“Snowed In” Book Blitz: March 9, 2015

“Snowed In” Book Blitz presented by Month9Books, Tantrum Books, and Swoon Romance with Giveaway


Spring is just around the corner, but for some of us, the cold and snow is still coming on strong!

Month9Books, Tantrum Books, and Swoon Romance have put together a list of titles that would make a great “snow day’ read.
These should help keep you warm and cozy during the cold, “wintry” nights.

Why these specific titles? We’ve let the authors of the these books do the talking…

Happy Reading!


Looking to escape the winter tundra? Then snuggle up with Effortless With You! Lizzy Charles, a Minnesotan author, is an expert at surviving winter. She wrote the book to escape negative forty degree temps and four feet of snow, so it’s got everything needed get out of your winter funk. Sunshine? Check. Pools? Check. Hot guys? Check. Check. Check. A sweet romance that’ll sweep you off your feet and take you to hilltops during sunsets? Check! Effortless With You will warm your heart with a story about courage, beauty, confidence, and real love.

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School is out and Lucy is ready for the perfect summer: lazy days at the pool, invitations to the most exclusive parties, and romantic dates with her hot new boyfriend. That is, until she lands in trouble one too many times and her parents issue the ultimate punishment: a summer job. Suddenly, the summer can’t end fast enough.

To make matters worse, the job is painting houses with Justin, the most popular, egotistical guy in school. Spending all summer with Justin might be other girls’ dreams, but definitely not Lucy’s. After all, Justin is cocky, annoying, and a jerk. So what if he’s the most beautiful jerk Lucy’s ever seen? Or that his grin makes her forget she’s mad at the world? Or that maybe, just maybe, there’s more to Justin than Lucy realizes. Only one thing is certain: it won’t be the summer she wanted, but it might be exactly the one she needs.


Lizzy Charles

When Lizzy Charles isn’t scrambling to raise her two spunky toddlers or caring for premature and sick babies as a neonatal intensive care nurse, she’s in a quiet corner writing or snuggled up with a novel and a few squares of dark chocolate. Black tea keeps her constant and she loves guacamole. She married her high school sweet heart, a heart-melting musician, so it’s no surprise she’s fallen in love with writing contemporary YA romance novels.


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Picture this: You’re stuck in your house with the snow piling up outside. Now what? If you’d rather avoid that persistent need to catch up on laundry or clean the bathroom, here’s a better idea. Catch up on your reading instead.

And if a light, sweet YA romance is your go-to book of choice, then LIFE IN THE NO-DATING ZONE could be just the thing. First, it can warm you up with thoughts of summer while the characters run around in their shorts and flip-flops. Second, it can warm your heart as Claire and Gray bungle their way into love. And finally, if you like to laugh, there’s a character named Berger who’s waiting to meet you.

You wouldn’t want to disappoint him, would you? 😉

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After surviving her parents’ relationship drama when her older sister elopes, Claire Gardner vows not to date during high school. Now, three years later, Claire is thrust into new relationship drama–her two best friends have boyfriends. Which means Claire is spending more and more time alone. And she’s more than a little peeved.

Enter Gray Langley. His year-long crush on Claire’s friend Lindsey has made him desperate enough to ask Claire for help. Hesitant at first, Claire agrees–anything to get rid of Lindsey’s current evil boyfriend. But as Claire and Gray plot together, an attraction develops, and now she must decide if being with Gray is worth the pain that will come from confronting her parents with the reasons for her vow.

Patricia B. Tighe

The mother of two grown sons, Patricia B. Tighe lives in El Paso, Texas, with her husband and two dogs. Her love of the written word caused her to get a journalism degree from Texas A&M University in 1980 and an MA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in 2008. When not writing or reading, she can be found walking the dogs or yelling at the TV during an NFL game. She’s also a fan of British TV shows. Top Gear, anyone?


