Jan 11
2016

Announcing One Page Closer: My Literary Initiative Community Service Project

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Hello lovelies! Its been a while, everything has been pretty hectic lately, juggling a crazy school course load, a part time job, softball, and extracurriculars is not as easy as I imagined it would be. And me, being the crazy insane person that I am, decided to add more on my plate because I apparently really like going to bed at 2 am and never shutting my brain off *grins* In all honestly, this project is extremely close to my heart and I have been planning it for a while, laying the foundations, sorting out details, etc.

I would like to officially announce One Page Closer, a community service project that provides fully stocked bookcases to children and teens in low-income communities in Miami, Florida.

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Primarily intended for teens, each bookcase will be stocked with donated books or books purchased with donated dollars. In addition, every bookcase will have twelve We Need Diverse Books as well as an OPC collection, an assortment of YA titles hand picked by yours truly. What does this mean exactly? One Page Closer will be providing fully stocked bookcases with the best Young Adult titles at no cost to low-income communities in Miami, Florida. Each book shelve will stock approximately 120 novels.

What is an OPC Collection?

An OPC Collection is a series of handpicked YA books that will be present in every bookcase donated. They showcase the best of YA literature and are great introducers to the genre. It is through the reading of these novels that we hope to foster the readers of tomorrow.

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Why

For me, literature has always been a method of escape–a permanent fixture in the consistency of my short days–the best companion on 2 am nights, and the most reliable friend. All the books that sit on my overflowing shelves have played some significant role in my life. Whether it be that of a friend, a mentor, a teacher, a much needed hand of comfort, or a wake up call. Every novel that has graced my hands have all parted with relatively similarity; instilling a bit of wisdom with each closing chapter.

And so, to realize that there are kids out there missing out on all of this–because of their socio-economic backgrounds, circumstances, or simple lack of exposure–commanded me to action. To do something to help, to make the enjoyable literature that hooked me on reading in the first place accessible to others. To make some sort of impact, whether it be on one or five hundred individuals, every person counts.

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What is We Need Diverse Books?

diversebooksWe Need Diverse Books is a campaign dedicated to highlighting the best of diverse literature for children and teens and to heightening awareness through continued education. Their focus is solely on works for children, with a commitment to continue to highlight and honor children’s books that celebrate the lives of all young readers, their families, and communities. As an extension of the OPC Collection each One Page Closer bookcase will have 12 YA novels that feature diversity.

 

Who Is This For?

As of now, the first bookcase will be going to Breakthrough Miami , an eight-year, tuition-free academic enrichment program that provides motivated middle-school students from underserved communities with the tools they need to achieve their most ambitious goals in life. After that I will be stocking eight bookcases (yes eight *breathes erratically*) for The Boys and Girls Club of Miami for their four locations in Miami. Four bookcases will be going to their Literacy Rooms for kids K-8 and the other four will be going to their Teen Rooms for kids 12-18.

 

How You Can Help

If you happen to be going  “hmm I want to help” I would like to take a moment to send you a huge enormous virtual hug, like right now.

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This is a primarily donation/people based project, a huge task to accomplish and I can’t do it alone. Whatever you can do will help. Whether that be getting the word out, donating to this projects GoFundMe, visiting our website , following our Instagram or Twitter,  or donating books anything and everything brings us one page closer to our goal, to make enjoyable literature accessible for all.

Every person who makes a monetary donation will have their name placed on the list of donors which will be visible on the bookcase they helped fund.

 

Can I Donate Books?

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You can send any new/gently used Young Adult, Middle School, or Children’s books to:

One Page Closer

4234 SW 152nd AVE, Suite 140

Miami, Florida 33185

(YA novels strongly preferred)

 

Thank you in advance for helping me #GiveYA, let me know if you have any questions below!

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Dec 14
2015

Author Interview: Nexis by A.L. Davroe

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Author Interview: Nexis by A.L. DavroeNexis by A.L. Davroe
Series: Tricksters #1
Published by Entangled Teen on December 1, 2015
Genres: Dystopia, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 304
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In the domed city of Evanescence, appearance is everything.

A Natural Born amongst genetically-altered Aristocrats, all Ella ever wanted was to be like everyone else. Augmented, sparkling, and perfect. Then…the crash. Devastated by her father’s death and struggling with her new physical limitations, Ella is terrified to learn she is not just alone, but little more than a prisoner.

Her only escape is to lose herself in Nexis, the hugely popular virtual reality game her father created. In Nexis she meets Guster, a senior player who guides Ella through the strange and compelling new world she now inhabits. He offers Ella guidance, friendship…and something more. Something that allows her to forget about the “real” world, and makes her feel whole again.

But Nexis isn’t quite the game everyone thinks it is.

And it’s been waiting for Ella.

