Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Book Blitz with Review: Love, Luck, and Clusterf*ck (Legal #3) by Bree Dahlia


Book info:
Title:  Love, Luck, and Clusterf*ck
Author:  Bree Dahlia
Series:  Legal #3
Publication date: August 14th, 2017
Genres: Adult, Comedy, Romance
Synopsis:
From the author of the Legal series comes a hot and hilarious new STANDALONE.
I met him on the luckiest day of the year.
Of course, I wasn’t aware of his true identity at the time. I only knew him as the arrogant blond god who gave me a shamrock necklace. For luck.
As if I needed it.
Okay, maybe I did. But it was presumptuous of him to assume I wanted his help – all because he made it his business to pry into my personal conversation.
I, Perry Sommers, want a life makeover.
I want to stop being so impulsive and start acting like a grown up.
I want to settle down and have a real relationship, instead of a series of clusterf*cks.
I want to fall in love. Just not with this man.
But love isn’t fair. It doesn’t care if someone is off-limits, and Stephen Davidson definitely is. I can handle that. Our intense chemistry tests me on a near constant basis. I can handle that too.
What I can’t handle is how much I’ve come to need him in my life. I never expected this infuriating hard-ass to become my best friend, but now that he has, I never want to let him go.
I can’t destroy the bond we share, but there is only so much a woman can take before she breaks.
Before she throws it all away for one perfect night.
** This friends to lovers standalone takes place six years before Legal. It does not need to be read in conjunction with the others in the series. **
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My Review:
My rating:  4 stars
I really enjoyed the first two books in this series, Legal, and Lyrical.  And while this book takes place in the same world, it is definitely not one you have to read the other two before.  I was very excited for this story because you really get to know Perry in the first two books, and it was a lot of fun getting to see how she actually got together with Jillian's brother Stephen.  I mean, you really do love Perry in the first two books.  At least I pretty much did.  

Now, in this book, I did get a little irritated with her, and that is probably the only reason I dropped this to a 4 star instead of a 5, because like with the first two books, I was barely able to put this one down.  I'd be sitting in a meeting and wondering when I could get back to reading it.  The reason I got so irritated with Perry is because here is this guy that she's been seeing, casually, a friend with benefit you might say, who has decided he wants to be serious.  And even though for some reason she doesn't seem to even want to have sex with him anymore, she keeps giving him a chance.  Seriously, as much as she could tell from the feelings she got, I don't understand why she stayed with him.  It's not like she had asked him to be serious, or that she even necessarily wanted it.  So I feel like that was a bit of stupidity on her part.  

However, I could totally understand her frustration with Stephen (Jillian's brother), and why she fought things with him at first.  And then at the end, I could understand how she was wondering if he still was interested in more than friends, and also her worrying about losing him as a friend if she tried to go for more.  You've probably heard me talk about how I get irritated with that last little misunderstanding that happens in romances, how by that time they are totally being ridiculous with not trusting. But the way it happens in this one, for both of them, well, it totally made sense to me.  I could see both of their sides.

The story did keep me going wondering just what was up with her best friend at the time, Christa, as well as why she couldn't get on board with actually being with Dre.  

In the end it was so much fun to see Perry and Stephen's romance unfold.  I look forward to reading more by this author in the future, and think you should totally pick up her books today! 
 

Author Bio:
Bree Dahlia is an unconventional romance junkie. She loves reading it but adores writing it even more. Her stories range from lighthearted to sizzling with that satisfying Happily Ever After ending and a touch of the unexpected. She favors themes of friendship, forgiveness, and unconditional love with alpha characters and eccentric tastes.
She holds degrees that she does nothing with and has experienced a long string of jobs that have left her unfulfilled. Only as an author, has she truly found her passion. When not crafting stories in her small Wisconsin town, she hikes unbeaten trails, watches hockey games, and wishes she didn’t detest cooking so much.
Dahlia is her middle name. Her last name is more suitable for a horror writer.
You can sign up for her new release newsletter at http://eepurl.com/PeU-r

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Promo Post and Excerpt with Giveaway: The Beauty of Us (Fusion Series #4) by Kristen Proby

From New York Times bestselling author Kristen Proby comes a sexy, new standalone contemporary romance in her Fusion Series, THE BEAUTY OF US, releasing August 22, 2017! Order your copy today and get to know Trevor and Riley!

