Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Introducing My Top Secret Dares & Don’ts by Trudi Trueit, Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee, AND Cover Reveal: Incense and Peppermints by Cathrina Constantine

First, thank you to Donna for featuring Piper on her blog. Click over and check it out if you get a chance!

Today, I'm celebrating two book birthdays AND a cover reveal, which is super exciting! Today's books come from Trudi Trueit, Barbara Dee, and Cathrina Constantine--all talented authors AND great people. Be sure to read all about their books and order your copy of each!




Blurb:

Twelve-year-old Kestrel must battle evil twin sisters and overcome her own worst fear to prevent the foreclosure of her grandmother’s beloved lodge in this fresh, funny M!X novel.

Kestrel and her family are headed out to Vancouver, BC, to help out her grandmother at her beautiful ski lodge. It’s been in the family for generations, but the business is in trouble—and there are lots of people looking to take over the property.

Kestrel is determined to help her family retain their precious business—one that her grandfather built literally from the ground up. But two evil twins—who happen to be the daughters of a property developer determined to drive the lodge out of business—prove to be her nemeses in every way possible. Can Kestrel help save the lodge and beat the twins at their own game?


Buy Links:


Bio:


Trudi Trueit knew she’d found her life’s passion after writing (and directing) her first play in fourth grade. Since then, she’s been a newspaper journalist, television news reporter and anchor, media specialist, freelance writer, and is now a children’s book author. She has published more than forty fiction and nonfiction titles for young readers and lives near Seattle, Washington.





Links:

Website | Facebook Twitter YouTube




Blurb:

Mattie is chosen to play Romeo opposite her crush in the eighth grade production of Shakespeare’s most beloved play in this Romeo and Juliet inspired novel from the author of Truth or Dare.

Mattie, a star student and passionate reader, is delighted when her English teacher announces the eighth grade will be staging Romeo and Juliet. And she is even more excited when, after a series of events, she finds herself playing Romeo, opposite Gemma Braithwaite’s Juliet. Gemma, the new girl at school, is brilliant, pretty, outgoing—and, if all that wasn’t enough: British.

As the cast prepares for opening night, Mattie finds herself growing increasingly attracted to Gemma and confused, since, just days before, she had found herself crushing on a boy named Elijah. Is it possible to have a crush on both boys AND girls? If that wasn’t enough to deal with, things backstage at the production are starting to rival any Shakespearean drama! In this sweet and funny look at the complicated nature of middle school romance, Mattie learns how to be the lead player in her own life.

Buy Links:



Bio:

Barbara Dee is the author of TRUTH OR DARE, THE (ALMOST) PERFECT GUIDE TO IMPERFECT BOYS, TRAUMA QUEEN, THIS IS ME FROM NOW ON, SOLVING ZOE (2010 Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year) and JUST ANOTHER DAY IN MY INSANELY REAL LIFE (Publishers Weekly starred review). In 2017, Aladdin/S&S will be publishing her next tween novels, STAR-CROSSED (March) and HALFWAY NORMAL (December). Barbara is one of the founders and directors of the Chappaqua Children's Book Festival. You can visit her on the web at www.BarbaraDeeBooks.com.


Links:





Blurb:


Peace demonstrations, sit-ins, and burning the U.S. flag following the escalation of the Vietnam War are leading to a catalyst known to the world as the Sixties, and a musical revolution, flower power, hippies, marijuana, and drugs are carrying the generations—young and old—into a new decade. All the while sixteen-year-old Mary Monroe is caught between being an innocent good girl and an autumn of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll.

When her brother offers a solution to her dilemma in the form of a little pill, Mary ignores the rumba in her brain and takes a walk on the wild side. Plunged into popularity and a life she’s only imagined, she meets Michael Covington, the hot newcomer, and she’s instantly drawn in by his less than flawless exterior and bad boy sex appeal. Caught up in the danger and excitement as they drift from party to party, into underground fight clubs, and through a series of drug and alcohol fueled adventures, Mary follows her new crush into a world where young girls are never truly safe from the predators lurking in the shadows and young men are hiding from the harsh reality of war.

