Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Cover Reveal: The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

I'm very excited to be one of the blogs participating in this cover reveal! The Truth About Alice is realistic YA fiction that tells a story that's very needed in today's world, coming on June 10, 2014 from Roaring Brook Press. And now, without further ado, I present THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE by Jennifer Mathieu.

Everyone has a lot to say about Alice Franklin, and it’s stopped mattering whether it’s true. The rumors started at a party when Alice supposedly had sex with two guys in one night. When school starts everyone almost forgets about Alice until one of those guys, super-popular Brandon, dies in a car wreck that was allegedly all Alice’s fault. Now the only friend she has is a boy who may be the only other person who knows the truth, but is too afraid to admit it. Told from the perspectives of popular girl Elaine, football star Josh, former outcast Kelsie, and shy genius Kurt, we see how everyone has a motive to bring – and keep – Alice down.

About Jennifer Mathieu

Young adult author Jennifer Mathieu (pronounced Muh-two, but if you speak French you can pronounce it better than that - sadly, Jennifer doesn't speak French) is a writer and English teacher who lives in Texas with her family. A native of the East Coast and a former journalist, she enjoys writing contemporary young adult fiction that treats teenagers like real people. She loves to eat and hates to cook.

Find Jennifer Mathieu online:
Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Blog Tour: Thornhill by Kathleen Peacock

By: Kathleen Peacock
Published By: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: Sept. 10, 2012
Pages: 352
Buy the Book: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

Mac can’t lose another friend. Even if he doesn’t want to be found.

The ripple effect caused by Mac’s best friend Amy’s murder has driven Mac’s new love, Kyle, to leave Hemlock and disappear from her life forever. But Mac knows that Kyle plans to enroll in a rehabilitation camp, where he can live with other werewolves. She refuses to accept his decision, especially since the camps are rumored to be tortuous. So she sets out in search of Kyle with a barely sober Jason—and Amy’s all-seeing ghost—in tow.

Clues lead Mac to find Kyle in a werewolf den in Colorado—but their reunion is cut short by a Tracker raid. Now Mac and Kyle are trapped inside the electric fences of Thornhill, a camp for young werewolves. As she devises an escape plan, Mac uncovers dangerous secrets buried within the walls of Thornhill—and realizes that the risk to the people she loves is greater than ever before.(From Goodreads)

You can read my review here.


I'm very excited to have Kathleen Peacock here today! Kathleen Peacock spent her teen years crushing on authors and writing short stories about vampires. She put her writing dreams on hold while attending college, but tripped over them when office life started leaving her with an allergy to cubicles. Her debut, HEMLOCK, is coming May 8th, 2012 from Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of Harper Collins, and will be published in the UK under the title DEADLY HEMLOCK from Simon and Schuster Children’s Books. Please take a few minutes to learn more about this amazing author and her books!

How would you describe THORNHILL in three words?

Secrets! Kisses! Adrenaline!

What were the different challenges in writing a sequel from writing your first book?

I wanted Thornhill to be accessible to people who hadn't read Hemlock, but I didn't want to bog readers down with unnecessary details about what had happened in book one. Finding that balance was tricky. There were times when I wished I could start the book off with a video—one of those "Last time on Buffy the Vampire Slayer" things.

Setting up clues and plot points for the third book was also a challenge. There was an entire chapter that came back from my editor with the suggestion that I leave all of the details it contained for book three.

Which character in the Hemlock world do you enjoy writing the most? The least?

I like writing Jason the most. He just has this snarky edge that's really fun to play with. My least favorite characters to write are villains because they can be so maddeningly challenging. I think writing a good villain is, in some ways, harder than writing a hero. I try to write bad guys who are more shades of gray than pure black and whose actions, while not forgivable, are sort of understandable; that can be a hard line to walk.

What is your favorite quote?

I'm going to cheat and pick two,

"I love you above all things, even pie." Christopher Moore, Fool

"Of what use was it to be loved and lose one's beauty and become Real if it all ended like this? And a tear, a real tear, trickled down his little shabby velvet nose and fell to the ground." Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit

What was your favorite book as a child?

Probably The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch because I loved the idea that a girl could slay the dragon and save the prince. I also really, really loved The Velveteen Rabbit. As a teen, my favorite books were The Mirror of Her Dreams/A Man Rides Through by Stephen R Donaldson, The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice, and anything by Douglas Adams.

What can you tell us about your next project?

I'm still working on the third Hemlock book, but I have a few new ideas—some young adult, a few new adult—in the works.

Find Kathleen Peacock Online:
Author Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


There are many exciting prizes to be won as part of this blog tour, including a signed copy of Thornhill! To enter, use the Rafflecopter code below.

For First Place (International):

"Unlock the wolf within" Thornhill necklace (engraved stainless steel pendant on a silver-plated chain (
Signed copy of Thornhill
Signed swag

Runners Up (International)

3 runners up will get swag packs (stickers, bookmarks, signed bookplates)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Don't miss any of the tour stops for Thornhill! Find the full schedule below:

Week 1
9/2/2013 - Book Chic - Review
9/3/2013 - In the Best Worlds - Interview
9/4/2013 - Fall Into Books - Guest Post
9/5/2013 - Portrait of a Book - Interview
9/6/2013 - The Book Life - Review

Week 2
9/9/2013 - The Reader's Antidote - Guest Post
9/10/2013 - Auntie Spinelli Reads - Review
9/11/2013 - The Book Belles - Review
9/12/2013 - Two Chicks on Books - Guest Post
9/13/2013 - Mundie Moms - Interview

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