   
New York Times bestselling author Kristen Proby delivers another sizzling novel in her delectable and sexy Fusion series.
Riley Gibson is over the moon at the prospect of having her restaurant, Seduction, on the Best Bites TV network. This could be the big break she's been waiting for. But the idea of having an in-house show on a regular basis is a whole other matter. Their lives would be turned upside down, and convincing Mia, her best friend and head chef of Seduction, that having cameras in her kitchen every day is a good idea is daunting. Still, Riley knows it's an opportunity she can't afford to pass on. And when she meets Trevor Cooper, the show's executive producer, she's stunned by their intense chemistry.
Trevor's sole intention is to persuade Riley to allow Best Bites TV to do a show on her restaurant. But when he walks into Riley's office, he stops dead in his tracks. The professional, aloof woman on the phone is incredibly beautiful and funny. But can he convince her that he's interested in Riley for himself? Or is he using the undeniable pull between them to persuade her to agree to his offer?

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Excerpt:

~TREVOR~

“What are you thinking?” she asks. My gaze finds hers.
“I have an idea,” I reply.
“Okay.”
“I’m going to take you out on a date. I’m doing to show you how a woman should be treated.”
She tips her head to the side. “What if I say no?”
“You can’t.”
She busts out laughing. “Trust me, I can say no.”
“Okay, I’m hoping you won’t say no. I have a fragile ego.”
“I call bullshit on that as well,” she says with a smile. “What do you have in mind?”
“Let me worry about the details. I’ll pick you up tomorrow around four.”
“I’ll be at the restaurant then.”
I grin and nod. “So will I.”
“Convenient.”
I nod and push my glasses up my nose, already forming a plan.
“What should I wear?” she asks.
Nothing at all.
“Whatever you want. We’ll start out with something casual.”
“Okay.” She smiles. “Has anyone ever told you that the glasses are sexy?”
Many times. But I grin and shake my head no.
“Well, they are.”
“So, you think I’m sexy?”
She giggles. “I didn’t say that. I said the glasses are sexy.”
“I think you’re sexy,” I reply honestly. “And I’m not quite sure what to do about that.”
She looks taken aback for a moment, blinking quickly, but she recovers and tucks her hair behind one ear.
“Well, I guess you’re taking me out on a date tomorrow, so we’ll see what happens.”
“This is a lot of pressure to perform well on said date.”
“You’re the one who suggested it,” she says with a smirk. “Poor sucker.”
She makes me laugh. She’s dry and witty, and I never know what’s going to come out of her mouth. Spending time with her, away from work and on an actual date, is going to be fun.
And I’m going to do my best to keep my hands off her.
It’s a first date, after all.

 

   

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Kristen Proby’s THE BEAUTY OF US – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:
August 14th
A Fortress of Books – Excerpt
East Coast Book Chicks – Review and Excerpt
Romance as a first language – Review and Excerpt
Shayna Renee's Spicy Reads – Review and Excerpt

August 15th
Booked All Night – Review and Excerpt
Logan's sports book section – Review and Excerpt
Shannon Loves Books – Review and Excerpt

August 16th
Book Angel Booktopia – Review and Excerpt
Naughty and Nice Book Blog – Review and Excerpt
Ripe For Reader – Review and Excerpt
She Hearts Books – Review and Excerpt
The Butterfly Reads – Review and Excerpt

August 17th
Aaly and The Books – Review and Excerpt
Book Loving Fairy – Review and Excerpt
Krista's Dust Jacket – Review and Excerpt

August 18th
2OCC Reviews – Review and Excerpt
Bookgasms Book Blog – Review and Excerpt
Gi's Spot Reviews – Review and Excerpt
TrashyBibloBlog – Review and Excerpt

