☄ Wednesday, April 1, 2015

January-March Quarterly Wrap-Up

Happy April Fool's Day! It's been an interesting three months, even though it's a little early in the new year for anything too exciting to happen, aside from maybe Insurgent coming out in theaters (I still need to see the first one before I drag myself to see the second one - or wait for the DVD to come out and get it in the summer before I head off to college). So far, here's what's going on in my world:
  • My kindle screen fizzled back in December (still usable - I just have to change the font to a smaller size to actually read it). Recently I got a brand new tablet and it was actually the last Nextbook on sale. Let's just say I actually set off the alarms three times after buying it. Whoever knew looking for a person in a store is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Overall, I'm enjoying that Nextbook far better than the Kindle since I can do other things aside from simply reading and doing basic internet things in black and white (such as annoying entertaining Lupe and vice versa in color).
    • That particular Kindle is now used for out of town trips... it's no worry if I lose a "useless" Kindle, right?
  • Two new residents have joined the Bookwyrming Thoughts crew - Lupe and Rundus. Rundus made his appearance in February and Lupe has been mentioned a few times. Ella's just existing currently, so right now I'm running the show as I have for two years. Sometime in the near future the two newbies will be introduced (and then sometime in the summer a dispute with Rundus will probably occur).
  • I'm nineteen books closer to my Goodreads Challenge of 120 books. And then some (aka there's probably twenty-one books).
  • April brings me closer to being a senior - my schedule for next year makes me look quite angelic compared to some of the ones I've seen/heard.
  • Paper Towns is becoming a movie. I didn't even find out until Spring Break. This is what happens when you're away from the internet for a long time: you're literally out of the loop.
    • I don't think I'll consider reading the novel

Reviews Throughout January-March

Who R U Really? by Margo Kelly
Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi
Eona by Alison Goodman
The Forgetting by Nicole Maggi (ARC)
Burning Blue by Paul Griffin
The Body Electric by Beth Revis
Storm Fall by Tracy Banghart (ARC)
Pawn by Aimee Carter
Bridges Burned by Chris Cannon (ARC)
Talon by Julie Kagawa
The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
The Fire Artist by Daisy Whitney
Henge by Realm Lovejoy - Rundus | Sophia
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
The Queen's Choice by Cayla Kluver
Deceived by L.A. Starkey
Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton (ARC)
Don't Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon
Grandmaster by David Klass
Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas (ARC)
Soul Taken by Katlyn Duncan

Most Enjoyable

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Don't Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon
Henge by Realm Lovejoy

Most Improved (From Book One)

Eona by Alison Goodman
Bridges Burned by Chris Cannon (ARC)

Most Disappointing

Talon by Julie Kagawa
Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton
A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

Top Ten Reviews From January-March

  1. The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski - I do hope you're not that tired of seeing this pop up for the third time.
  2. Who R U Really? by Margo Kelly
  3. The Fire Artist by Daisy Whitney
  4. Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi - If you don't like the ever so occasional texting language popping up, don't read this.
  5. Eona by Alison Goodman - As a result, Rundus is now a tad bit trustworthy in the recommendations department. I still didn't like Eona as a character though.
  6. The Forgetting by Nicole Maggi (ARC)
  7. Burning Blue by Paul Griffin - It's a funny thing: In a random conversation I had with Rundus, we pretty much mentioned we like another gender's point of view rather than our own gender.
  8. Don't Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon
  9. Henge by Realm Lovejoy
  10. Grandmaster by David Klass
And that, fellow book-lovers, is the quarterly wrap up post consisting of reviews and whatnots from January to March. Simply because I don't actually have time to do a monthly wrap-up post, or perhaps I'm a little too lazy to do them and will consider doing them in the future after seeing how ridiculously long this quarterly wrap-up post is. I'll probably drag in the others as well (guys, it totally counts as your little monthly posting requirement! Er... sort of).

What's going on in your world? Any fabulous books being read? Or perhaps you've had a miserable time in the reading department? (If that's the case, I do hope your next read is better - A LOT better.)

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☄ Friday, March 27, 2015

Blog Tour: Untaken - Excerpt

Title: Untaken
Author: J.E. Anckorn
Link: Goodreads
Publication Date: March 23, 2015 (Re-Release)
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

It turns out that a real alien invasion is nothing like the Sci-fi shows 14-year-old Gracie loves. Not when it’s your own family who are swallowed whole by those big silver ships. Not if it could be you next.

