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Hi guys,
It is day 22 of Camp NaNoWriMo and I am about 80% done with my novel. I still have about 13, 000 words to go but so far so good. I’m hoping to reach 60,000 words by the end of tonight. Last night’s writing session was pretty productive I got a little over 2,000 words written and some interesting information was revealed to one of the characters :) 
I hope all of you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo are on your way towards achieving your word count goal! Have a great rest of the week!

-K

Hi guys,

It is day 22 of Camp NaNoWriMo and I am about 80% done with my novel. I still have about 13, 000 words to go but so far so good. I’m hoping to reach 60,000 words by the end of tonight. Last night’s writing session was pretty productive I got a little over 2,000 words written and some interesting information was revealed to one of the characters :) 

I hope all of you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo are on your way towards achieving your word count goal! Have a great rest of the week!

-K

Title: How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love

Author: Ken Baker 

Publication Date: April 22, 2014

Publisher: Running Press Kids 

Format: RC provided by publisher

Rating: 10/10

Emery Jackson knows that she is fat and she is okay with it. But living with a family of work out fiends and models can’t be easy. When Emery is offered an opportunity to be a star of a reality show her initial response is no; that is until she learns that her family is suffering financially and the show would give them the money that they need.  When the show begins Emery is skeptical—can she really loose fifty pounds in fifty days? As the pounds begin to come off and Emery’s fame grows an old secret resurfaces that threatens to destroy everything.

When I first began reading Ken Baker’s How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love I did not know what to expect. To be completely honest after reading the first few pages I was skeptical if I wanted to keep reading.  Fortunately I decided to read a few more pages and ended up hooked. Baker blew away any doubts I had about this novel! Baker’s writing is sharp, witty, and at times painfully honest. He perfectly capture’s Emery’s voice while telling an entertaining and meaningful story about a young woman trying to find her voice and her place in a world that is so focused on an individual’s outside that it forgets to look beyond the surface. 

SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS Book Blast:

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Synopsis 
SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Spoiled, Versace-clad Cricket Montgomery has seventeen years of pampering under her belt. So when her father decides to ship her off to a summer camp for disabled teens to help her learn some accountability, Cricket resigns herself to three weeks of handicapped hell. 

Her sentence takes a bearable turn as she discovers the humor and likeability of the campers and grows close to fellow counselors. Now, if she can just convince a certain Zac Efron look-alike with amazing blue eyes that she finally realizes there’s life after Gucci, this summer could turn out to be the best she’s ever had.

Summer on the Short Bus is a very non-P.C., contemporary YA with a lot of attitude, tons of laughs, and a little life lesson along the way.
 
PRAISE:

"Crandell creates a wonderful and relatable protagonist with Cricket but even better than that, she surrounds her with equally relatable, flawed, and real characters…This book is an absolute winner!" – Feathered Quill Book Reviews

 

“A novel oozing with heart and humanity.” - Ken Baker, E! News correspondent and author of Fangirl and How I Got Skinny, Famous and Fell Madly in Love

“A hilarious and heartwarming ride.” – Jennifer Salvato Doktorski, author of How My Summer Went Up in Flames and Famous Last Words



ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bethany lives in San Diego with her husband, two kiddos (one of whom is differently-abled), and a chocolate lab who has no regard for personal space. She believes that prayer solves problems and that Jake Ryan is going to show up at her door any minute now…. She is represented by Rachael Dugas of Talcott Notch Literary Services.
 

Title: Love Letter’s to the Dead

Author: Ava Dellaira

Publication Date: April 1, 2014

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Format: purchased copy

Rating: 8/10

What begins as an assignment for an English class turns into a story of growing up, finding yourself, and overcoming a tragedy.  After her first letter to Kurt Cobain, Laurel can’t help but keep writing. She writes to Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, and many more. In her letters to the dead Laurel talks about her first day at her new high school, her crush on a boy named Sky, her sister’s death, and a secret that has been tearing her apart. Only when she has written it all done is Laurel able to see her sister for who she really was and allow herself to start healing.