August 19th
My Girlfriend's Couch – Review and Excerpt
Nose Stuck in a Book – Review and Excerpt

August 20th
Nightbird Novels – Excerpt
Smutty Book Friends – Review and Excerpt
We stole your book boyfriend – Review and Excerpt
Wickedcoolflight – Review and Excerpt

August 21st
Bridget's Book Bungalow – Review and Excerpt
Oh My Growing TBR – Review and Excerpt
Shannon's Book Blog – Review and Excerpt
The SmutBrarians – Review

August 22nd
Feel The Book – Excerpt
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews – Review and Excerpt
Reading and funny – Review and Excerpt
Wicked Reads – Review and Excerpt

August 23rd
Book Bitches Blog – Review
Marieke's Books – Review and Excerpt
Once Upon a Book Blog – Review and Excerpt
Renee Entress's Blog – Review and Excerpt
The Book Avenue – Review

August 24th
Musings of the Modern Belle – Review and Excerpt

August 25th
BFF Book Blog – Review and Excerpt
Pervy Ladies Books – Review and Excerpt
Queenzany – Review and Excerpt
Read Love Blog – Review and Excerpt
Two Book Pushers – Review and Excerpt

August 26th
Love Drug Book Blog – Review and Excerpt
G& T's Indie Café – Excerpt
Naughty Girls and Their Books – Review and Excerpt
Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews – Review and Excerpt


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About the Author:
Kristen was born and raised in a small resort town in her beloved Montana. In her mid-twenties, she decided to stretch her wings and move to the Pacific Northwest, where she made her home for more than a dozen years. During that time, Kristen wrote many romance novels and joined organizations such as RWA and other small writing groups. She spent countless hours in workshops, and more mornings than she can count up before the dawn so she could write before going to work. She submitted many manuscripts to agents and editors alike, but was always told no. In the summer of 2012, the self-publishing scene was new and thriving, and Kristen had one goal: to publish just one book. It was something she longed to cross off of her bucket list. Not only did she publish one book, she’s since published close to thirty titles, many of which have hit the USA Today, New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists. She continues to self publish, best known for her With Me In Seattle and Boudreaux series, and is also proud to work with William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, with the Fusion Series. Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana with their two pugs and two cats.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

6th Annual September is for Sequels Challenge Sign-Up Post

So I wasn't sure if I was going to do this again this year, because I didn't have the greatest participation the last year,  only three people besides myself.  But one of my usual participants, Darlene from Darlene's Book Nook, was asking about it, so I decided to give it another year.  This is a challenge I created because I seem to start series, and then new books and new series seem to get in the way of me reading on in those original series.  Am I the only one who does that?  When I love a book, I get to where I MUST buy the sequel as soon as it comes out. And then so many times, it sits on my shelf, waiting for me to fit it in.  So 6 years ago, I got the idea to start my own challenge.  I kind of got it from another blogger, who I can't seem to find her blog anymore, so I can't really give her credit.  But I've kept up with it every year since then.  Now, some years I've done better than others.  In 2015 I got the most participants, 15 people!  Hoping to get that many again this year, but we'll see.  Last year I didn't meet my goal of 8, only got 6.  So I think I'll set my goal at the minimum of 4 this year.  Now, this totally can fit into other challenges, such as anyone doing the Series Enders Challenge hosted by Words Fueled by Love and Somewhere Only We Know, you could join into this as well!  So really, it doesn't have to be anything extra to do.  You can still join in and keep doing as you've planned, but now you also have a chance to win a sequel of your choice!

