Author of The Summer Before Forever, Melissa Chambers Interview ~ Book Music Playlist & Giveaway

Today I have a wonderful author interview with the lovely Melissa Chambers. Thank you so much to Melissa for doing this interview your answers were perfect! Also, thank you to Entangled TEEN for giving me the opportunity to have this great content for my post. Melissa has an amazing upcoming novel called The Summer Before Forever. It is such a nice novel and I will be posting my review for it very soon!


Series: Before Forever #1
Publication Date: August 22, 2016
Publisher: Entangled TEEN
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 340



Some boys break your heart. Others teach you how to heal it.
Chloe Stone’s life is a hot mess. Determined to stop being so freaking skittish, she packs up her quasi-famous best friend and heads to Florida. The goal? Complete the summer bucket list to end all bucket lists. The problem? Her hot soon-to-be stepbrother, Landon Jacobs. 
Landon’s mom will throttle him if he even looks at his future stepsister the wrong way. Problem is, Chloe is everything he didn’t know he wanted, and that’s...inconvenient. Watching her tear it up on a karaoke stage, stand up to his asshole friend, and rock her first string bikini destroys his sanity. 
But there’s more than their future family on the line. Landon is hiding something—something he knows will change how she feels about him—and she’s hiding something from him, too. And when the secrets come out, there’s a good chance neither will look at the other the same way again...


Meet the Author


Melissa Chambers writes contemporary novels for young, new, and actual adults. A Nashville native, she spends her days working in the music industry and her nights tapping away at her keyboard. While she’s slightly obsessed with alt rock, she leaves the guitar playing to her husband and kid. She never misses a chance to play a tennis match, listen to an audiobook, or eat a bowl of ice cream. (Rocky road, please!) The Summer Before Forever is her debut YA novel.








Thank you so much for having me today, Chioma! I loved answering your questions and talking about my favorite subjects - books, writing, and movies!

Music plays a huge part in The Summer Before Forever, largely because it plays such a big part in my own life. Landon doesn’t like listening to music. That may sound odd for a teenage boy, but he has had some bad experiences that he associates with music, and so his answer has always been to avoid it. He’s a sports guy, anyway, so he listens to sports talk radio. 

Chloe is flabbergasted by the idea of someone not LOVING music. It runs deep to the core of who she is, and she treasures it with all of her being. So when asked to make Landon a playlist, she’s all on board!

While this book has a very specific playlist that is introduced throughout the story, Chloe has more tunes up her sleeve than she knows what to do with. So here’s another one she put together just for Chioma’s readers. Hope you enjoy!


Book Music Playlist

The Moth & the Flame “Red Flag”
Foals “What Went Down”
Wild Nothing “Summer Holiday”
My Goodness “Shiver + Shake”
TV on the Radio “Could You”
Young the Giant “Something to Believe In”
Viola Beach “Swings and Waterslides”
Arctic Monkeys “I Wanna Be Yours”
DMA’s “In the Moment”
The Shelters “Rebel Heart”
Editors “Sugar”
Wolfmother “Best of a Bad Situation”

You can hear this list on Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2bQSXVV



Author Interview



1.)     What would you say is the most challenging part of writing a contemporary romance novel?

Most plotting classes include a villain and danger. We don’t have those things in straight up contemporary romance, so we have to find ways to keep it interesting. We all love the scenes where the characters are connecting and falling for each other, but we writers have to work hard to find that balance between sweet and precious and, “Okay, this is getting old.”


2.)     Which character was your favorite to write about and why?

You’re asking me to pick?! As much as I love Landon and Chloe, I probably would have to say Jenna. She’s such a mess, and she’s absolutely nothing like me, which makes her so much fun to write! I love slipping into her skin for her moments and getting inside her screwy head!


3.)     Describe the main character,  Chloe, in three words

Artistic. Cautious. Modest.


4.)     Describe the love interest, Landon, in three words

Hunky. Conscientious. Smart.


5.)     Any favorite summer songs you like to jam to in the car?

I’m totally obsessed with “Swings and Waterslides” by Viola Beach! http://bit.ly/1ThC2fH This song is best when played at a robust volume with the windows down (sunroof open if you have one!).


6.)     If you could only read books by one author for the rest of your life, what author would you choose?

You’re killing me here! Man, this is tough. I’m going to have to go with Sophie Kinsella. I adore that woman and her characters. I was walking through Target a while back listening to Can You Keep A Secret, laughing like a hyena by myself. I know people thought I was nuts.


7.)     What are some of your favorite movies of all time?

These questions are great! I love super quirky movies like 500 Days of Summer, The Way, Way Back, Death to Smoochy, and 200 Cigarettes (to be watched on New Year’s Eve). And anything quotable like Raising Arizona, Napoleon Dynamite, Office Space, The Big Lebowski, or the Vacation movies.