In her search for her family, Gracie meets Brandon, a high school dropout who would never have been caught dead hanging out with a dork like Gracie before the world ended. Gracie isn’t too crazy about Brandon either, but he has one thing she doesn’t: A plan.

Brandon’s uncle has a cabin up in Maine, and If Gracie and Brandon can survive long enough to get there they can hide out until the Space Men pack up their ships and leave.

Until the army guys come to rescue them, says Brandon. Brandon is big into army guys. Gracie has to admit that Brandon’s Awesome Plan probably would have worked out great if wasn’t for Jake.

They found 5-year-old Jake, laying half-dead under the remains of someone’s ranch house. He’s a good kid, even if he won’t-or can’t- talk. But Jake has a secret, and when Gracie finds out what it is, the fragile new life they’ve started to forge looks set to break apart.

When the people you’ve been counting on to put the world back together start hunting you down, alien invaders are the least of your worries.

Excerpt:
     Katie and Zach walked up Auburn Street toward me, Katie in a short dress that showed off her long brown legs, and Zach with his shirt tied round his waist and a basketball jammed under one muscular arm.
     There was no time to duck off down a side street. They’d seen me.
     “Hey,” said Katie. “What’s up?”
     Zach gave the ball a couple of hard bounces on the pavement instead of replying. He’d been a scrawny little boy last summer, but now he was taller than me.
     “Nothing much,” I told them. Katie and Zach and I had been to the same elementary school. Katie and I had been friends once—she only lived a few streets away from us—but after Mom had seen Katie hanging out with a bunch of older kids, passing a bottle back and forth down at the park, I’d been banned from speaking to her. She hung out with a different crowd at school now.
     “I haven’t seen you in forever!”
     I didn’t know what to say. I still felt bad at the way I’d avoided her at school, pretended I wasn’t home when she rang the doorbell. She’d given up trying to talk to me a couple of years ago now, but it was still awkward to run into her like this.
     “We’re going over to the playground,” Katie said, finally. “Want to come?”
     “No, I don’t think I can—”
     Katie rolled her eyes. “Whatever, Gracie. I guess your mom won’t let you?”
     “It’s not that….” I said.
     “What then? We used to hang out down there all the time.” She laughed. “Remember our secret clubhouse?”
     It hadn’t been much of a clubhouse. Just a bare patch of pine-needley ground between a bunch of spruces that grew around the basketball court, but I remembered.
     “Well, suit yourself.” Katie brushed her long blonde hair back out of her face.
     My hair was long and blonde too, but instead of being sleek and shiny, it was a tangled mess no matter how much I brushed it. When we were six, we’d given each other haircuts. Katie’s mom had found us halfway through the makeover, and taken us to the salon to fix the mess.
     “Don’t you girls look pretty?” she’d said afterwards as we admired our matching bobs in the salon mirror. “Like twins.” I couldn’t wait to get home to show mom my new haircut, but she’d gone crazy. She’d called Katie’s mom and yelled at her until she hung up the phone, even though I’d told her it had been my idea. That had been the beginning of the end with Katie and me, although I was too young to know it then. It pissed me off that mom was always saying I should make friends when she’d stopped me hanging out with the best friend I’d ever had. It was so unfair.
     “Sure, I’ll hang out for a while,” I found myself saying.

Author Bio

J. E. Anckorn has been an artist and writer ever since she began to surreptitiously doodle on school supplies instead of learning about practical things, like osmosis and mathematics.

After barely surviving a freak mathematical osmosis disaster, she set out to travel the world, living in New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong before returning to her native Britain- just in time to marry an American and leave for the U.S.A. She still failed to learn anything about osmosis, but did manage to cultivate an accent that is unintelligible to almost everyone. (It happened through a mysterious net movement of information from the outside environment into her brain. If only there was a word for that!)

This led to her development of a new language, based almost entirely on polite yet uncomprehending nods. In between these adventures, she has worked as a toy designer, copywriter, and freelance illustrator. She lives in Boston, with a small grumpy dog, and a large, slightly less grumpy husband.