Objective:
To read and review a minimum of 4 sequels between the dates of September 1st and 30th, 2016. As I said above, that's going to be my goal, just the 4 for the minimum.  I'm hoping that will fit in with all the review books I have to read.  Anyway, here is my plan, even though it may change as the month goes by:


  1. Idols (Icons #2) by Margaret Stohl
  2. One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns #2) by Kendare Blake (a review book)
  3. Cress (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer
  4. Fire and Ash (Rot and Ruin #4) by Jonathan Maberry
Rules:
  • It would be good if you had a blog to post reviews, or you can be a Goodreads Member and post your reviews on the site.  I'll open it up to people who want to post reviews on Amazon or Barnes and Noble as well, or just let me know what site you'll be reviewing on!
  • The book must be a sequel - it can be any # in the series, just not the first book.  Prequels can count if they were published AFTER the first one in the series.  You can do e-books, even ARCs or e-galleys, as well as good old fashioned books.  And, I'll even let you count the little 1.5 novellas that are often published as e-books only.  
  • The deadline to sign up and participate is September 15th.  
  • You must post on your blog an entry that has a list of the sequels you're planning to read, but it doesn't have to be complete, or you could even just post your goal, do you plan to read 4, or more?  You can always go back as the month proceeds and enter the books as you read and review them.  If you don't have a blog, then you can just post a comment on this post listing your goals.
  • Make sure you grab the button and put it in your entry post, or on the sidebar of your blog.
 In the sign up form below, you need to give me your name and blog name, Ex:  Lisa (Lisa Loves Lit) or just your blog name is okay, and then a link to your original post that set your goal or listed the books you were reading.  If you are not a blogger, and can't do that post, if you only review on Goodreads, then leave me a link to your profile page on Goodreads so that I can follow you to see your reviews.  If you only review on Amazon or Barnes and Noble, you can leave me a link to one of your reviews on that site.  Everyone who signs up to participate will be entered once into an end of the month giveaway of any sequel you want (up to $20) from The Book DepositoryThere will also be a way to post a link to each of your reviews in order to earn extra points into the giveaway, that will be with the Rafflecopter below the Sign Up form.
 

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Release Blitz with Giveaway: At Her Own Risk by Rachael Duncan


Title: At Her Own Risk
Author: Rachael Duncan
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release: August 14, 2017
 
Sex.
That’s all it was supposed to be. No strings attached, no feelings, no heartache. 
But if I thought Sean Riley would be content having only parts of me, I was dead wrong. His persistence wore me down and I found myself in the one situation I was trying to avoid. 
Little does he know a life with me will lead to nothing but disappointment and heartbreak. He’s a good man and deserves everything I can’t give him. Not because I don’t want to, but because I’m unable. 
Pushing him away in the beginning was to protect me, now I’m trying to protect him as I gear up for the fight of my life. 
A fight I could lose. 
Getting into a relationship was my risk, but as things get worse, I’m not the only one who will have something to lose. 
I just hope it’s worth it.

“Come back to me,” I finally plead. She looks into my eyes and there’s so much pain I can’t stand it. “I don’t know how.” Her voice is strained as she tries to hold back the tears. “Let me help you.” I cup her face and she leans into it. “I just want to stop feeling this way and I can’t.” A tear falls down her cheek. “Like what?” She pauses and says, “Empty.”

Rachael Duncan is an Army wife and mother to two beautiful girls. She grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and went off to graduate from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor's degree in political science. With initial plans to work in politics, she moved to Washington, D.C. and worked on Capitol Hill for a House Representative. After a short time, she realized it wasn't for her and began pursuing other careers until she started writing. She's the author of Tackled by Love, The Lies and Truth Series, and Hopeless Vows.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Blog Tour and Author Interview with Giveaway: Elemental Lies (The Essential Elements #2) by Elle Middaugh


Book info:
Title:  Elemental Lies
Author:  Elle Middaugh
Series:  The Essential Elements #2
Publication date: July 24th, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Valerie Moore is an Elemental, a person who commands one of the classical elements of wind, water, fire, or earth. She’s special, though. She controls two—fire and water—though sometimes it seems like they control her.
After the accidental exposure of Elementals to humanity, Valerie finds herself—and all of her kind—struggling to attain equality. Three different groups fight to secure leadership, and with all of their hidden agendas, she doesn’t know which side to choose. The balance between peaceful cohabitation and all-out war is precarious, at best.
When a chance meeting brings Val and earth Elemental Cade Landston back together, everything changes. She realizes what she knew in the beginning—that he’s the one she wants. Her desire to win him over draws her closer to him, and his vengeful mission to hunt down her murderous grandfather brings them both closer to trouble.
From mysterious doppelgangers to reckless rescue missions, scapegoat bombings, and evolving Elemental powers, Valerie strains to keep up.
All she knows is she must stop her grandfather at all costs. To do so, she has to figure out the truth, but how can she do so when almost everyone she knows has been telling lies?

