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Blog Tour: She Loves You [My Favorite Beatle]

Posted June 19, 2018 by Stephanie in #PRHPartner, Blog Tour, Listicle, Spotlight / 1 Comment

Blog Tour: She Loves You [My Favorite Beatle]

Blog Tour: She Loves You [My Favorite Beatle]She Loves You (Yeah, Yeah, Yeah) by Ann Hood
Published by Penguin Workshop on June 26th 2018
Genres: Middle Grade, Historical, Children's
Pages: 256
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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Best-selling author Ann Hood tells the story of a girl swept up in the heart of 1960s Beatlemania. Written in her signature prose, Hood weaves a tale of four misfit friends who set off to see the Beatles' final world tour, each harboring a secret hope. What emerges is a sincere and funny story of growing up, making unexpected connections, and following your dreams even as the world in front of you--and the world at large--is changing too fast.

The year is 1966. The Vietnam War rages overseas, the Beatles have catapulted into stardom, and twelve-year-old Rhode Island native Trudy Mixer is not thrilled with life. Her best friend, Michelle, has decided to become a cheerleader, everyone at school is now calling her Gertrude (her hated real name), and the gem of her middle school career, the Beatles fan club, has dwindled down to only three other members--the least popular kids at school. And at home, her workaholic father has become even more distant.

Determined to regain her social status and prove herself to her father, Trudy looks toward the biggest thing happening worldwide: the Beatles. She is set on seeing their final world tour in Boston at the end of the summer--and meeting her beloved Paul McCartney. So on a hot August day, unknown to their families, Trudy and crew set off on their journey, each of them with soaring hopes for what lies ahead.

My Favorite Beatle

There’s no doubt about it, I love The Beatles. I have ever since I was little. My parents grew up in the era of The Beatles and they passed down their love of the music to me. I’d say my top 3 Beatles songs would have to be: Here Comes The Sun, Hey Jude, and Blackbird. Which brings me to who my favorite Beatle is… George Harrison. Most people would automatically say John Lennon or Paul McCartney and while I love them.. George is my favorite. I think he became my favorite after I found out that he wrote Here Comes The Sun. And that song got me through some tough times. I suffered with depression during high school and for some reason Here Comes the Sun helped me out so much.

And then a few months after I turned 18, my dad died. He was suffering with his own demons and took his own life. And I went through some tough battles of dealing with the grief and again Here Comes the Sun shone a light in my life when it was at it’s darkest. And every time I hear Here Comes the Sun, I can’t help but think happy things and how even in your darkest moment there is a sun shining somewhere in your life. And I can’t be more grateful to have that song in my life and it’s all thanks to my boy George.

Here Comes The Sun

…for your listening pleasure <3

About the Author

Ann Hood is the author of the best-selling novels The Book That Matters MostThe Obituary WriterSomewhere Off the Coast of MaineThe Red Thread, and The Knitting Circle, as well as the memoir Comfort: A Journey Through Grief, which was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and chosen as one of the top ten nonfiction books of 2008 by Entertainment Weekly. She has won two Pushcart Prizes as well as a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, two Best American Food Writing Award, and a Best American Travel Writing award. A regular contributor to the New York Times, Hood’s short stories and essays have appeared in many publications, including PloughsharesTin HouseTravelerBon AppetitOMoreThe Wall Street JournalThe Washington PostThe Paris Review, and others. She is the editor of the anthologies Knitting Yarns: Writers Writing About KnittingKnitting Pearls: More Writers Writing About Knitting, and Providence Noir. Hood is also the author of books for children, including the middle-grade novel, How I Saved My Father (And Ruined Everything Else), and the ten-book Treasure Chest series for young readers. Her new memoir, Morningstar: Growing Up with Books, will be published in August. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and New York City, and is married to the writer Michael Ruhlman.

Tour Schedule

June 18 – BookHounds YA – Favorite Beatle and why

June 19 – In Wonderland – Favorite Beatle

June 20 – It’s Just About Write – Author Guest Post: If it starts with the Beatles, what makes boy bands and the stories they inspire still so popular today all these decades later?

June 21 – Dotters Daughters Picks – Author Q&A

June 25 – Ms. Yingling Reads – Review

June 26 – Sweet Things – Review + Creative

June 27 – Book Nerds Across America – Favorite Boy Band

Let’s talk about it!

Stephanie
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Blog Tour: Things I’m Seeing Without You [Beyond the Pages & Giveaway]

Posted October 10, 2017 by Stephanie in #PRHPartner, Beyond the Pages, Blog Tour, Giveaway / 1 Comment

Blog Tour: Things I’m Seeing Without You [Beyond the Pages & Giveaway]

Blog Tour: Things I’m Seeing Without You [Beyond the Pages & Giveaway]Things I'm Seeing Without You by Peter Bognanni
Published by Dial Books on October 3rd 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 336
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Seventeen-year-old Tess Fowler has just dropped out of high school. She can barely function after learning of Jonah’s death. Jonah, the boy she’d traded banter with over texts and heartfelt e-mails.

Jonah, the first boy she'd told she loved and the first boy to say it back.

Jonah, the boy whose suicide she never saw coming.

