Happy release day to @louiecronin and #EveryoneLovesYouBack Read our #review and #interview with the author inside:


Released by Gorsky Press, October 24, 2016:
In the three generations since Bob Boland’s family settled into the tired townhouse in Cambridge, Massachusetts where Bob lives, real locals – the guys who deliver the mail, plow the driveways and fix the burners — have been crowded out by urban tree-huggers and uppity intellectuals with designer dogs. On Bob’s street, they’ve launched a movement to save an antique Japanese maple from a condo developer while nagging him to trim the sun-blocking trees in his own back yard.  A sarcastic, jazz-loving radio technician working the night shift and stuck in the past, Bob just wants silence by day so he can sleep, and status quo in his routine.

When romance buds with two very different women – one from the familiar though evolving world of radio, the other a sophisticated Harvard dance professor – Bob is forced to reconcile the comfort of stagnation with the inevitability of change.



Mama Says:

There’s a lot of “truthiness” in this book.  It’s almost painfully real.  I kept wondering if this is what my life would be like in 15 years.  Except I’m the opposite of an unmarried man without children, but his thoughts, his woes and complaints were very familiar to me.  One might go so far as to call this moving. Or even relatable.  Although it sounds like a bummer, Everyone Loves You Back is anything but.  Slightly on the dry side, with a healthy dose of hilarity, this story of a man without a plan trying to find his way to some sort of contentment is one I’d recommend for any fans of contemporary literature.  We don’t usually think of mid-life crises as being so subtle, but I felt this was a more realistic portrayal of what it would be like to be unattached and hopelessly romantic, yet lost and curmudgeonly at the same time.  Bob was an idealist who became a cynic and in the end, I think most of us make that transition at some point in time, some earlier and some much later than others.  Read on for a bit more from the author on the unique publishing process this book was born from, and much more.

Thanks to the author for answering a few questions for Mama Reads’ fans and readers!

“Everyone Loves You Back” is your first novel, but you’re no stranger to writing for a large audience.  Can you tell us how you approached this work and if it was very different from your online essays and public radio pieces?

When I was interviewing for my current job at The World, the show producer, whom I knew from a previous job asked, “What have you been up to all these years?” And I said, “Writing a novel.” “Really?” she said. “I can’t imagine anything more different than what we do here!”

Radio is dominated by the clock. Everything is about deadlines and speed. You have to write fast, edit fast, think fast. Which was why I got into it in the first place. It was exhilarating. I got so much done. I felt uncharacteristically productive! And going live was like putting on a play every day!

Writing a novel was so different; it took me 5 years to write it. I had to find the motivation and focus within myself. There was no external pressure or reward. No one cared if I ever finished, except my writing group. And it felt like the ending was always 75 pages away. I used to imagine the ending as a beach ball bobbing in the water, and every time I swam toward it, it floated farther away.

When the novel was finally done, I had to go back and rewrite it. In radio, no matter how much a perfectionist you are, you have to let go and put it out there. I remember fussing with my radio mixes until late into the night and one of my coworkers scolding me. “Cronin,” he said, “you’re polishing a turd!”

In terms of writing for a large audience, radio is a very intimate medium, and you never think about how many people are listening. You get the feeling it’s just you, your colleagues, and whoever is in the studio at the moment. It’s hard to imagine an audience. Like with Car Talk, who can think about 4 million people?

Similarly with Everyone Loves You Back, I am just getting used to the idea of it having an audience, taking on a life of its own. It’s amazing and wonderful. For so many years, my fiction has been a secret, between me, my writing group, and my computer.

I recently read that your book was published through an intriguing partnership with Gorsky Press and The Publishing House class at CSU Channel Islands and would love to know more about how this worked, and how this differs from traditional publishing methods.

I can’t really compare it to traditional publishing because this is my first time out. But I can guess at how radically different it was. Everything with Gorsky Press and The Publishing House class happened fast, because they adhere to the semester schedule. I found out I won the contest in January and had my book in hand at the beginning of May! The class spent the first semester reading and selecting manuscripts, and the second semester turning the winning manuscript into a book.

