Sunday, October 19, 2014

{Interview} Dahlia Adler, Author of BEHIND THE SCENES

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An interview with
Dahlia Adler

Dahlia Adler is an Assistant Editor of Mathematics by day, a Copy Editor by night, and a YA writer and blogger at The Daily Dahlia, YA Misfits, and Barnes & Noble at every spare moment in between. Her debut novel, BEHIND THE SCENES, is available now, and its sequel, UNDER THE LIGHTS, releases from Spencer Hill Contemporary on June 30, 2015.
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What inspired you to write BEHIND THE SCENES?


I don't remember exactly where the Hollywood idea came from (though the new 90210 was a lot of the inspiration for the setting), but I really loved the idea of exploring what it would be like to be the closest person to someone that famous; I very specifically did not want to write it from the celebrity POV. The aspect of her father being sick and that being why she needed money was inspired by my own life and fears. When I was in college, my father was diagnosed with stage IV melanoma, same as Ally's, and though I was lucky enough for it not to cause similar financial issues, I very distinctly remember it being a huge fear.

I just found out that you're releasing a sequel, UNDER THE LIGHTS, next year. Can you tell us a little bit about it? Will there be even more books in the future?

Indeed I am, on June 30! I'm so, so in love with it, which is so great to be able to say, because it was probably the most painful but rewarding writing experience I've ever had. It takes place about a year after BtS, and it's alternately narrated by Josh Chester and Vanessa Park, who are Liam and Ally's respective best friends. It's sort of a funny book because it's trading off between these two people who don't even like each other and it starts off with them living these very separate lives, but they just keep intertwining, and as Ally and Liam drift further out of the picture for them, they come to realize that they've actually become extremely close friends in their own strange way. They're both learning so much about themselves and what they want, and they don't even realize how integral they've become to each other's growing process. There's also, as you can see from the cover, a pretty freaking adorable lesbian romance that I absolutely love. There aren't any plans for any more books with these characters, but there will be an unrelated contemporary standalone coming out less than six months later!


In your head, what actors come closest to bringing your characters Liam, Vanessa, and Josh into reality when imaging them on set?

Liam was always inspired by Matt Lanter, and I've always pictured Josh as Brody Jenner. I used to say Jamie Chung for Vanessa, but it never sat quite right with me. Then I saw a picture of Arden Cho, and I knew that was totally my Van.

Did you ever want to be a “star” growing up? What was your dream?

Oh, God no. We used to be family friends with a talent agent, and he wanted to send me on auditions when I was really little, because I was a cute little kid and an early reader, but I was brutally shy and always said no. Being on camera is not my thing. The closest thing to a star I've ever wanted to be is an author!

Who is your celebrity crush?

I don't really only get to choose one, right? OK good, I didn't think so! Well, obviously I'm partial to Matt Lanter, but I also have an unfortunate thing for Bradley Cooper. And DB Woodside. And Camilla Luddington. And Archie Panjabi. And Max Lloyd-Jones. And and and.

Do you have a favorite movie or book about a star encounter?

Why do I have a feeling I won't be the only one to answer OPEN ROAD SUMMER by Emery Lord to this question? ^.~

If there was a soundtrack to your life, what would be on the playlist?

A lot of 90s grunge and ragey girl rock.

Do you have a personal theme song?

Probably "I'm Only Happy When it Rains" by Garbage.

Did you listen to anything in particular while writing BEHIND THE SCENES and UNDER THE LIGHTS?

So much The Pretty Reckless while writing BEHIND THE SCENES. So much. UNDER THE LIGHTS was a lot of Eminem's "Monster," Lana Del Rey's "Young and Beautiful," Kanye's "All of the Lights," 3OH!3's "House Party," and...Kesha. Don't ask.


