Wednesday, December 3, 2014

L&OT Giveaways

There are a few giveaways for LOVE AND OTHER THEORIES Advanced Reader’s Copies circulating right now! Links are below:
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Kirkus!

There’s no articulating how excited I am to share this review. I’m speechless and grateful and haven’t really been able to stop smiling since I heard the news last week. 
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Oh, that book

Over at the Class of 2K15 Twitter account, our theme this week is #ThatBookBecause, which is code for ‘I picked up this book because’ or ‘what made me. . .

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

I've moved!

I'm now blogging over at alexisbassbooks.com.  

Feel free to stop by for a visit anytime. :)

xo - Alexis 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Friday Five: Donna Tartt goes on tour

I'm not really sure how to articulate how much I love Donna Tartt's writing, and more importantly, the stories produced by her writing. And, okay, so I've really only read one of her novels (The Secret History), but that's one out of two, not counting her newest novel, released just last week, The Goldfinch.



It's really not just her this-is-so-beautiful-I-have-to-stop-reading-to-catch-my-breath prose, it's the delicious payoff of the story she weaves and the layers of her characters. Her writing seems to be subtle and loud at the same time (remember the scene with the letter--I'm still dying over it). And I may never understand the secret to how this is accomplished...

But here is what I learned about her from her signing:
  1. She takes years and years and years to write a book. There is no NaNoWriMo for Donna Tartt. In the case of The Goldfinch: eleven years. She said she often dreams of finishing a novel in five years, but it never works that way for her. (So seriously, everyone, stop beating yourself up over that novel that seems to be taking forever.)
  2. She really dislikes copy edits. She's a STET everything kind of writer. And I imagine if had worked on something for eleven years I would be too.
  3. When she writes a new story the first thing that comes to her mind is a mood and the setting, the characters, even the plot, all follow this initial mood she wanted to emulate. She listens to a lot of Elliot Smith when she writes, go figure. 
  4. While working on a new project, she never gives presentations or talks. Unless she's just finished writing a book, she doesn't feel she has anything to talk about--and she doesn't like to talk about books before they're complete. (So no, she didn't mention what's next for her.)
  5. She warned against receiving critiques on unfinished work. She said that sometimes it can damage the whole picture, if the person critiquing picks apart things that tie-in to later parts of the story. Good advice, I think.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Cover Reveal: BLEED LIKE ME

Cover reveals are my FAVORITE! And I'm especially excited to be involved in the cover reveal for this particular book because I've known about its existence for a while. (Talk about anticipation.) Christa and I did some beta reading for each other a year or so ago, and I was lucky enough to read BLEED LIKE ME in its early, early stages. So probably, definitely, a lot has changed since I've read it, but the parts that seem to have stayed the same are the characters--and omg, THESE characters.

They're the sort that wedge themselves into your mind (and heart--that too), and even though they make you a little (at times, very) uncomfortable and nervous, I found myself a bit (okay, extremely) attached to them and very invested in their well-being (along with their togetherness--and I say "togetherness" because I'm not sure "romance" is the right word....talk to me in 2014, you'll see).

BLEED LIKE ME (2014 by Simon Pulse)"Seventeen-year-old Amelia Gannon is overwhelmed. Her parents are pre-occupied with her high-needs adopted brothers, her best friend is more interested in bumming cigarettes than bonding, and her job at the hardware store feels more and more like a life sentence. She finds an escape in troubled new guy, Michael Brooks. He's obnoxious, possessive, and addictive. Gannon lets him insert himself into her life, and Brooks is just as addicted to her as she is to him. Swept into an intense relationship, their passion ultimately becomes dangerous to them both."


 This cover. It's so perfect.

 Taaaadummmm:
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday Five: Take away what you will...

I haven't done a whole lot of blogging lately...but I have been keeping busy...

 

Above is a preview, and here's what my reading experiences lately have taught me:

1.  There's something about zombies and aliens, or the world ending that says: I should be read in the dead of winter in front of twinkling lights, preferably around the holidays.

2.  Mysteries are enjoyable even if you don't solve the crime before the end of the book...even if you give up trying to by page 150.

3.  Every so often the best love stories are about the reason two people don't end up together. But it's nice when they do sometimes, too.

4.  You may discover that you prefer your breakup stories long and drawn out. Try not to think too hard about what this says about you personally.

5.  Sometimes you will try really hard not to fall in love with the villain, but won't be able to help yourself. And sometimes you won't even know his real name