to test out my first book tour! This might not be a permanent thing on The Blogging Book, but If there is a good turn out I will try to host them regularly.


    When privileged 17-year-old Jasmine gets kicked out of her house, she takes what is left of her savings and flees to Santa Cruz to pursue her dream of becoming a musician. Jasmine finds the ideal room in an oceanfront house, but she needs to convince the three guys living there that she's the perfect roommate and lead guitarist for their band, C-Side. Too bad she has major stage fright and the cute bassist doesn't think a spoiled girl from over the hill can hack it. . . .

Product Details

Author: Tara Kelly
Publisher: Henry Holt
Release Date: 10/25/2011
Genre: YA Fiction
Pages: 304 pp
Ages: 14+
This is an ARC

We need at least 4 people to sign up before the tour can begin. If there are more than six, I will randomly choose out of the people who signed up.

If you would like to review this book please read the rules and fill out this form. Then Come back here and leave your Name and State in the comments.

Happy Release Day! On The Bright Side

Book Title:
On The Bright Side

Coleman & Stott

Book Description:

On the Bright Side is a hilarious road to guardian angeldom paved with so much
drama and due-paying that it makes middle school look painless.

As if the devil’s food cake at her wake and the white fat pants she’s stuck wearing
for eternity weren’t bad enough, fourteen year-old Gabby is quick to discover
that Cirrus, the main rung of Heaven, is a far cry from the Pearly Gates. Here,
Skyphones and InnerNets are all the rage. Until Gabby finds out she has to protect
Angela, her school nemesis, in order to move up through the training levels of
heaven. Problem is, Angela is now hitting on Gabby's should-have-been boyfriend.

Instead of protecting Angela, Gabby pranks her (like tripping is a sin?) at the
hopes of cooling off the new couple. At first, they seem harmless until the school
dance sabotage gets completely out of control. Then, her Celestial Sky Agent, who
happens to have anger management issues of his own, puts Gabby on probation,
threatening her eternal future.

Determined to right her wrongs, Gabby steals an ancient artifact that allows her to
return to Earth for just one day. Without knowing, she kicks off a series of events
and learns what can happen when you hate someone to death.


"Grace is a spunky, independent, nature girl who doesn't need a boy to save her. With
wilderness survival, a juicy love triangle, and more twists and turns than a roller coaster, this
fast-paced novel had me holding my breath until the very last page—and still begging for
more!" -Kimberly Derting, author of the The Body Finder series (Harper Teen) and The
Pledge series (S&S)

"This thrilling story is a dramatic entanglement of mystery, deception and teen romance. The
action flows like a brisk mountain stream interspersed with rapids, holding suspense to last
page." - Kirkus Reviews

2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Quarterfinalist (under the original title of Grace Under
Fire) - Judges Reviews:

"This story starts out with a reads like the young woman were narrating it to a friend,
and had the ring of a young person's style and intensity. Grace sees authority people, or at least
those she knows, as a bit bumbling, which is true to age. Authentic representation of youth in
action also. Original in premise and style, and good use of background...Good story!" - Sue
Grafton, author of bestselling Kinsey Milhone series

"This murder mystery features a teenaged heroine, but she has the self assurance of a woman
twice her age. The prose is very descriptive...and the dialogue is genuine. The setting of small
town North Carolina and the surrounding woods is appealing. The story moves along at a brisk
clip, and it feels as if we already have some important clues. We look forward to seeing what's
in the case file and what Grace and her motorbike, Luci, will be up to next." - Sue Monk Kidd,
author of Secret Life of Bees


"S.R. Johannes delivers a cute paranormal thrill ride for middle graders! Even in death there is a
BRIGHT SIDE!" - Addison Moore, author of the bestselling Celestra series and soon to be
TV show

Clever and charming, ON THE BRIGHT SIDE is the story of a reluctant guardian angel, her still-
breathing crush, and the frenemy she’s assigned to protect. A great read! -Suzanne Young,
author of A Need So Beautiful, A Want So Wicket (6/12), and The Program (2013)

“ON THE BRIGHT SIDE is both hilarious and heart-warming – a tale that’ll have you hoping that
there really *are* spunky and determined angels like Gabby who’ve got our backs.” - Kristin
O’Donnell Tubb, author of Selling Hope & The 13th Sign (2013) (Feiwel & Friends)

"With a smart, snappy heroine and a heart-warming crush, ON THE BRIGHT SIDE is a page-
turning new take on guardian angels that left me begging for a sequel!" - Gretchen McNeil,
author of Possess and Ten (9/12) (Balzar + Bray)

Purchase Information

eBook will be available Jan 31st

Paperback will be available in Feb.

To buy the Kindle eBook - The eBook is $2.99 and can be purchased at amazon

Book Trailer:

Author Bio:

S.R. Johannes is the author of Untraceable (a teen wilderness thriller) and On The Bright
Side ( a tween paranormal).

She started out writing for her local school paper, winning a state Nutrition essay contest
for “Be a Smart Cookie”, and singing in a local Jazz band. Somewhere along the way, she
earned an MBA in Marketing and embarked on an 18-year marketing career in Corporate
America working as a marketing and communications consultant.

In 2000, S.R. traded in her expensive suits, way-too high heels, and corporate lingo for a
family, flip-flops, and her love of writing. She started her own marketing & communications
business,, and continues creating materials for a variety of large profit
and nonprofit clients, including Spanx, Goody Hair Products, Chick Filet, Delta, CARE, and
the Boys & Girls Club of America.