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☄ Sunday, March 22, 2015

Review: Soul Taken by Katlyn Duncan (Has Potential...)

Soul Taken by Katlyn Duncan

The Life After #1
Author:
Katlyn Duncan
Publication Date: June 24, 2013
Publisher: Carina UK
Reviewer: Sophia

After-life just got a lot more complicated.

Maggie is a Soul Collector. It’s her job to transport souls from the Living Realm to the After – but during a mission to New England to find a stolen soul, she ends up stuck in a teen mean girl’s body. Trapped, Maggie’s soul is catapulted into Ally’s life – and the human world she hasn’t experienced for one hundred years.

But, as a descendant of the most powerful beings in the After, Maggie must rescue Ally before the girl’s soul dies... To survive, Maggie must uncover devastating secrets – because with one soul taken by a terrifying enemy, Maggie’s could be next!
Updated copy provided by Barclay Publicity for review – thanks!

The first book in the Life After trilogy is apparently one of those books where the results – or the sequels, per say – could be either good or bad...

The concept is fantastic – I particularly loved the idea of the dead collecting souls and guiding them to the After after death (note: that was not a mistake – After is a place). While the general concept does sound a little similar to Ephemeral, there's really not enough to deem it a complete carbon copy. Duncan gives the idea with her own twist in having Maggie being stuck in a mean girl's body while looking for a True Soul and having time running against her as the others search for Ally's missing soul.

The world building is as equally fantastic as the concept – it's obvious that Duncan is quite thorough, complete, and detailed with developing the After as the author introduces us to Maggie's life from early on in the book, from the different roles to how they all worked to even the possibility of reincarnation.

Duncan's writing, however, did feel a little awkward at times throughout the process of reading Soul Taken. Some sentences didn't seem to flow along together seamlessly, and made the reading a little bumpy. Apparently the inner editor in me questioned a few things.

The formatting is also a little odd. Though it's similar to the problem I had while reading Fire and Shadow (that was a horrendous ride), I don't really have as much as a problem as there's an eenie weenie break between paragraphs and not looking as though words were bumping words (or so close to it, you couldn't even tell there's a break). Not to stress anything, but I honestly didn't notice the little break when I eFlipped to the very first page. Massive panic was involved for a few seconds.

But much kudos to Katlyn Duncan on her characters – they were highly intriguing. Maggie's visions of her past is perhaps one of the things that kept me reading the story and turning the pages without noticing that Maggie spent most of her time in Ally's body doing a little stressing out over the amount of time getting shorter each day the Guards couldn't find Ally's soul. A few of the characters were also highly unpredictable until the end – a character well played, Katlyn Duncan. Well played. I definitely didn't see that coming (a rarity, so I'm doing a happy dance). ^_^

The ending... what can I say about the ending without giving spoilers away? Simply put, a character's exit was quite... pitiful. I say pitiful because three seconds after I literally praised the author (mentally) on a job well done, one of those characters makes a flail-worthy exit (along with the villains). The victory seemed a little too easy and I'm half afraid to pick up the other two books in the trilogy because the very end of the entire trilogy may be similar to the one in Ever After (a happy one). Not that I actually mind a happy ending for all of the characters, but I do love it when the villain(s) makes a jaw-dropping exit that makes you question what just happened.

Soul Taken was a highly enjoyable read, a book that is perfectly paced with intricate and surprising characters thrown into complex situations even after death.

3.5 Owls
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☄ Thursday, March 19, 2015

Blog Tour: The Lightbound Saga - Excerpt + Giveaway

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Title: Maia and the Xifarian Conspiracy (The Lightbound Saga #1)
Author: S.G. Basu
Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
Publication Date: January 18, 2014

The chance of living the life of a regular thirteen year old was never hers, Maia knows that much. Her dead mother is an alleged turncoat; her people are practically slaves to the Xifarians-a race of ruthless, space travelers; her planet is near extinction. Maia keeps hoping, however. Of evading the Xifarians and of someday atoning for the sins of her mother. Maia has learnt to be careful, she is cautious. Until the day she gives in to the charms of a gypsy boy and the allure of flying his glider. And then, all Maia’s plans fall apart.

