Friday, June 24, 2016

Selene Castrovilla's ROUGH ROMANCE TRILOGY Tour


Visitors of this blog and my friends know that it's no secret that MELT is a book that I want all readers to know about. I've shared my reviews here, told my friends about MELT, bought them copies of the book and encouraged them to discover Joey and Dorothy's story for themselves. I'm more than honored to be a part of this blog tour and once again share these books with my blog readers.

For my stop on the tour, I decided to take some MELT inspired photographs


Dunkin' Donuts - Where Dorothy and Joey first meet


Enjoying a sweet treat while waiting for Joey and Dorothy to arrive


                                                                        "By the water we could
                                                                 breathe really
                                                                 breathe in the air.
                                                                         I wanted to breathe
                                                                 fresh
                                                                 air
                                                                 with her I wanted to know how that 
                                                                 felt."



For his birthday, Dorothy gave Joey a copy of her favorite book - The Catcher in the Rye.


                                                                            "I 
                                                                     squeeze
                                                                     my fingers inside the glove.
                                                                            Feels snug it's 
                                                                     warm.
                                                                            It's like settling into cushions on a thick cozy couch it's a
                                                                     place to lay my hand and 
                                                                     rest. A 
                                                                     refuge a
                                                                     padding
                                                                     from all the knocks my hand gets self-inflicted though they
                                                                     may be,
                                                                           So I guess it's 
                                                                     protection
                                                                     from
                                                                     me. 
                                                                           Now that's funny."



"There's no place like home . . . "


You can read my review of MELT - (HERE) and SIGNS OF LIFE - (HERE).


MELT (Rough Romance #1) | Publication: November 6, 2014

Based on true events, MELT is both a chilling tale of abuse, and a timeless romance. MELT will hit you like a punch in the face, and also seep through the cracks in your soul.

MELT is a brutal love story set against the metaphorical backdrop of The Wizard of Oz (not a retelling). When sixteen year old Dorothy moves to the small town of Highland Park, she meets, and falls for 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?
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?




SIGNS OF LIFE (Rough Romance #2)
by Selene Castrovilla
Publisher: Last Syllable Books | Publication Date: June 21, 2016

The tables are turned with a vengeance in this tour de force love story. Nearly a year has gone by and now it’s Dorothy who is fragmented and lost, while Joey keeps the promise he had made her to better himself—even though she’s gone. Joey talks about what is happening in the present while Dorothy describes what happened before— in the moments and hours after the Glock dropped. This time the stakes are even higher, as Joey forces himself to move forward while Dorothy is frozen in place. But when he learns of a devastating decision, Joey races to find her before it is too late. Truth, consequence, repercussion and modern medicine collide as pieces converge in this psychological, thrilling story, which begs the question: Can love really conquer all?

Signs of Life: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble



About Selene Castrovilla
Selene Castrovilla is the award-winning author of multiple narrative nonfiction picture books and young adult novels. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and a BA in English from New York University. She lives on Long Island with her two sons and too many cats. Visit her website: www.SeleneCastrovilla.com

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TOUR SCHEDULE

June 20th - The Recipe Fairy
June 22nd - Dystopian Citzn
June 24th - Actin' Up with Books
June 27th - Kidbits
June 29th - A Book and a Latte
July 2nd - The Quirky Reader
July 4th - Rhea's Neon Journal
July 8th - Worth Reading It?



GIVEAWAY

One signed set of MELT and SIGN OF LIFE (US Only)
$50 Gift Card to Amazon or Book Depository (International)




Thursday, June 23, 2016

AW Teen Summer Reading Challenge

Join the AW Teen Summer Reading Challenge and win books!
Who: Everyone who loves reading YA!
What: Read any AW Teen title (full list here: http://www.albertwhitman.com/teen/) and review it anywhere (your blog, Goodreads, Instagram, YouTube—wherever!).
AWTeen_Spring16Titles
When: June 15-August 31, 2016
How: Submit the link to your review here.
You will receive 1 entry for every AW Teen Book you review.
You will receive extra entries for sharing that review on Goodreads, Netgalley, Edelweiss, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or other review sites.
You will receive even more extra entries for following us on our Albert Whitman and AW Teen social media sites!
Albert Whitman Social Media accounts:
Prize: Six AW Teen ’16 titles:
Future Shock (hardcover)
9780807526828 FutureShock
Elena Martinez has hidden her eidetic memory all her life—or so she thinks. When powerful tech giant Aether Corporations selects her for a top-secret project, she can’t say no. All she has to do is participate in a trip to the future, and she’ll be set for life. Elena travels with four other teens with special skills, including Adam, a science prodigy. Soon they find themselves running out of time, and deadly secrets are uncovered. Can Elena and her new friends figure out how to change their futures?
Seventeen-year-old Adam Rhodes is famous, but he’s been in a downward spiral since he lost the girl he loved, Marybeth, who went by the stage name Sunshine. Then, Adam is approached by Dr. Elloran with Project Orpheus, who wants to resurrect Sunshine. As the process sweeps Adam and Marybeth ever closer to reliving the tragedy that destroyed them, Adam must decide how far he’ll go to save her.
Two boys: One is a star athlete and top student with a deep-seated need to prove himself. The other is a chip-on-his-shoulder quarterback who will never settle for second best. When gunshots echo through the halls of Broadmeadow High School, whose finger is on the trigger? This unforgettable novel counts down the twelve months leading up to an explosive moment.
Biggie (paperback)
Biggie in paperback
At an obese 300+ pounds, Henry “Biggie” Abbott prefers classroom success to sports. As Biggie’s junior year begins, the girl of his dreams, Annabelle Rivers, starts flirting with him. He’s been told to follow in his dad’s footsteps and play baseball, but Annabelle might be the one to actually convince him to try.
Girl Last Seen (hardcover)
9780807581414_GirlLastSeenPB
YouTube stars and best friends Kadence and Lauren recently had a major falling-out over Kadence’s boyfriend. Kadence launched her solo career when a nasty throat infection paralyzed Lauren’s vocal cords. And she knows how deceptive Kadence could be sometimes. But nobody believes Lauren when she claims she had nothing to do with Kady’s disappearance.
Hurricane Kiss (hardcover)
9780807534502_HurricaneKissPB
For sixteen-year-old Jillian McKay, the threat of Hurricane Danielle means a long car ride with her neighbors—including River Daughtry, the former star quarterback of Harrison High. The guy who was headed to glory until suddenly he disappeared to a West Texas juvenile detention center. Once cocky and flirtatious, he’s now silent and angry. But their evacuation route is soon gridlocked. As the teens wait out the storm, they confront the past and realize survival is more than just staying alive—it’s about fighting for yourself.
Join the fun and get your read on this summer!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Release Day: SIGNS OF LIFE by Selene Castrovilla - Excerpt and Giveaway

