Friday, August 29, 2014

The Green Teen Cookbook ed. by Laurane Marchive and Pam McElroy

The Green Teen Cookbook: Recipes for All Seasons - 
Written by Teens, for Teens  
edited by Laurane Marchive and Pam McElroy
Published by Zest Books and distributed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: July 29, 2014;144 pages; Ages 12+

BOOK DESCRIPTION The Green Teen Cookbook
The Kitchen can be one of the trickiest places for young adults to navigate—add trying to be healthy, eco-minded, and budget-conscious, and things get even more complicated! Now there is The Green Teen Cookbook (Zest Books; ISBN 978-1-936976-58-4; $14.99 PB) to help guide teens through the mysteries of the kitchen and create some amazing meals. With inspiring tips on how to cut through the chaos of going green as well as master over 70 recipes, including a seasonal key that ensures optimal freshness (and a minimal carbon footprint), any teen can become a green culinary expert and learn how to: shop on a budget; get the most out of your pantry; cook more consciously; eat healthier, and more! Featuring full color photos throughout, The Green Teen Cookbook is an all-in-one guide for eating green and eating well—by teens and for teens! 

This book is for people who enjoy cooking great, seasonal food for themselves as well as for other people—on a budget. It’s a guide for customizing recipes for each season, and for learning how to appreciate the different foods available each month. And readers looking to educate themselves on the food industry will enjoy the essays about globalization, vegetarianism, imports/exports, farming in the US and abroad, and much more.

This book arrived at my house at the perfect time

Just over a week ago, while finishing up my shopping at the grocery store, I had an embarrassing revelation. I had chosen a check-out line with the fewest number of people in line and started to unload the items from my cart onto the conveyer belt. I noticed the items of the shopper in front of me. He had fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. Everything that was healthy. I looked at my items and didn't have any of those things. When the clerk asked which items were his and which were mine (so she could ring them up separately), I said, "Can't you tell? Healthy, healthy, healthy." (as I waved mine hand over his groceries) "Processed, processed, processed." (as I waved my hand over mine) I commended him on his healthy choices and acknowledged that it didn't go unnoticed. I decided the next time I went shopping, I would make sure to add more fruits and vegetable and whole grains to my cart and try to purchase fewer processed foods.

I'm getting ready to write my grocery list for my next shopping trip and plan to use my copy of The Green Teen Cookbook for inspiration. While this book may be geared toward teens who may be on a budget or don't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, this book isn't just for teens. It is for anyone who wants to make thoughtful food choices - in the items they purchase and where they buy them.

What I like about the book:
  • The recipes are fairly simple
  • Many recipes incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Wide variety of dishes to make - including snacks and desserts 
  • Vivid pictures accompany every recipe
  • It includes and index of online sites for more inspiration and information
The Green Teen Cookbook would make a great addition to every cook's collection. I hope to share some recipes that I try over the next few months either here on my blog or on Twitter or Instagram. Please check make to see what delicious meals I've cooked up!

I'd like to thank Zest Books for providing this copy of The Green Teen Cookbook to me. It couldn't have arrived at a better time.

Readers can purchase a copy of The Green Teen Cookbook

Check out what other people are saying about The Green Teen Cookbook on the Summer Bloggin' Blog Tour hosted by Zest Books

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Pam McElroy, co-editor of The Green Teen Cookbook, an editor and caterer living in San Francisco, California. She edits books of all genres and caters under the name Meatball Maven. She has also been involved in the food industry since she was a teen--in restaurant kitchens, as a caterer, and as an editor for dining magazines. Her hobbies include reading cookbooks cover-to-cover, shopping at farmers markets, and cooking epic and seasonal meals for friends and family.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Someone Like You by Karen Rock: Excerpt and Giveaway

Someone Like You 
by Karen Rock
Publication Date: September 1, 2014
Published by Harlequin (Heartwarming)

 You can't program love…or can you?

Kayleigh Renshaw has come up with the idea for a brilliant "compatibility app," a new kind of matchmaking software. All she needs is a programmer to help her bring the idea to market…and she knows exactly who she wants. But Niall Walsh—a code whiz and her former best friend—has been avoiding her since he returned from Afghanistan. In spite of their history, and some sparks that go beyond friendship, he's proving reluctant…. Is it her, or is something darker holding him back?


