Blog Tour: For This Life Only by Stacey Kade {Author Interview & Giveaway}

FTLO Banner

Happy Wednesday, friends! I’m so excited to be a part of the blog tour hosted by Hannah at Irish Banana Tours for Stacey Kade’s “For This Life Only”. I absolutely LOVED her NA release, 738 Days, earlier this year, so when I found out about this YA release, I jumped on the opportunity to receive an advanced copy. I don’t want to give too much away, since my review of “For This Life Only” is coming soon, BUT it’s pretty safe to say that I loved it! 😉

As part of my stop on the tour, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to interview Stacey about her latest release and her experience writing it. I always love getting inside the mind of authors and this interview was no exception! Enjoy! Oh, and stay tuned! My review and mood board are coming VERY soon!
triangle border

Interview with Stacey Kade

Hi Stacey! First of all, congratulations on the upcoming release of “For This Life Only”! What an amazing accomplishment! There’s some fantastic buzz and excitement surrounding your latest novel, you must be thrilled! Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview for my stop on your blog tour. It’s an honor to be involved in the festivities surrounding the release of“For This Life Only”. Now, on to the questions…

Sarah: What was the easiest thing about writing “For This Life Only”? Alternatively, what did you find the most difficult?

Stacey: First, thank you, Sarah, for having me!

The easiest thing…oh, gosh. So, here’s the thing. This book was hard. All books are hard, to an extent, but this one was “curl up in a ball in the corner and cry for months” hard. 😉 It was really, really personal to me, and I think that made it hard for me to get out of my own way, if that makes sense. My first draft was, I think, like 110,000 words. HUGE. Way too big. For example, at one point, Thera had her own POV chapters. We cut them because that made the story tighter and kept the focus on point. But I LOVED those chapters! 🙂

Finding the bones of a story in that mess was tricky—an enormous amount of credit goes to my editor, Christian Trimmer, for not throwing his hands up and walking away!

I think both the hardest and the easiest thing was that I could draw on real life. Easy because I knew I knew what I was talking about in much of the story from personal experience (versus researching and talking to people and crossing my fingers that I was getting it close to right.) But that also made it more difficult because fiction is not real life and vice versa.

Can you talk a little bit about what inspired the story you wanted to tell in “For This Life Only”? Why was it important to you that you shed a light on the tough topic of death and grief?

It was a combination of things. I wanted to tell a story that would portray, from my perspective, what the life of a pastor’s family is like. To me, it’s this weird thing because so many people rely on their faith and religion as something outside their family to help them get through tough times. But what do you do when those things are inextricably tied to your family and your family is going through a tough time?

When I was in my early twenties, I went through a period of questioning and not being sure what I believed. I’d been raised in the church, obviously, but in a way, that made it harder. Because I knew how everything worked behind the scenes. I think we expect people to simply believe or not believe when it comes to God, the afterlife, etc. And I don’t think we dedicate as much time and space in stories to the process of people questioning, trying to figure it out and not really falling into one box (believer) or the other (not believing). And when you’re dealing with death, particularly a death of someone close, as Jace is, all of those questions are intensified. We rely on our faith and our own sense of identity to help us, but if you feel like you’ve lost those things as well, the grief is that much more overwhelming.

I was so excited when I read your bio and saw that you’re a preacher’s kid. As a PK myself, I was wondering if the experience of growing up in an environment where you are exposed to so many of life’s big moments affected your writing at all.

Oh, I definitely think so. You see people at their very best and their very worst. I think you also have the blinders removed when it comes to viewing church as a human (and therefore flawed) organization. I also think that having a parent who routinely deals with death—hospital visits, funerals, being called out to a dying parishoner’s home in the middle of the night—makes it something you think about more often. This is the fourth book where I’ve written in some way about death and the afterlife! (Granted, The Ghost and the Goth books were more on the humorous side, but still!)

I love to ask authors to share fun, little known facts about themselves. What are some tidbits of information that you think your readers should know about you?

I’m addicted to Kate Spade purses. I will walk up to a stranger to compliment her on her Kate.

I cry super easily. It’s ridiculous. And it happens most often when people are NICE to me, which is weird, I know.