Spotted by Xifarian scouts, Maia is recruited into a dubious peace initiative. She had never considered visiting the galaxy roving planet-spaceship of Xif; she had never imagined meeting or befriending a Jjord – the reclusive people from the under-ocean colonies. But all that is about to happen, and Maia’s life is about to change forever . . .

Maia and the Xifarian Conspiracy is a daring space adventure and a coming-of-age story. It is a riveting tale in which the young hero’s journey of self-discovery parallels the timeless search for friendship, knowledge, and truth.

Title: Maia and the Secrets of Zagran
Author: S.G. Basu
Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads
Publication Date: December 15, 2014

Thirteen-year-old Maia thinks she has seen it all.

She has survived an assassination attempt, she has been threatened by a chancellor, and she has faced off with saboteurs trying to bring down a nation. She lets nothing get to her anymore-not the ominous nightmares she has been having lately, not the fear of being targeted for another soul extraction, not even the memories of her dead mother’s terrifying communique.

More than ever, Maia wants the Initiative to resume. She longs to visit Zagran-the undersea capital of the Jjord. She wants to ride the underwater transport lines, learn about the Jjordic energy farms and most of all-she wants to goof off with her friends. But, around the charming city of Zagran, evil is gathering. Maia and her friends do not know it yet, this is just the beginning of a terrifying end.

Excerpt:
     Carefully, she opened the small lid, slipped her hand cautiously inside, and reached for the crystal. A flash of light followed by a searing pain that shot through her arm stunned Maia for a moment. Blinking rapidly, she focused her eyes and screamed. The L’miere crystal had vanished. A thin wisp of smoke rose from the moss where the crystal had lain just moments ago. Maia pulled out her hand and shook the pod, hoping that she had maybe . . . somehow . . . just maybe . . . pushed it into a crevice or something. But the pod remained empty; only the lava rock sat on its mossy bed, in blissful ignorance.
     Ren would know.
     She ran out of the room, up the staircase toward the Snoso, and smack dab into the middle of a portly frame. Maia would have gone flying and crashed into the wall had it not been for the hands that gripped her firmly by the shoulders.
     “Well, well, well. If it isn’t my old friend Maia,” the voice of Principal Pomewege bellowed. “And what is the rush, child?”
     Maia started to murmur an apology. She must have not made much sense, because the principal interrupted her midway.
     “Is something wrong?” His eyes shone with concern.
     Everything is wrong.
     “Nothing, sir,” she lied.
     “Well, you seem to be in a hurry, so I won’t keep you.” Pomewege smiled. “But if there is anything I can help you with, just let me know.”
     He turned away, and Maia took a few steps before she rushed back toward the principal. “Principal Pomewege, I think . . . I . . . I destroyed something,” she stammered.

Author Bio

S. G. Basu is a telecommunications engineer by profession, but she likes to call herself a dreamer. Imagination, fueled by a voracious appetite for books, has been her steady friend since childhood. She discovered her passion for writing quite by chance and there has been no stopping her since then.

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☄ Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Cover Reveal: Fifth Avenue Fidos by Holly Schindler

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Title: Fifth Avenue Fidos
Author: Holly Schindler
Links: Amazon | Kobo | Goodreads

When a mutt from Queens meets a purebred New Yorker, it takes man’s—and woman’s—best friend to convince them what they feel is more than puppy love.

Mable Barker, a hilarious, good-natured sweetheart who is always the pal but never the girlfriend, endures nine horrendous months of bouncing between lackluster New York City jobs (and suffering unrequited love) in her unsuccessful attempt to find her one true talent. So when she meets Innis, the ill-tempered Upper East Side Pekingese, she assumes her dog-walking days are numbered, too; soon, she’ll be heading back to Queens brokenhearted, tail tucked between her legs. But Innis belongs to the adorable yet painfully shy young veterinarian, Jason Mead, a man whose awkward ways around women have him dreaming not of finding love for himself but of playing canine matchmaker—breeding Westminster champions.

When Mable and Jason meet, romance is officially unleashed: they find an instant connection and shared goal, as it appears that Mable could very well have what it takes to be a professional handler, soon to be seen holding Innis under a banner labeled, “Best in Show.” As Jason and Mable get closer to putting a new twist on the term “dog lovers,” outside forces—Mable’s overprotective brothers, a successful wedding planner with her eye on Jason, even the theft of purebred pups from Jason’s Fifth Avenue apartment building—all threaten to come between them. Will Mable and Jason simply let their burgeoning love roll over and play dead? Or will they rally to make sure Innis emerges as the leader of the pack?