And what a pleasant surprise it was that a group of college students chose my book, a love story with three middle-aged protagonists! Working with the class and Sean Carswell, the professor/editor of Gorsky Press, was a pleasure. The students were thoughtful, careful, and really engaged readers. I was so impressed with them and encouraged for the future. They asked really good, provocative questions. And Sean is a great editor, with a light touch, but a sure touch.

An unexpected benefit of working with Sean and his class is that I had a dozen strong advocates, who had lived with my book for a year and were very invested in the outcome. The students worked on every aspect of the process: editing, design, marketing, publicity, social media. One of the truly surreal moments was when I got a friend request on Facebook from my main character, Bob Boland! I wish they’d had a program like the Publishing Course when I was in school. I might not have wasted so many years studying electrical engineering.

It’s ironic. I spent 5 years writing the book, 9 months looking for an agent, 3 years trying to break into traditional publishing. And I finally get the book accepted and it moves at the speed of radio!

How did your experience on Car Talk filter into your novel, if at all?

I wrote most of it while I was working at Car Talk, but it’s really not about Car Talk. It takes me much longer than that to process experience. I was really mining my entire career in radio and my life in Cambridge up to that point.

One thing that I expect did filter in though was that at Car Talk I was surrounded by men, and working on a show that had a very male perspective. And there I was writing a book in which the main character was a man. That was a big challenge for me and I think working at Car Talk helped.

Do you find that people have a hard time taking you seriously once they learn that much of your writing is humorous in nature, or do they generally realize you are just naturally witty?

I think writing in a humorous vein is a double-edged sword. Some people dismiss you for not being serious or deep; others dismiss you for not being funny enough! You can’t win. But that is just my outlook on the world; it’s how I survive this crazy life, by standing back, being sarcastic, trying to laugh at myself and others. I know that humor can be a scrim between myself and experience, and that it sometimes takes me out of the moment. But I love to laugh. Some of the happiest moments of my life have been sitting around laughing with family and friends.

Also, some of my all-time favorite writers are both funny and serious. Richard Ford, Vladimir Nabokov, Jane Austen, Barbara Pym, Martin Amis, Geoffrey Eugenides. I would argue that humor and serious writing are not mutually exclusive. One thing I learned at Car Talk: trying to write funny material is not for the faint of heart!

If you had to choose a co-host for a new talk show, who would you choose and why are they your pick?

What an interesting question. I should probably choose someone who would complement me, someone organized and efficient, businesslike. But that’s not who comes to mind. I’d try to enlist some contemporary writers, like Maria Semple, the novelist of Where’d You Go, Bernadette? or Alexandra Petri, who has been writing some hilarious pieces for the Washington Post.

What’s next on the agenda, or do you like to keep it a mystery?

I’m writing a second novel but it’s a little too soon to talk about it. I’m superstitious! But I can tell you this: it’s not told in the voice of a man.


Louie Cronin, author of the novel Everyone Loves You Back, is a writer, radio producer and audio engineer. For ten years she served as NPR’s “Car Talk” traffic cop, producing the show and ensuring that every call was entertaining.  A graduate of Boston University’s Masters program in Creative Writing and a past winner of the Ivan Gold Fiction Fellowship from the Writers’ Room of Boston, Louie has had her fiction and essays published in Compass Rose, The Princeton Arts Review, Long Island Newsday, The Boston Globe Magazine, and on PRI.org. Her short stories have been finalists for both Glimmer Train and New Millennium Writings awards. Louie has been awarded residencies at the Ragdale Foundation, the Virginia Center for the Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center. Currently she works as a technical director for PRI’s The World and lives in Boston with her husband, the sculptor James Wright.

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Happy release day #Hades by Elda Lore @lbdunbarwrites #mythology #pnr #adult #review #99cents

Title: Hades
Series: Modern Descendants
Author: Elda Lore (L.B. Dunbar writing as)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: October 24, 2016
“Welcome to Hell.” Persephone Fields is just an average girl: beloved daughter and loyal friend. One night decides her Fate, when the prince of The Underworld becomes her savior and her kidnapper.

Hades has lived centuries in darkness and sin. When he decides to save the blonde goddess, he doesn’t consider the ramifications of his decision to bring her into his realm.

Two worlds divided struggle to find friendship in a history of family discord beyond their control. When attraction blurs the line, questions result in choices of love or loyalty.