I have an anxiety disorder. It presents itself in a variety ways. Mainly with fear of diseases. But when my stress level goes up, who knows? 🙂 At one point in college, it made me feel like I had to keep certain clothes on certain hangers to keep “something bad” from happening. (That would be the OCD side of it.) It’s kind of hilarious to me now, though not so much at the time. I have one friend who rolled with it all, never making me feel bad about it, even when she couldn’t understand I was particular about why which flannel went with which hanger (it was the 90s, flannel was big then.)  She’s also a fellow PK who helped me with feedback and thoughts on this book. Love you, Beck!

If you could visit the home of any fictional character in the history of literature, who would you pick and why?

Pemberly. Mr. Darcy’s home. Hands-down. Pride and Prejudice is one of the few books I’ve read over and over again. As for why, in general, I’m fascinated with the whole English country estate thing. If any one has any book recommendations, let me know. Love stories set in houses like that!

I’ve watched several documentaries about Chatsworth, which is, according to some theories, the real home that Jane Austen based Pemberly on. They used it for the Keira Knightly version of the movie, too! Also, I guess because as much as I would hate to give up things like modern plumbing, antibiotics and not dying while giving birth to my twelfth kid (because that happened a lot then), I’m fascinated with what it would have been like to live in those times in that kind of a house.

Giveaway Header

a Rafflecopter giveaway

arrow2

Pssst…DON’T MISS ANY OF THE STOPS ON THE TOUR!

triangle border

Blog Tour: For This Life Only by Stacey Kade {Author Interview & Giveaway}For This Life Only by Stacey Kade
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on August 30th 2016
Pages: 320
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads

A young man struggles to move forward after the death of his twin brother in this gripping, coming-of-age tale about loss, redemption, love, and the moment you begin to see the world differently.

Three minutes.

Jacob Palmer died for three life-changing minutes.

And when he woke up, nothing was the same. Elijah, his twin brother, is dead, and his family is broken. Jace’s planned future is crushed, along with his pitching arm. Everyone keeps telling him that Eli’s in a better place, but Jace isn’t so sure. Because in those three minutes, there was nothing.

Overwhelmed by guilt and doubt, Jace struggles to adjust to this new version of the world, one without his brother, one without the certainties he once relied on. And then Thera comes into his life.

She’s the last girl he should be turning to for help.

But she’s also the first person to truly see him.

LINKS: Amazon | B&N | Indiebound | iBooks | The Book Depository

arrow2

About Stacey Kade

As an award-winning corporate copywriter, Stacey Kade has written about everything from backhoe loaders to breast pumps. But she prefers to make things up instead.

She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, Greg, and two retired racing greyhounds, SheWearsThePants (Pansy) and Shutter. When she’s not reading or writing, you’ll likely find her parked in front of the television catching up on her favorite shows (Scandal, The Vampire Diaries, Almost Human, The Walking Dead, and Sherlock, among others.)

Stacey is the author of the The Ghost and the Goth trilogy (THE GHOST AND THE GOTH, QUEEN OF THE DEAD, and BODY & SOUL) and The Project Paper Doll Series (THE RULES and THE HUNT). You can find her (far too often) on Facebook and Twitter as well as http://www.staceykade.com

 

 

Sarah

Blog Tour: Game On by Michelle Smith {Playlist & Giveaway}

Blog Tour: Game On by Michelle Smith {Playlist & Giveaway}Game On (Lewis Creek, #2) by Michelle Smith
Published by Bloomsbury Spark on August 16th 2016
Genres: Love & Romance, Romance, Sports, Young Adult
Pages: 328
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads
four-stars

As king of baseball in the small town of Lewis Creek, Eric Perry can have any girl he wants and win every game he plays. But when a fight lands him in jail, he’s only got one more strike before his baseball career is over for good. His only chance for redemption? The girl next door, Bri Johnson.

Bri hasn’t talked to Eric in months— for starters, she’s been too busy dealing with her jerk of an ex-boyfriend, not to mention the fact that Eric’s been preoccupied trying to drink every keg in the country dry. But when he needs a way to stay on the team, she proposes a plan: if he helps her out with community service, he can stay on the team. At first it’s a nightmare—Eric and Bri stopped being friends years ago, surely that was for a good reason, right? But as volunteering turns to bonding over old memories of first kisses under the stars, they start to have trouble remembering what pushed them apart.

