My Favorite Things Week – Authors Favorite Things

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Following in the footsteps of yesterday I asked some of my favorite authors to join in on My Favorite Things week. Kindly taking time out of their busy schedules They came through for me and shared some of their favorite things right now. Basically I know want an Erin Condren Life Planner, a kitten, some french fries and tea, and to go shopping. 😉

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karen1 karen ka5Karen Akins

jodi1 jodiJodi Meadows

tiffany1 tiffanyTiffany Schmidt

miranda1 mirandaMiranda Kenneally

sarah1 sarahSarah Ockler

Thank you all for helping me out and taking the time to write up and send me some things. Much appreciated.

And there you have it, My Favorite Things Week is in the bag. Hope you enjoyed it! Feel free to share your favorite things in the comments of any of this weeks posts.

*photos all sent by the authors.

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Blog Tour Review: Summer of Chasing Mermaids – Sarah Ockler {giveaway}

Blog Tour Review: Summer of Chasing Mermaids - Sarah Ockler {giveaway}

 Blog Tour Review: Summer of Chasing Mermaids – Sarah Ockler {giveaway}The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
Published by Simon Pulse
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The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.

Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: an ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry—except for one.

Christian Kane is a notorious playboy—insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother, Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life.

When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though—swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them…

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I have been a Sarah Ockler fan since I read Twenty Boy Summer in 2011. Since reading that one my love for her has only grown. But I must confess that I was scared when I read the concept for this story. You see The Little Mermaid is my all-time favorite Disney movie. It has a special place in my heart for reason and I just couldn’t see how it would translate to inspire a book. I mean I knew I would read it because it is a Sarah book, but I was scared that I wouldn’t love it. Well SHAME ON ME! The Summer of Chasing Mermaids was FANTASTIC and the inspiration translated beautifully.

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids is about Elyse, the youngest of 6 sisters from Tobago, that had the voice of an angel. She was slated to be a star until an accident took that from her but taking her voice. Needing to get away she heads to the Oregon coast to stay with a family friend. While there Elyse has to deal with what her new life will be now that she can’t sing or talk, and what this means for her and her place in her family. As she navigates the grey skies of Oregon and gets closer to her neighbor Christian Kane , who she knows she should stay away from, she must figure out how to be heard when she has something to say and how to let the past pain go so she can move on to the now.

I loved this book more than I could imagine. Elyse’s story hit me hard for some reason. My heart just broke for this poor girl that was alive but had her whole life taken from her. She didn’t know how to fit in with her family anymore, or how her family fit in with her so she ran. She took refuge with people that knew her but didn’t know her and she tried to fit in. But Elyse was never about fitting in. It was about her standing out and finding how to voice what she felt without being able to talk. It was about opening herself up and allowing herself to feel and even love and to trust in herself and the sea.

What I really loved about this book beside Elyse was the side characters. Christian, Lemon, Vanessa, Kirby and Sebastian. They are all vitale to Elyse’s growth and her growing trust and they are used in a way that is befitting to the story. They aren’t just there as background or to move the story along. They are 100% the support characters that Elyse needed to give her the push and the drive. Between Christian open Eylse’s heart to love, Lemon opening her home to this lost girl, Vanessa and Kirby showing what it is like to go after what you want/believe in and the adorable Sebastian (read the book for him alone) opening Elyse’s up to life, you have a perfect cast of characters that only added to the story.

I don’t know how Ockler did it but what she did with The Summer of Chasing Mermaids was amazing. She took the best parts of Twenty Boy Summer, Bittersweet and Fixing Delilah and made me fall in love with her writing and storytelling at a whole new level. The book is emotional and real and will make you smile and then break down in tears. It is a journey of a girl trying to fine her place in the world and I promise you won’t be sorry you read it. You may be singing The Little Mermaid songs in your head, but your heart will be filled with love. READ IT!

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About Sarah Ockler

Sarah Ockler is the bestselling author of young adult novels, including #scandal, The Book of Broken Hearts, Bittersweet, Fixing Delilah, and the critically acclaimed Twenty Boy Summer, a YALSA Teens' Top Ten nominee and IndieNext List pick. Her latest, The Summer of Chasing Mermaids, hits the shelves in June 2015.

Sarah is a champion cupcake eater, coffee drinker, night person, and bookworm. When she's not writing or reading at home in Washington, she enjoys taking pictures, hugging trees, and road-tripping through the country with her husband, Alex.

