Friday, September 13, 2013

Book Blitz (2): American Girl on Saturn

Welcome to the Book Blitz for American Girl on Saturn!
Below is lots of information like summary, excerpts, and even a contest to win the book!

American Girl On Saturn by Nikki Godwin
Publication Date: August 24, 2013

The summer after graduation is supposed to be that first real taste of freedom - but not for eighteen-year-old Chloe Branson. Just as that breeze of freedom is making its way into her galaxy, her secret-service-agent dad drops a meteor-sized bomb of bad news on her and her sisters. An attempt has been made on the lives of Canadian boyband, Spaceships Around Saturn, during their USA tour, and the guys have to go into hiding ASAP. The only problem? In the midst of the crisis and media frenzy, their dad volunteered to hide the their house.

Six-year-old Emery is as ecstatic as any self-proclaimed Saturnite would be, but Chloe and her seventeen-year-old sister Aralie watch their summer plans crash and burn like a falling star. The SAS guys aren't happy with the situation, either. Bad boy Jules picks fights with Aralie about everything from his Twitter followers to his laundry, and heart-throb Benji can't escape Emery's fangirlisms for more than three minutes. But after the super-cute Milo kisses Chloe during a game of hide-and-seek, she
finally understands what Emery means when she talks about SAS being "out of this world." If this is what Saturn feels like, Chloe doesn't want to come back to Earth.

Want to read some? OK! Here's some!

He reaches toward the tray and grabs the lone Oreo. “Okay, this is my last one for the night,” he says. “Half it with me?”
Seriously? If I wasn’t the envy of every Saturnite in the world just by sitting across the table from him, I’m definitely the envy of them now because the Milo Grayson wants to half his precious Oreo with me. And the thing that sucks the most is that no one knows about it to be jealous of me!
He holds the cookie up and waits for a response. 
“Yeah, we can half it,” I say. 
I reach across the table for it, but he jerks his arm back. The sleeve of his T-shirt hugs his bicep tightly, and oh how I wish to be that fabric. 
“Not so fast,” he says. “Let’s make it interesting.”
Could this be any more interesting? Hello – you’re gorgeous and famous and sharing cookies with me! Any more ‘interest’ and I might burst like a firework. 
“If you get the side with the cream, I’ll give you my honest male opinion about your checkout line drama today,” he says. “But if I get the cream side, you have to tell me, honestly, who you think the best looking guy is in Spaceships Around Saturn.”
Oh God. He’s for real. Does he know? He totally knows. He knows I’m lusting for him from behind this glass of milk and tattoo magazine. He knows that his eyes make me melt and that I clearly watch him on Twitter because I know all about amazzzzzing. Now he wants to make me ‘fess up. 
“Deal.” I say it before I can chicken out. 
I can always lie and say Benji’s name. He’s the fan favorite anyway. Benji Baccarini is Spaceships Around Saturn for so many girls.
He leans forward, positions himself over the table, and holds up that fated Oreo. I push my glass of milk aside because the last thing I want is to knock it over with my quivering nerves. Then I lean toward him, grip the cookie with my fingers, and inhale every scent of his body wash that I can while I twist my half of the Oreo away from his half. 

Nikki Godwin is a Young Adult author from the southern USA.
She is a city girl who can't live without Mountain Dew, black eyeliner, Hawthorne Heights, and candles from Bath & Body Works. When not writing, she's not-so-secretly internet-stalking her favorite bands. She is slightly obsessed with rock stars and surfers. She no longer hides her love for One Direction.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Girl Next Door

Welcome to the Blog Tour for The Girl Next Door!
My review of the book is here at the top (guys, it's good!), and below you'll find author information, a CONTEST, and more!

The Girl Next Door by Selene Castrovilla
Publication Date: April 25, 2010
Publisher: Westside Books
Pages: 239
Keywords: cancer, high school, grief
Read When: For some reason, you need to sob and want to believe in true love again.

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Samantha has been best friends with seventeen-year-old Jesse since she moved into the New York high-rise apartment next door to his 13 years ago. Jesse is their school's poster child for popularity: good-looking, a star athlete, even Romeo in the school play. On opening night he collapses on stage. That's when the doctors discover the unthinkable: a tumor on his spine. His type of cancer is virtually incurable — 97% of those diagnosed die within ten months.
Jesse shuts down, refusing to see most of his friends. He submits to treatments of chemo and radiation, but he doesn't possess hope. Sam is the one person he'll talk to. He convinces his mom to let her sleep in another bed in his room, saying he's afraid to die alone.
That's when Jess and Sam make a startling, bittersweet discovery: they've been in love all along.

So I just grabbed this and started it on my Kindle, thinking nothing of it, and it hits you in the first few sentences — Jesse is dying of cancer. The summary is kind of what happened before the book starts. You jump in in the middle of all this other stuff already having happened, and Castrovilla did it so well.

The characters she created in Jesse and Sam were so adult — they had to be to deal with all this. And sure, Sam had tough moments where she wanted to be jealous or angry like a normal teenager, but she was dealing with so much more on top of that. I loved them both, and found myself crying when I didn't think I would. Castrovilla also managed to instill hope in the reader even when we are told in the beginning there is none.

And even though it seems as though the story shouldn't have anywhere to go — it does. I was amazed at how invested I was in these characters and what was happening to them. The story progresses through their school year and gives them average teenager situations to deal with on top of dealing with Jesse's cancer.

Seriously, this book surprised me so much, and I absolutely loved it. It was deep, emotional, and dealt with issues in a way that didn't feel too heavy, but at the same time, really hits you hard.
Absolutely stunning.

Win a Kindle Fire and ebook copies of The Girl Next Door!


Selene is pleased to team with the Anthony V. Mannino Foundation helping young adults in their fight against cancer. She will donate $1 for each book ordered during THE GIRL NEXT DOOR's Blog Tour!

Selene will send a free autographed copy of THE GIRL NEXT DOOR to anyone who donates $25 or more to the foundation (click here to donate!). For your purchase to count and/or to show proof of donation, just send a screenshot or receipt of your order or donation, along with your shipping address if necessary, through "Drop me a line" in the "Latest News" section of her website,

The AVM Foundation Mission:
The Mission of The Anthony V. Mannino Foundation is to financially assist young adults in the age group of 18-26 while they are undergoing their cancer treatment.  We also want to help development support programs to aid this unique age group, with their special needs, as they battle cancer. 

We found that Anthony's age group of 18 plus, doesn't have the emotional or financial support that other age groups do. We are also aware of the unique situations that this age group faces and want to help those adolescents and their families.