Brimming with humor and endearing characters, Holly Schindler’s Fifth Avenue Fidos offers a sweet romance and modern-day fairy tale in which dogs, not dragons, rule the land…a story about the loves that help us realize our dreams.

Author Bio

Holly Schindler is the author of four traditionally published books; her work has received starred reviews in Booklist and Publishers Weekly, has won silver and gold medals in ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year and the IPPY Awards, respectively, has been featured on Booklist’s Best First Novels for Youth and School Library Journal’s What’s Hot in YA, and has been a PW Pick of the Week. Fifth Avenue Fidos is her first independently published book. She is owned by a Pekingese named Jake and can be found working on her next book in her hometown of Springfield, Missouri. She can also be found at hollyschindler.com.
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☄ Sunday, March 15, 2015

Review: Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender (Murderous Queen)

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender

Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer
Author:
Katie Alender
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Reviewer: Sophia

Colette Iselin is excited to go to Paris on a class trip. She’ll get to soak up the beauty and culture, and maybe even learn something about her family’s French roots.

But a series of gruesome murders are taking place across the city, putting everyone on edge. And as she tours museums and palaces, Colette keeps seeing a strange vision: a pale woman in a ball gown and powdered wig, who looks suspiciously like Marie Antoinette.

Colette knows her popular, status-obsessed friends won’t believe her, so she seeks out the help of a charming French boy. Together, they uncover a shocking secret involving a dark, hidden history. When Colette realizes she herself may hold the key to the mystery, her own life is suddenly in danger . . .

Acclaimed author Katie Alender brings heart-stopping suspense to this story of revenge, betrayal, intrigue — and one killer queen.

I only picked up Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer for two reasons: 1) Marie Antoinette is a serial killer. I had to see it. 2) I'm in need of a book that's less of a romance. Oh, and I need a break from all of the books out there that do before I blow a gasket. Really, it's for everyone's benefit.

This book is a fantastic break for me – it's not a fluffy book set in Paris with a Paris romance (though there is a sort-of Paris romance I'm totally peachy with), despite the fact Alender starts things off with a gruesome murder involving a head being chopped off by a ghost.

No, I did not actually enjoy reading a person getting her head chopped off by a flying broken mirror shard caused by a ghost. I might be a ninja and secretly evil, but I don't actually enjoy those kinds of things.

France's history in the late 18th century is quite intriguing – from helping the US with the American Revolution against the British and then entering their own Revolution against the monarchy a little over a decade later. Alender's book is full of rich details involving French history and culture circulating the Revolution (despite the fact some facts were liberated by Alender to fit the overall plot of the story) as Colette tours France with her classmates, questions her roots and her friendship with Hannah, and tries to figure out why she's seeing a Marie Antoinette lookalike everywhere.

The amount of French the author uses throughout the book isn't overwhelming – it's enough to keep the intrigue, but not enough where it'll be overly confusing and categorizing the book as a piece of French literature. Then again, it's probably helpful when 1) the main character isn't entirely proficient at French, and 2) the romance languages are so similar, I pretty much understand the basis of the conversations with my sliver understanding of Spanish and Italian.

On the overall basis of the book being well written, I had mixed feelings for Colette for awhile – she's both likable and not likable at the same time. She's not likable because she just seems to have a very snobby attitude of sorts, tries too hard to fit in with the rich and wealthy at her private school, and spends her time being a doormat in the beginning of the book for fear of facing Hannah's wrath. As the book goes on and everyone makes Colette questions her friendship with Hannah, Colette slowly becomes likable – someone who isn't snobby after all, and her ending with Hannah is quite fantastic. Of course, it does become a little obvious there's some sort of gap between their friendship (and growing) since Colette secretly rebels at times without Hannah's knowledge.

All in all, Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer is a book about deception, loyalty, and how even the dead can come back for revenge to complete unfinished business before they can finally rest in peace.