In a town as small as Lewis Creek, nothing stays secret for long and their friendship and romance might mean bad news. But in this final, tumultuous spring before graduation, Eric and Bri are about to realize that nobody’s perfect alone, but they might just be perfect together.

Game On quote3

Happy Wednesday, friends! I’m so excited to be sharing this post with you today, because it features one of my favorite contemporary romances of the year! That’s right, “Game On” by Michelle Smith was released yesterday and I seriously loved this book SO much! It should come as no surprise because I absolutely loved the first book in Smith’s “Lewis Creek” series, “Play On”. I had this to say about “Play On” last year…

“Play On has a lot of depth to it but still finds a way to be a lot of fun to read!  It’s the perfect balance of swoony romance with a thought-provoking and deeply moving story line.”

Everything I loved about “Play On” is what I loved about “Game On”, and I can’t wait to see what other stories Michelle Smith gives us from Lewis Creek. If they’re anything like the first two books, than they’re sure to be just as fantastic. Be sure to keep an eye on my blog, I’ll be sharing my mood board and review of “Game On” very, very soon!

I’m thrilled to be welcoming Michelle Smith to the blog today so she can talk a little bit about the themes and feelings found throughout “Game On”, as well as share an amazing playlist that helped inspire some scenes. So without further ado, I bring you Michelle and her “Game On” playlist! Continue reading “Blog Tour: Game On by Michelle Smith {Playlist & Giveaway}”

four-stars
Sarah

Book Avengers: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Book Avengers Logo

Hello and welcome to the latest mission in our Book Avengers crusade! Today, we are featuring Poison Study by Maria V, Snyderthe book that YOU chose to avenge and voted for us to read in August. Be sure to read our intro post to learn all about this new feature that Kristina and I debuted this year! 

AFter a voting period that saw some of our closest results Yet, poison Study ending up coming out on top. come find out what WE thought of IT!

Continue reading “Book Avengers: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder”

Sarah

Footnotes: My Love/Hate Relationship with Audiobooks {GIVEAWAY}

footnotes 3

Well, would you look at this! An actual discussion post on my blog! You guys, my last one was on January 1st! And before that? August 25th. So, this is only my third discussion post in just about a year. Which kind of disappoints me, because discussion posts on other blogs are some of my favorites. I really enjoy the dialogue they create and it’s so fascinating to see other bookish folks thoughts and ideas. With all that being said, I really want to post more of them. From here on out, I’m going to try to post one discussion a month, ok? Hold me to it, you guys! I mean it.

So, What are we talking about today? Audiobooks!

One of the topics I consistently see on my Twitter feed is people’s passion for audiobooks. I love seeing my friends excitement over discovering an amazing audiobook. Especially when it’s because of an epic narrator(s)… it’s like striking gold. Don’t believe me? Continue reading “Footnotes: My Love/Hate Relationship with Audiobooks {GIVEAWAY}”

Sarah

Top Ten Tuesday Rewind: Books to Read in One Day

– hosted by The Broke and the Bookish -
– hosted by The Broke and the Bookish –

The ladies over at The Broke and the Bookish decided to switch it up this week and the prompt is…Top Ten Tuesday REWIND! Which means I got to choose from a looong list of past prompts. I had a tough time deciding which of the hundreds of prompts to choose from, but ultimately decided on the top ten books to read in one day. In order to come up with the list, I took a look at my Goodreads shelf and sorted it by page number first since I can usually finish a book in a day if it’s only 300-ish pages. I then took a look at the ratings of those books and picked from there. Continue reading “Top Ten Tuesday Rewind: Books to Read in One Day”

Sarah

Book Feels Lite: A Leisurely Lit Special Edition

vacationreads

How is it already August? Seriously, wasn’t it just June? I mean, I feel like it was Memorial Day just a few weeks ago!! Annnnyway, even though the summer is starting to wind down for a lot of us, that doesn’t mean we still can’t enjoy some summer reading. Who doesn’t love sitting outside in the sunshine devouring a great book. This summer I’ve read a ton of fantasy books, but I’ve also managed to read some really great contemporary books as well. Since I always seem to be talking about fantasy books, I decided that today I would share some of the contemps I’ve enjoyed this summer. Looking for to add some summer books to your TBR? Well then, look no further friends, because I have the perfect list for you!