S.R.’s dream is to publish children’s books and magically imprint the imaginations of kids.
In addition to juggling nap schedules while attending client meetings, Shelli focuses on
her writing. She is a frequent marketing speaker at SCBWI conferences across the U.S and
runs a popular marketing blog, Market My Words ( where she
provides marketing advice for authors in the hopes of helping them better market their

In her spare time (yeah right!) and if the kids allow (yeah right!), Shelli obsesses over
movies, reads children’s books (over and over), wishes she could squeeze in Bikram Yoga
sessions, and dreams of sleeping in on the weekends.

She currently lives in Atlanta with her dog, British-accented husband, and the huge
imaginations of their little prince and princess that someday will change the world.

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In My Mailbox #17

Hosted by Kristy at The Story Siren,  inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.
Where we post about books we have received 
during the week via mailbox, local library, or store bought, etc.

Stormbreaker - Anthony Horowitz
Bound By Honor - Colette Gale
Blue Bloods - Melissa De La Cruz
Crushworthy - Sara Lawrence
Generation Dead - Daniel Waters
Snow White, Blood Red - Ellen Datlow; Terri Windling
The Birthing House - Christopher Ransom

For Review
Borrowed Heart - Linda Lamberson (review)

That's what I got in my mail box. What did you get? 
Leave your link in the comments, I would love to see your IMM!



You guys are amazing! I can not say that enough. Lets make it 175!
If we can get to 175 by Feb 10th I will host a giveaway!
How does a $15 gift card sound? Just in time for Valentines day! 
I might even throw a surprise in there!

Thank you guys again. It really means a lot to me!


The Bro-Magnet

The Bro-Magnet
Women have been known to lament, "Always a bridesmaid, never a bride." For Johnny Smith, the problem is, "Always a Best Man, never a groom." At age 33, housepainter Johnny has been Best Man eight times. The ultimate man's man, Johnny loves the Mets, the Jets, his weekly poker game, and the hula girl lamp that hangs over his basement pool table. Johnny has the instant affection of nearly every man he meets, but one thing he doesn't have is a woman to share his life with, and he wants that desperately. When Johnny meets District Attorney Helen Troy, he decides to renounce his bro-magnet ways in order to impress her. With the aid and advice of his friends and family, soon he's transforming his wardrobe, buying throw pillows, ditching the hula girl lamp, getting a cat and even changing his name to the more mature-sounding John. And through it all, he's pretending to have no interest in sports, which Helen claims to abhor. As things heat up with Helen, the questions arise: Will Johnny finally get the girl? And, if he's successful in that pursuit, who will he be now that he's no longer really himself? THE BRO-MAGNET is a rollicking comedic novel about what one man is willing to give up for the sake of love.

I love the Synopsis! It sound like a great read!
Here's a link if you want to read the first 30 pages.
It's really good! I might just have to buy it! 

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Reader Rally

Romance@Random is hosting another Blog Hop! This time everyone
participating is giving away something different! There are tons of
books, swag, and gift cards to win! Don't forget to comment over
at R@R to be entered in the Grand Prize drawing!

I'm giving away 4 copies of A Cold Creek Secret by RaeAnne Thayne!
Just enter in the Rafflecopter form below!


Review: Eve

Title: Eve
Series: The Eve Trilogy #1
Author: Anna Carey
Genre: YA Dystopian, Romance
Format: ARC, 336pp
Ages: 12 & Up
On-Sale Date: 10/04/2011


Where do you go when nowhere is safe?
Sixteen years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth’s population, the world is a perilous place. Eighteen-year-old Eve has never been beyond the heavily guarded perimeter of her school, where she and two hundred other orphaned girls have been promised a future as the teachers and artists of the New America. But the night before graduation, Eve learns the shocking truth about her school’s real purpose—and the horrifying fate that awaits her.
Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Arden, her former rival from school, and Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust . . . and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.


Wow! Where to start? This book is absolutely amazing! This is one of those books that you have to read all the way through because it bugs you if you don't. You're always wondering what happens next. But when you're done, you're kicking yourself, because all you're left with is the cliff hanger until the next book comes out.

I always have so much to say about these type of books when I'm done with them. But then I get to thinking, "Well, I cant talk about that because then I'll have to talk about..." And I hate to have spoilers in my reviews. Especially if they're new books.

So, I will leave you with this. This books is for the hopeless romantics. The ones that love love, no matter how it comes. This book is also for the adventure junkie. Because my heart still races when I think about it.


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In My Mailbox #16

Hosted by Kristy at The Story Siren,  inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie.
Where we post about books we have received 
during the week via mailbox, local library, or store bought, etc.

Halfway to the Grave - Jeaniene Frost
The Dream-Hunter - Sherrilyn Kenyon
Kiss Me Kill Me - Lauren Henderson
Incarceration -Catherine Fisher
Vampire Academy - Richelle Mead
It's Not Summer Without You - Jenny Han
Thirst No.2 - Christopher Pike
Thirst No. 3 - Christopher Pike


The Future of Us - Jay Asher & Carolyn Makler

Well, that's what I got in my mailbox. What did you get in yours?
Leave me a link to your IMM in the comments I would love to check it out!


Review: City Of Bones

Title: City Of Bones
Series: The Mortal Instruments #1
Author: Cassandra Clare
Genre: YA
Format: Paperback, 512
Source: Mary@ Book Hounds


When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing—not even a smear of blood—to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy? This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know. . .


I have actually had this book for over a year. It was the first book I ever
won after I started blogging. I won it from Mary@Book Hounds. I have
tried to start this book a few times. but I just couldn't get into it. Finally I just
pushed myself to read it. I really go into it around chapter 4. From then I just
devoured it.

I loved the romance between Jace and Clary. I loved the fact that he was rude
and stand-offish to everyone except Clary. Then the end of the book just
ruined it for me. It made me so mad. I was ready to throw it in the trash.

Don't let that make you not read the book, I still liked the story. It was very
entertaining. Just be ready for a huge twist at the end.


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