A modern twist of the classic myth: Hades and Persephone, this version incorporates the sensual tension of opposites divided by contemporary humanity and mythical underworlds. Also reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet, this is a love story ripe with desire.


Author’s note: This book contains scenes of sexual intimacy.


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Mama Says:
Holy hotness batman! I think LB Dunbar has really hit her stride with the whole mythical retelling trope.  Her languorous strokes of dark humor combined with passion and intensity to coalesce into a work of not only depth but also pleasure.  Though there is a bit more transparency with the allegories within Hades, there are many surprises to be had as well.  I enjoyed the younger Persephone’s strength and humanity in such a twisted scenario, and one that seems impossible to escape.  Any fans of Orpheus and Euripides, as well as those of Hades and Persephone, will be pleased with this modern story of envy, lust, indecision and ultimate contentment.  Can you have it all without sacrificing yourself?
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Elda Lore is the alter ego of L.B. Dunbar. A writer of mythical tales in the modern world.

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Get ready for #TheLostCodex by @_heatherylyons #teaserMonday #itsathingnow


Today we are sharing some teasers for THE LOST CODEX by Heather Lyons. This is the 4th book in The Collectors’ Society series and it will be released on November 7th. Pre-order for this title will be available soon. Be sure to check out the links for previous books in the series below.



✿  THE LOST CODEX by Heather Lyons

(The Collectors’ Society, #4 / November 7, 2016)

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Allies, once inseparable, splinter until they break apart.

An insidiousness carves its way through Wonderland, challenging the land’s very existence.

Battle lines will be drawn as pages, long languishing in darkness, are finally illuminated.

Swords will clash, blood will be spilled, and lives will be lost.

For what is written can still be erased.









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Heather Lyons is known for writing epic, heartfelt love stories often with a fantastical twist. From Young Adult to New Adult to Adult novels—one commonality in all her books is the touching, and sometimes heart-wrenching, romance. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.


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#TheWishingWorld by @Todd_Fahnestock on tour with @jeanbooknerd #review and #giveaway


“Whimsical and imaginative, with just the right mix of humor, heart, and adventure. The Wishing World is everything you could wish for in a story–and so much more!”–Shannon Messenger, author of Keeper of the Lost Cities

In the Wishing World, dreams are real. You can transform into your own hero, find wild and whimsical friends, and wield power as great as your imagination. But Lorelei doesn’t know about any of that. All she knows is that a monster took her family.

It happened during a camping trip one year ago. Hiding inside the tent, she saw shadows, tentacles and a strange creature. By the time she got up the courage to crawl outside, the monster–and Lorelei’s mom, dad, and brother–were gone.

Lorelei is determined to find her family. When she accidentally breaks into the Wishing World, she discovers a way. It’s a land more wonderful than she could have imagined, a land of talking griffons, water princesses, and cities made of sand, where Lorelei is a Doolivanti–a wish-maker–who can write her dreams into existence.

There’s only one problem: the monster is a Doolivanti, too. What he wishes also comes true, and he’s determined to shove Lorelei out, keep her family, and make the whole Wishing World his. To save them, Lorelei must find the courage to face him, or her next wish may be her last.


Mama Says:
This was such a fast paced journey through a land of fantastical creatures that I would have absolutely loved to call home as a child.  Though written with a middle grade audience in mind, I felt completely engrossed and grew attached to the characters as an adult. Grace is a wonderfully human protagonist, facing the unknown with a mixture of fear and bravery, not letting defeat enter her realm of possibilities lest she be overtaken with grief once again.  Far too often we discount the young as unable to take on great evils, unable to understand important lessons, and I appreciated that the author presented neither of these ideas within his pages.  Fahnestock has used his own brilliant imagination to bring to life The Wishing World.   A world of secrets and sacrifices, growth and truth, this is not a journey one may take lightly, but it will remain with them forevermore.  I will absolutely be adding this to our daughter’s library right alongside some other fantastic adventure novels with talking beasts and brave young women.

TODD FAHNESTOCK won the New York Public Library’s Books for the Teen Age Award for one of his short stories, and is the author of the YA bestseller Fairmist as well as The Wishing World. Stories are his passion, but Todd’s greatest accomplishment is his quirky, fun-loving family. The Wishing World began as a series of bedtime stories for his children.