Don’t miss out on the giveaway below. You could win ALL of the books mentioned in this post!

Continue reading “Book Feels Lite: A Leisurely Lit Special Edition”

Sarah

Book Feels: The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

Book Feels: The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. PearsonThe Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles, #3) by Mary E. Pearson
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on August 2nd 2016
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
Pages: 688
Buy on Amazon
Goodreads
five-stars

Lia and Rafe have escaped Venda and the path before them is winding and dangerous - what will happen now? This third and final book in The Remnant Chronicles is not to be missed.

Bestselling author Mary E. Pearson's combination of intrigue, suspense, romance and action make this a riveting page turner for teens.

-a space where I share my thoughts and feelings on upcoming and recent book releases -
betray-a space where I share my thoughts and feelings on upcoming and recent book releases –

Let’s take a moment, shall we? I’d like to mark this occasion. I wish I had banners to unfurl and a red carpet to roll out. At the very least, I could really use some confetti. Why all the fanfare and excitement? First and foremost, it’s because “The Beauty of Darkness” in finally out in the world but for me it means so much more, because I loved this book so damn much. I make no exaggerations when I say that this final book in The Remnant Chronicles series is absolute perfection and is now one of my all-time favorite books.

TBoD

Continue reading “Book Feels: The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson”

five-stars
Sarah

Blog Tour: The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson {Mood Board & First Impressions}

BlogTourBanner

I may have responded to the email for this blog tour in approximately 1.65849900 seconds with the most enthusiastic OHPLEASEGODYES response I’ve ever sent. I’ve been waiting for “The Beauty of Darkness”, the final installment in The Remnant Chronicles, since March of 2015. Yep…I’ve been waiting nearly SEVENTEEN months for this book. So, needless to say, I was beyond excited to take part in this blog tour. The Remnant Chronicles is one of my all-time favorite series and I am so thrilled and honored to be included with some amazing bloggers in sharing all of the epic goodness you can expect from “The Beauty of Darkness”!

Quote6
“The Beauty of Darkness” by Mary E. Pearson

Click here to check out the rest of
the stops on the blog tour!

Continue reading “Blog Tour: The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson {Mood Board & First Impressions}”

Sarah

Top Ten (ish) Tuesday: Books I’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed Me A Fully Loaded Gift Card

– hosted by The Broke and the Bookish -
– hosted by The Broke and the Bookish –

The crew at The Broke and the Bookish have done it again with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt! I’ve never wished for a fully loaded gift card more than I have today. And when I say fully loaded…I mean FULLY loaded! I have been coveting these books and book sets forever…and I think it’s about time they found a spot on my shelves.

Even though I actually have more than FORTY books on this list, I decided to cheat just a bit and count any of the series I listed as ONE book. Listen, you can’t keep a good book nerd down and when she wants her books…SHE WANTS HER BOOKS! I hope you enjoy the ten books I selected this week. I would love nothing more than to add these beauties to my shelf. at least I have a head start on my Christmas list!

triangle border

Continue reading “Top Ten (ish) Tuesday: Books I’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed Me A Fully Loaded Gift Card”

Sarah

Welcome to The Empire: Inside the World of “An Ember in the Ashes” by Sabaa Tahir

Happy Friday, friends! Or should I call you Emberlings? Because chances are that if you clicked through to read this blog post, then you’re a fan of the Ember in the Ashes series by Sabaa Tahir. I’m also willing to be that you are anxiously counting down the days until the release of the second book in the series, “A Torch Against the Night”. Good news, we have less than six weeks to go until August 30th, which means that it’s literally right around the corner.

I was a huge fan of “An Ember in the Ashes” when it came out last year, and had been anticipating its sequel for what feels like forever! I just finished “A Torch Against the Night” and I am here to say that it’s as epic as the first book. As a matter of fact…it’s even BETTER! So yeah, all that hype surrounding this book? It’s LEGIT! Everything you loved about Ember is still in Torch and it all gets more intense! I’m honestly not sure how I am going to write a coherent review for Torch, but I am here today to tell you that I absolutely loved it and I know without a doubt that you’ll love it too!

Today, I want to talk about one of my favorite things about the series…The world-building!

triangle border

Continue reading “Welcome to The Empire: Inside the World of “An Ember in the Ashes” by Sabaa Tahir”

Sarah