Ava Dellaira’s Love Letters to the Dead is a coming of age novel in that can be paralleled with Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Dellaira’s novel has a rawness and honesty in it that sucks the reader in and makes them want to sit and read the novel in a single sitting. In Love Letters to the Dead readers will watch Laurel grow and mature through her writing as she tries to make sense of her sister’s death and her own dark secret. Dellaira does not shy away from controversial topics nor does she try and sugar coat these issues; she tackles them head on and in a way that makes readers understand and relate. This is definitely a novel that needs to be read and experienced.

Title: Allegiant 

Author: Veronica Roth

Publication Date: October 22, 2013

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Format: purchased copy

Rating: 10/10

The world Tris Prior knew has been torn apart by a violent struggle for power. With very little left to loose Tris and Tobias decide to venture beyond the fence in an attempt to start a better life; but as they soon discover life outside of the fence is anything but simple. Unveiling of new truths threatens relationships as Tris must work to understand the complexity of humans, life, and love.

To be completely honest I have been avoiding reading Allegiant. Part of the reason was because of the mixed reactions it has had from people that read it and partly because this was it—the end of an awesome trilogy. After some seeing Divergent in theaters I knew I needed to read Allegiant. So I took my copy of the shelf and began reading.

At first I felt skeptical about the novel and even a little bit annoyed with the plot. As the story continued, however, I could not put it down; I ended up staying up till about 3 a.m. reading it.

In Allegiant Veronica Roth turns everything the readers know on its head. Nothing and no one are what they seem; everyone has a motive. In the novel, Tris and Tobias undergo changes and growth as individuals and as couples. But I think the most shocking thing is the ending. I know that some people were unhappy with the ending (or the entire novel), but for me personally the ending was perfect. Yes the ending broke my heart and left me with a huge book hangover, but I don’t think Roth could have ended the trilogy in any other way. 

Hi guys!
I hope you all are having a nice week and reading plenty of spectacular books.
As promised, I’m trying to keep a Camp NaNoWriMo journal to record my experience and my progress. I am ashamed to admit that I have not written a single word in the past week and a half. Yes, you read it correctly I have done nothing—nada—towards achieving my word goal. The first week and a half of Camp NaNoWriMo I wrote furiously but after a point I needed to stop. You see my novel consumed my every thought. I was walking around in a haze during that week and a half. That is a big problem when you have classes that you need to pay actual attention in and papers that need to be written. That is another reason as to why I needed to take a break: I had (still have) a ton of papers that I need to write and it’s hard to write a paper when the only thing you can focus on is your WIP. I’m hoping to start writing sometime next week (once I’m finished with my papers of course). 
Hope you have a great weekend and happy writing.
-K

Hi guys!

I hope you all are having a nice week and reading plenty of spectacular books.

As promised, I’m trying to keep a Camp NaNoWriMo journal to record my experience and my progress. I am ashamed to admit that I have not written a single word in the past week and a half. Yes, you read it correctly I have done nothing—nada—towards achieving my word goal. The first week and a half of Camp NaNoWriMo I wrote furiously but after a point I needed to stop. You see my novel consumed my every thought. I was walking around in a haze during that week and a half. That is a big problem when you have classes that you need to pay actual attention in and papers that need to be written. That is another reason as to why I needed to take a break: I had (still have) a ton of papers that I need to write and it’s hard to write a paper when the only thing you can focus on is your WIP. I’m hoping to start writing sometime next week (once I’m finished with my papers of course). 

Hope you have a great weekend and happy writing.

-K

Title: Summer on the Short Bus

Author: Bethany Crandell

Publication Date: April 1, 2014

Publisher: Running Press Kids

Format: RC provided by publisher 

Rating: 9/10

Cricket Montgomery’s designer clad world is turned upside down when her father decides to send her away to a camp for disabled teens for the summer in order to teach her a lesson. Cricket thinks her chauffer has dropped her off in hell—one that will last for the next three weeks.

But as Cricket steps away from the world of designer labels and exotic vacations she begins understand that the campers are just like every other teenager and that they do not let their disabilities from doing incredible things.

Bethany Crandell’s Summer on the Short Bus is fun, witty, and heartfelt. Readers will found themselves laughing at Cricket’s sassy attitude and witty remarks as they, the readers, get journey through Camp I Can. Crandell keeps the story interesting by including an array of interesting characters and by intertwining humor, romance, and secrets. Summer on the Short Bus is a fantastic read that is sure to brighten anybody’s day. 