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Hello lovelies! Today I have the pleasure of interviewing A.L. Davroe about her newest novel Nexis, which was just published by Entangled Teen. A.L. (Amanda) Davroe writes both YA and adult speculative fiction. She prefers revisionist tales in paranormal, romance, Steampunk, and fantasy. She is the author of Salvation Station (adult psych horror), The City Steam Collection (adult psych horror), For Your Heart (YA Paranormal Romance) and her YA Sci-Fi novel, Nexis. 

1What inspired you to write Nexis?

There is a fun story behind this. The initial idea for Nexis came about when my agent, Louise author photoFury, was still part of the L. Perkins Agency. She and Lori Perkins and I were eating dinner at a convention and they were talking about wanting a Steampunk Cinderella story. I also write Steampunk, so the idea was intriguing to me. On the spot, I came up with a Cinderella who loses her whole leg instead of just a shoe and ends up with some crazy Steampunk gadget for a leg instead. I didn’t want to do another Steampunk story though, so I decided I’d try and do a futuristic Cinderella instead. I’ve always been a huge fan of anime and, if you’re also a fan like me, you’ll probably be able to pick out some of my influences. Anyway, I wrote this sort-of futuristic Cinderella story. The initial set up in the original version was very Cinderella, but then, I flew off course with the whole virtual game idea and the ending. The work and the character became so much bigger and better than its initial starting point. After numerous edits and Cinder coming out in print (yes, I wrote Nexis that long ago), I decided to nix the Cinderella aspect all-together and really make Nexis its own story. I really love what this story has become and the journey that the characters and I have taken.

2What is the best piece of writing advice you have ever received?

Probably the most important thing I ever learned was that everything is based on luck and timing. We roll our eyes at that when people say that, but really…it is.

3What was your biggest obstacle while writing Nexis?

Honestly, the writing of the book was the easiest part! It’s getting published that’s hard. But, I suppose the biggest issue I had was balancing Ella’s Real World and Game Time so that nothing seemed to draggy and boring.

4How do you overcome writers block?

I don’t. LOL! Not helpful, I know. But, I’m a “pantser” which means that I fly by the seat of my pants when I write. I don’t have outlines or plots to follow. I type at the whim of my muse and whether the characters feel talkative at that moment. If they’re not feeling it, then nothing I’m happy with is going to happen on the paper. Now, I can sometimes coax them to come out. Sometimes if I go driving, listen to music while walking, or take a long shower, my mind will quiet enough for something to start stirring. If that doesn’t work, then sometimes I’ll just start editing or re-reading what I already have written and sometimes that will jump-start things for me.

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Nov 20
2015

Long Way Down Blog Tour: Author Interview with Krista & Becca Ritchie + Giveaway

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Long Way Down Blog Tour: Author Interview with Krista & Becca Ritchie + GiveawayLong Way Down by Krista & Becca Ritchie
Series: Calloway Sisters #4
Published by Self-Published on November 20, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Format: eBook
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With a seven-year age difference, Ryke & Daisy have faced an uphill battle in the eyes of the world and their families.

Known as the most adventurous, fast-paced couple — their next step has always been elusive to the rabid media.

Behind the scenes, heartbreaking troubles continue to test Ryke & Daisy’s resilience and shape their future together.

They promise:

To never slow down.

To never compromise who they are.

To never abandon their love for each other.

But preserving their happiness also means adding more risks. Ones that Connor Cobalt wouldn’t even take. As a professional free-solo climber, Ryke is no stranger to risk, but his next step with Daisy wagers more than just his health.

With their lives on the line, Ryke & Daisy head towards the vast, wild unknown in this epic final conclusion to the Addicted series.

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In celebration of the Long Way Down release, I have the lovely and incredibly talented Krista & Becca Ritchie here for an interview today. Huge thanks to them for taking the time to answer my questions and for writing Long Way Down (out today so go buy it 😉

1What has been your biggest inspiration while writing Long Way Down and have you encountered any difficulties?

Becca: Our characters have inspired us from the first book in the series to now, especially Ryke & Daisy’s
Krista & Becca Ritchielong journey. We usually encounter difficulties with every book around the very start, so Long Way Down was no different. It’s just bumpy patches trying to navigate the soul of the story.

Krista: I don’t think there’s just one thing that inspired Long Way Down. That book is really a product of getting to know these characters for years. It’s not something we could have written as a first novel in a series. Becca said it best, our characters have inspired us, and they’re the reason this book exists at all.

2Where do you see yourself in ten years?

Becca: hopefully still publishing books! We’re living our dream, and the thought of it every ending hurts my heart. We’re hanging onto it for as long as we possibly can and cherishing every moment.

Krista: We’re always so scared this could go away one day. People could very well just stop reading and buying our books, and that would be a hard reality to face. In ten years, if we’re still publishing books then it will be a dream come true.

3If you lived in the house with the Addicted gang who do you think you would be closest to? Who would get on your nerves? Who would you secretly want to kick out?