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Grab a cup of cocoa, snuggle in a blanket before a crackling fire, and enter the world of the Snow Queen. A kingdom of winter, where the wild creatures like polar bears share an ice palace with a seventeen-year-old girl. A land where one can fly above glaciers in an enchanted sleigh, explore mysterious ice caves, or ride into the deep pine forests of the North.

Transformed into the Snow Queen by a powerful wizard, Thyra Winther must fight for survival. Her task—to restore a shattered enchanted mirror by her eighteenth birthday. The catch—she’ll be turned into a mindless, bodiless wraith if she fails. Ice and snow may do Thyra’s bidding, but her heart’s another matter. Touched by the warmth of a wolf pup’s devotion, and the fire of a young man’s desire, the thawing of this Snow Queen’s frozen heart may also spell her doom.

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Thyra Winther’s seventeen, the Snow Queen, and immortal, but if she can’t reassemble a shattered enchanted mirror by her eighteenth birthday she’s doomed to spend eternity as a wraith.

Armed with magic granted by a ruthless wizard, Thyra schemes to survive with her mind and body intact. Unencumbered by kindness, she kidnaps local boy Kai Thorsen, whose mathematical skills rival her own. Two logical minds, Thyra calculates, are better than one. With time rapidly melting away she needs all the help she can steal.

A cruel lie ensnares Kai in her plan, but three missing mirror shards and Kai’s childhood friend, Gerda, present more formidable obstacles. Thyra’s willing to do anything – venture into uncharted lands, outwit sorcerers, or battle enchanted beasts — to reconstruct the mirror, yet her most dangerous adversary lies within her breast. Touched by the warmth of a wolf pup’s devotion and the fire of a young man’s desire, the thawing of Thyra’s frozen heart could be her ultimate undoing.

CROWN OF ICE is a YA Fantasy that reinvents Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” from the perspective of a young woman who discovers that the greatest threat to her survival may be her own humanity.

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Vicki Lemp Weavil was raised in a farming community in Virginia, where her life was shaped by a wonderful family, the culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and an obsession with reading. Since obtaining her undergraduate degree in Theatre from the University of Virginia, she’s gone on to acquire two masters degrees, living in places as diverse as New York City and rural North Carolina. She’s currently the library director for a performing an visual arts university. Vicki loves good writing in any genre, and has been known to read seven books in as many days. She enjoys travel, gardening, and the arts. Vicki lives in North Carolina with her husband, son, and some very spoiled cats.

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As the wintry drifts pile up against your door, and the winds howl around the eaves, what could be better than cocoa, a plush blanket and a book. I left off the question mark, because that is not a question.

BONESEEKER is born of mystery–hey, what’s that banging…did a shutter let loose?

Born of legacy–I’m sure Sherlock Holmes could quickly decipher that noise.

Born of love–your sigh of relief as your significant other hands you a steaming cup, and sits down beside you.

Step into the mind of the second generation of Holmes, and enjoy the ride.

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Arabella Holmes was born different and raised different. After it became apparent she wouldn’t fit the role of a proper 1900′s lady, her father, Sherlock, called in some lingering favors, and landed her a position at the Mutter Museum. The museum was Arabella’s dream; she was to become a purveyor of abnormal science. What her father called a BoneSeeker.

Henry Watson arrives at the Mutter Museum with a double assignment–to become a finder of abnormal antiquities and to watch over and keep Arabella Holmes. An easy task, if he could only get her to speak to him instead of throwing knives in his general direction.

But this is no time for child’s play. The two teens are assigned to a most secret exploration, when the hand of a Nephilim is unearthed in upstate New York. Soon, Arabella and Henry are caught in a fight for their lives as scientific debate swirls around them. Are the bones from a Neanderthal … or are they living proof of fallen angels, who supposedly mated with humans according to ancient scrolls?

Sent to recover the skeleton, they discover they are the second team to have been deployed and the entire first team is dead. And now they must trust their instincts and rely on one another in order to survive and uncover the truth.