And our special treat- thanks to Mr. Fahnestock for letting us know his 10 favorite books he read in the past year:

  1. Hatchet – Gary Paulsen
  2. Astonishing X-men – Joss Whedon and John Cassaday
  3. Stalking the Angel – Robert Crais
  4. Invincible Ultimate Collection 2-3 – Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley
  5. The Mighty Avengers – Brian Michael Bendis, and Frank Cho
  6. Spirit’s Key – Edith Cohn
  7. The Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan
  8. The Winter Room – Gary Paulsen
  9. The Elfstones of Shannara – Terry Brooks
  10. The First Rule – Robert Crais




#Stowaway tour with #giveaway and #review #ffbc @jen_castleberry

Stowaway (The Reservation Trilogy, #2)
by Jen Castleberry
Release Date: October 15th 2016
Genre: Young Adult
Rate: 4 stars
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Twelve years ago, Nathan was forcibly transferred into governmental custody.
Once a brother, a son, and an outsider, he is now little more than an instrument of the Continental Order.
At least, that’s what his superiors think.
Now, the Order is shipping out, and a resurgence of destruction lies in wait for the continent.
Will Nathan break free and embrace the hostile outside world, or will he take his place on the last train scheduled for the Reservation?
If you read my review of Cargo, then you know I saw this series starting out decent and getting stronger, as long as the world building and character growth continued.  Wouldn’t you know, I’m a fortune teller, LOL.  I was really pleased with this second installment in the Reservation Trilogy, especially getting a new pov while still expounding on what we learned and saw in book 1.  It can be tricky to maintain consistency when you switch up the view point, but Castleberry did a great job in doing just that, as well as keeping up the pace and immersing us in the world she created once more.  I’m still not sure about a couple of details, but I’m betting we’ll get more answers in the final book, and I can’t wait to find out what’s in store.  With some more honing of her voice and sense of originality, this could be one of my favorite dystopian series of the year (and a half technically.)  Clean reading so safe for most ages providing they aren’t too young to understand the difference in fact, fiction, and realistic fantasy.
My thanks to the author and FFBC for the review opportunity!

Jen Castleberry is a North Carolina native currently based in Virginia Beach, VA. She is a Communications graduate and proud ECU alum.
When she’s not writing, Castleberry works full-time as a Veterinary Assistant at a local animal shelter.
Her affection for all critters, large and small, comes home with her at the end of each day. She frequently lends her house and heart to homeless animals in need of foster.
Her own clan of silly creatures include an Akita, a Basset Hound, a Maine Coon, and of course, her active-duty husband.
At twenty-seven, Castleberry hopes to soon realize a life-long dream of writing professionally.
The first installment of her YA debut series premiered in January of 2016. 

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Ever since she was a little girl, thirty-year-old Rose dreamed of the day Harley would carry her across the threshold on their honeymoon. So what if this isn’t her actual wedding day, and that she’s only here because Harley was left at the altar just a few hours earlier?

Trading San Francisco for paradise and swapping her bridesmaid’s bouquet for a Blue Hawaii, Rose hopes she can finally escape the friend zone.

Once upon a time they had been more than friends, but life got in the way. She’s spent every day since wishing Harley would get a clue.

She’s always been his best friend.

He’s always been hers.

She’s in love with him.

He’s … not in love with her.

He’s … marrying someone else.

He’s … hiding something.

He’s … well—it’s complicated.



He pulls me in again and presses a soft kiss to my lips. For a beat I’m stunned, and then I begin to understand. It isn’t a romantic kiss—it’s a goodbye.

It rings in a new dawn, one where Harley isn’t the center of my Earth and I’m not the center of his, and just like that, I’m lost. I’m no longer tethered to this man. I’m no longer his future—I’m his past, and he’s mine. But that’s all we are. Ex-lovers. Friends? Maybe one day, but for now are just two people who’ve clung to one another for so long we forgot we weren’t the only two to exist. We forgot we weren’t a whole, but two separate pieces.

It will kill me, but I have to let go of Harley Hamilton, because he’s already let go of me. And there is nothing sadder than a woman clinging to a ghost.


