Body and Blood Blog Tour

I am honored to be part of the Body and Blood by Amanda Havard blog tour! I am a huge fan of Amanda’s so any chance I get to promote her I jump! First I would like to share with you a video Amanda has made for Body and Blood. You can’t pass this video up! It’s super cool!

The Body & Blood Soundtrack Sessions follow Amanda Havard as she talks about each song found on the soundtrack for the third book in THE SURVIVORS SERIES, Body & Blood, and performs exclusive acoustic versions of each song. Want more Survivors soundtrack music? Check out the rest of the B&B Sessions, the original songs written exclusively for the series, and the full soundtrack!

Have you ever been teetering on the edge of a cliff and felt a rush of adrenaline run through you? Reading Body and Blood by Amanda Havard gives a similar feeling. Body and Blood is the third installment of the Survivors series. There are many fantastic elements of the book. Here are a few:

Never Gets Old: The turning of every page is a step forward on this incredible journey. Every page we learn something new. Something important. There isn’t any fluff or filling in this novel and that’s part of what makes Amanda Havard such a great writer. She makes every page meaningful.

You Never Know What You Think You Know: I thought I had it pretty figured out. Until I got into the book and realized there is a reason this is a five book series and not a trilogy. There is still so much that we don’t know. Like with the point it Never Gets Old every page is a surprise.

Multiple Points of View: This is originally something that I was very iffy on. I am traditionally not a fan of books changing point of views in the middle of a series. Likewise I am not a fan of books that have more than one point of view. Body and Blood moves between Sadie, Everett, and Mark. What I discovered within the pages was that each of the changing narrations added so much to the story. As a reader I learned so much from each of these characters. It is crazy to think just how big of an impact this could have had on the story, but it did!

She Makes You Change Sides
: Yeah. Before Body and Blood I was firmly Team Cole, but now…somehow along the way…I became…Team…Mark???? How did she do it! How did this happen! Those were the thoughts rushing through my brain. The answer is that Amanda is able to establish all of the characters. Fully develop them and the different narrations really helped that. My heart did a little pitter patter for a different character in this book.

She Has A Kickass Villain: Alexander Raven. The only thing I can say about him is he is suave and collected. Not your typical villain. This one will charm the pants off you and drag you into his circle before you know what happened.

Amanda Havard has a loyal fan in me and I hope that you all check her out too! These books are awesome you guys! Filled to the brim with amazing storytelling this is a book you won’t be able to put down!


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About BODY & BLOOD:

How many answers you seek are just a part of you, waiting to be found?

The game has changed.

Fresh from her first brush with mortality, a fragile Sadie Matthau is playing human with Cole Hardwick while the Survivors endure unimaginable tragedy. Wrought with the first deaths of their own kind, a tyrant who will torture them, and an opponent more terrifying than anyone could have foreseen, the Survivors are facing their end.

Told from three points of view, The Survivors: Body & Blood is a bloodcurdling, mind-bending, heart-stopping ride. As Sadie and the Winters uncover more enemies, more history, and more answers, they find themselves brought closer together and ripped further apart. And all the while, a haunting Alexander Raven lurks at the edge of Sadie s lifeline, at the darkening fringes of her mind.

As the Survivors descend into chaos, Sadie realizes a painful truth: the deepest of secrets leave the darkest of marks.

Caught between a terrifying fantasy and her own grim reality, Body & Blood is the story of Sadie s dance with her demons, future, past, and present.

About AMANDA HAVARD:

Amanda Havard thinks in stories. She writes books and songs, tells stories to people over coffee or in elaborate iPad apps, in short films or subtle photographs. Stories are her life. THE SURVIVORS: BODY & BLOOD is her third novel, and is an amalgamation of all of her storytelling love combined. Originally from Dallas, Texas, she now lives in Nashville, Tennessee, a place where creativity drips from the sap of the trees, radiates from the attitude of the population, and seeps from the concrete. The inventor of the Immersedition™ interactive book app, Havard is always looking for the next best story– and the most innovative way to tell it.

