Friday, July 17, 2015

Silence, by Deborah Lytton (Book Tour)

Stella is a vivacious teen with a deep yearning to become an accomplished Broadway musical star. Her dreams are shattered when a freak accident renders her deaf. Struggling mightily to communicate in a world of total silence, she meets Hayden who has such a pronounced stutter she can easily read his lips because he speaks so slowly. Communication leads to connection and an unexpected romance as they learn from each other and discover their own ways to overcome setbacks, find renewed purpose and recognize their true voice.
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Shadow Mountain (March 3, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609079450
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609079451

  • Lytton does a fabulous job on this one, Silence.  A beautiful teen romance story.  I love the way each chapter is pretty short. Makes for an easy, quick read. Also, I love the way the chapters are divided into "Stella" and "Hayden" speaking voice.  Interesting how the book does this, not just one narrator the whole book. Great book style.  The jacket cover is beautiful, including the back. The back reads:  "One accident, two souls."  Great! 

    Thank you, Ms. Lytton, for letting me read and review your sweet book of YA fiction!

    Friday, July 10, 2015

    Got a Bad Picker?

    Got a Bad Picker? Paperback – May 6, 2015

    American Infidel by Tom Baglio

    American Infidel: The Story Of A Good, Bad Boy

    "My name is Tony Battagia and by the time you read this, I'll probably be dead." Increasingly exasperated at an ever-changing world that no longer resembles the one he was raised in, Tony Battagia starts a journal to cope with the growing frustration that now controls his life, documenting everything that's wrong with the "new America" in his eyes. Set shortly after the 9-11 terrorist attacks, American Infidel, the first installment of the trilogy, explores the mind of a seemingly normal, middle-aged man-a man desperate to find meaning in his life and to "make a difference" in the world, beyond his business career; desperate for his divisive, manipulative, and impotent government to regain sanity; and desperate for his country to repay the murderers who changed the landscape of America and the world after 9-11. American Infidel is a brutally honest, politically incorrect, darkly comedic, and disturbing overview of what can happen to a man who is sick and tired of being sick and tired with the world he lives in and its evil hypocrisy. The actions he's willing to take to "right the ship/reverse the whip" render this seemingly normal everyman unrecognizable, even to those who know (or knew) him. Is Tony Bataggia a hero or a disturbed heretic? It all depends on your point of view... Visit for American Infidel apparel, news, excerpts from the second installment of the trilogy titled "Force Majeure", TBag's Blog, and more!

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (April 18, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478754419
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478754411

    Parents! Loose Your Children From Bondage by Abolaji Muylwa Akinbo

    Do you know that there are different types and classifications of children in the Bible?

    These classifications explain everything you need to know about yourself and your children. It explains your childhood and your children’s behavior today. It shows you Bible specifics and tendencies.

    This book is quite captivating and will motivate you to investigate what the author interprets as bondage. Given that there are countless influences and forces that draw children in different directions, readers will be interested to see God’s viewpoint.

    Your present trauma came from your past drama. Today’s drama is linked to yesterday’s trauma. If your childhood is wounded, your parenting philosophy will be affected irrespective of how much you love your children. So fixing your mindset, and personal quirks is crucial.

    The topic of this nonfiction book is one of great interest to parents of all ages. It seeks to wake parents up to the subtle travesties happening in their children.

    Biblical stories and true life stories are exceptionally used within the context of this book, to highlights examples of individuals who didn’t resolve issues within themselves, only to see them manifested in their offspring.

    This book’s approach will educate parents on getting to the source of issues within themselves and their families. The author concentrates on several areas that parents may deal with internally, offering sound biblical advice and God’s direction. It’s an eye-opener to readers about what is going on around them.

    In these last days, this book is an essential tool to assist parents and non parents alike in understanding how to bring about God’s destiny for their lives and their children. This is a must read because It first helps you understands yourself and then your offspring. It will help you answer many, many questions. You will truly enjoy reading it!


    Product Details

    • File Size: 387 KB
    • Print Length: 102 pages
    • Publisher: Xulon Press (February 3, 2015)
    • Publication Date: February 3, 2015
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English


    A Beacon of its Forms by Leonard Gigliobianco

    About the Author

    Leonard Gigliobianco has been writing poetry for three decades. A book of poetry, "Your Words" has been published by Outskirts Press .

    Product Details

    • File Size: 428 KB
    • Print Length: 66 pages
    • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc. (March 21, 2014)
    • Publication Date: March 21, 2014
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English

    A Boy Like Me by Jennie Wood

    Born a girl, Peyton Honeycutt meets Tara Parks in the eighth grade bathroom shortly after he gets his first period. It is the best and worst day of his life. Determined to impress Tara, Peyton sets out to win her love by mastering the drums and basketball. He takes on Tara's small-minded mother, the bully at school, and the prejudices within his conservative hometown. In the end, Peyton must accept and stand up for who he is or lose the woman he loves.

    A Boy Like Me is being published by 215 Ink. It's official release date is September 4, 2014.