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O F F I C I A   I N F O:

Title: BEHIND THE SCENES
Author: Dahlia Adler
Release Date: June 24, 2014
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18365279-the-castle-behind-thorns
SUMMARY:

High school senior Ally Duncan's best friend may be the Vanessa Park - star of TV's hottest new teen drama - but Ally's not interested in following in her BFF's Hollywood footsteps. In fact, the only thing Ally’s ever really wanted is to go to Columbia and study abroad in Paris. But when her father's mounting medical bills threaten to stop her dream in its tracks, Ally nabs a position as Van's on-set assistant to get the cash she needs.

Spending the extra time with Van turns out to be fun, and getting to know her sexy co-star Liam is an added bonus. But when the actors’ publicist arranges for Van and Liam to “date” for the tabloids just after he and Ally share their first kiss, Ally will have to decide exactly what role she's capable of playing in their world of make believe. If she can't play by Hollywood's rules, she may lose her best friend, her dream future, and her first shot at love.

{Review} BEHIND THE SCENES by Dahlia Adler

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O P E N I N G   H O O K:

   IF MY PHONE BUZZED ONE MORE TIME, I was going to pull it out of my backpack and hurl it at the linoleum.
   Dammit, Van. It was definitely her calling, even though she knew I was in school. She'd had an audition that morning for a teen dramedy show, and I swear she seemed more desperate to land the role of Ditz #3 on Daylight Falls than she'd been to play Brad-freakin'-Pitt's stepdaughter three years ago.
(Page 1, US ARC edition)

I first heard about BEHIND THE SCENES at BEA. Gaby from Bookish Broads couldn't stop talking about it. Naturally, I had to look into it! We talked about it a lot on Twitter, too. Gaby also said she was Dahlia's self-appointed publicist. She compared it to OPEN ROAD SUMMER by Emery Lord, and I was looking for another book like that one, so I immediately knew this book was my destiny. While BEHIND THE SCENES shares elements with ORS, it also manages to be completely different and unique. Don't go into the book expecting it to have the tone of ORS, because it's still it's own book. Their similarities focus on the fact that in both books, two celebrities fake a relationship while the real romance is happening with one of the celebrities and the other's best friend.

Ally has no interest in Hollywood or acting. She leaves that to her best friend Vanessa, who recently scored a leading part on a brand-new teen series called Daylight Falls. Ally winds up spending much more time on the set than she ever planned to, however. Due to her father's struggle with cancer, Ally's dreams of being able to attend her first-choice college, Columbia, have gone up in smoke. Van offers to help out by hiring Ally to be her on-set assistant, as well as to tutor her for the SATs. Ally also winds up tutoring Liam, the show's male lead. The two of them spend more time french kissing than they do studying the French language, however, and they soon find themselves falling for one another. Before their relationship can go too far, the show's publicist decides to get extra press for the TV series by pretending that its two leading actors are in a relationship. Ally and Liam have to hide the truth about their feelings. If word ever gets out, Liam and Van could have their careers go up in smoke and may even be recast before the series pilot airs!

I really liked seeing the way Ally grew and evolved throughout the series. She loves her family so much, and I love books with a strong family bond, since so few exist. It was also really hard for her to be in the position that her boyfriend's fake "visible" relationship put her in. There was some drama there, and while you all know I'm not a fan of drama, I didn't think it was over-the-top here. Who wouldn't feel like Ally in this scenario? The one dramatic aspect I could have done without revolved around Ally's friend Nate. Liam's best friend Josh, on the other hand, became more integral as the book progressed. While I have mixed feelings about him in BEHIND THE SCENES because he seems like a jerk, he's also really good to Ally. She's just too close to the situation to see it. I'm excited to read next year's companion novel UNDER THE LIGHTS to see him in a new light. I'm also excited to see more about Ally's best friend Van, who, at times, fell to the wayside. (Plus, Van is Korean, which is awesome, and adds one more book to the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign! ...In more ways than one!) And, of course, I'm hoping for peeks at Ally and Liam, too!