“I don’t need to be around other people,” he said drily, his gaze never leaving hers. “Except you.”
Heated blood rushed through her. That was treacherous thinking—for both of them. “But if you used the app, you’d find the right girlfriend. Want to be with her. You can’t waste your time on someone like me. I’ll never be more than a friend.”
He closed the distance between them in one stride and eyed her. “Sure about that?”
And suddenly, he pulled her into his arms, his strong body enfolding her. His lips lowered then paused, his heated eyes questioning. Was he waiting for her to refuse him?
Her bones melted against him, and her resolve to keep things professional crumbled. She wanted this kiss as badly as she’d ever wanted anything. She stretched up on her tiptoes and heard him groan as his lips swept down and captured hers, the caress as feather soft as the dragonfly’s wings.
He pulled the band around her bun loose, and her hair tumbled down her back, his hands burying themselves in it. When he deepened their kiss, his mouth slanting firmly against hers, her skin heated. Their hearts pounded together, and she breathed in his minty breath, tasting the strawberries they’d eaten earlier. Wanting him closer, she traced his bunching back muscles, loving their hardness and strength.
When his lips left hers and traveled along her jaw, she fitted herself against him closer still, needing to feel all of him. As his lips slid along her earlobe then down her neck, the world tilted and spun madly in the wrong direction.
She cupped his face and brought it back to hers, wanting his mouth again, the caress deepening into a demanding kiss that left her breathless and clutching on to his shoulders when her knees weakened.
At last he stopped, and they stared at each other, chests heaving, breath coming in fits and starts.
“Still sure?” he murmured, his eyes searching hers. Struck dumb, she nodded automatically, her gesture making him scowl, disappointment in his eyes. When he strode out of the pavilion, her fingers traced her swollen lips
How had she let that happen?

Karen Rock is an award-winning YA and adult contemporary author. She holds a master’s degree in English and worked as an ELA instructor before becoming a full-time author.  With her co-author, Joanne Rock, she’s penned the CAMP BOYFRIEND series with Spencer Hill Press under the pseudonym J.K. Rock. She also writes contemporary romance for Harlequin Enterprises. Her wholesome romance, Heartwarming novels have won the 2014 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and the 2014 Golden Quill Contest. When she's not writing, Karen loves scouring estate sales for vintage books, cooking her grandmother's family recipes and hiking. She lives in the Adirondack Mountain region with her husband, daughter, and two Cavalier King cocker spaniels who have yet to understand the concept of "fetch" though they know a lot about love. To find out about her upcoming releases, appearance and latest news, visit or follow her on Facebook at or Twitter at!
She’d love to connect with you!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Not That Kind of Girl
A young women tells you what she's learned
by Lena Dunham
Publication Date: September 30, 2014
Published by Random House
Pages: 288
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from Goodreads

"There is nothing gutsier to me than a person announcing that their story is one that deserves to be told," writes Lena Dunham, and it certainly takes guts to share the stories that make up her first book, Not That Kind of Girl. These are stories about getting your butt touched by your boss, about friendship and dieting (kind of) and having two existential crises before the age of 20. Stories about travel, both successful and less so, and about having the kind of sex where you feel like keeping your sneakers on in case you have to run away during the act. Stories about proving yourself to a room of 50-year-old men in Hollywood and showing up to "an outlandishly high-fashion event with the crustiest red nose you ever saw." Fearless, smart, and as heartbreakingly honest as ever, Not That Kind of Girl establishes Lena Dunham as more than a hugely talented director, actress and producer-it announces her as a fresh and vibrant new literary voice.

Why I'm Waiting

Lena Dunham may not be the voice if MY generation, but I love her wit and humor. I am a huge fan of GIRLS and what to see how her talent translates to the written word.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It's Release Day: FERAL by Holly Schindler

It's Release Day!!!
by Holly Schindler
Published by Harper Teen
August 26, 2014
  432 Pages

 About FERAL

The Lovely Bones meets Black Swan in this haunting psychological thriller with twists and turns that will make you question everything you think you know.

It’s too late for you. You’re dead. Those words continue to haunt Claire Cain months after she barely survived a brutal beating in Chicago. So when her father is offered a job in another state, Claire is hopeful that getting out will offer her a way to start anew.