Sequel to:

Author Interview:

1.  What does your writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start?  Or do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)?  If you plan it out, how do you do that?  Outline, notecards, post-it-notes, etc.?
 Let’s see... I used to start with an idea and just roll with it, totally pantsing the whole thing! But I’ve recently discovered the art of plotting lol While I’m no expert on it, it definitely seems to have helped me create a tighter story overall. When I plotted, I filled out a worksheet by K.M. Weiland that went along with her Outlining Your Novel book. Then, I printed off a vertical timeline of acts, and put post-it notes beside all of the important points. It’s actually incredibly helpful to have that visual.
2.  How do you come up with your ideas for your stories?
 Totally randomly. Sometimes they’re seeds of a dream, sometimes they’re off-the-wall thoughts that pop into my head, and sometimes they’re almost like scenes from a movie that I’m watching for the first time in my head. Sometimes it’s no more than a random quote I think up. Either way, most of my ideas involve either magic, romance, assassins, immortality, royalty, or a combination of them!
3.  How long have you been writing?
 Hmm... I started writing for pleasure in middle school (maybe 6th or 7th grade). So, like, sixteen-ish years ago? OMG! That makes me sound so old!
4.  What tips do you have for aspiring writers?
 The best advice I got was to hire a professional editor and a professional cover designer. I have a little bit of art experience, so I actually did my own covers, but the editor part was a suggestion I definitely followed. Even the tiniest of errors distract the reader and question the author’s competence.
Also, and this is the most important advice (I think), if writing is something you are truly passionate about, if it’s what you want to do with your life and make a career out of, then don’t give up on it. Study the craft, read successful books by successful authors, and write your own stories as often as you can.
Someone once said that if you want writing to be your job, then you need to treat it like your job; as in, you need to show up on time and do the work necessary to improve.
5.  Some favorites:
Books/authors/genres
I like to read what I like to write: Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal Romance, etc.
Some of my favorite books and authors are: An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night (by Sabaa Tahir), the Archers of Avalon trilogy (by Chelsea Fine), the Throne of Glass series (by Sarah J. Maas), the Riley Jenson Guardian series (by Keri Arthur), the Hunger Games series (by Suzanne Collins), the Twilight series (by Stephenie Meyer), the Shade of Vampire series (by Bella Forrest), etc.
But I also enjoy rom-coms! Like the Allure series (by R.S. Grey). And sports-related rom-coms like: the Pucked series (by Helena Hunting).
Movies/TV Shows
Game of Thrones! True Blood! Inception, Shutter Island, Now you see me, Nerve, Pineapple Express, Cruel Intentions, Underworld, the Matrix, Deadpool, etc.
Music
Mostly I like EDM (electronic dance music), dubstep remixes, indie pop. Odesza is a great example. I also really like M83, Phantogram, The XX, and Purity Ring.
Food/Writing snack
What do I munch on while writing... Idk! Probably chocolate lol
I DO know that I always have a drink: either sweet iced tea, hot tea or French vanilla cappuccino, a nice glass of sweet red wine, or bottled water.
Social Media Site
I LOVE connecting with people on social media! (I think Twitter is my favorite, though).
 

Author Bio:
Elle Middaugh lives in the Allegheny Mountains outside of Clearfield, Pennsylvania, with her wonderful husband and three beautiful children. Most of her time is spent raising kids, writing stories, playing video games, reading, and attempting to keep a clean house.
She’s a proud Navy wife, a frazzle-brained mother, a fan of health and fitness, a lover of hot tea and iced tea, and a believer in happily ever afters.


