Friday, February 27, 2015

Love My Indie Bookstore with Author Liza Wiemer

Love My Indie is a feature where fellow bloggers, readers, and authors share their favorite independent bookstores. I love the feeling I get when I go into an independent bookstore - like it is filled with hidden treasures just waiting for me to find them.

Showing some Indie Love today is one of my favorite people that I've met in the bookish world, Liza Wiemer of WhoRuBlog. Liza's debut 
YA novel, HELLO? will be published in 2015 by Spencer Hill Contemporary

Welcome Liza!!!

I have two favorite indie bookstores in Milwaukee, WI. The first is Boswell Book Company, and it's attached to a Starbucks. A perfect combination. Boswell's owner, Daniel Goldin, works with publishers to bring some of the best YA authors to Milwaukee and often arranges for them to go to local schools. Boswell Book Company is located on Milwaukee's East Side. For more information check out their website.

Buy a book, and then get your cup of coffee at Starbucks! These double doors separate Boswell's and Starbucks. Both spaces have plenty of places to sit, read, and sip.

This is where you can find me hanging out. The YA section.

Boswell's also is the place where many of us local YA bloggers/authors/librarians/teachers meet.

The Renaissance Books is located at Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport. It has used and new books and you never know what you'll discover there. Whenever I need to go pick someone up at the airport, I go early to spend a few extra minutes browsing and often buying. But I have also been known to take a trip to the airport just to go to this bookstore. It's a great place to find a bookish treasure. For more information, check out Wikipedia.

Liza, these bookstores sound great. Like you, I can be found in the YA section of my local bookstore. Thanks for participating in the Love My Indie Bookstore feature. I hope that one of these stores hosts you once your novel HELLO? is released! 

Thursday, February 26, 2015



2015 marks the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s beloved adventure, Alice in Wonderland—and as you might imagine, a lot of literary peeps are celebrating the occasion.

This story has a special place in millions of young (and old) hearts, including those of the five Young Adult authors in the FALLING FOR ALICE anthology. Today, as we launch the awesome cover for FALLING FOR ALICE, we also celebrate our publisher’s actual birthday (Happy Birthday, Jessica Bell at Wine Leaves Press), and all of YOUR unbirthdays. We hope you get to have your cake and eat it too.

Stories by Dawn Dalton, Shari Green, Denise Jaden,
Kitty Keswick, and Cady Vance
Publication Date: April 24, 2015
Published by Vine Leaf Press


New Alice. New Wonderland. New stories ​to love. 

From ​the modern Alice dumped in the Aquarian ​Age of the late sixties, to the ​present day Alice, tormented by body image and emotional issues, to the Alice of the future, launched forward through time and space, FALLING FOR ALICE offers five fresh takes on ​Lewis​ Carroll’s classic tale. For 150 years, people all over the world have fallen under Alice in Wonderland’s spell. ​Now, follow five Young Adult authors down the rabbit hole to discover Alice like you’ve never seen her before. One thing is certain—this is not your mother’s Alice. 

One of my favorite things about birthday parties are the gift/goodies bags for the guests. To continue the FALLING FOR ALlCE cover launch celebration, I've asked the authors what they would put in a gift bag for their guests at their birthday party?

Cady Vance
My birthday party guests would receive owl keychains, dark chocolate bars, and a copy of a recent favorite YA read.

Denise Jaden

We have the most decadent treat that’s made just fifteen minutes from where I live. It’s called Milsean Butter Crunch, and I would definitely include a package of these in each goodie bag. Plus, maybe a nice pen and small notebook, because I think everybody could use this, and I’d love to know I had a part in my guests jotting down things (maybe a story idea!) they otherwise probably wouldn’t have.

Shari Green

Hand-made sea-glass bracelets or pendants, ocean-themed bookmarks, and seashell-shaped dark chocolates (are you sensing a theme? heh)

Dawn Dalton

There’s this amazing old school candy store a few hours from where I live, so first I’d stock up on some childhood favourites—like NERDS, and 5-cent candies (coke bottles!) My sister and I like to be crafty, so we’d probably make wine charms or bracelets, and then I’d throw in lots of chocolate, and, of course, a bookstore gift card and a copy of FALLING FOR ALICE.

Kitty Keswick

Oh fun, I love those too. Since my birthday theme is ocean/beach. I’d have cute bags made of burlap filled with candy shells (chocolate, of course), a silver mermaid mirror, a tiny bottle of real sand, all tied with a bow out of aqua-colored ribbon. We’d have the party on the beach with white tablecloths billowing in the breeze and mason jars filled with candles.

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The Reality O, in Five Words
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by Candy Sloane/Lisa Burstein
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Comedy/Erotic Romance

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About a year ago a book titled Sneaking Candy was released. It was about a creative writing graduate student (Candice Salinas) and her erotic romance author alter-ego (Candy Sloane). Readers fell in love with Candy and so did author Lisa Burstein. 

Lisa fell so much in love SHE WROTE A BOOK as Candy Sloane.

The Reality O is Candy Sloane's first standalone debut erotic romance novel, but it may not be her last...

Fifteen Contestants, Twelve Episodes & One Chance to Rock Her World

When my best friend Allie posted about my need for an inaugural O on a prominent dating website it was meant to be a joke.

A joke she was supposed to delete.

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Author's Note: This book is about sex. There are men kissing women, women kissing women, and men kissing lady parts. It is not meant for readers under eighteen, or my mother.

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About the Author

Candy Sloane is an erotic romance author and the fictional creation of Lisa Burstein from the New Adult Novel Sneaking Candy. The Reality O is her debut novel.
Lisa Burstein is the author of the Young Adult Novels: Pretty Amy and Dear Cassie, and the New Adult Novels & Novellas: Sneaking Candy, The Next Forever, The Possibility of Us, and Again. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her very patient husband, a neurotic dog and two cats. 

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