Brynn Chapman

Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love—not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger’s syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society’s downtrodden. In fiction, she’s a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters. She also writes non-fiction and lectures on the subjects of autism and sensory integration and is a medical contributor to online journal The Age of Autism.


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When Tracy arrives at what she thinks is the North Pole, she discovers something incredibly wrong. The window shows a beautiful snowy scene, including a sign that says “North Pole – Population 2.” However, when she opens the window, she sees that she’s in the middle of the forest with no snow, no reindeer, and no Santa. This is what growing up in Florida was like for me. I would see all of the Christmas movies and hear all the songs that talked about the snowiest time of year, but when I looked outside, all I saw was a dull of shade of green. Like me, Tracy lives in Florida and has never spent much time in snow. I wanted to take her on an adventure where she could live out every child’s Christmas dream. Eventually, she gets to the North Pole, goes on a sleigh ride with Santa, and even sees the Aurora Borealis. She drinks magical hot cocoa and naps in an overstuffed chair by a cozy fire. She lives the Christmas that I’ve always dreamed about. I hope that readers will enjoy that dream as they cozy up with Tracy Tam and a cup of hot cocoa.

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Tracy doesn’t believe that Santa can deliver all of those presents in one night with out a little help from science. A flying sleigh can only be powered by jet engines, and Santa’s magical abilities can only be the result of altered DNA. In order to test her theories, she sneaks onto Santa’s sleigh and ends up at Santa Command, the place where a team of humans monitors Santa’s big night. When Tracy attempts to hack into their computers, she accidentally introduces a virus to their system. As a result, three states get knocked out of sync with the rest of the world. Before the night is over, Tracy has to fix time and help Santa finish his deliveries. And she has to do it all with Santa’s magic, which she doesn’t believe exists.

Krystalyn Drown

Krystalyn spent thirteen years working at Walt Disney World in a variety of roles: entertainer, talent coordinator, and character captain. Her degree in theatre as well as many, many hours spent in a dance studio, helped with her job there. Her various other day jobs have included working in zoology at Sea World, as an elementary teacher, and currently as a support technician for a website. In the evenings, she does mad writing challenges with her sister, who is also an author. Krystalyn lives near Orlando, Florida with her husband, son, a were cat, and a Yorkie with a Napoleon complex.

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Winter can often mean staying inside to avoid the cold temperatures and icy conditions. Not exactly how any kid wants to spend the winter months. So why not curl up with a book full of adventure, the outdoors, and a family curse that’s generations old? Did I mention this adventure takes place inside a forest that can bring a person’s fears to life? That’s right. There’s mystery and danger around every corner for J.B. and his friends as they try to work together to find a stolen fortune that has left J.B. with visions of some old woman cursing him for something he never even did. You might have to stay indoors by a warm fire, but that doesn’t mean you can’t jump inside Curse of the Granville Fortune and go on an adventure with J.B.

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Find the fortune, break the curse!

The hunt is on for an ancient treasure tied to nine-year-old J.B.’s family history. He’s been having visions that make him sweaty, lightheaded, and certain he’s turning into some kind of freak—or worse, going insane. But things are worse than he imagined. The visions stem from a family curse. An ancient ancestor was accused of stealing the massive Granville fortune, and now J.B.’s entirely family will suffer.

To break the curse, J.B. must find and return the Granville’s stolen property. But he’s not the only one searching for the treasure. As he sets out on his journey through a dark and foreboding forest, he’ll battle his worst fears and fight terrifying creatures along the way. And when he meets two others who share the missing pieces of his visions and suffer from the same curse, the three soon realize they need to work together to break the curse before it’s too late.

Kelly Hashway

Kelly Hashway grew up reading R.L. Stein’s Fear Street novels and writing stories of her own, so it was no surprise to her family when she majored in English and later obtained a masters degree in English Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University. After teaching middle school language arts for seven years, Hashway went back to school and focused specifically on writing. She is now the author of three young adult series, one middle grade series, and several picture books. She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she isn’t writing, Hashway works as a freelance editor for small presses as well as for her own list of clients. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and volunteering with the PTO. Hashway currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets.