If you like fun books with celebrity crushes and ordinary people being caught up in a whirlwind of glitz and mayhem, BEHIND THE SCENES is the perfect book to pick up and devour
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C O N T E N T R A T I N G S

Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) for details

Romance: PG15+ ( sexual situations )
Language: PG13 ( cursing )
Violence: --
Other:  ( underage drinking )
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C O V E R   D E S I G N:

The cover originally looked like this:



Which do you like better?

I like the font on the original cover better, but I like the design on the new cover better because it feels very Hollywood!
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O F F I C I A   I N F O:

Title: BEHIND THE SCENES
Author: Dahlia Adler
Release Date: June 24, 2014
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18365279-the-castle-behind-thorns
SUMMARY:

High school senior Ally Duncan's best friend may be the Vanessa Park - star of TV's hottest new teen drama - but Ally's not interested in following in her BFF's Hollywood footsteps. In fact, the only thing Ally’s ever really wanted is to go to Columbia and study abroad in Paris. But when her father's mounting medical bills threaten to stop her dream in its tracks, Ally nabs a position as Van's on-set assistant to get the cash she needs.

Spending the extra time with Van turns out to be fun, and getting to know her sexy co-star Liam is an added bonus. But when the actors’ publicist arranges for Van and Liam to “date” for the tabloids just after he and Ally share their first kiss, Ally will have to decide exactly what role she's capable of playing in their world of make believe. If she can't play by Hollywood's rules, she may lose her best friend, her dream future, and her first shot at love.

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The point of  A Week of Shooting Stars is to expose you to books you may have never heard of before, right? If I'm doing my job right, you'll add several new titles to your TBR pile by the time the event is done.

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Today is the day I've been hinting at since the summer, the launch of my event A Week of Shooting Stars!

What, exactly, is the event about?

Actors and singers, of course!

This year, I've had the pleasure to read several amazing novels featuring actors and/or singers, and there are several more like-themed titles on the horizon, so I wanted to share a few of them with you! My reading spree began this past spring when I read the amazing OPEN ROAD SUMMER by Emery Lord. I was chasing after the genre for more books like it. At BEA, I heard about an upcoming novel by Dahlia Adler called BEHIND THE SCENES that was being compared to ORS, as well as a novel called FAMOUS IN LOVE. I read both of these and a stretch of other books the same week over the summer and enjoyed them all. Just as I was getting ready to move onto a new genre, Bloomsbury sent me a package with an ARC of NOT IN THE SCRIPT by Amy Finnegan.

NOT IN THE SCRIPT and FAMOUS IN LOVE wound up being my two ultimate favorites from the back-to-back summer reading stretch, and ironically, they both were scheduled to come out in October 2014! I decided to hold off on reviewing all of the books I read during the stretch and review them together to celebrate the release of both books!

There are so many great titles in this genre, and I'm so excited to share a selection of them with you this week!

Check back each day for many reviews, author interviews, giveaways, and more!  Stop back every day to see something new!  

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Friday, October 17, 2014

{Alternative Free Fridays} THE MIND READERS by Lori Brighton


Not interested in the weekly Free Fridays title offered by Barnes and Noble?
I'm usually not, either!

I thought about it and realized just how many free e-books I've found and downloaded onto my nook. I decided to start sharing some freebies with you!

No matter your e-reader, no matter if you get the official weekly book or not,  I hope you enjoy my alternatives!




Title: THE MIND READERS
Author: Lori Brighton
 

Available FOR FREE from:

WHY?


Today's recommendation actually comes from one of my co-workers! On our lunch breaks, she was telling me about how much she enjoyed a book called THE MIND READERS by Lori Brighton, and had already purchased the next book in the series. She said that I would probably like it, too, and that the first book was free!

So, I'm passing along her words of wisdom to you!

Here's a brief summary:


SUMMARY: 

Cameron Winters is a freak. Fortunately, no one but her family knows the truth... that Cameron can read minds. For years Cameron has hidden behind a facade of normalcy, warned that there are those who would do her harm. When gorgeous and mysterious Lewis Douglas arrives he destroys everything Cameron has ever believed and tempts her with possibilities of freedom. Determined to embrace her hidden talents, Cameron heads to a secret haven with Lewis; a place where she meets others like her, Mind Readers.