    Editorial Reviews


    2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist (LGBT Category) 

    2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Finalist

    "One of the 10 Best Indie YA Novels of 2014" 
    - Foreword Reviews 

    "A Boy Like Me is a big-hearted novel narrated by an unforgettable character: Peyton, a boy trapped in the body of a girl. As he navigates his complicated coming-of-age, Peyton's powerhouse voice - funny, sad and charming, riding edges of both humor and pathos - renders his experience universal. I cheered Peyton on even as I cringed at some of his understandable missteps; continued rooting for him through the book's sweet surprise of an ending; and carry him with me now as I do anyone, real or imagined, who touches my soul." - Lisa Borders, author of The Fifty-First State and Cloud Cuckoo Land

    "Tara and Peyton's story progresses like a classic forbidden-love romance. A reader would be hard-pressed to not care about these characters by the end of the book. The book is ultimately realistic without being utterly bleak, smart without going over the heads of a YA audience, and impactful without being moralistic, or extending the meaning of Peyton's individual life too far beyond him to somehow stand in for "all" trans youth." 
    - Mitch Kellaway, Lambda Literary

    "This story of a trans boy falling in love with a girl in high school is delightful and heartwarming in all the right places. Wood perfectly captures the intensity and immediacy of adolescent ups and downs." - Emerson M. Fuller, Foreword Reviews

    "A classic love story! Wood gets all the details of a trans individual coming-of-age into this novel.  From the feelings about clothes, to the relationships with parents to the negotiations of life at school, this story rings true.  Wood takes care with her setting and makes life, as painful and joyful as it can be, realistic.  This novel is a great examination of what it means to come to terms with who you are and what it means to be true to yourself." - Alex Myers, author of Revolutionary

    About the Author

    Jennie Wood is the creator and writer of Flutter, a graphic novel series. Flutter, Volume One: Hell Can Wait, the first graphic novel in the series, is available on 215 Ink. The Advocate calls Flutter one of the best LGBT graphic novels of 2013. She is also a contributor to the award-winning, New York Times best-selling comic anthology, FUBAR: Empire of the Rising Dead and FUBAR: American History Z. Born and raised in North Carolina, Jennie currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts, with her girlfriend. She writes non-fiction features for and teaches at Grub Street, Boston's independent writing center. Learn more about Jennie's work at

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: 215 Ink; 1st edition (July 30, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692238069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692238066
  • And to Think I Dreamed of Special Dreams by Kenya Faye

    If you are reading my book it would be easier for you to understand the contents by reading this page first. This book is based on a true story all the people, places, and things have been changed in the effort to protect others. My life has taken some wild and strange turns, but God has been in my life through it all. I have left God in several areas of my life as you will see while reading my book. I always seemed to return back in the arms of God for his help and direction. I made it through allot of drama and trails with God's direction and protection. I didn't realize at the time that by me leaving God and walking on the side of Satan. That it would make God enforce his presence upon me even harder, because I was putting myself in danger. My point is that no matter who you are or what you are doing in life God never leaves you.

  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press (April 11, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478753455
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478753452


    Tuesday, July 7, 2015

    DON'T EVER CHANGE by M. Beth Bloom

    Eva has always wanted to write a modern classic—one that actually appeals to her generation. The only problem is that she has realized she can't "write what she knows" because she hasn't yet begun to live. So before heading off to college, Eva is determined to get a life worth writing about.
    Soon Eva's life encounters a few unexpected plot twists. She becomes a counselor at a nearby summer camp—a job she is completely unqualified for. She starts growing apart from her best friends before they've even left for school. And most surprising of all, she begins to fall for the last guy she would have ever imagined. But no matter the roadblocks, or writer's blocks, it is all up to Eva to figure out how she wants this chapter in her story to end.

    Perfect for fans of E. Lockhart, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell, Don't Ever Change is a witty, snarky, and thought-provoking coming-of-age young adult novel about a teen who sets out to write better fiction and, ultimately, discovers the truth about herself.

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (July 7, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062036882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062036889

  • I absolutely LOVE Bloom's writing style. A fun, fast read. A few unexpected twists. And overall a great little read. Must, must read this book.

    Editorial Reviews

    From School Library Journal

    Gr 9 Up—After Eva's English teacher Mr. Roush tells her that she needs to write what she knows, the teen decides to spend the summer between graduating high school and starting college on the other side of the country in Boston. She doesn't feel anything in her life to this point is worth putting on paper, however, and decides to try out other people's experiences. Eva becomes a camp counselor, she goes out with Elliott and considers sleeping with him, and goes out with a friend's ex-boyfriend. Nothing affects Eva like she thinks it would, but she keeps attempting to change herself to find things worth writing about. Through all of these changes, the protagonist drives away her friends and snaps at her family. Eva works hard to control what people think of her, but she makes snap judgments about others. Though told from Eva's first person point of view, she is a hard character to sympathize or empathize with as she struggles to change herself based on how she she's perceived. Her eventual growth doesn't seem to come about organically, but feels tacked on. With the exception of Eva's sister Courtney, the secondary characters are not fully fleshed out. Some references to drinking and sex make this title appropriate for mature teens. VERDICT Not a first purchase.—Natalie Struecker, Rock Island Public Library, IL


    Praise for DON’T EVER CHANGE:“With her trademark snark and wit, Eva narrates a summer unexpectedly full of romance, responsibility, and self-reflection. Bloom has created a multifaceted, often curmudgeonly protagonist who is not always kind or careful, but who is muddling through teenagerdom as best she can.” (ALA Booklist)

    Praise for DRAIN YOU“Bloom debuts with a languid, stylish novel that reads like a love letter to cult vampire flicks like The Lost Boys, the work of Francesca Lia Block, and Southern California in the 1990s.” (Publishers Weekly)

    “Bloom’s writing style is unique, blending traditional flowery verbiage with irreverent contemporary dialogue. The plot is also a pleasing blend of friendship, romance, and action with a paranormal twist.” (School Library Journal)