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Nerd Blast with Giveaway: Ban This Book by Alan Gratz


Book info:
TitleBan This Book  
Author:  Alan Gratz
Age Range: 8 - 12 years
Grade Level:
3 - 7
Hardcover:
256 pages
Publisher: 
Starscape (August 29, 2017)
Language:
English
ISBN-10: 0765385562
ISBN-13: 978-0765385567


Synopsis 

An inspiring tale of a fourth-grader who fights back when her favorite book is banned from the school library--by starting her own illegal locker library!

It all started the day Amy Anne Ollinger tried to check out her favorite book in the whole world, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, from the school library. That's when Mrs. Jones, the librarian, told her the bad news: her favorite book was banned! All because a classmate's mom thought the book wasn't appropriate for kids to read.

Amy Anne decides to fight back by starting a secret banned books library out of her locker. Soon, she finds herself on the front line of an unexpected battle over book banning, censorship, and who has the right to decide what she and her fellow students can read.

Reminiscent of the classic novel Frindle by Andrew Clements for its inspiring message, Ban This Book is a love letter to the written word and its power to give kids a voice.

Praise for BAN THIS BOOK

“Readers, librarians, and all those books that have drawn a challenge have a brand new hero in Amy Anne Ollinger. She's a true champion and testament to how doing a good thing is the first step in finding your own courage."―Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor winning author of The Underneath


"Ban This Book is absolutely brilliant and belongs on the shelves of every library in the multiverse."―Lauren Myracle, author of the best-selling Internet Girls series, the most challenged books of 2009 and 2011

"A stout defense of the right to read." ―Kirkus Reviews

“Gratz delivers a book lover’s book that speaks volumes about kids’ power to effect change at a grassroots level." ―Publisher’s Weekly
Excerpt:
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The Mystery of the Missing Book
It all started the day my favorite book went missing from the library.
I didn’t know it was missing. Not yet. In my mind, it was still sitting there all alone on the shelf like a kid in the cafeteria waiting for her one and only friend to come and find her. Waiting for me to find her. All I wanted to do was run to the library and check out my favorite book before homeroom, but Rebecca, my one and only real-life friend, was still talking about trademarking our names.
“Have you ever thought about registering AmyAnneOllinger.com?” Rebecca asked me.
“No, Rebecca, I have never thought about registering AmyAnneOllinger.com. I am nine years old. Why in the world would I bother to register a Web site with my name on it when my parents won’t even let me use Facebook yet?”
That’s what I thought about saying. What I said instead was, “No.”
“You should,” Rebecca told me. “You’ve got a unique name, but even so, somebody could register it, and then what would you do? RebeccaZimmerman.com is already gone! I’m ten years old, and already my future intellectual property is being snapped up! Jay Z and Beyoncé trademarked their baby’s name less than a month after she was born. You’d think my parents would have known enough to do the same.”
Rebecca’s parents were both lawyers, and she wanted to be one too when she grew up. I couldn’t imagine a more boring job.
Instead I said, “Yeah.”
I was still itching to get to the library and check out my favorite book. I opened my locker to stuff my backpack inside and gave my mailbox a quick look. Nobody knows how it got started, but everybody at Shelbourne Elementary has these cardboard boxes taped to the inside door of their lockers, just below the little vents they put on there in case you get stuffed in your locker by a bully. If you want to leave a note for somebody you just slip the piece of paper in the slot and it falls right into the little cardboard box. It’s such a tradition that Mr. Crutchfield, the custodian, just leaves the boxes in the lockers from year to year.
As usual, my mailbox was empty. Which I’d expected. My one and only friend doesn’t believe in writing notes. “Never leave a paper trail,” Rebecca says. More advice from her lawyer parents.
“Did you hear about Morgan Freeman, the actor?” Rebecca asked. “Somebody who wasn’t named Morgan Freeman registered his name at morganfreeman.com, and he had to sue them to get it back! Now that’s an interesting case—”
“I can’t imagine anything less interesting, Rebecca! I don’t care anything about trademarks or registering domain names. I have to go check out my favorite book before somebody else does!”
That’s what I wanted to tell her. Instead I held up a handful of books like a shield and said, “I have to return these books to the library before class!” and backed away before she could tell me more about the court case. “I’ll see you in homeroom!” I called.
Normally I would already have my favorite book checked out and in my backpack, but our librarian, Mrs. Jones, has a rule that you can only renew a book two times in a row, and then it has to sit on the shelf for five whole school days before you can check it out again. She says it’s to make sure other people get a chance to read it, but I think she made that rule up just to make me read other books, which I would have done anyway.
I dumped last night’s books in the book return and waved good morning to Mrs. Jones on the way to the fiction shelves.
“Amy Anne,” Mrs. Jones called. “Honey, wait—”
“Just let me grab my book,” I called back. I turned into the H–N shelves and hurried to where I knew my favorite book would be waiting for me.
Only it wasn’t there.
I looked again. It still wasn’t there. I looked behind the books, in case it had gotten pushed back and was hidden behind the others like they sometimes do, but no. It really wasn’t there. But my favorite book was always on the shelf. Could somebody else really have checked it out?
I was about to go and ask Mrs. Jones when she turned down the row. Mrs. Jones is a big white lady with short brown hair and rhinestone granny glasses that hang around her neck on a chain when she isn’t reading. Today she was wearing a red dress with white polka dots. Polka dots are her thing.
“Where’s my book?” I asked her.
“That’s what I was trying to tell you, honey,” Mrs. Jones said. “I knew you’d come in for it first thing.”
“It’s been five days,” I told her. “I marked it down on my calendar. I get to check it out again after five days. You said so. Did somebody—did somebody else check it out?”
“No, Amy Anne. I had to take it off the shelf.”
I frowned. Take it off the shelf? What did she mean, take it off the shelf?
“Why?”
Mrs. Jones sighed and wrung her hands. She looked like she was about to tell me my dogs had died. “Because some parents got together and said they didn’t think it was appropriate for elementary school, and the school board agreed with them.”
“Wasn’t appropriate? What does that mean?”
“It means I can’t check it out to you, honey, or to anybody else. Not until I talk to the school board and get this nonsense overturned.
“It means, Amy Anne, that your favorite book was banned from the school library.”
Copyright © 2017 by Alan Grantz
Reader’s guide copyright © 2017 by Tor Books  