But as Cameron soon finds out some things are too good to be true. When the Mind Readers realize the extent of Cameron’s abilities, they want to use her powers for their own needs. Cameron suddenly finds herself involved in a war in which her idea of what is right and wrong is greatly tested. In the end she’ll be forced to make a choice that will not only threaten her relationship with Lewis, but her very life.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

{Giveaway} BEN FOX: Squirrel Zombie Specialist At Your Service by Daisy Whitney




Check out my reviews of Daisy Whitney's fantastic debut novel THE MOCKINGBIRDS and its sequel THE RIVALS!, as well as here stand-alone novel WHEN YOU WERE HERE!

Check out a Psychtember Interview with Daisy Whitney as well as an interview relating to her fabulous novel WHEN YOU WERE HERE!

I'm actually really excited about this release! I want to recommend it to every kid who has ever read BUNNICULA or wants a fun book to read during the creepy month of October! 

The release date on this title is perfect, and I was so excited to have a middle-grade novel to recommend from beloved author Daisy Whitney!

Here's some information about the book:

BEN FOX: Squirrel Zombie Specialist At Your Service
Release Date: 10/14/14
Spencer Hill Middle Grade

Summary from Goodreads:

Ten-year-old Ben Fox has good friends, a great dog, and a lightning-fast little sister who drives him a bit batty. The only thing in the fifth grader's life that's truly annoying--well, besides having to wear braces on his feet every day--is the family's wily Siamese cat, Percy.

Ben has always suspected something was off about Percy, who has never shown him or his beloved dog, Captain Sparkles, much affection. But now he's sure something is off--Percy has raised an army of squirrel zombies in the backyard and they're ready to take on the dog.

It'll be up to Ben to figure out how to stop the dastardly cat before the dog falls prey to the feline's nefarious plans, especially since Percy and his newly reanimated squirrel friends are gunning for nothing less than a full-scale Animal Zombie Apocalypse--when all the dogs start to behave like cats.

If only Ben could enlist his mom's help in the undead animal war. But his mom is petrified of things that go bump in the night, so Ben's only hope is to team up with his little sister. The battle won't be easy though, because squirrel zombies are the most dangerous of all...
About the Author

By day, Daisy Whitney is a reporter and ghostwriter. At night, she writes novels for teens and is the author of THE MOCKINGBIRDS and its sequel THE RIVALS (Little, Brown). Her third novel WHEN YOU WERE HERE released in June 2013 (Little, Brown), and her fourth novel STARRY NIGHTS (Bloomsbury) hits shelves in September 2013. When Daisy's not inventing fictional high school worlds, she can be found somewhere north of San Francisco walking her adorable dog, watching online TV with her fabulous husband or playing with her fantastic kids. A graduate of Brown University, she believes in shoes, chocolate chip cookies and karma. You can follow her writing blog and new media adventures at DaisyWhitney.com.


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

{Character Profiles & Giveaway} THE SECRET DIAMOND SISTERS by Michelle Madow


The Secret Diamond Sisters (The Secret Diamond Sisters #1)
Release Date: 02/25/13
Harlequin Teen
381 pages

Summary from Goodreads:
Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.

The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite.

Suddenly the Strip's most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.

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Praise:
"Sexy and often electrifying ... Gossip Girl meets The Princess Diaries in a city that never sleeps." 
--Booklist

"This quick and entertaining read is filled with glitz and glamour ... get ready for one crazy and fabulous ride." 
--RT Book Reviews

Book Two:
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Meet the Diamond Sisters...


