Day 29: A Book You Couldn’t Put Down

Every book! Can’t say that? Shame. UH… Most recently would be Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover.

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When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

Day 28: Most Thought-Provoking Book

I know this is kind of cheating again (bad Alicia !), but I’m actually going to go with a textbook on this one. This was a text that was used in my second year Criticism II class and I found it really interesting. While it was the size of a bible, and a bore at times (reading is only fun if you don’t have to do it for marks), I actually found a lot of ideas hit home with me (once I figured it out). “Like, duh, it’s a book about a billion and one philosophers talking about the world and people on it.” That is true, but I know that if I gave this to my roommate, it wouldn’t mean anything to her, so I know that this isn’t just anyone’s cup of tea. If I ever have a year off to do nothing, I’d go through this book and actually study it, because it’s really interesting when you get down to the bare bones (though it takes A LOT of digging).

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Day 27: A Book That Makes You Laugh Out Loud

I’m going to cheat a little. I’m going to say anything by Rick Riordan always makes me laugh. I love his books, his character, and his humour!

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Tour & Excerpt: Fractured

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Welcome to the Fractured Book Tour, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours !~

FracturedTitle: Fractured
Author: Erin Hayes
Genre: Adult Horror
Publication Date: July 8, 2014
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Synopsis:

Blinded by a mysterious seizure when she was three years old, Bash Martin has managed to carve out a normal life for herself as an adult. Yet she still yearns for a deeper connection with her twin sister Lily, who has always been jealous of the attention their parents bestowed upon Bash due to her disability.

A dream vacation seems like the perfect chance to heal their relationship, but Bash soon realizes there is something terribly wrong with Lily and that her sister is hiding a dark secret. And when a supernatural fire engulfs their hotel and corpses come back to life, the sisters are plunged into a nightmarish world that threatens not only their lives, but their very souls.

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Excerpt:

Lily felt awful.

While everyone else seemed to be rejuvenated by the mountains and the air, she was fighting to keep down that filet o’ fish sandwich she’d picked up at a McDonald’s on the way.

She barely managed to keep her composure as she lugged her duffle bag up to their room. Standing in the entrance to room 409 with Rick and Maria, she saw the two queen beds, the window, and the balcony that overlooked the forest. There was something oddly familiar about the place, like she’d been here before, although she knew that she hadn’t.

She had been the one who picked out this hotel. Why had she chosen this hotel? Sure, it looked nice online, and everyone else agreed that it was perfect. Now that they were here, she felt an ominous shadow over her. There was no other way to describe it.

Liiii-iiillly, the voice called out to her, stronger now.

She gagged. She needed to be alone.

She dropped the duffle on the bed closest to the bathroom. “Excuse me,” she muttered, pushing past Maria. Rick called after her, but she ignored him. She flicked on the light in the bathroom and slammed the door. It echoed against the tile floor, filling the space inside her ears. She was already hiccupping vomit when she rushed to the toilet, some of it landing on the floor before she got there. She didn’t care. She fell onto the porcelain bowl, puking up everything that was in her stomach. She hugged the basin and convulsed several times, retching up whatever was left. Tears streamed down her cheeks.

Lily was frightened. She’d had some bad hangovers before, but this felt different. She hadn’t been that hung over that morning.

She wiped remnants from the corner of her lip, then covered her mouth, sobbing into her hand, trying to muffle it so that Rick and Maria couldn’t hear her. For some reason, whether it was the voice in her mind or something else, she didn’t want them to see her like this. She shuddered, trying to hold herself together.

What was happening to her?

Liiii-iiillly. We’re here, Lily.

“I’m ignoring you,” she whispered.

Shaking, she crawled in to the shower and turned it on, clothes and all. The cold water hit her like an ice storm pummeling her body. She welcomed it, glad that shivering took over from the writhing in her stomach. She wrapped her arms around her knees and sat in the corner, rocking herself back and forth.

You’re about to meet your destiny, Lily, the voice told her. You want Seth, don’t you?

She bit the back of her hand, trying to keep from screaming. She really was going crazy. Maybe she should have seen a psychiatrist long ago. Even now, she was seeing things, like little filaments of light falling around her. The walls of the shower seemed to pulsate around her, like it was a living thing that had its own heartbeat.

Over the rush of the water and the turmoil in her mind, she heard a knock at the door.

“Hey, Lily?” It was Rick. “Darius is ordering pizza. What do you want?”

She chewed the inside of her cheek, willing herself to sound normal when she answered. “Anything!” she yelled back.

Luckily, Rick didn’t press. There weren’t any more knocks, leaving Lily alone. Or as alone she could be with another voice in her head.