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Louder Than Words by Iris St. Clair

Swoon Romance YA Wednesdays: Louder Than Words by Iris St. Clair Book Blitz with Giveaway #ReadSwoonRepeat


Welcome to the first

Swoon Romance YA Wednesdays!

This week features

Louder Than Words by Iris St. Clair.

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Disappointment has been on speed dial in Ellen Grayson’s life lately. Her dad died, her mom numbs the grief with drugs and alcohol, and her so-called friends have slowly abandoned her.

Trusting a popular teacher with her troubles should have been safe and should NOT have led to an unwelcome seduction attempt that made her desperate to escape the final moments of Junior year. Lesson learned. Best to keep all the sordid details to herself and trust no one.

Enter Rex Jacobi, a cocky boy, recently transplanted from New York City and fellow summer camp employee. Though his quick wit and confidence draws her in, she can’t let him get too close. And summer is just long enough and hot enough to keep a boy like that at arm’s length.

But by the time Rex’s charm wears down her resistance, it’s too late. He’s put Ellen on the “just friends” shelf and has shifted his romantic attentions to the impossibly annoying and perky anti-Ellen. Even worse, the teacher who tried to get her to sleep with him is still at it, preying on other girls while Ellen struggles to come to terms with what happened.

With her ability to trust as shaky as a chastity vow on prom night, Ellen must decide if she has enough remaining courage to speak up about the well-liked teacher and risk retribution, tell Rex how she really feels about him and risk heartbreak, or hold all her secrets inside. After all, it’s the only safe place she knows when the only thing louder than words is the fear of being rejected.


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Title: Louder Than Words
Publication date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Author: Iris St. Clair

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Iris St. Claire

Iris St. Clair is the pen name for a long-suffering cubicle worker by day, a Walter Mitty-like dreamer by night. (Her alter ego Tatiana Ivanadance also choreographs gravity-defying routines in those fantasies, but that’s another bio.)
No matter what genre she writes, she prefers witty, insecure heroines and kind, persistent heroes able to break through to the gooey heart inside.
In high school she was voted most likely to win at Monopoly and Clue, but least likely to throw a ball anywhere near a target. Thank goodness writing requires less hand-eye coordination, punctuation errors notwithstanding.
Iris believes in the two-year “fish or cut bait” dating rule and has a 20+ year marriage and two teenaged sons as proof of concept. She lives, writes, dreams and dances in the rainy Portland, OR area.

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Water So Deep by Nichole Giles

wsd Title: Water So Deep

 Author: Nichole Giles

 Publisher: Jelly Bean

 Publication Date: February 2, 2015

 ISBN-13: 9781630340155

 Genre: YA, fantasy/paranormal

 Page Count: 373

Format: eBook

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Seventeen-year-old Emma Harris is drowning on dry land.

No one knows what’s happening to her, and she’d like to keep her evolution from human to mermaid a secret, but the truth is getting harder and harder to hide. From her adoptive family, from her friends, and especially from the irresistible James Phelps.

Her time in the ocean is spent dodging a possessive merman, while her time on land is split between caring for her special-needs brother and squeezing in every last possible moment of human life. She soon realizes falling for James is unavoidable when he constantly comes to Emma’s rescue and somehow manages to see through her carefully constructed icy façade to the vulnerability she lives with every day. Everything about James makes Emma yearn for a life on land she just can’t have.

When Emma’s brother disappears on her watch, James is the only person she trusts to help her save him. But even if they can save her brother, nothing can prevent her return to the sea. Whether she likes it or not, Emma is changing—unable to breathe without yielding to the tide—and it’s only a matter of time before she’s forced to surrender forever.


Pre-Reading Thoughts: Mermaids? Mermaids. I like mermaids, right? Yeah, I like mermaids.