Links:

Twitter

www.twitter.com/amandahavard

www.twitter.com/survivorsseries

Facebook

www.facebook.com/amandahavard

www.facebook.com/thesurvivors

YouTube

www.youtube.com/amandahavard

Goodreads

www.goodreads.com/amandahavard

Pinterest

www.pinterest.com/thesurvivors

www.pinterest.com/amandahavard

Tumblr

http://thesurvivorsseries.tumblr.com/

Websites

www.amandahavard.com

www.thesurvivorsseries.com

www.immersedition.com


Writer Vs. Blogger Vs. Student

Let me start out by saying I hope the title of this post didn’t get you too excited to read about some huge smackdown between different people. Let’s face it for many of us in the blogging world we are those three people.
I am a student. I have two years left in school and I feel like time could not be going any slower on this.
I am a blogger. Obviously. This site will be two years old come Halloween so I feel like I am officially say I’m a blogger.
I am a writer. I might not be published, but writing is a fierce passion of mine.
All three of these things take up a lot of time. Throw in the fact that some of us also work full time as well as go to school full time and blog and write it seems our time is booked. People who don’t do what we do can’t possibly understand that concept. I get a lot of “Why don’t you hang out with friends?” then I tell them all the things I have to do and they look a little like this:

Yeah. *sighs* It takes up a lot of time. Add in doing an internship and planning additional in person events as well as blog tours…yeah my time is gone.

I read another blog post yesterday about people who are stuck in a reading rut. With so much going on in our lives the books that we read have to be stand out and worth our precious time. It’s a choice between doing homework, work for the internship, and writing our own precious stories. So now days when I pick up a book and read it that’s the weight that it carries. I ask myself whether or not this book is worth it to stop writing and temporarily moving forward with my own dream. Many of you, like me, have that dream and some of you, also like me, are impatient. We are impatient because we’ve longed for it for so long. We are impatient because we see the “sold” announcements on Twitter. We see our favorite authors on tour and they are just so darn supportive of us! And yet. We aren’t there.
So when I pick up a book and read it I am setting aside my dream for a little while and my thought is this book better be worth it. The last two books that I tried to read were not worth it. Then there was one that was. Then I went a long while without seeing another book that was worth it. Until recently. I received A Spark Unseen by Sharon Cameron and I am doing a review in a few days for Body and Blood by Amanda Havard. These books are worth it. So far during the reading of both of them I have been kept on my toes. Not a dull moment between the two of them. That makes it worth it. Returning to familiar worlds are worth it.

So what do you do when you’re a student also? Make a schedule. What I had to come to terms with last semester was that each semester of school is different. The first year I had this blog open I had TONS of free time and I had just finished a book and was taking a step back from writing to recover (lol). So basically I had nothing better to do that get to read! That changed dramatically last semester. I discovered Spanish is NOT my forte and I was doing my first internship. Basically. I almost collapsed under the load.

The interesting thing is looking bad. I see a lot of things that I could have done differently so that the outcome was a little different. I spent hours and hours writing last semester. Didn’t focus on homework or reading. I was determined that it was going to get finished. It didn’t. And I realize now that even though I viewed reading as taking time away from my dream wasn’t it reading in the first place that helped realize what my dream even was? It’s like someone who dreams of being an actor, but refusing to watch any type of performance. Or an aspiring musician giving up listening to other music.

So if you are like me and have a million and four things happening all at once and you think you don’t have time for something. Well. You do. Read the books that are worth it. Don’t waste your time on the ones that aren’t. Be a good student. And write your book.


A Spark Unseen Invitation

It’s that time again! Time to bring a new blog tour to all of you! The tour will be an exciting treasure hunt with a variety of smaller prizes and one grand prize. There will be 10 groups each with 5 bloggers. Each group will have their own links to each other with a small prize for each group. When all groups have posted readers will be able to have access to a larger code and enter in to win the grand prize. Winners will be chosen on September 24. Each post, with the exception of the Quotes Then and Now, will also include a quote box provided by Scholastic.

IMPORTANT: Bloggers must be the US or Canada.

Here are the group and activity options.
NOTE: Schedule will be updates periodically so you can see what is still open.

Group One: September 9, 2013
Review
Author Interview- Marla
Playlist- Lauren
Character Fun Facts- Hannah- Mary
Quotes Then and Now- Alyssa S- Lane

Group Two: September 10, 2013
Review
Character Interview
Location Scouting- Megan
Quotes Then and Now
Character Fun Facts- Kari

Group Three
: September 11, 2013
Review
Author Interview
Playlist
Quotes Then and Now
Location Scouting

Group Four
: September 12, 2013
Review
Character Interview
Character Fun Facts- Stephanie W- Katherine
Location Scouting
Playlist

Group Five: September 13, 2013
Review
Author Interview
Quotes Then and Now
Character Fun Facts
Location Scouting- Kristen

Group Six: September 16, 2013
Review
Character Interview
Playlist
Character Fun Facts
Location Scouting

Group Seven: September 17, 2013
Review
Author Interview
Location Scouting
Quotes Then and Now
Character Fun Facts

Group Eight: September 18, 2013
Review
Character Interview
Playlist
Quotes Then and Now
Location Scouting