8.)     What do you like most about being a published author?

Oh, gosh, I guess just sharing the characters and stories I love!


9.)     Sitting down and writing a novel cannot always be easy, so what are your three biggest distractions while you are writing?
  1. Hunger! If I’m hungry, my belly makes me go get a snack.
  2. My dogs! They’re both just so cute and precious I have to give them both big hugs and smooches all the time. 
  3. Big Brother. I gave it up for years but got sucked in this season. I spend an unhealthy amount of time wondering what’s going on in the Big Brother house.

10.)    What is the one thing you would hope your readers would get out of reading your book?

I want readers to know that they deserve love...the good kind. I want them to see it’s not okay to be treated poorly by anyone, and I want them to set their bar high!


11.)    Are there any current projects you are working on that you would like to share with us?

Book two in the Before Forever series! I can’t wait to share Jenna’s story with readers! You’ll finally see what goes on in that convoluted brain of hers! :)




Once again, thank you to Melissa for all your wonderful answers. I am so happy I could have you on my blog. Luckily for those of you viewing this post, there is a giveaway Melissa is hosting that you can join in on!




Giveaway


Bout of Books 17 is Almost Here!!!

Bout of Books

If you are new, here is a description of what Bout of Books is...
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Unfortunately, Bout of Books goes on when I am in school, so I won't be reading a ridiculous number of books, but I still plan on getting at least 2 books finished. I am feeling pretty motivated so I'm going to put 5 books on this list. Will I actually get to all of them?...probably just as soon as pigs start flying.



My Bout of Books Reading List


Unfair by Steven Harper
November Rain by Shannon A. Thompson
The Reader by Traci Chee
The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke
Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee & Susan McClelland




Let me know if you are going to participate in the Bout of Books Read-a-thon as well. I would love to hear what you plan on reading. Also, what book do you think I should read first?

Never Never by Brianna Shrum ~ Impeccable Reviews

Publication Date: September 22, 2015
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling
Format: eARC (from Netgalley)
Page Count: 356



James Hook is a child who only wants to grow up. When he meets Peter Pan, a boy who loves to pretend and is intent on never becoming a man, James decides he could try being a child - at least briefly. James joins Peter Pan on a holiday to Neverland, a place of adventure created by children's dreams, but Neverland is not for the faint of heart. Soon James finds himself longing for home, determined that he is destined to be a man. But Peter refuses to take him back, leaving James trapped in a world just beyond the one he loves. A world where children are to never grow up. But grow up he does. And thus begins the epic adventure of a Lost Boy and a Pirate. This story isn't about Peter Pan; it's about the boy whose life he stole. It's about a man in a world that hates men. It's about the feared Captain James Hook and his passionate quest to kill the Pan, an impossible feat in a magical land where everyone loves Peter Pan. Except one.
When I tell you I almost did not read this book...I was about to stop, but then there was this voice in my head saying "No. You need to continue," so I did. Thank God I did because this book was excellent! I had some real doubts about it, especially since the first part of the book is a little slow, but the story eventually picked up speed and turned into something magical.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson ~ Impeccable Reviews

Publication Date: May 12, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: Graphic Novel, Young Adult, Fantasy
Format: Hardcover (from Library)
Page Count: 266



The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it "a deadpan epic."

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona's powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

 Now this is the graphic novel I have been waiting for! If you have read any of my previous graphic novel reviews on this blog, you might know that I usually don't enjoy them as much as I would like or as much as a normal novel, and I have been on the hunt for a graphic novel that just surprises me. One that would fill up my fanatic fiction reader glass and Nimona was finally the one. It did not only fill my fanatic fiction reader glass to the brim, but that stuff overflowed onto the table! I honestly didn't know I could enjoy graphic novels like this, but Nimona has shown me I can and I will not be giving up on graphic novels anytime soon.

Copper Veins by Jennifer Allis Provost ~ Book Spotlight

Series: Copper Legacy #3
Publication Date: July 27, 2016
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy



Sara’s pretty sure her life is perfect.

Not only are she and Micah finally married, her father, who’d been missing since the Magic Wars, has been found. Actually, he just strode up to the manor’s front door, but whatever. Sara knows better than to look a gift horse in the mouth.

But Baudoin Corbeau isn’t content to return to family life. He’s decided that he will be the force of change in the Mundane world, and lead the Elemental resistance to victory with his children at his side. What’s worse, Baudoin doesn’t approve of Sara’s marriage, and makes every attempt to separate her from Micah.