Feeling buzzed and as if her life is spinning out of control, Mary is assaulted by an unknown man at a party, and she’s left questioning if the enigmatic Michael is truly her hero or if he is the face behind the terrible attack. With every piece of information Mary learns about Michael, her doubts grow deeper, but with every minute she spends in his presence, so does her love.

With the war and her fear threatening to separate Mary and Michael forever, only the death of a friend, a crushing confession, and her own sensibilities can carry her over the threshold between adolescence and adulthood.



Bio:


Cathrina Constantine is the Best Selling author of Don’t Forget To Breathe. Her book won Readers’ Favorite International Book Award for 2015 and The Literary Classics Seal of Approval and Literary Classics Gold Award. Her Paranormal Fantasy, Wickedly They Come has been awarded the 5 Star Seal from Reader’s Favorite. Tallas from her dystopian series received Literary Classics Silver Award and Literary Classics Seal of Approval.

Cathrina resides in Western New York with her husband, five children, two Labrador Retrievers and her cat, Bones. Author @chbbpublishing. Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly. When not attached to her computer, she likes to take long walks in the woods with her dogs, drink way too much coffee, and is an avid movie watcher. She loves music and doesn’t need a dance floor to shake a leg.


Links:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

21 comments:

  1. A lot of new books today! Cathrina's release day continues to rock for the week.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. For some reason, 2017 is the year that every book comes out on the same day each month!

      Delete
  2. Some great finds! I like the idea of Dares and Don'ts because I knew 3 sets of twins when I was growing up, and I love that she wants to help her grandmother. That's pretty cool. One was a set of gorgeous guys I had a crush on who basically ignored me because I was just a kid(lol). The other was a set of mean girls who ended up being famous engineers, and the others ended up being on crack for a while, before going on as adults who counseled young people on the dangers of drugs.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. There was a show called Double Trouble in the 80s and the whole time I was watching, I thought it would be so awesome to have a twin sister who looked just like me. And again in college, there were identical twins and at that time, I thought it would be nice to have a twin because you'd never have to go into scary situations (like the first day of school) alone. Now I just think about what hard work twins must be for the parents.

      Delete
    2. I vaguely recall Double Trouble! My sister and I are only 11 months apart so for the longest time, folks thought we were twins because my mom insisted on dressing us the same and having our hair the same. Hated it!

      Delete
  3. So much great news! All of these look fantastic.

    ReplyDelete
  4. zMore stuff I want to read! Congrats to the two of them.

    ReplyDelete
  5. These all sound interesting. Kestrel--how cool is that name? I like the premise of saving the lodge and dealing with twin sisters. :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. This is so cool, they all sounds really good! - Tasha

    ReplyDelete
  7. sounds like some good reads for many, and cool covers too. Good luck to all

    ReplyDelete
  8. Wow! Such exciting news! Lots happening, appreciate you sharing it all with us. Best wishes to all these lovely authors, you included. :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. I agree -- great sounding reads... all with cool covers! Thanks for sharing these. And thank you for including a link to my blog.

    ReplyDelete
  10. What adorable books. It would be so nice to do nothing but read, read, read. Congratulations to all. Happy reading.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Yay for awesome new books! I may be a little biased toward Cathrina's, but they all sound excellent.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Wow! All these sound great.


    Hi, Steph:)

    ReplyDelete
  13. Great blurbs...love the covers too. :)

    ReplyDelete
  14. Hi Stepanie! It's so great that there are so many wonderful authors and stories out there. I agree with Serena, the cover art is just wonderful. Love how you support your fellow authors!
    Blessings,
    Ceil

    ReplyDelete
  15. Thanks for sharing reviews on these books.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Love those covers. So much to read, so little time. :D

    ReplyDelete