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Carmen Jenner is a thirty-something, USA Today and international bestselling author.

Her dark romance, KICK (Savage Saints MC #1), won Best Dark Romance Read in the Reader’s Choice Awards at RWDU, 2015.

A tattoo enthusiast, hardcore makeup addict and zombie fangirl, Carmen lives on the sunny North Coast of New South Wales, Australia, where she spends her time indoors wrangling her two wildling children, a dog named Pikelet, and her very own man-child.

A romantic at heart, Carmen strives to give her characters the HEA they deserve, but not before ruining their lives completely first … because what’s a happily ever after without a little torture?


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#SpellsandSorcery tour with double #giveaways and #review @susherevans #xpressobooktours

Spells and Sorcery
S. Usher Evans
(Lexie Carrigan Chronicles, #1)
Publication date: October 4th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

You have magic.

One sentence, three words, four syllables. Enough to change my life forever. And I’m not talking about the whole spells and sorcery thing.

Lexie Carrigan thought the weirdest thing about her was she preferred watching documentaries and reading the newspaper to reality TV and Twitter. But on the eve of her fifteenth birthday, her aunt and sisters drop a bomb–she’s magical.

Now the girl who never made waves is blowing up her nightstand and trying to keep from wreaking havoc on her school. When a kind stranger shows up with all the answers, Lexie hopes he’ll be able to help her control her newfound powers. But Gavon may not be as kind as he seems, and soon Lexie finds out that being magical is the least weird thing about her.

Spells and Sorcery is the first YA fantasy from S. Usher Evans, author of the Razia series, the Madion War Trilogy and Empath.

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Mama Says:

What a refreshing ya paranormal to not have the distraction of romance always tugging you away from the story.  Don’t get me wrong, pnr is one of my favorite subgenres, however, I do like to have something more to the story as well.  Spells and Sorcery also had a delightful mc, one who was smart but didn’t know she was gifted with other abilities until she turns 15.  What a wake up call! She doesn’t handle things very well, and even as she’s learning more, things get out of hand once in a while.  Which is a lot like regular puberty-after all hormones are completely unpredictable, just like budding magic.
I enjoyed the progression of the few relationships in the story, and even though the big secrets were completely predictable from the get-go, I did find myself surprised by a couple items none the less.
As with most first in series books, there are many huge questions left unanswered, though there was a certain feeling of concluding one part of the story while setting up the next.  So, while this was definitely ended with a cliffhanger, I didn’t feel jipped.  I’m definitely going to continue this series- I loved the historical side of it and the action and the fact that Lexie is coming into her own by the end of it, ready to take on the next task.  This was a completely clean book so I’d be comfortable recommending it for ages 13 and older, especially if they like certain wizards and assassins🙂

Author Bio:

S. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a “real job” as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for the birds and rekindled a childhood passion for writing novels. She sold everything she owned and moved back to Pensacola, where she currently resides with her two dogs, Zoe and Mr. Biscuit.

Evans is the author of the Razia series, Madion War Trilogy, and Empath, published by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing.

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#RememberYesterday tour with special #guestpost from @pintipdunn on #ya #genderroles and a #giveaway opportunity.



Book Title: Remember Yesterday (Forget Tomorrow, #2)

Author:  Pintip Dunn

Release Date: October 4, 2016

Genre: YA Sci Fi

Publisher: Entangled Teen


Sixteen-year-old Jessa Stone is the most valuable citizen in Eden City. Her psychic abilities could lead to significant scientific discoveries, if only she’d let TechRA study her. But ten years ago, the scientists kidnapped and experimented on her, leading to severe ramifications for her sister, Callie. She’d much rather break into their labs and sabotage their research—starting with Tanner Callahan, budding scientist and the boy she loathes most at school.

The past isn’t what she assumed, though—and neither is Tanner. He’s not the arrogant jerk she thought he was. And his research opens the door to the possibility that Jessa can rectify a fatal mistake made ten years earlier. She’ll do anything to change the past and save her sister—even if it means teaming up with the enemy she swore to defeat.

Remember Yesterday is the sequel to the NYT Bestselling and RITA™ Award-winning book, Forget Tomorrow.


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Imagine a world where your destiny has already been decided…by your future self.