Signs of Life Release Launch | JenHalliganPR.com

I'm thrilled to take part in the release launch for Selene Castrovilla's SIGNS OF LIFE (Rough Romance #2)! Check out the book's details and teaser, and be sure to enter the giveaway below!

Signs of Life by Selene Castrovilla | A Book and a Latte

Signs of Life (Rough Romance #2)
Publisher: Last Syllable Books
Publication: June 21, 2016

The tables are turned with a vengeance in this tour de force love story. Nearly a year has gone by and now it’s Dorothy who is fragmented and lost, while Joey keeps the promise he had made her to better himself —even though she’s gone. Joey talks about what is happening in the present while Dorothy describes what happened before— in the moments and hours after the Glock dropped. This time the stakes are even higher, as Joey forces himself to move forward while Dorothy is frozen in place. But when he learns of a devastating decision, Joey races to find her before it is too late. Truth, consequence, repercussion and modern medicine collide as pieces converge in this psychological, thrilling story which begs the question: Can love really conquer all?

Excerpt from Signs of Life

Joey — Now
    I get to the church, and low and behold there’s a new message on its sign. The messages outside this church make my soul shudder. I try not to look at it, but then I always do. It’s like an accident on the side of the road. A really bad accident, where there’s nothing you can do to help—and there you are, staring. Helpless.
    I think of this sign like an especially bad therapy session. Like it’s a shrink bringing up shit—no, topics—you don’t want to think about. But this sign is even worse, because it’s not just about me. It’s about all of us—and there ain’t a thing I can do about it.
    I don’t know what’s up with this church always making people feel bad before they walk in—or maybe they’re trying to guilt you to come in and pray, to try and do something to ease the pain.
    Maybe religion’s just another drug.
    Tonight the sign says, “No good deed goes unpunished.”
    I said that once myself, to Doll. I didn’t even know where it came from, it just blurted out without my even thinking about it. It was like the words were divinely delivered into my throat for me to say. When it was too late to do anything about them.
    Typical God.
    Makes you wonder what's up with him, causing all this grief. Maybe he’s toying with us.
    But I still go to meetings and I still surrender. What else can I do? And anyway, I don’t have the the strength to fight anymore.
    Never thought I’d see that day.
    I salute ol’ Jesus still nailed up on that cross and head inside. Poor Jesus. If he had no chance, what’s gonna happen to the rest of us?

Dorothy – Then
    The more we kissed the dreamier I felt, like that first
time. At the museum, by the Monet
paintings. When we floated among the
water lilies. We just drifted right in with
them. Now we were
floating in the water
below us, going with the
current, carried by the
tide. Nature, we could
trust.
    But could we trust human
nature?
    We were still holding
hands, he was clutching
me, so tight, but then he
let go of one
hand and
touched
my
hair. It made me feel like when his
dad touched me, and my entire body
shook. I pushed him off of me and
gasped, sucking in huge
breaths and yet still unable to
breathe.
“Doll …” he tried to touch me again and I
recoiled. I fell to my
knees on the
sidewalk, but I felt no physical
pain. It occurred to me to
pray
but the last time I did that I got
screwed.
    “What is it?” he asked. He was bent down beside
me, but giving me distance
too.
    I couldn’t
answer, but it really didn’t matter because I didn’t
know the answer.
    “Do you need me to
get
help?”
    My eyes were closed now as I
concentrated on calming
myself. Who needed God
anyway? Joey had been right about
him.
    Maybe I was my
own
God, maybe we were each our
own
gods, and that thought made me
laugh. Then I was laughing and
breathing, and I was
okay. Which proved my thesis,
right? I opened my eyes and looked at
Joey, who was not getting the
joke.
    “What the hell?”
    He looked like he was about to fit
me for a
straight
jacket.
    “I guess … I guess I have a little
PTSD. When you touched my
hair, I flashed back to your
dad touching
me …”
    “I’m
sorry. Okay, I’ll
keep out of your
hair.” He gave me a crooked
grin.
    I smiled
back. “For
now.”
    “But … what was so
funny?”
    “I surrendered to a higher
power that turned out to be
me.”
    He stared at me for a few
beats. Then he said, “Whatever
works for
you.”
About Selene Castrovilla
Selene CastrovillaWebsite | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr | Goodreads

 
Selene Castrovilla is the award-winning author of multiple narrative nonfiction picture books and young adult novels. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and a BA in English from New York University. She lives on Long Island with her two sons and too many cats. Visit her website: www.SeleneCastrovilla.com.



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