Follow the Summer of Chasing Mermaids Blog Tour and don’t miss anything! Click on the banner to see the tour schedule.

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 GIVEAWAY:

Details: Win (1) of (2) Sarah Ockler’s prize packs that include a hardcover copy of The Summer of Chasing Mermaids and paperback copies of #Scandal, The Book of Broken Hearts and Bittersweet (US Only)

Giveaway starts on MAY 27th and finishes on JUNE 8th

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#MermaidMonday: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids Giveaway

You all know what a HUGE fan of Sarah Ockler I am. I mean I mention it as often as I can. 🙂 Well in case you don’t know, Sarah has a new book coming out on June 2nd. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids.

#MermaidMonday: The Summer of Chasing Mermaids GiveawayThe Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler
Published by Simon Pulse
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From the bestselling author of Twenty Boy Summer, a talented singer loses her ability to speak after a tragic accident, leading her to a postcard-perfect seaside town to find romance.

The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.

Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: an ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry—except for one.

Christian Kane is a notorious playboy—insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother, Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life.

When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though—swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them…

I will be posting my review for this fabulous book on Saturday May 30th, but today is all about one thing…the words.

Sarah has written some of my favorite quotes in her books. My all time favorite is still from her first book Twenty Boy Summer…”I’m fine, thanks for not asking.”. She has this magical ability to put pen onto paper and wow me with her prose.

So today I am sharing with you one of the 3 quotes I highlighted when reading. Each of the quotes stood out to me, but this one really touched my soul in a place all beautiful writing can.

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When you read the book you will see just how perfect this quote is for Elyse’s story.

And that brings us to the giveaway. This one is a little different as today is all about the quote graphics which Sarah is a huge fan of. Below are the rules:

1) Share the above graphic. You can Tweet it, Instagram it, reblog it, Facebook it, Tumblr it, Pin it. What ever one you like to use, use. That is up to you. And can use all 5 options if you would like.

2) Use the hashtag #MermaidMonday

3) Tag me in the post. I’m AndiABCs on all forms of social media so I should be easy to tag. And if you can’t find my pages use the social media buttons on the side bar. After you have done this leave your email in the comments so I can contact you should you win.

4) US ONLY. Sorry guys, but rules are rules.

5) 5 Entries person. I will check so don’t try to sneak by.

And now you want to know what you are winning I’m sure. Well one lucky winner will get a finished hardcover of The Summer of Chasing Mermaids and a seashell jewelry dish (which I personally love). Contest goes until 11:59pm EST on 6/2/15.

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Tour Schedule:

10:00am EST
Andi’s ABCs

12:00pm EST
Novel Novice

2:00pm EST
Uncreatively Zoey

3:00pm EST
Elizziebooks

4:00pm EST
Words Like Silver

5:00pm EST
BookCrushin

6:00pm EST (First 2 chapters of TSOCM)
Perpetual Page Turner

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Top Ten Tuesday – Authors I Want to Meet

I freely admit that I have been pretty lucky when it comes to meeting some of my favorite authors. Rainbow Rowell, Lauren Oliver, Morgan Matson, Miranda Kenneally; I was lucky enough to meet these lovely ladies and get my books signed by them. But there is still that elusive list that I would love to meet some day. I mean I have interacted with almost all of the 10 and have signed books from a few, but the meeting had yet to happen. I wonder what I can bribe them with to come to Boston. 😉 So which authors are you DYING to meet? stephkarenemeryjodiheathermelinasarahlaurensuzannetrish

Stephanie Perkins || Karen Akins || Emery Lord || Jodi Meadow ||Heather Demetrios || Melina Marchetta || Sarah Ockler || Lauren Miller || Suzanne Young || Trish Doller

*Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
**Top Ten Tuesday photo made by me. If you would like to use it please give credit.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Authors

Picking a favorite author is hard work. And narrowing it down to 10 is even harder. I mean no matter what I did some of my fave were going to be left off or my list would be ginormous. But I did it. I picked 10 and there are in on particular order even though they are numbered. So who are your favorite authors?

 

sperkins     sockler

 tdoller     loliver

mkenneally      mmatson

elord      lmiller

smaas     kakins

Stephanie Perkins Sarah OcklerTrish DollerLauren OliverMiranda KenneallyMorgan MatsonEmery LordLauren MillerSarah J. MaasKaren Akins

*Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
**Top Ten Tuesday photo made by me with covers from Goodreads. If you would like to use it please give credit.

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