It’s Callie’s seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she’s eagerly awaiting her vision―a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they’re meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.

Or in Callie’s case, a criminal.

In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo―a prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn’t spoken to in five years, she escapes the hellish prison.

But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all.

Callie herself.

Thank you so much to Mrs. Dunn for today’s guest post:

YA Heroines Kick Butt 

By Pintip Dunn

The heroes and heroines in young adult fiction are typically strong. This is, in part, because of the genre. To me, a YA story is characterized by the journey a protagonist takes in order to discovery who he or she really is. Most of the time, the character finds that he or she is stronger or braver or more resilient than he or she ever dreamed possible. This is the reason I read and write YA. This is why I love it.

But what does it mean to be strong? We are used to characters like Katniss and Tris who are physically strong and can hold their own in battle — the kind of strength that has traditionally been associated with males. But I think that strength can come in different forms, and YA heroines can also show their power by embracing characteristics that are traditionally considered “softer.”

My characters are a case in point.

Jessa, the heroine in REMEMBER YESTERDAY, was six years old in FORGET TOMORROW. Book 2 takes place ten years later, and she’s all grown up. Jessa is spunky. She loves extreme sports and lives her life to take risks — displaying those more physical characteristics. At the same time, however, she harbors an intense hatred of the scientists and secretly feels like she is unworthy. She’s grown up in the shadows of her sister’s actions, and she must find a way to break free from that and prove her worth — to herself.

I think she’s quite a different character from Callie (my heroine from FORGET TOMORROW) — or at least, she perceives herself to be. Everyone sees Callie as selfless, kind, generous. In contrast, Jessa thinks of herself as a brat who can’t get along with her mother and spends her time risking her neck doing stupid stunts.

In the course of the story, however, Jessa will come to understand her true worth. What the two sisters have in common is the deep, unconditional love they have for each other and the lengths they would go to in order to protect each other. It is this bond that drives nearly all of their actions, and it is this love that makes them strong.

YA heroines are a force to be reckoned with. I don’t think anyone would argue with that. But their power can be expressed in many ways, both, physical and emotional.


Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the Yale Law Journel.

Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. Her debut novel, Forget Tomorrow, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book. Her other novels include The Darkest Lie and the forthcoming Remember Yesterday.

She lives with her husband and children in Maryland.

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#TheAlienationofCourtneyHoffman tour with #guestpost from the author and a #giveaway


The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman
by Brady Stefani
Genre: YA Psychological Thriller/Scifi
Release Date: June 7th 2016
Summary from Goodreads:
Fifteen year old Courtney wants to be normal like her friends. But there’s something frighteningly different about her—and it’s not just the mysterious tattoo her conspiracy-obsessed grandfather marked her with before he disappeared. She’s being visited in her bedroom at night by aliens claiming to have shared an alliance with her grandfather. And imaginary or not, they’re starting to to take over her mind. “Mental illness is a slippery slope,” her mother warns her.
The last thing Courtney wants to do is end up crazy and dead like her grandfather did. But what about the tattoo? And the aliens trying to recruit her? With her new alien-savvy friend Agatha and her apocalyptic visions, Courtney begins connecting the dots between the past, present and future—of her bloodline, and the ancient history that surrounds it. Is she going insane, like her family claims her grandfather did, or is she actually a “chosen one” with ancestral connections to another world? Either way, Courtney has a mission: untangle her past, discover the truth, and stop the apocalypse before it’s too late for everyone.

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“As the father of two teenage girls, I can tell you that Brady Stefani must have some sort of supernatural helmet that helps him think and write in their language. But The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman is much more than a novel for teens. This fast-paced adventure kept my attention, blazing back-and-forth from reality to an alter-world so close by that it’s creepy. Here’s a page-turner that captures a lot about childhood struggles through an imaginative story filled with surprises.”

-Jim Schaefer, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and writer for the Detroit Free Press


“Stefani’s The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman is a thought-provoking and emotional journey through a young girl’s mind as she struggles to understand who she is, where she came from, and who she is supposed to be—all while deciphering between reality and the tricks our minds can sometimes play on us. Stefani beautifully demonstrates how difficult life can be for anyone who thinks or acts a little differently, and reminds us that, more often than not, the things that terrify us the most are the things trying to save us.”

