Wednesday, May 18, 2016

THE HARLEY FILES BOOK LAUNCH AND A COUPLE OF REVIEWS

Welcome Wednesday with the launch of A SPY IN ME, THE HARLEY FILES, FRESHMAN YEAR, Book 1, by Author Rebecca Green Gasper. I just met Rebecca and am so happy I did. This sounds like an awesome read. So nice of you to stop by, Rebecca. Let's take a look at your novel.

A Spy in Me, The Harley Files, Freshman Year, Book 1

The expression on this girl's face makes me really want to meet her. How about you?
Launch Day- Tuesday, May 17, 2016

 

Long Synopsis:

 

Harley Jenkins has no idea how she’s going to get out of the mess her roommate has dragged her into. The university has placed her on probation and the disciplinary board has demoted her from her position in local news to the fashion section of her school’s online newspaper. She doesn’t even care about fashion and is far from trendy. She wants to be an investigative journalist.

 

So when she hears the rumors that something major went down at her dorm, she sees the opportunity to detract herself from her impeding board meeting and the problem with her roommate. A girl has fallen to her death, and Harley is sure the authorities are missing something. She’s determined to do anything to find out what happened, including hiding out in small spaces to get information even though she’s claustrophobic.

 

But when another girl ends up in the hospital, Harley’s convinced the two situations are related. Soon Harley finds herself torn between solving the mystery of the girls and solving her own issues. With the probation hanging over her, a fashion article due, and the upcoming hearing approaching, Harley thinks about backing out of her investigation. Will Harley be able to stuff herself into yet another tight corner to solve the mystery, or will she have to back off to solve her own issues? Will the spy in her even let her dismiss this odd mystery?

 

Join Harley during her freshman year as she takes on mysteries around her college town. This is Book One in a series.
 

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Bio:
 
Rebecca Green Gasper is an author, speaker and photographer. She writes young adult contemporary fiction on tough teen issues, new adult sleuth mystery series, historical fiction, and non-fiction. She was a high school teacher, tutor, and coach before becoming a writer. She is passionate about raising awareness on teen tough issues and speaking out against teen violence. She loves pinwheels, bright colors, daisies, long talks with friends, and time with her family. She grew up in the mountains of Colorado and now lives outside of Denver with her husband and two children. You can find her at www.rebeccagreengasper.com.





Congratulations on the first book in your series, Rebecca. I'm looking forward to reading it.

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Now for the reviews. I'm still way behind in my reading. Too many good books out there. You've seen the Cover Reveals of both books. Here's what they're all about. My thoughts.



THE HAUNTED STEPSISTER Review
by Medeia Sharif

Sometimes, public restrooms are scary. It’s true that some are nice and clean and fresh smelling, but others … well, we’d rather not think about them. They are necessary however: at work, at school, when shopping. If you had heard tales that a restroom was haunted, would you take a chance? This question brings us to Author Medeia Sharif’s new novel for middle grade readers, THE HAUNTED STEPSISTER.

Sixth-grader Jess and her Stepsister Kammy, who’s also in the sixth grade, are already having trouble because of an incident that happened at school earlier. When the girls go into a school restroom that is claimed to be haunted, they discover what trouble truly is. Besides the ghostly problem, the girls also have to deal with a schoolmate, Bertha, the meanest girl in sixth grade.

THE HAUNTED STEPSISTER is a fast paced, something always going on, story that will keep young readers wondering what will happen to Jess and Kammy next. Lots of suspense and lots of surprises. Medeia Sharif has created characters with distinct personalities that the reader can easily relate to. It isn’t always easy to adjust to a new family. Jess and Kammy have suddenly become sisters, and neither of them is exactly happy about the situation. When the unexpected happens and Kammy’s life is in jeopardy, will the girls learn to work together to save Kammy? Will they also make other discoveries that could possibly change their attitudes about each other?

To add to the suspense, the author also throws in a neat twist. It caught me by surprise, anyway. I hadn’t a clue. Middle school readers should enjoy this story that has a bit of everything: sibling rivalry, school bullies, friends, suspense, and a blended family just like many others. Well, except for the demon, of course.

This would make a fun read for middle school libraries, public libraries, and your own library. Recommended.

I was given an e-copy of this book for my honest review.

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Author Bio:


Medeia Sharif was born in New York City and she presently calls Miami her home. She received my master’s degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University. After becoming a voracious reader in high school and a relentless writer dabbling in many genres in college, she found her niche writing for young people. Today she’s a MG and YA writer published through various presses. In addition to being a writer, she is a public school teacher. Her memberships include Mensa, ALAN, and SCBWI.

Here's another great story for you to read.


OUT OF THE ASHES: INTO THE FIRE TRILOGY BOOK 2

By Kelly Hashway


Imagine dying then coming back to life. Imagine having no memory of your previous life, not your family, friends, or boyfriend/girlfriend. If you were a Phoenix, a mythical bird/human hybrid, this would be your life, not only one time, but every time you died. Yes, more than once.

OUT OF THE ASHES, Author Kelly Hashway’s second book in her INTO THE FIRE TRILOGY, follows Cara, who has just been reborn into her second life and is totally confused about the people around her and even about herself. She wants to remember her family and friends, especially Logan, who she is drawn to but is also uncertain of. He claims they loved each other in her former life. Is it true? She doesn’t know, and each day grows more complicated for Cara.

