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RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB BACK-TO-SCHOOL BOOK AND BLOG BLOCK PARTY!

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Hi and “WELCOME” to Rave Reviews Book Club’s BACK-TO-SCHOOL BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY at Amy Reece’s Blog!  Location:  Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA.

Here’s What I’m Giving Away Today:

*$5 Amazon Gift Card

WINNER: Linda Mims

*One (1) Autographed Paperback copy of SEEKER

WINNER: Bethany Turner

*Three (3) e-book copies of SEEKER

WINNERS:

Peter Wendt

Larry Hyatt

Harmony Kent

# of Winners for this stop:  5

I’d like to introduce you to my books and I do hope that you will take the time to check them out.

Winners will be chosen at random from comments left TODAY 9/4/15

Once again, thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to share your thoughts and comments below.  Good luck on winning my giveaways!  I’ll see you at the next stop of this awesome BOOK & BLOG BLOCK PARTY!

SEEKER SERIES COLLAGE
 The Seeker Series by Amy Reece
Genre: YA/NA Paranormal Romance
SEEKER – Book #1: http://amzn.to/1eNLjLI
DREAMER – Book #2: http://amzn.to/1eNLlmO
SEER – Book #3: http://amzn.to/1P0lx3R
ORACLE – Book #4: http://amzn.to/1M0JNTr
SEEKER, The Seeker Series #1
– SYNOPSIS –
Ally Moran has always just known about things—things she shouldn’t really be able to know…
Suddenly when she starts having vivid visions about a former friend who is in desperate trouble, the adults in her life think she might hold the key to an ancient mystery.
Jack Ruiz has a troubled past, but is trying to make a fresh start at a new high school…
He just wants to keep his head down and graduate, hopefully before he turns 20. The last thing he needs is to get involved with a feisty redhead and her psychic visions.
While Jack valiantly attempts to keep Ally at arm’s length, she is equally determined to be a part of his life. Who will win this battle of wills?
More importantly…
Can this unlikely couple work together to find answers to Ally’s visions before someone gets killed?
– PURCHASE –
– TEASERS –

 

DREAMER, The Seeker Series #2
– SYNOPSIS –
Meet Ally Moran, a 17 year-old who also happens to be psychic. Oh, and she’s getting more psychic with every passing day, so much so that she’s been sent to Ireland to check in with the Seer Council to see what’s up with her freaky new powers.
Jack Ruiz is her 19 year-old boyfriend, a former troublemaker who’s back on track and trying desperately to graduate. His plans did not include falling in love with a psychic trouble-magnet.
Last month they worked together to save a friend in deep trouble and ended up solving a school-wide mystery. But now there’s a new guy at school, Remy Giles, and he seems just a little bit too interested in Ally for Jack’s liking. And why does Ally keep dreaming about a kidnapping? Last month seems like a cakewalk compared to this semester…
Ally’s trying to solve a mystery, but Jack is just trying to keep her alive.
– PURCHASE –
– TEASERS –
SEER, The Seeker Series #3

 

– SYNOPSIS –
Ally Moran and Jack Ruiz are starting their first year in college and are looking for peace and quiet for the first time in their relationship…
However, it may be too much to hope for.
First, Ally’s long-lost father shows up, making her question everything she thought she knew about her past.
Meanwhile, Rémy Giles and the mysterious Mina have accompanied Ally home from France so they can try to figure out what the newest prophecy could possibly mean.
Is Ally the next Oracle?
And if all this weren’t enough, Ally fears she is being stalked, and she appears to have a secret admirer who is sending her creepy personal messages in the college newspaper. However, no one else has seen this “supposed” stalker, so she fears she may be going crazy.
As Jack and Remy fight to keep Ally safe against the looming danger,
Ally begins to fear for the one thing she can’t bear to lose…her sanity.

 

– PURCHASE –
– EXCERPT from SEER –

“Ally was just telling me that her young man has joined the military. I think that is very noble.” Kate put her arm through Rémy’s and pulled him along with us deeper into the garden.

“Oh, yes. Jack is all that is noble and good,” Rémy said, dripping sarcasm. “He is so good that we mere mortals must bask in his virtuosity. Oww”. He rubbed the arm I punched.

“Now, children. You mustn’t fight. Don’t make me send you to your rooms,” Kate teased. “We must make good use of Ally’s limited time here to try and figure out what you two have to do with the prophecy. It would be so much easier and make more sense if you were destined to fall in love with each other,” she sighed.

I swallowed another bite of sandwich. “I really don’t think prophecies should go around telling people who to fall in love with. That’s not right. I didn’t choose to fall in love with Jack; my heart chose him and I had to go along with it.” They both stopped in the path and stared at me. “What?” I asked.