Let me take over, Lily. It will all be over soon and you’ll have Seth. You two are meant to be together.

She screamed into her hand as the tears fell down her face.

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About the Author:Erin

Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist, Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books, like the fantasy mystery Death is but a Dream and the sci-fi middle grade book Jacob Smith is Incredibly Average.

You can reach her at tiptoegirl87@gmail.com and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

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Tour & Interview: Battle Not With Monsters

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Welcome to the Battle Not With Monsters Book Tour, hosted by Xpresso Book Tours!

21841838Title: Battle Not With Monsters
Author: Overton Scott
Genre: Thriller
Publication Date: March 8, 2014
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Synopsis:

Victim?

Neen Ford is a loner, drifting from town to town, working as a security guard and teaching martial arts. One hot night in Dallas, she witnesses the brutal murder of a Ukranian prostitute and becomes the killer’s next target. Neen’s never backed down from a fight, but she’s never tangled with a human trafficking ring before. Until now.

Hero?

Naïve young women are being trafficked into the United States by Russian criminals. Someone needs to help them. The police are trying, but they’re not moving fast enough for Neen, who is now being stalked by a man who enjoys inflicting pain.

Vigilante?

How far will Neen go to save herself? How far, to save three young women from a life of fear and despair? And what price will she pay for battling the monster? There’s a thin line between hero and vigilante – will she cross it?

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Interview:
I am SUPER excited introduce all of you to Overton Scott! Overton Scott debuted in March with his stand alone, thriller novel Battle Not With Monsters and is here today to talk about it!

Hey, Overton Scott! Welcome to Between Printed Pages, we’re so happy to have you here today~

Thanks for such a warm welcome! I’m happy to be here, too.

Before we start, could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I was an attorney and corporate executive before I turned to writing. I like the writing gig much better. I can work in my pajamas and nobody cares. I live in the Midwest, but I’ve spent time on both coasts and a number of years in Dallas, where BNWM is set.

We understand that Overton Scott is a pseudonym. Was there any particular reason you decided to write under a different name?

I’m traditionally published under my own name, in a completely different genre (historical fiction). I wanted to separate the two series I write. I’m beginning to think this pseudonym thing is more trouble than it’s worth, and at some point I may combine my output and lay claim to it under one name.

What inspired the story for Battle Not With Monsters? Also, is there a message in this story you want readers to grasp?

The same thing serves as inspiration for all my books: strong women. I like to write female protagonists who battle societal expectations and their own demons. Neen Ford, my heroine, is an example of that. She’s more comfortable practicing roundhouse kicks with a bunch of guys than having an actual conversation with one of them. Things are changing rapidly, but society still frowns on women who want to do typically masculine things, like fight. I hope the message of BNTM is that each individual has to follow his or her own path, with honor and courage.

What was the publishing process like for this book? Any advice for aspiring writers and others who are trying to get their work published?

BNWM is a self-published work, so the process is simple compared to the traditional publishing route. Let me give you a few examples of how they differ. My last book was delivered to the publisher in December, 2012, and finally hit stores in February, 2014. I finished BNWM and had it uploaded to retailers within a week of its completion. I have no control over cover design on my other books, but I hired my own designer for BNTM. Most importantly, I receive only 15% royalty on my traditionally published books and the price is set by the publisher. For BNTM, I’m getting 70% of the price, and I determine the price. A traditional publisher would never agree to set the price for a book at $2.99. There are advantages and disadvantages to each method. I plan to do both.

As for advice, I can only offer the following: write, rewrite and rewrite again. Be persistent and believe in yourself. Care about the process, and not publication. If you are published, realize you’ve been very lucky. Stay humble and keep writing. Then rewrite, etc.

What is your writing process like? Did anything change for this book?

I’m a planner, not a pantser, so the first thing I did was prepare a scene by scene outline for the book. That took a few weeks, as simultaneously I was doing some background reading on human trafficking, the Dallas area, and martial arts. Once I had an outline I started writing. I typically try to do 1,000 words per day. That doesn’t sound like much, but do it every day for three months and you have a novel. Then the hard work begins. I’ll read the novel 6-10 more times, starting with a “big picture” read to be sure there aren’t holes in the plot, to see if characterization is consistent, to determine if scenes should be added or deleted. Then I start drilling down, until finally I’m reading to be sure every word is the right word. I hate this part, particularly because no matter how many times you read the novel, you’ll always miss something.

For all the readers out there, could you name the top three books you think everyone should read?

Just three books? Really? I’m going to cheat. Here are three authors writing thrillers with female protagonists that I think everyone should read: S. J. Bolton, Taylor Stevens and Karin Slaughter.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Would you ever want to set a book there?