Kelly Hashway has written a fantasy story of love, danger, bravery and deceit. People are not always who they seem. As I read the story I sometimes wondered who the bad guys were and who the good guys were. The author kept throwing in little surprises to keep me guessing.

To add more trouble to Cara’s already confused world, she learns that the future of the Phoenix lies in her hands. Who can she trust? Who should she fear? Cara has a lot to deal with. Will she succeed, or will the Hunters put an end to her life, as well as her families' and friends' lives?

I enjoyed this novel even more than the first one. Looking forward to the third book in the series.

I was provided with an e-copy of the book for my honest review.

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Author's Bio:


Kelly Hashway grew up reading R.L. Stein’s Fear Street novels and writing stories of her own, so it was no surprise to her family when she majored in English and later obtained a masters degree in English Secondary Education from East Stroudsburg University. After teaching middle school language arts for seven years, Hashway went back to school and focused specifically on writing. She is now the author of three young adult series, one middle grade series, and several picture books. She also writes contemporary romance under the pen name Ashelyn Drake. When she isn’t writing, Hashway works as an editor for Leap Books as well as for her own list of clients. In her spare time, she enjoys running, traveling, and volunteering with the PTO. Hashway currently resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter, and two pets. Hashway is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency. 

Website: www.kellyhashway.com
Blog: http://kellyhashway.blogspot.com
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/kellyhashway

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kellyhashway
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+KellyHashway


Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/kellyhashway/
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Kelly-Hashway/e/B004B3W3CU Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4528793.Kelly_Hashway YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/kellyhashway




Happy Reading! 
 
 

 




37 comments:

  1. Best of luck to Rebecca and her series! She sounds amazing. It's nice to meet her. And WOOT to both Medeia and Kelly, two amazing writers and people! Love their books!

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    1. Thanks, SA, great to meet you, too.

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    2. Yep, Sheri. The book is waiting patiently on my iPad. Love Medeia's and Kelly's stories.

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  2. Rebecca's book sounds amazing! I need to read it.

    I loved the twist in Medeia's book. It's one of the many reasons I acquired it. Thanks for the lovely review of Out of the Ashes!

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    1. Thank you! You books sounds great! And I will have to read Medeia's book, too. I love twists!

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    2. The twist was a surprise to me, Kelly.
      You're welcome. It's a wonderful story.

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  3. Congrats to Rebecca. Sounds like 2 great books indeed. Always great when the sequel is better than the first.

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  4. Rebecca's book sounds awesome. I love college stories, especially mysteries. I used to want to be a journalist, but didn't quite cut it. I was too shy. Congrats on your book, Rebecca!

    Hi to Medeia and Kelly. They are both amazing ladies. :) Great reviews, too!

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    1. Thanks, Chrys! It's great to meet you. Saw you and your book on Beverly's site yesterday. I am excited to read it!

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    2. Rebecca's book is on my iPad, Chrys, patiently waiting for slow me.

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  5. Thank you, Beverly for having me on your site today!!! And the other two books look amazing. I will have to check them out! Love to find new reads.

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    1. My pleasure, Rebecca. I hope to read your book soon. So many books have been launched the past couple of months it's hard to keep up with all of them. Trying.

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  6. I just finished The Haunted Stepsister. I have Kelly's second book on my list. TOO many blogging friends with books coming out lately!

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    1. You're right, Stephanie. It's so exciting to see all these new releases, but difficult to keep up with them.

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  7. Congrats Rebecca! I haven't stopped by your place in a long time. Looks like you've been busy.

    Super stoked for Medeia and Kelly!

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    1. So many good books. So little time to read. Thanks for stopping by, Crystal.

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    2. Thanks, Crystal. Yep--been busy! I've missed seeing you. Hope you are well.

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  8. I look forward to reading Haunted Stepsister and Out of the Ashes and now I'll have to add A Spy in Me. You're right. Too many good books to read. Too little time!

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  9. Congratulations to Rebecca. Great job. Thank you so much for sharing your reviews, Beverly.

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    1. You're welcome, Murees. I enjoy sharing good books with others.

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  10. You reviewed so many great books! I have read other books by Medeia and enjoyed them and I can't wait to read this one! Kelly's book sounds awesome too nad is on my list. Going to have to check out Rebecca's too! Thanks for sharing. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. You're welcome, Jess. And to think, I once was a non-reader. Just proves people can change.

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  11. Awesome reviews and recommendations...I'm noting down all the great books!
    Congratulations on your book, Rebecca. I'm looking forward to reading it.

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    1. Thank you, Romance Reader. There are so many good books, it's hard to find time to read them all.

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  12. Cool reviews and feature, Beverly! I read about Nellie Bly some time back and often feel investigative journalists lead captivating and adventurous (albeit also dangerous) lives. Made me very curious about this career!

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    1. Thank you, Claudine. It does sound like an exciting career.

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  13. I like a college town atmosphere. I enjoyed Kelly's book. Thank you for reviewing my latest novel. :)

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    1. My pleasure, Medeia. I enjoyed reading the story.

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  14. It's really nice to see NA that deals with regular characters and issues instead of romance and sex. That's what I always thought NA should be. Wishing Rebecca much success!

    Medeia's book sounds awesome -- and there's a demon? Cool!

    I love when a book keeps you guessing about who the bad guys are. Kelly's book sounds exciting!

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    1. They are neat, Optimistic. I like covers that make me curious about the story.

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  16. I love the story lines and the covers. Congrats to all!

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    1. I've read two of them, Nas, and really enjoyed them. The third one's on my mile high TBR list.

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