-Jessica Stevens, author of Within Reach


Thank you so much to author Brady G. Stefani for today’s guest post!

When I started thinking about the book, I definitely knew that I wanted to deal with “mental illness” for lack of a better term.  Specifically, I wanted to explore suppressed, traumatic memories and the severe anxiety and mental torment they can cause if they are left buried.  We can’t keep uncomfortable memories buried forever. Memories are linked to emotions, and sooner or later something will trigger an old frightening emotion, and unfortunately, it’s difficult for our minds to distinguish feelings tied to old experiences, from feeling related to the present.  So when an old memory triggers a frightening childhood feeling, our mind treats the feeling as current, and our body throws the fight or flight emergency switch, and all heck breaks loose in the form of anxiety and panic.

Courtney, of course, was traumatized as a child. And up until the beginning of the story, she may have been able to keep those memories, and the emotions tied to them, buried in the vault. But when the story opens, those memories are now clawing their way out, and the more she tries to push them back down, the more anxious she becomes. It is not until Courtney meets Agatha, whom she can trust, that she allows herself to revisit her painful memories and begins to make peace them, and ultimately separate the imaginary from reality. I’m not suggesting we all have to dig up every painful memory. I’m just suggesting to the reader that more you shove painful thoughts and feelings back down, the more they will come out as anxiety or depression or illness.

A second message, or idea anyway, that I really wanted to expose the reader to was the idea that everyone has a little craziness in them, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. I had problems as a child, and I became afraid of my own mind, and I hid my fears and pretended to be normal. But that only harmed me. If I had talked with someone and shared my fears, I probably would have learned that I wasn’t so different after all. And things would have eventually settled. The more you talk about your feeling, the more comfortable you become with them, and the better you understand yourself.

Courtney, unfortunately, didn’t have any emotional support at home. She was left to feel different, and taught to be ashamed of her strange thoughts, her imaginary friend, and her alien visitors. She suffered the stigma of mental illness. And in her case… well I won’t spoil anything, but who’s to say what’s real and what’s not. The human brain is the most complex mechanism in the known universe. The mind’s ability to perceive and imagine are boundless.  And you’re going to tell me what’s real? Good luck.

Final message or idea: find yourself, treat yourself kindly, and learn to be comfortable and confident in who you are.


Brady G. Stefani has a bachelor’s degree in creative writing, and a graduate degree in law. During law school, he spent time as an involuntary commitment caseworker for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, where he interacted with patients suffering from severe thought disorders, including numerous patients presenting with subjectively real memories of being visited and abducted by alien beings (commonly referred to as alien abduction phenomenon). It was through his study of these patients, along with his own struggles with anxiety and cognition, that Stefani became aware of just how deceiving, mysterious, and powerfully resilient, the human mind can be.
In an effort to provide awareness of mental suffering, and spread hope to all those touched by it, Stefani is focused on writing YA novels that explore the experience of being different and the other-worldly places our boundary-less imaginations can take us. Alienation is his first novel. But with two works currently in progress, the journey has just begun. 


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The Elf
by Max Dune
Genre: YA Fantasy/Action & Adventure (Christmas themed)
Release Date: October 20th 2016

Summary from Goodreads:

Elves are dying in the North Pole, and none of their scientists can find a cure. They believe it’s a virus, unleashed by a powerful enemy. All signs point to Jack Frost, who’s been biding his time from afar. Watching. Waiting. Plotting. One brave elf, to save his kind, will venture out to meet evil in the eye. But he uncovers a mystery more dangerous than he could have ever imagined. Now Lucian must join a group of warriors and fight. Fuego; a flame-wielding pyro.Tiktok; a brilliant bomb expert, Yuriko; a deadly ninja assassin. And Bullets; a hot-headed gun aficionado. These unlikely heroes must learn to work together and defeat the rising evil. Or Christmas will soon be lost…forever.


About the Author
Max Dune is a Southern writer who spent most his childhood watching TV, devouring comic books and weaving magical worlds in his head. In his mid-twenties, he decided to follow his true passion. He has since created a number of short stories, novels, screenplays and TV pilots. To be alerted to future books and giveaways, sign up for his newsletter at http://eepurl.com/b5Is91.

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