Becca: I’d probably be closest to Lily since we have lots of common interests in pop culture and comics. I think if Connor didn’t like me or if there was no benefit in it for him to talk to me, he’d steer clear of me—and that’d make me sad. I’d secretly want to kick out Sadie! She’d probably scratch me. I love cats, but mean ones are frightening.

Krista: Rose and I would probably be BFFs (at least, I hope). We’d be brutally honest with each other and she could give me some fashion advice. Ryke would get on my nerves the most. He’s a very pushy person, even if it comes from a place of love. I’d want to secretly kick out Sadie as well. Cat scratches hurt!

4What was your favorite chapter (or part) from Long Way Down to write and why?

Becca: Ah I can’t say. It’s wayyyy to spoilery.

Krista: The spoilers are oh-so strong 😉

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Nov 04
2015

Favorite Swoony Quotes

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Hello lovelies! Todays post was done in collaboration with Alexandra @lit_legionnaire this all started on Twitter when we discovered we shared an extreme distaste for certain pet names. I’m cringing just thinking about them. Eventually the discussion tured to names we wouldn’t mind being called, instances of the use of said names in books and general melt your heart lines. We’ve compiled a list of our  favorite swoony quotes. Warning: Potential heart face emoji inducing spoilers ahead.

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“There is no one I would rather see the sunrise with than you.”

– Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn

ADAM

“You don’t share me. You own me.”

– Gayle Forman, Where She Went

ROMAN

“You’re like a grey sky. You’re beautiful, even though you don’t want to be.”

– Jasmine Warga, My Heart and Other Black Holes

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“I like your glasses,” he said. “I like your Simon Snow T-shirts. I like that you don’t smile at everyone, because then, when you smile at me.… Cather.” He kissed her mouth. “Look at me.” She did. “I choose you over everyone.”

– Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl

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“I love you,” he says again, “and no other man will ever say those words and mean them the way I do.”

– Krista Ritchie, Ricochet

NOAH

“If I were to live a thousand years, I would belong to you for all of them. If we were to live a thousand lives, I would want to make you mine in each one.”

– Michelle Hodkin, The Evolution of Mara Dyer

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Nov 02
2015

Review: The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel

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Review: The Revolution of Ivy by Amy EngelThe Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel
Series: Amy Engel
Published by Entangled Teen on November 3, 2015
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: Provided by author
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Ivy Westfall is beyond the fence and she is alone.

Abandoned by her family and separated from Bishop Lattimer, Ivy must find a way to survive on her own in a land filled with countless dangers, both human and natural. She has traded a more civilized type of cruelty--forced marriages and murder plots--for the bare-knuckled brutality required to survive outside Westfall's borders.

But there is hope beyond the fence, as well. And when Bishop reappears in Ivy's life, she must decide if returning to Westfall to take a final stand for what she believes is right is worth losing everything she's fought for.

-A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review-

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“I don’t want a girl who makes me happy,” he says. “I want you.”

The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel is the one of the best sequels I have ever read. Engel concludes this wonderful and compelling story with a display of masterful skill that leaves the reader utterly content.

After a suspenseful and cruel ending that left me internally crying, The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel picks up right where the The Book of Ivy, the first installment, left off. Ivy has been thrown outside the fence and is susceptible to all the dangers that fact entails. The events that follow keep the reader at the edge of their seat. I marveled at the magnitude of Ivy’s growth as a character and her self sustainability. Along the way, we’re introduced to Caleb and Ash whom contribute a greatly entertaining dynamic to the story.

Now, I will admit that I was reading Ivy’s whole self discovery journey with a bit of impatience, mostly because I knew she was going to be reunited with Bishop soon. I really really love Bishop. Their reunion momentarily satisfied my crazy amount of anticipation. Everything was fantastic, I was thinking finally theres going to be some romance. And then there was a UPC, what I like to call an unnecessary plot conflict.

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The UPC led Ivy to push away Bishop for a good 75 pages and had me facepalming all over the place. Thankfully, this situation was resolved and then I got the reunion I had been waiting for, making my inner fangirl singing in delight. Bishop was incredible and together with Ivy they had me swooning every two seconds. Can someone say OTP? I loved their relationship, which is a bit different than how it was back at Westfall. They aren’t forced to be together, they’ve chosen each other. Their brand new start is full of hope, unconditional love, and unlimited possibilities.

The ending took an unexpected turn that had me repeatedly chanting and hoping nothing would happen to Bishop, Ivy, Ash, or Caleb. The events that took place were absolutely heartbreaking and tragic, but somewhat necessary which I believe is partly the reason this novel was such an amazing ending.

The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel is a terrific sequel and the perfect conclusion to this duology. Engel manages to answer all questions and tie up all relationships, events, and conflicts. A must read if you enjoyed the first installment.

4 STARS

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