At seventeen years old, Peyton is the oldest Diamond sister. She’s been hurt in the past, but because of it, has developed a thick skin. She will do anything for her sisters, going as far as protecting them from their mom’s outbursts and getting home first from school to make sure everything in the house (including their mom) is ready for them. She’s tough, doesn’t trust easily, and while she has many people she hangs out with, the only people who she feels truly know her are her sisters. She doesn’t like school (she gets restless sitting in classrooms!) and can’t wait until graduation so she’ll be done forever.

Peyton’s a natural night owl, and waking up in the morning is a constant struggle. (Her sisters usually resort to throwing things at her to wake her up, and often yell at her to hurry up showering so they can have time for their morning routines, too.) She needs at least three cups of coffee to get going. She loves rock music, and can usually be found with an earbud attached to her ear, even during her classes. She loves partying and dancing and getting lost in the music. She also enjoys an occasional chill night of movies and television shows, as long as it’s not a rom-com chick flick.

She wears mostly black clothing—why bother with colors when black always looks hot on her? Her nails are usually painted black as well. She’s not afraid to speak up for what she believes in and she will always stand up for her sisters. She tries to not let anyone in to avoid getting hurt—but really she just wants to find that one person who cares enough to break down her walls.

 
Courtney is sixteen years old, and is the middle Diamond sister. She’s the responsible one—she studies hard, does well in school, is a student tutor, and works after school and on weekends to help out her family. Her main goal is to keep up her grades and do well on her SATs so she can get into Stanford, her dream school. She wants to major in English and someday get a career in publishing. She’s competitive with herself and always strives to do her best.

Courtney’s closest friends are her sisters—with all the time she spends on school and work, she doesn’t have time for anyone else. She’s never had a boyfriend and is fine with waiting to date until college. (She doesn’t need any distractions right now!) She’s not into the high school party scene, and whenever she has time in her busy schedule, her favorite thing to do is read novels. She also loves listening to Broadway music (Phantom of the Opera and Wicked are her favorites) and would love to see a live show someday.

She’s a natural early bird, and is always awake before her sisters. She could happily wear jeans, t-shirts, and flip-flops every day, and always goes natural with her makeup. Her favorite drink is chai tea. She’s quiet and reserved while first meeting someone, but she will do anything for the people she loves. She would love to travel the world to see historic sites and well-known museums, but it’s always felt more like a dream than a possible reality. 


At fifteen years old, Savannah is the youngest Diamond sister. Her older sisters have sheltered her for her entire life. Despite her rough upbringing, she’s optimistic and wants to think the best of people, although this can sometimes lead to her coming off as na├»ve. She wants to fit in at school, but has always felt like an outsider. She tends to feel overshadowed by the people around her. She trusts easily, and it sometimes leads to her getting hurt, but she’s always there for her sisters and friends when they need her!

Savannah loves singing, and has a fantastic voice, so it’s her ultimate dream to be a famous pop star. She’s been stage fright since a talent show disaster in middle school, but wants to record cover songs and post them on YouTube to try to get a following, like the YouTube stars she idolizes. She also plays guitar, but is self-taught, so she’s still learning how to improve. She mainly plays to accompany herself while singing. She’s athletic, and played on the JV volleyball team in her school in her hometown. She hopes to make Varsity as a sophomore.

She loves shopping and wearing anything that sparkles—dresses, nail polish, shoes, eye shadow, you name it! She loves reading fashion magazines and trying to duplicate the high-end styles worn by the models. Her favorite meal of the day is breakfast, and her favorite food is pancakes. Savannah has never had a serious boyfriend, and wants more than anything to believe that true love is possible!



About the Author

Michelle Madow was inspired to write The Secret Diamond Sisters series while walking through her favorite hotel in Las Vegas. The next book in the series, Diamonds in the Rough, launches in October. Prior to The Secret Diamond Sisters, she successfully self-published The Transcend Time Saga. A tireless promoter of her work, Michelle is active on social media networks and has toured across America to promote her books and encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. A graduate of Rollins College, Michelle lives in Florida ... but she loves going to Vegas.

To chat with Michelle and other fans about her books, join Michelle Madow's Street Team on Facebook!


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