Initial Reaction: The ending! Oh my gosh.

Full Review: I had a few problems with this book, although they weren’t so huge that they caused me to dislike the book. I wish the story would have moved along faster. I feel like we didn’t really reach the climax of the story until the last fifteen pages or so. This left the reader with little to go on at the end of the story.

I would like to applaud the author for including a diverse character set. As someone with a disabled sibling, I loved Keith’s character. I appreciated how is problems were very realistic, and how independent he was.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I certainly didn’t LOVE it, but I didn’t dislike it either. I would probably read more by this author.

You Will Love Water So Deep If You Liked: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight; This Song Will Save Your Life; The Infinite Moment of Us

Star Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 stars)

***FTC Disclaimer: I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.***

Hate List by Jennifer Brown


 Title: Hate List

 Author: Jennifer Brown

 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

 Publication Date: September 1, 2009

 ISBN: 0316041440

 Genre: YA, contemporary

 Page Count: 405

Format: Hardcover

Source: Library


Five months ago, Valerie Leftman’s boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saved the life of a classmate, but was implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things she and Nick hated. The list he used to pick his targets.

Now, after a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with her family, former friends and the girl whose life she saved, Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on with her life.


Pre-Reading Thoughts: This is going to be an emotional one, isn’t it?

Initial Reaction: Wow. That’s all I have to say, really.

Full Review: This book was a harrowing story following our main character, Val. A few months ago, Val’s boyfriend, Nick, started shooting students in the cafe before school. Throughout the book, we see how Valerie copes with the situation, as well as how her family and community handle it.

I admire the way Brown handled this difficult of a subject. School violence is something not many authors can do (right), and Brown did a fantastic job of doing just that. This is the type of book that everyone needs to read at least once in their lifetime.

You Will Love Hate List If You Liked: Thirteen Reasons Why; The Perks of Being a Wallflower; Crank.

Star Rating: ★★★★★ (five stars)

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

13 Title: Thirteen Reasons Why

 Author: Jay Asher

 Publisher: Razorbill

 Publication Date: October 18, 2007

 ISBN: 159514188X

 Genre: YA, contemporary

 Page Count: 288

Format: Paperback

Source: Purchased


You can’t stop the future. You can’t rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret. . . is to press play.

Clay Jensen doesn’t want anything to do with the tapes Hannah Baker made. Hannah is dead. Her secrets should be buried with her.

Then Hannah’s voice tells Clay that his name is on her tapes– and that he is, in some way, responsible for her death.

All through the night, Clay keeps listening. He follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his small town. . .

. . .and what he discovers changes his life forever.


Pre-Reading Thoughts: I think I’m either going to really love it or really hate it. We’ll have to see.

Initial Reaction: Holy cow! I have been sobbing for about thirty minutes since finishing this book. It was such a deeply emotional read, and I still can’t decided if I loved it or hated it!

Full Review: Right off the bat, we know that Hannah commited suicide, but that doesn’t stop this book from being uber-suspenseful. I read it in one or two sittings because it was so intense. I just had to keep going, and “lisenting” to each one of Hannah’s tapes.

This book is not for the faint-of-heart, towards the end of the book I started literally trembling because so much was going on and I just didn’t know how to process everything that was going through my head. As someone who has been personally affected by suicide, this book really hit home. I loved how it showed the big picture, so to speak, of Hannah’s situation. We, as readers, not only got to see why Hannah Baker chose to commit suicide, but also how her death affected everyone in her community.

My one critique for this book, however, is that I was left wondering what happened to Hannah’s parents. Throughout the story, the are mentioned several times, but we never fully understand where they went/what happened to them after their daughter’s suicide.

In conculusion, yes – I would probably read more of Asher’s books. For now, though, I am left with a deep sense of sorrow for fictional characters I only got to know in a period of hours.

You Will Love Thirteen Reasons Why If You Liked: Hate List; The Perks of Being a Wallflower; Crank

Star Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)