Friday, August 30, 2013

Anyone But You by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes: Promo and Giveaway

Authors Kim Askew and Amy Helmes are excited to offer a sneak peak at the third book in their “Twisted Lit” series of Shakespeare-inspired YA novels. This time around, they’ve put their unique spin on Romeo & Juliet. Published by Merit Press, Anyone But You will be released in January, and is currently available for pre-order at, Barnes & Noble and Powell’s.

Anyone But You: A Modern-Day Spin on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet
by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes
(Book #3 in the Twisted Lit series)

Two Italian restaurants, both alike in dignity, in Chicago’s Little Italy where we lay our scene... After her family’s struggling eatery, Cap’s, falls prey to another of the Monte clan’s vicious and destructive pranks, sixteen-year-old Gigi Caputo finds herself courting danger during a clandestine encounter with Roman Monte, the very boy whose relatives have brought her family such grief. When the daughter and son of these two warring factions fall for each other, their quest to mend this bitter family feud turns out to be a recipe for disaster. Their story is irrevocably linked to the summer of 1933, when two twelve-year-olds, Benny and Nick, hop the turnstile at the Chicago World’s Fair. While enjoying some of the fair’s legendary amusements, Nick has a “love at first sight” encounter with Stella, a young girl who unintentionally causes a lasting rift between the two boyhood pals. Deftly winding its way through past and present day, this modern take on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet has much to do with hate — but more with love.

About the Authors
Authors Kim Askew and Amy Helmes have been writing together since 2004, when they launched Romancing the Tome, a blog dedicated to their obsession with book-to-film adaptations. For more information on the books in their Shakespeare-inspired series, visit

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  1. Gosh, I've read so many. Off the top of my head: Othello, Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo + Juliet, Twelfth Night, and A Midsummer Night's Dream come to mind!

    1. I need to read more Shakespeare. I should be ashamed with the little that I've read - just Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, and parts of The Tempest.

  2. This is cheating because I took two Shakespeare classes in college. I've read all of them and most of the sonnets....and analyzed them to death. But I had an awesome Shakespeare teacher so I couldn't help it. I've read both of these novels and loved them. I cannot wait for Anyone But You!!!

    1. That's not cheating! I didn't read much Shakespeare in college (I took a Milton class instead), but I read some in high school. I'm looking forward to reading Anyone But You too.


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