“That was very beautiful, Ally. And very profound. I can see I would be wise not to underestimate you, my dear. Now,” she said as she led us briskly down the path, “why have you two been brought together, if not to unite the clans through a marriage alliance?”

The mere thought of marriage to Rémy made me cringe. I mean, he was gorgeous, but we would kill each other in about an hour. “You don’t think we can bring the clans together any other way than marriage? That’s really limiting, you know? Not to mention medieval.”

Rémy snickered and Kate gave him a dirty look. “Ally is correct. And far, far in the future, when I begin to look for a wife, I will require someone a good bit more biddable than Ally,” he said.

“Yes,” I sneered. “You’ll need someone who adores you nearly as much as you adore yourself.”

“Remind me why I went to the trouble of bringing you a sandwich?”

“Children,” Kate warned.

“Sorry,” we both murmured.

“Now, we must use what little time we have for Ally’s visit to try and figure out what in the world is going on with you two. We will have to run various tests…”

 
– TEASER –
ORACLE, The Seeker Series #4
– SYNOPSIS –
Spending her junior year in college in France should be the adventure of a lifetime…
Too bad Ally Moran’s only doing it to keep her family and friends safe from a killer. When Mina goes missing, the illusion of safety disappears and Rémy must finally confront his feelings for her.
Jack has been patient for a year, but he can only be pushed so far before he takes matters into his own hands and flies to France to bring back the feisty red-haired psychic he loves.
Love may conquer all, but the identity of the true Oracle is still up in the air.
Until that’s settled,
no one can have a happily-ever-after…
– PURCHASE –
 
– TEASER –
 
– EXCERPT from ORACLE –

I tried to relax as I watched people hurry by on the busy street. A young mother pushing a stroller stopped and sat at the table next to me, motioning to the waiter for a coffee. She wilted in her chair only to sit up again and fuss with the sleeping baby’s blanket. She noticed me watching and we exchanged smiles in that universal way of women admiring a beautiful baby. I looked away and sighed. Would that ever be me? I was twenty years old, living in a foreign country, and I was lonely. Jack and I communicated every day—text, FaceTime, email, etcetera—but it wasn’t enough any more. I needed to be with him: to hold him, kiss him, live with him, and yes, sleep with him. I was ready to move on with my life, but this unresolved situation with Luc was holding me back. As if I had conjured a response with my thoughts, my phone dinged a text notification. It was from Jack and consisted of a two word response to my email:

Come home.
I smiled and reached to wipe away a tear as I prepared to text him back.

“Cherié! I thought I might find you here!”

“Rémy! You’re back early!” He kissed both my cheeks before taking the chair opposite me. I noticed he and the young woman at the next table giving each other a once-over and rolled my eyes at him.

“What?” He shrugged.

“You just can’t help it, can you?” I laughed. “Flirting is like breathing with you, isn’t it?”

He shrugged again and caught Marc’s attention to order a beer. “Where’s Mina? I tried to get her on her mobile, but it went straight to voice mail.”

I cocked an eyebrow at him and smirked. “She turns it off when she needs to concentrate. I’m sure she’s at home working. Drink your beer and then we can go see her.” Although we had all improved our mental communication abilities over the past year, we had all also agreed to respect each other’s privacy to a much greater degree, only invading each other’s thoughts in the case of a true emergency, which had not happened so far this year. In fact, this year had been mostly an exercise in boredom, filled with school, training, and waiting.

 
 
 
– ABOUT THE AUTHOR –
AMY REECE
Amy Reece lives in Albuquerque, NM, with her husband and family. She loves to read and travel and has an unhealthy addiction to dogs. She loves wine and friends, in that order. Stay tuned for her new novel, No Place Like Home, coming soon.
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Cover Reveal: NEXT DOOR TO A STAR

We are extremely excited to reveal the cover of NEXT DOOR TO A STAR by Krysten Lindsay Hager! This Young Adult Romance releases September 1st! 
They like me…they like me not.
NEXT DOOR TO A STAR by Krysten Lindsay Hager
Genre: Young Adult Romance
★ SYNOPSIS ★
Hadley Daniels is tired of feeling invisible.
After Hadley’s best friend moves away and she gets on the bad side of some girls at school, she goes to spend the summer with her grandparents in the Lake Michigan resort town of Grand Haven. Her next door neighbor is none other than teen TV star Simone Hendrickson, who is everything Hadley longs to be—pretty, popular, and famous—and she’s thrilled when Simone treats her like a friend.
Being popular is a lot harder than it looks.
It’s fun and flattering when Simone includes her in her circle, though Hadley is puzzled about why her new friend refuses to discuss her former Hollywood life. Caught up with Simone, Hadley finds herself ignoring her quiet, steadfast friend, Charlotte.
To make things even more complicated, along comes Nick Jenkins…
He’s sweet, good-looking, and Hadley can be herself around him without all the fake drama. However, the mean girls have other ideas and they fill Nick’s head with lies about Hadley, sending him running back to his ex-girlfriend and leaving Hadley heartbroken.
So when her parents decide to relocate to Grand Haven, Hadley hopes things will change when school starts…only to be disappointed once again.
 