STEAL THE NORTH Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway

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Title: Steal the North

Author: Heather Brittain Bergstrom

Publication Date: April 10, 2014

Publisher: Viking Adult

Format: RC provided by publisher 

Rating: 9/10

Emmy has spent her entire life believing that her father was dead and that her mother, Kate, had no family. When Kate’s past comes back for her, Emmy is sent away to Washington to spend the summer with an aunt and an uncle that she has never met to participate in a ritual that may help Emmy’s aunt carry a child to term. At first Emmy feels reluctant about the entire situation but as she spends some time with her aunt and uncle she realizes that she shares a bond with them that time and distance could have never destroyed.  Along the way Emmy meets Reuben, a Native American boy, how shows her what it truly means to be in love and be loved in return.

Heather Brittain Bergston’s Steal the North blew me away! When I first began reading Steal the North I was not sure that it was “my type of a book,” because of the religious element in the story. As I got further into the novel, however, I found myself completely drawn into this beautiful story. Don’t let the religious aspect of this novel scare you away, this novel is not about religion, it is so much deeper. Bergston perfectly captures the beauty of young love, the strength is carries, and the power it takes to overcome one’s past. Bergston writes beautifully and I recommend this to anyone and everyone looking for a great novel to read. You won’t be disappointed! 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Heather Brittain Bergstrom grew up in a small farming town in eastern Washington, located between the two largest Indian reservations in the state. Her family has deep roots in the Pacific Northwest, and she remembers her grandmother telling stories of how the Snake River used to flood their house every spring. For much of Bergstrom’s childhood, her parents were members of a fundamentalist Baptist church where she attended school in an unaccredited basement academy. Bergstrom has worked as a truck stop waitress and as a teacher. She has won multiple awards from Narrative Magazine, including first place in the Fall 2010 Story Contest. Four of her short stories can be found online at Narrative. Leslie Marmon Silko chose a story by Bergstrom to win the Kore Press Short Fiction Chapbook Award. She has also won writing awards from The Atlantic Monthly and The Chicago Tribune, as well as other places. One of her stories was picked as a notable story in the Best American Short Stories 2010.  Steal the North is her debut novel and first published book. Bergstrom currently lives in the Sacramento Valley with her husband and two children. She returns often to the Pacific Northwest to visit the rivers and to feel the wind in the canyons and coulees.

GUEST POST:

Heather Brittain Bergstrom discusses the title of her debut novel, Steal the North.

The title, Steal the North, evokes the Native American myths in the novel. These myths are most at play in Reuben’s chapters, of course, because he is Native American. But he also shares these myths with Emmy. Even Aunt Beth, who believes truth comes only from the Bible, knows an Indian myth or two. They are part of the land. The title also evokes native myths in a larger context. Coyote, Raven, and other Animals—in the time before humans—stole the sun, stole fire from the Sky People, stole each other’s wives, stole food, tails, fancy clothing. My female protagonist, Emmy, steals the north (her birthright) from her mom, the dad she’s never met, and even her beloved aunt and makes it her own. Reuben and Emmy steal the north for themselves: by taking long drives, but also in the way lovers take intimate possession of places. And then, of course, the north was stolen from the Indians by whites. There is another way that the title works, but to discuss it would give away the ending.

Let me discuss, instead, the idea of birthright. Emmy has had hers stolen from her by both her parents. Her dad, a multi-generational farmer in the Palouse region of eastern Washington, doesn’t claim Emmy when she is born and he shuns her mom. In response to this shunning, and for other painful reasons, Emmy’s mom gets on a bus with baby Emmy on her hip and leaves eastern Washington, heading south to California to begin a new life. Emmy grows up thinking she has no extended family on her mom’s side and that her father is dead. Then suddenly, the summer Emmy is sixteen, her mom sends her far north for the summer to live with an aunt and uncle she never knew she had. This is a drastic and shocking thing to do. Emmy, although painfully shy, is a California teenager who attends art school in Sacramento and lives in a midtown apartment surrounded by theatres, ethnic restaurants, and shops that sell Buddha statues. Her aunt and uncle live in a trailer park surrounded by sagebrush and potato fields and they attend a fundamentalist Baptist church that doesn’t even allow females to wear pants. Within a few weeks, Emmy has fallen madly in love with her aunt and uncle, the landscape, and the Native American neighbor boy, Reuben. She pieces together her mom’s past, and she attempts to meet her father. By summer’s end, she is determined to stay in Washington. She knows in her bones and feels in her heart that she has found (or returned to) her real home. Much happens, and the beating pulse of the novel is the love story between Emmy and Reuben. But Steal the North is also a novel of reclamation: a daughter’s journey to steal back her birthright.