Group Nine
: September 19, 2013
Review
Author Interview
Character Fun Facts
Location Scouting
Quotes Then and Now

Group Ten: September 20, 2013
Review
Character Interview
Character Fun Facts
Location Scouting
Quotes Then and Now

A Little Bit More
Character Interviews: Choose from Katherine, Lane, Uncle Tully, Henri, Mary or Mrs. Hardcastle. Is willing to add or substitute any of those with Napolean III.
Playlist: A Youtube link to a song, plus description from Sharon on how it relates to A Spark Unseen.
Character Fun Facts: Choose from Katharine, Lane, Uncle Tully, Henri, Mary, Mrs. Hardcastle, Mr. Wickersham, and Napoleon III. Mrs. Cooper can be used as a substitute.
Location Scouting: Choose from Welbeck, Plymouth Harbor, The Tuilleries, The Catacombs -2 different posts, Rue Trudon, Charendon Lunatic Asylum, The Morgue, and the Sainte-Merri chapel. Would include a paragraph from Sharon about how the location is used in the book, some fun facts, and a visual.
Quotes Then and Now: Choose from Katherine (2), Lane (2), Uncle Tully (2), Mary, Mrs. Jefferies/Mrs. Cooper. This would be a quote from The Dark Unwinding paired with a quote from A Spark Unseen, showing a change in the character or story.

If you wish to participate in the A Spark Unseen tour please email me at Hannah_TBV@yahoo.com with your top three choices of date/group and your top three choices of activity along with your address for the arc. I will do my best to match everyone up to your choices. Everyone who participates in the tour will also receive an arc of A Spark Unseen from Scholastic. If you do not receive a review date we ask that you post your review in August or September and link to review in your post. We would also ask that you rerun your review for The Dark Unwinding ahead of the tour. If you do not wish to rerun the entire review please send me your link and I will promote it for you. If you could also link back to the review in your post for A Spark Unseen that would be wonderful.

IMPORTANT: You can still participate in the tour even if you have NOT read The Dark Unwinding. Let me know in your email and you will also be provided a copy of The Dark Unwinding.

We’d love to hear from you by by August 12 so that Sharon and I will have time to effectively prepare your posts.

About THE DARK UNWINDING
When Katharine Tulman’s inheritance is called into question by the rumor that her eccentric uncle is squandering away the family fortune, she is sent to his estate to have him committed to an asylum. But instead of a lunatic, Katharine discovers a genius inventor with his own set of rules, who employs a village of nine hundred people rescued from the workhouses of London.

Katharine is now torn between protecting her own inheritance and preserving the peculiar community she grows to care for deeply. And her choices are made even more complicated by a handsome apprentice, a secretive student, and fears for her own sanity.

As the mysteries of the estate begin to unravel, it is clear that not only is her uncle’s world at stake, but also the state of England as Katharine knows it.

About A SPARK UNSEEN
The thrilling sequel to Sharon Cameron’s blockbuster gothic steampunk romance, THE DARK UNWINDING, will captivate readers anew with mystery and intrigue aplenty.

When Katharine Tulman wakes in the middle of the night and accidentally foils a kidnapping attempt on her uncle, she realizes Stranwyne Keep is no longer safe for Uncle Tully and his genius inventions. She flees to Paris, where she hopes to remain undetected and also find the mysterious and handsome Lane, who is suspected to be dead.

But the search for Lane is not easy, and Katharine soon finds herself embroiled in a labyrinth of political intrigue. And with unexpected enemies and allies at every turn, Katharine will have to figure out whom she can trust–if anyone–to protect her uncle from danger once and for all.

Filled with deadly twists, whispering romance, and heart-stopping suspense, this sequel to THE DARK UNWINDING whisks readers off on another thrilling adventure.

About Sharon Cameron
Sharon Cameron was awarded the 2009 Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for her debut novel, The Dark Unwinding. When not writing Sharon can be found thumbing dusty tomes, shooting her longbow, or indulging in her lifelong search for secret passages.

Praise for Sharon Cameron

ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection, 2013

Bank Street College of Education’s Best Children’s Books of 2013

The Crystal Kite Member’s Choice Award, 2013, SCBWI

ABC Best Books for Children, 2012

Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award, SCBWI, 2009

“Haunting thrills unfurl. . . .” –ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“Utterly original, romantic, and spellbindingly imaginative.” –USA TODAY

“Cameron’s eerie and suspenseful first novel offers gripping twists, rich language, and an evocative landscape.” –PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“Cameron, through wry, observant Katharine, spins a deliciously gothic tale. . . . By turns funny and poignant, this period mystery is a thoroughgoing delight.” –KIRKUS REVIEWS

“Cameron has produced a ripping good read with all the drama, intrigue, and romance of a Victorian pot-boiler with mystery, suspense, and hints of the supernatural thrown in for good measure.” –VOICE OF YOUTH ADVOCATES

I hope to have you on board!