About the Author:
Alan Gratz‘s first novel, Samurai Shortstop, was named one of the ALA’s 2007 Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults. His second novel, Something Rotten, was a 2008 ALA Quick Pick for Young Adult Readers, and was followed by a sequel, Something Wicked, in October 2008. His first middle grade novel, The Brooklyn Nine, was one of the ALA’s Top Ten Sports Books for Youth and Top Ten Historical Books for Youth, and his middle grade Holocaust novel Prisoner B-3087 was one of YALSA’s 2014 Best Fiction for Young Readers and has won seven state awards. His latest novels are the YA thriller Code of Honor, a YALSA 2016 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, and The Monster War, the third book in his middle grade steampunk League of Seven trilogy.

Alan’s short fiction has appeared in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, online at Tor.com, and in the anthologies Half-Minute Horrors and Tomo: Friendship Through Fiction, which benefitted victims of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

As the first Artist in Residence at the American School in Japan in 2010, Alan spent six weeks teaching historical fiction-writing to middle school students in Tokyo, and he was the Thurber House Children’s Writer in Residence in 2011, living and writing in James Thurber’s attic for a month while working with young writers from all around the Columbus, Ohio area.

In addition to writing plays, magazine articles, and a few episodes of A&E’s City Confidential, Alan has taught catapult-building to middle-schoolers, written more than 6,000 radio commercials, sold other people’s books, lectured at a Czech university, and traveled the galaxy as a space ranger. (One of these, it should be pointed out, is not true.)
Alan was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, home of the 1982 World’s Fair. After a carefree but humid childhood, Alan attended the University of Tennessee, where he earned a College Scholars degree with a specialization in creative writing, and, later, a Master’s degree in English education. He now lives with his wife Wendi and his daughter Jo in the high country of Western North Carolina, where he enjoys playing games, eating pizza, and, perhaps not too surprisingly, reading books.

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