Cliques.
 
Back-stabbing.
 
Love gone bad.
 
Is this really what it’s like to live…
Next Door To A Star?
★ ★ KRYSTEN LINDSAY HAGER ★ ★ 
 
Krysten Lindsay Hager is an obsessive reader and has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and humor essayist, and writes for teens, tweens, and adults. She is the author of the Landry’s True Colors Series and her work has been featured in USA Today and named as Amazon’s #1 Hot New Releases in Teen & Young Adult Values and Virtues Fiction and Amazon’s #1 Hot New Releases in Children’s Books on Values. She’s originally from Michigan and has lived in South Dakota, Portugal, and southwestern Ohio. She received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan-Flint.

2014 YA/NA Blogfest Giveaway!!!

YABlogfest

I have the privilege of taking part in this great event. I am excited to take over the blog on Oct. 21 when  I will be posting the latest information on The Seeker Series, including a COVER AND TITLE REVEAL for Book 3!! October 15 will be a fun HOTTEST GUY CONTEST, and I need your help to make sure either Jack or Rémy gets plenty of votes. In the meantime, hop on over to the blog site: http://mycrazzycorner.blogspot.com/p/blogfest-giveaway-us.html and enter to win a $10 amazon giftcard and a copy of either THE STERN AND WILD ONES or THE CHARGE OF A STAR. There are tons of other great giveaways, too. October will be a great month for checking out YA and NA authors. You might just find a new fav!!!!

Let’s Just Read, People!

 

Ashamed to read YA?
Ashamed to read YA?

“The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.”

― Madeleine L’Engle

 

Trending on my Twitter feed this week is #PromoteYAinstead , based on an article by Ruth Graham which basically states that adults should be embarrassed to still be reading YA fiction and should instead move on to adult literary fiction. The people I follow on Twitter are incensed by this opinion, as am I. Granted, my feed is full of YA authors, so this is not terribly surprising.

 

After reading the article, and after getting over my initial sputtering, angry reaction: “Who the hell is this woman to denigrate me for enjoying YA fiction?” (Nice vocab, I know), I spent some time reflecting on why I prefer to read (and write) YA. I came to the conclusion that I just like a good story. That’s it. It doesn’t matter what age it is supposedly written for, or even what genre it is supposed to be neatly tucked into. I like a good story with interesting characters. Sometimes I like the characters (who doesn’t love Tobias Eaton?) and sometimes I despise the characters (love to hate Draco Malfoy), but I love books that draw me into their world. For a short time, say 350 pages or so, I can forget that I have a dishwasher to empty, dogs to walk, or a dusty home gym languishing without me, and I can have a great adventure or a swoony romance in my mind. It’s the last frontier, people: nobody gets to tell me what I can or can’t do in my mind! I like to read about people or creatures that I can relate to, and I gotta say, fellow YA authors, we have that shit down! That’s what we do: we write about people we care about. And then our readers care about them, too.

 

I was talking to my youngest daughter (19) about my latest novel (YA romantic suspense) and told her that I needed to finish a scene because I had to get Jack and Ally back together. She just stared at me.

“What?” I asked.

“They broke up? How could you do that?” She was appalled.

“I don’t know. It just happened. Jack just said he needed some time. I had no control over it at all,” I replied meekly.

“That’s so messed up,” was all she said.

 

I care about these crazy kids I’ve created. So do my readers. They are people, with feelings, hopes, and dreams. Just like me. Just like you. Let’s forget about ridiculous labels: YA, genre, sub-genre, and just read whatever the hell we want, when we want. If you like YA, read YA. If you like adult literary fiction, read it. Just don’t tell me what I should be ashamed of reading. I won’t tell you that I find most adult literary fiction boring and pretentious.

 

As a high school teacher, I am thrilled when I see a kid reading anything. Far be it from me to tell him or her that they should be aiming higher, trying to “earn” their way into the adult section. Yikes.

 

P. S. Here’s part of my summer reading list. FYI.

-Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen   (re-read)

-100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

-The King’s Deception by Steve Berry

-Fractured Worlds by Alan Van Meter

-The Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

-The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

-Paper Towns by John Green

 

See, I don’t just read YA. I read what I like. I hope you will, too.