The one place I’m dying to go (and probably would end up doing just that if I went now) is Egypt. And absolutely I’d set a novel there.

My final question: What is your favourite word?

Marmoreal – of, relating to, or suggestive of marble or a marble statue, especially in coldness or aloofness.

Thank you so much, Overton Scott, for taking the time to answer our questions! Extremely excited to read your novel!

My pleasure. Thank you for having me. I hope you enjoy the book, and that you’ll check out the first Neen Ford short story, Dead Wasps, available at Amazon, B & N and Smashwords. And anyone who cares to talk to me can reach me at neenford@gmail.com or on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/scottneenford).

About the Author:

Overton Scott is the pseudonym of a national bestselling author. Overton is interested in a lot of themes covered in the Neen Ford stories: martial arts, the warrior ethos, personal responsibility, and the concept of justice. Like Neen, Overton doesn’t think that the guilty should escape punishment on this earth. Unlike Neen, Overton prefers to write stories rather than take the law into his own hands. It’s just as morally satisfying, but less dangerous.

As you are reading this, Overton should be working on the next Neen Ford adventure. But he’s probably at the gym, shooting or wasting time looking at funny pictures on the internet. You can contact him at neenford@gmail.com, if you’d like to discuss any aspect of the Neen Ford stories.

Giveaway:

There will be two giveaways. The first is tour-wide and open internationally and there are two signed copies of Battle Not With Monsters !

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The second is also open internationally and there is one ebook copy of Battle Not With Monsters !

I’M SORRY!

Okay, I totally lied before. I can’t post for the next month or two. I am super stressed about getting a job for my next co-op term and the end of this term will be the end of me. There’s so much to do. -flails about-

There will be a couple of tour and blast posts in the next few weeks, but that’s all I will be posting, probably, until I have more time to queue things up (and to read).

Sorry everyone. School’s drowning me…

Happy reading everyone!

Day 26: The Longest Book You’ve Read

I think this would depend on the edition I’m reading… It seems, though, that the longest book I’ve read is A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.

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This book has a whopping 835 pages. The closest thing I could of think of to this is Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I’m planning on reading Les Miserables and War and Peace soon, so this won’t be true for long.

What was the longest book you’ve read? Any recommendation?

Day 25: A Book You Tell People That You’ve Read, But Haven’t (Or Haven’t Actually Finished)

To be honest, I have a number of these types of books, but the one I speak of most often is Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

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I was supposed to read this book back in first year, but I never finished. I ended up reading three or four chapters of the book and then just claimed I finished it. Will I ever go back and try to finish it? To be quite honest, yes, but no. I liked the concept of the book and I thought it was an interesting read, however, it was just one of those books that I could feel myself falling asleep to. Which sucks, but I can’t help it… It’s the same feeling I have with Allegiant and so I also haven’t finished that yet. Shame really, for both books…

Day 24: Your “Comfort” Book

I realized that I totally got confused and did the Day 24 from last year’s challenge. So here goes this year’s Day 24:

My “comfort” book would probably be The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong.

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I’ve read this book ten, twenty times at this point and I never get tired of it. I loved Chloe’s story a lot more than I did Maya’s. That’s not to say the second series wasn’t good, but I much rather this one. While this book does get your blood racing, I take a comfort in knowing what’s going to happen and knowing the characters and lines by heart. Definitely one of my favourite books <33

Day 24: A Book That You Wish More People Would’ve Read

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Title: Inkheart [Inkworld #1]
Author: Cornelia Funke
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publication Date: September 23, 2003

Synopsis:

12 year-old Meggie lives with her father, Mortimer, a bookbinder. Mo never reads stories aloud to Meggie because he has a special gift: when he reads a book aloud, the characters come out of the book and into the real world.

One night, when Meggie was a small child, Mortimer was reading aloud from a book named Inkheart when an evil villain named Capricorn, his aide Basta, and a fire-eater named Dustfinger escape from the book and into their living room. At the same time, Mo’s wife Resa gets trapped within the book .

Twelve years later, Capricorn is on a hunt to find and destroy all copies of Inkheart and use Mo’s abilities to gain more power for himself in the real world. Meggie discovers her father’s secret and, along with the help of Dustfinger and Meggie’s eccentric aunt Elinor, fights to free her father and destroy Capricorn.

I really loved this book as a child. Unfortunately, now a days, kids are still reading Harry Potter, but when they’re at a book store, their gaze just drifts over this. Also, the movie adoption sucked, so I wish more people had read the book first and would read the book more often now. It’s an amazing high fantasy, where they characters are taken into the world of literature. Inspiring and beautiful, this book is actually one of my favourites.

Great, now I want to read it again just thinking about it -stares at the CN Tower sized to-read pile-

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