4 Owls
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☄ Friday, March 13, 2015

Blog Tour: Losing the Ice - Interview + Giveaway

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Title: Losing the Ice (Ice #2)
Author: Jennifer Comeaux
Link: Amazon | Goodreads
Publication Date: February 23, 2015


Courtney and Josh are in love and excited to finally compete as skating partners. When they take the ice for their first competition, they want to show everyone, especially Josh's family, they are the perfect pair.

But ice is slippery, and one misstep puts all their dreams in jeopardy. Now they must show each other both their love and their partnership are strong enough to survive.




Interview with Author Jennifer Comeaux
  1. Happy Friday the 13th! Any particular superstitions (preferably in relation to skating) that you would love to put your characters through one day just to see their reactions?
    Fun question! There are a lot of skaters who are superstitious. Some have lucky charms that they make their coaches place next to the boards while they skate. I could have one of my characters’ coaches lose their lucky charm. The ensuing freakout could be fun to watch. :)
  2. Without giving any spoilers, tell us what Courtney and Josh are going to be up to in the sequel to Crossing the Ice. Any trials or obstacles they might be facing that could be mind blowing or life changing?
    They are competing together as a pair for the first time, and all I can say is they face an unexpected challenge that frustrates them both on and off the ice. I can’t give away any more, so you’ll have to read to find out!
  3. Music is a probably a big part in your writing process, especially when choosing the right song for the right scene. How did you go about choosing them? (Yep, it includes the songs Josh plays for Courtney, the songs they choose for their programs, etc.)
    I’m always listening to music, so I love incorporating it into my books. Sometimes the songs that end up in the books are songs that just happen to be playing on my mp3 player while I’m thinking about the story. I’ll hear them and realize how perfectly they fit the mood of the story (that happened with Muse’s songs in Crossing the Ice). For the skating programs, I always choose pieces I’d love to perform to if I was a skater. It’s my chance to make up my dream programs!
  4. Were there any songs that you would have liked to put in Losing the Ice but it just didn't seem to fit in?
    I wanted to have Courtney and Josh skate to “A Bad Dream” by Keane for an exhibition program, but I couldn’t find a way to work in that scene. I’ve been dying for someone to skate to that song!
  5. Will Aubrey, Chris, or any of the other characters (aside from Emily and Sergei) who played a major role in the Edge series be making an appearance later on in the Ice series?
    It’s funny you ask that because I was just thinking the other day about how I could sneak Aubrey and Chris into the final book of the Ice series. They should both be finished with school by the time Taking the Ice takes place, so I’ve thought about making Chris a trainer at the rink in Cape Cod. I also have an idea for giving Aubrey a role, but I can’t spoil it ;)
  6. During the zombie apocalypse, if any of your characters came to life, which two would you team up with to exorcise the zombies and why?
    I would team up with Chris and Courtney. Chris would keep us laughing while we fought the zombies, and Courtney doesn’t take crap from anyone, so I know she’d be blasting those zombies any way she can!
  7. Aside from Ice Skating, is there another particular Olympic sport or two that you would like to write about in the future when you complete the Ice series?
    I have another skating book planned after the Ice series (Liza’s story!), but if I ever move on to another sport, tennis or swimming would probably be my first two choices. I actually had an idea for a tennis romance years ago when I used to follow the sport more closely, and I’ve always loved watching swimming during the Olympics.
  8. How did you get into writing contemporary romance? Is there another particular genre or two that you would one day like to try your hand in?
    I like reading and writing stories about situations and characters to whom I can relate, so contemporary has always felt the most natural to me. I enjoy using real-world places and issues, so I don’t think I’ll ever try my hand at paranormal or fantasy.
  9. If you could rewrite the ending of any book, which would it be, and how would you rewrite it differently compared to the original author? And please, no Allegiant. ;)
    Gone Girl, definitely. If you haven’t read it yet, hide your eyes from the rest of this answer! View Spoiler »
  10. Any books being published in 2015 that you're looking forward to?
    I’m really looking forward to The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West (I LOVED On the Fence), and also The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord.

Author Bio

Jennifer Comeaux is a tax accountant by day, writer by night. There aren’t any ice rinks near her home in south Louisiana, but she’s a die-hard figure skating fan and loves to write stories of romance set in the world of competitive skating.

One of her favorite pastimes is traveling to competitions, where she can experience all the glitz and drama that inspire her writing. Jennifer loves to hear from readers!

Author Links:
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