But when she arrives in Peculiar, Missouri, Claire feels an overwhelming sense of danger, and her fears are confirmed when she discovers the body of a popular high school student in the icy woods behind the school, surrounded by the town’s feral cats. While everyone is quick to say it was an accident, Claire knows there’s more to it, and vows to learn the truth about what happened.

But the closer she gets to uncovering the mystery, the closer she also gets to realizing a frightening reality about herself and the damage she truly sustained in that Chicago alley….

Holly Schindler’s gripping story is filled with heart-stopping twists and turns that will keep readers guessing until the very last page.
 Purchase Links
Amazon / Barnes & Noble / IndieBound

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Friday, August 22, 2014

MELT by Selene Castrovilla - Trailer Reveal and Giveaway

Earlier this summer, I received an review copy of MELT by Selene Castrovilla. It is an incredible book. From my review: "The writing transported me to where Dorothy and Joey were. Through the good and the bad. I wasn't just reading a book, I was witness to this story . . ."

Today, I'm thrilled to reveal Selene Castrovilla's MELT Book Trailer Contest winning video by Jacqueline Xerri. Check out the book and trailer below, and let us know what you think in the comments. Then be sure to enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter!

MELT by Selene Castrovilla

MELT by Selene Castrovilla | Last Syllable Books | November 6, 2014
Melt is a brutal love story, set against the backdrop of The Wizard of Oz. Sixteen year old “good girl” Dorothy just blew into the small town of Highland Park – where the social headquarters is Munchkinland (Dunkin’ Donuts.) There, she meets Joey – a “bad boy” who tells no one about the catastrophic domestic violence he witnesses at home. Can these two lovers survive peer pressure, Joey’s reputation, and his alcoholism? And then there’s his family's secret – about to be unleashed.Told in dual first person, Joey's words are scattered on the page - reflecting his broken state. Dorothy is the voice of reason - until something so shattering happens that she, too, may lose her grip. Can their love endure, or will it melt away? Melt is based on true events. It is both a chilling tale of abuse, and a timeless romance. It will hit you like a punch in the face, and also seep through the cracks in your soul.
Add MELT to your Goodreads TBR!

Trailer for MELT

Created by Jacqueline Xerri

What do you think of the Trailer?

About Selene Castrovilla

Selene Castrovilla
Selene Castrovilla is an award-winning teen and children’s author who believes that through all trends, humanity remains at the core of literature. She is the author of Saved By the Music and The Girl Next Door, teen novels originally published by WestSide Books and now available digitally through ASD Publishing. Her third children’s book with Calkins Creek Books, Revolutionary Friends, was released in April. She is also a contributing author to UncommonYA. Selene holds an MFA in creative writing from New School University and a BA in English from New York University. She lives on Long Island with her two sons. Visit her website for book excerpts and more information!


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: AGAIN by Lisa Burstein

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:


by Lisa Burstein
Publication Date: September 22, 2014
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How far would you go for a second chance?

Eleven years after flunking out of college, Kate has finally hit rock-bottom. Losing her job and boyfriend in one drunken night, she’s determined to fix her life by going back to the moment when she let partying and sex take over. And do things right this time. At twenty-nine, she heads back to freshman year of college, with a catch.

Pretending she's nineteen with a new roommate and full class schedule is easy. When she meets her shy, sexy and seven-years-younger RA, Carter, following her self-imposed sobriety and celibacy rules is proving to be anything but.

A senior enduring years of regret, Carter is more than ready to graduate. He’s anxious to move on from the party his freshman year where he witnessed his frat brothers about to commit a sexual assault. Instead of doing the right thing and stepping in, he looked the other way and left. His guilt has made for a lonely four years.

When he meets the new freshman on his floor, spunky and confident Kate, he wonders if his time as an outcast has finally come to an end.

Kate and Carter’s growing friendship and undeniable attraction make it harder to hide the demons from their respective pasts. But when their secrets are finally revealed, will their chance at starting over together still be there?

Why I'm Waiting
  • I am a HUGE FAN of Lisa's books - I love her characters and the stories she tells
  • It's a story about second chances 
  • I must find out how a 29 year old can pull off being a 19 year old 
  • This two chapter teaser - read it for yourself and then add AGAIN to your TBR list! 


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