After a visit to the Mundane realm leaves Sara, Max and Sadie imprisoned by the Peacekeepers, Sara’s doubts creep to the surface. Is her father right? Does she belong in the Mundane realm, not the Otherworld? Is Micah really the right man—make that elf—for her?

Was marrying him a mistake?

Should the Experiences of People of Color/Minorities Be Written By Authors Who are Not From the Same Background?

THIS WEEK'S BOOK IS....


Publication Date: January 1, 1960
Publisher: Signet (For this edition)
Genre: Nonfiction, Memoir
Page Count: 192 (In this edition)




In the Deep South of the 1950s, journalist John Howard Griffin decided to cross the color line. Using medication that darkened his skin to deep brown, he exchanged his privileged life as a Southern white man for the disenfranchised world of an unemployed black man. His audacious, still chillingly relevant eyewitness history is a work about race and humanity-that in this new millennium still has something important to say to every American.



Now I know I don't talk much about nonfiction on this book blog, but this book...THIS...is a whole different species.

Should the Experiences of People of Color/Minorities Be Written By Authors Who are Not From the Same Background?


Now if you have not read this book, please do, but for those of you who haven't, here are the basics. The author, John Howard Griffin, became interested in exploring the experiences of living as a black man in the Southern U.S. during the 1950s, so he used medicine to darken his skin color. And the result you ask?...Well, we will go ahead and just categorize it as not fun.

But we already would guess this right? If you don't at all understand how blacks have been treated up to this day in the American society, let anti-racism activist and educator, Jane Elliott explain it simply...

Smash & Grab by Amy Christine Parker Review and Giveaway ~ Blog Tour


Smash & Grab
by Amy Christine Parker
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Release Date: July 19th, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Fiction

Synopsis:

Ocean’s Eleven meets the star-crossed lovers of West Side Story. Grab some popcorn and get ready for an adrenaline-filled heist!

LEXI is a rich girl who loves a good rush. Whether it’s motorcycle racing or BASE jumping off a building in downtown Los Angeles, the only times she feels alive are when she and her friends are executing one of their dares. After her father’s arrest, Lexi doesn’t think twice about going undercover at his bank to steal the evidence that might clear his name. She enlists her hacker brother and her daredevil friends to plan a clever heist.

CHRISTIAN is a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. The local gang has blackmailed him and his friends into robbing banks, and he is desperate for a way out. When the boss promises that one really big job will be the last he ever has to do, Christian jumps at the chance for freedom. In fact, he’s just met a girl at the bank who might even prove useful. . . .

Two heists. One score. The only thing standing in their way is each other.

Told in alternating points of view, this caper is full of romance and fast-paced fun. Hand to fans of Perfect Chemistry, The Conspiracy of Us, and Heist Society.


If there is one thing I look for in a book, it is a good heist executed by intelligent teens. This book takes this up to a whole new level by including two groups of teenage con artists from completely different backgrounds who collide while they are in the middle of completing their most risky crimes yet. Plus, an unlikely star-crossed romance? Sign me up! If there is one thing I can say to describe Smash & Grab overall, it is that this book was a very entertaining, easy-going read that is perfect for anyone who likes YA books with a fun, unique plot.

The Killer in Me by Margot Harrison Review, Quotes & Giveaway ~ Blog Tour


The Killer in Me
by Margot Harrison
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: July 12th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Horror, Contemporary, Fiction

Synopsis:

Hasn't he lived long enough? Why not? I could take him like a thief in the night.

This is how the Thief thinks. He serves death, the vacuum, the unknown. He’s always waiting. Always there.

Seventeen-year-old Nina Barrows knows all about the Thief. She’s intimately familiar with his hunting methods: how he stalks and kills at random, how he disposes of his victims’ bodies in an abandoned mine in the deepest, most desolate part of a desert.

Now, for the first time, Nina has the chance to do something about the serial killer that no one else knows exists. With the help of her former best friend, Warren, she tracks the Thief two thousand miles, to his home turf—the deserts of New Mexico.

But the man she meets there seems nothing like the brutal sociopath with whom she’s had a disturbing connection her whole life. To anyone else, Dylan Shadwell is exactly what he appears to be: a young veteran committed to his girlfriend and her young daughter. As Nina spends more time with him, she begins to doubt the truth she once held as certain: Dylan Shadwell is the Thief. She even starts to wonder . . . what if there is no Thief?


I seriously almost did not finish this book, but not because I disliked it or thought it was bad. On the contrary, it was performing its purpose better than I expected, and I was unsure if I could handle more. Me being me, I continued because I was hooked and dying to know more This book was scary, mysterious, and thrilling all at the same time. I honestly did not expect it to put me on a psychological roller coaster, but I was strapped in and I stayed put for the entirety of this book. 

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