Secret Revealed: My original title for this novel was Coyote’s Son and the Girl (I still kind of like this title). And then Coyote’s Son and the Girl Steal the North (obviously too long). Then Steal the North (my agent suggested this. Thanks, Lisa).

Visit Heather on her website: http://heatherbrittainbergstrom.com/, Like her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/hbbergstrom, or find her on Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4196296.Heather_Brittain_Bergstrom

THE GIVEAWAY:

Thank you to he lovely people at Viking who have offered to ship a copy of Steal the North to the winner of this giveaway.

Here are the rules to enter the giveaway:

  1. Must be following me HERE
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  3. Reblog this post and/or tweet the link to this post on twitter and tag me in it (@kir_watson)
  4. Winner will be notified by Saturday (4/19/14) and will have until Sunday (4/20/14) to send me their contact information.

Good luck to all!

I’ve decided to surprise one lucky follower with some swag. If you would like to be that lucky follower send me an ask with your name (first and last) and your mailing address.

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Coming to paperback April 27th

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Join forces with a parallel universe.

Dark forces, magical creatures, and the world Lil thought she knew collide when a dream transports her to the strange world of Orenda. Stunned and terrified,…

THEY ARE ALL OKAY, and all those things could exist in THE SAME WOMAN. Women shouldn’t be valued because we are strong, or kick-ass, but because we are people. So don’t focus on writing characters who are strong. Write characters who are people.

Just a head up guys: Next Wednesday (04/16) I will be posting a new review, a gues post from an author, and a giveaway. be sure to check back to see how you can win a book!
Camp NaNoWriMo update:

I know I said I was going to try and blog about each day of Camp NaNoWRiMo…but as we can all see that has not happened yet. That said however, I did reach 50,000 words today! That means I have 20,00 more to go before I start editing.

Hello lovely followers,
I’ve decided to give Camp NaNoWriMo a shot and I am going to try and post some blog entry updates on my progress, the general experience, and anything else writing related. If you’re participating and want to add me as a friend send me a message.
Good luck to all and happy writing!
-K

Hello lovely followers,

I’ve decided to give Camp NaNoWriMo a shot and I am going to try and post some blog entry updates on my progress, the general experience, and anything else writing related. If you’re participating and want to add me as a friend send me a message.

Good luck to all and happy writing!

-K

Title: Attachments

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publication Date: April 14, 2011

Publisher: Dutton Adult

Format: NetGalley RC 

Rating: 8/10

When Lincoln O’Neill takes a job at a newspaper as an “internet security officer,” little does he know that the job involves writing warning emails to the other employees of the newspaper for using the computer in an inappropriate way.  When Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder’s emails end up being flagged Lincoln can’t find it in himself to report them. As the number of emails begins to accumulate, Lincoln finds himself falling for Beth. But how can he introduce himself when he already knows so much about her?

Attachments is the second Rainbow Rowell book that I have read and enjoyed. When I first started reading the book I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it, but as I read on I found myself deeply enveloped in the story. Rowell links three different stories flawlessly and in a way that is entertaining. I loved seeing Lincoln develop as a character and overcome his past. I think Jennifer and Beth’s part of the novel was equally revealing and entertaining. Rowell’s characters are written in a way that makes them feel real. Rowell is not afraid to make her characters flawed because she understands that is what makes people interesting. I know that some people complained about the ending, but I think the ending was lovely, light, and uplifting.  Attachments is a great read for readers looking for a novel that is fun, witty, and sweet.