Tess continues to write to Jonah, as a way of processing her grief and confusion. But for now she finds solace in perhaps the unlikeliest of ways: by helping her father with his new alternative funeral business, where his biggest client is . . . a prized racehorse?

As Tess’s involvement in her father’s business grows, both find comfort in the clients they serve and in each other. But love, loss, and life are so much more complicated than Tess ever thought. Especially after she receives a message that turns her life upside down.

Beyond the Pages

So, for my post for this blog tour I am doing a Beyond the Pages kind of post. In Things I’m Seeing Without You, the main character Tess deals with the loss of her boyfriend, Jonah, to suicide. I decided to do a Beyond the Pages because I relate to Tess. Tess never saw the suicide coming. And a lot of people can say, how can you not? Well the thing is, people are really good at hiding depression. I know because when I was 18 I lost my father to suicide and I NEVER saw it coming. I didn’t know he was depressed. My entire family didn’t know he was depressed. Tess decides to continue writing to Jonah even though he’s gone. And I would say that a lot of people who lose a loved one to suicide do the same thing in one way or another. I had a voicemail saved in my inbox that I continued to listen to over and over again and if I didn’t have a different phone, I’d still have it. I also looked at all of my dad’s emails constantly and I’d write back but never hit send. For about 5 years every single story that I started to write dealt with a girl who lost her father. It was the way I grieved. And even though it has been 9 years, it still feels like it was yesterday.

I’m really intrigued to get to this book on my list. I’ve been in a huge book slump for the past year. I mean I’ve only read like 19 or 20 books ALL year and that is just not me. I was hoping to get to 100 this year. I’m hoping to knock out a bunch of books in the next couple months.

About the Author

Peter Bognanni is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His debut novel, The House of Tomorrow, won the LA Times award for first fiction and the ALA Alex Award and has been adapted into a feature film.  He teaches creative writing at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Giveaway

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Enter for a chance to be one (1) of three (3) winners to receive a hardcover copy of Things I’m Seeing Without You by Peter Bognanni. (ARV: $17.99 each).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on September 25, 2017 and 12:00 AM on October 16, 2017. Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about October 18, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

Tour Schedule

Week One:
September 25 – Arctic Books – Author Q&A
September 26 – Fiktshun – Review
September 27 – Adventures of a Book Junkie – Reasons to Read TISWY
September 28 – Here’s to Happy Endings – Author Guest Post
September 29 – BookCrushin – Review
 
Week Two:
October 2 – The Young Folks – Author Q&A
October 3 – Dazzled by Books – Review
October 4 – In Wonderland – Beyond the Pages
October 5 – YA and Wine – Review & Mood Board
October 6 – Fiction Fare – Author Guest Post
 
Week Three:
October 9 – Rants & Raves of a Bibliophile – Review & Favorite Quotes
October 10 – Margie’s Must Reads – Author Guest Post
October 11 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Author Q&A
October 12 – Once Upon a Twilight – Guess the Story in GIFs
October 13 – Twinning for Books

Let’s talk about it!

Stephanie
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Blog Tour: There’s Someone Inside Your House [Book Photography & Giveaway]

Blog Tour: There’s Someone Inside Your House [Book Photography & Giveaway]

Book Photography       About the Author Stephanie Perkins is the New York Times bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss. She has always worked with books—first as a bookseller, then as a librarian, and now as a novelist. Stephanie lives in the mountains of North Carolina with her husband. Every room of their house is painted […]

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Blog Tour: Jane Unlimited [Book Look & Giveaway]

Blog Tour: Jane Unlimited [Book Look & Giveaway]

Posted September 21, 2017 by Stephanie in #PRHPartner, Blog Tour, Book Looks, Giveaway / 2 Comments

Book Look Jane Unlimited Book Look by inwonderland49 featuring round toe flat shoes About the Author Kristin Cashore grew up in the northeast Pennsylvania countryside as the second of four daughters. She received a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and a master’s from the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College, and […]

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Monthly Bookmail [July 2017]

Monthly Bookmail [July 2017]

Posted August 2, 2017 by Stephanie in #PRHPartner, Bookmail / 0 Comments

This will be a new monthly feature where I will show you all the books I received or bought throughout the month. This will include ARCs, Finished Copies, Hardcovers, Paperbacks, eARCs, and eBooks. It will basically just showcase all the books! 🙂 Received Bought pics with links to GR Uppercase Box & Owlcrate Pics to […]

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WoW [113]

WoW [113]

Posted July 26, 2017 by Stephanie in #PRHPartner, Meme / 2 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday (aka: WoW) is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, spotlighting releases we are waiting for eagerly. This Week’s Victim Pick…. My Thoughts This cover is even prettier in person! I mean take a look at this video I posted on my Instagram! I was doing a photoshoot with some purple […]

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WoW [112]

WoW [112]

Posted July 19, 2017 by Stephanie in #PRHPartner, Meme / 2 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday (aka: WoW) is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, spotlighting releases we are waiting for eagerly. This Week’s Victim Pick…. My Thoughts Oh my goodness guys! Penguin sent me a PARTIAL ARC of this and let me tell you… The first 151 pages are great!!! I NEED TO KNOW WHAT […]

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