How It Feels to Host an Event

Preparing an event for the first time all by yourself is just a little stressful. I felt an enormous amount of pressure regarding the event. What if no one showed up? Then I would feel terrible and my nightmares told me the authors would hate me forever. What if no one was interested in what they had to say? Then not only would the authors hate me, but also the other bloggers and readers who showed up. What if no one bought books? Then the bookseller would be annoyed that I bothered them on a Sunday. Needless to say there were plenty of fears running through my head.
I live more than two hours away from where the event was being held so trying to figure out what time to get there and the time difference (because it was in a different time zone).
The morning of the event I still had to make up the info sheet for the moderator, Lauren, come up with questions, and make the schedule to hand out to each of the authors so they knew what we were doing.


You could say I am a little bit of a procrastinator. When it comes to interview questions I am the most unoriginal person in the world. So of course when I was under pressure to come up with entertaining ones I blanked. I could not think of one single thing for them to ask. When you have never met an author you admire before you think of a million and four things you want to talk with them about. Then when the time finally comes to narrow down the questions your mind goes blank and you think what am I doing? I can’t possible do this! No one is going to like my questions.
I arrived about 15 minutes before the event and was slightly surprised to see a lot of people there already. I was busy running around trying to get everything ready and people were coming up and introducing themselves to me and thanking me for putting on the event. All of these people were so incredibly nice and I probably looked like I escaped from the asylum.
I got into the room and had to rip open my packages of sharpies and throw them onto the tables. Oh wait! The tables didn’t have enough chairs! Well here comes she-Hulk flipping chairs into the air to get five spaces at the table.

So now I’m sweating from stress and she-Hulking, my hair is even fluffier than it normally is (curly haired people will know what I mean) and I truly do look like I’ve gone mad.
All the authors start to file in and I run up to them like a maniac thrusting their schedules in their faces. Because I have never been to an event that I have organized before I have no idea if this is normally done or not, but hey, couldn’t hurt right? As the third author looks at me like I’m nuts I began to question that logic. Lauren, my moderator, comes in and is all composed and pristine. As I stare at her with my crazy eyes I can’t help but realize that is why I asked her to help me with this. Because she is awesome and socially acceptable. Me on the other hand….not so much.
So the event starts. I had asked the authors to do a short reading. In my brain that meant it would be over in about 15 minutes, but obviously my brain did not multiply this by five so it went a lot longer than that. It was great to see the authors read from their books though. Amanda Havard does a great dramatic reading, Heather Reid has the kindest voice, Sharon Cameron and Kristin Tubb are great readers, and it was so exciting getting to watch Courtney Stevens read from her book, Faking Normal for the firs time. (She received the first arc just prior to the event)
Then it was onto the questions. I realized that I didn’t have to worry about how stupid my questions were because Lauren made them sound interesting. The authors did a fantastic job answering them very in depth. We were only able to do about four of the questions I had made up because their answers were so in depth and we needed time to do the signing.
While I was so distracted by my terror at something going wrong during the event I was able to pick up a few things.
1) Books are written at different paces. Some books took four years to write and some took just months.
2) SCBWI is kick-butt. Four of the five authors on the panel swear by this organization. As someone who was able to attend a conference last year I can confirm that it is an amazing group to belong to.
3) The type of publishing (indie, small press, large house) is individual to every author and they all need to figure out which ones works best for them.

Now I must give some shout outs.

Thanks to Lauren for being such a fantastic moderator! If I ever plan another event in Nashville she will be my first choice.
Thanks to my friends Marla, Shalena, Megan, Alli, Kelly, and Cassie for coming.
Thanks to other authors Ruta Sepetys, Victoria Schwab, and more for coming to support these five lovely ladies.
Thanks to Angela at the library for being so great to me. And to Parnassus for coming to sell books. You guys rock! The bookseller agreed and was able to get everything in on such short notice. They were so amazing.
Thanks to Sharon Cameron, Kristin Tubb, Amanda Havard, Heather L Reid, and Courtney Stevens for agreeing to take part of the panel. You ladies are so brilliant and I continue to learn a lot from you.
Thanks to Anabel Stevens who was a really awesome helper and supporter of the event. (She may have been biased though. 10 points to anyone who can tell me why lol)

So many thanks to everyone who showed up! You made this a really great event!