Friday, October 9, 2015

Author Interview with Nicola Mar- Santa;

Did you know that October is National Bullying Prevention Month? For YA Friday I am interviewing Nicola Mar, author of the new release, Santa ; Inspired by real girls who’ve committed suicide due to bullying, Santa; aims to educate young people – and adults – about the physical and psychological effects of bullying.  Following the interview is a look at the book trailer and the link to enter to win a SIGNED copy on Goodreads.

Author Interview- Nicola Mar

1. Please tell me about the book and who is it geared for?

Santa; is a novel about June, a teenager who is assaulted, bullied, and cyber bullied so severely that she thinks she has no other option but to commit suicide. The book details the physical and psychological changes that happen to June as a result of the bullying and shows the reader how June goes from being a relatively normal school girl to someone who is afraid, isolated, ashamed, and feels like she has no one on her side. The booked is geared towards teens who are experiencing bullying, but it can also be read by others—young and old—who want to understand the effects of bullying on victims.

2. What made you want to write a book about bullying?

In October 3013, I was flipping through the TV channels and landed on the Dr. Phil Show. His guest was a mother who was talking about the suicide of her daughter, a girl who had been bullied and cyber bullied after 4 boys assaulted her. My heart went out to the family and I started researching what the statistics were on teenage bullying. The results I found were shocking. Every year, approximately 2 million adolescents attempt suicide, with victims of bullying accounting for as much as half of those deaths. I wrote this book because I wanted to create awareness around this terrible problem that our country faces.

3. How does the title, Santa;, play into things?

The book is faith based, and Santa is an angel that June dreams about. Santa tries to encourage June to keep fighting, telling her that her life has meaning, purpose, and she can and will get through her struggles.

4.What is project Semicolon?

Ten percent of the sales of this book are being donated to Project Semicolon. Project Semicolon is an organization providing love and support to those who are struggling with depression, self-injury, and suicide. To a reader, a semicolon represents that a sentence is not over. To this organization, a semicolon symbolizes that a person’s life is not over. Project Semicolon has a great following on Facebook where people share their issues, struggles, and survival stories. You can also visit them online at

5. Please tell me about your road to publication.

I have always wanted to be a writer since I was a little girl. My first short story was published in my yearbook when I was seven years old. Though I always dreamed of being an author, I never thought of writing as a career, only as a hobby. When I finally finished writing my first novel, my family and friends encouraged me to publish it. Since that day a few years ago, I decided I was going to write full-time. Now, I have two books published and am working on my third.

6. Any advice for fellow writers?

Write every day! No one feels like writing every day, but it’s a job and a chore just like any other profession. Even though we love writing, sometimes we need to be pushed to do it. I suggest scheduling a time to write daily and sitting down at your computer until you get at least 500 words out. You don’t necessarily have to be working on something you want to be published. Write about your day or your goals for the future. Just make sure to write about something.

7. Just for fun, favorite ice cream?

I love ice cream! My favorite was Ben and Jerry’s Brownie Batter, but it’s discontinued. They have a new flavor called The Tonight Dough. That one is really yummy too.

Book Trailer

Goodreads Giveaway

Thursday, October 1, 2015

And the Winner is...

And the winner of my Stuck In a Good Book hop is Julie Rupert! Congrats you won the signed copies of The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials.  Please check your email.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Book Review and SIGNED Giveaway- Mysteries of Cove- Fires of Invention by J. Scott Savage

Welcome to Middle Grade Monday! Today I am taking part in the blog tour for a fantastic new middle grade steampunk fantasy, Mysteries of Cove- Fires of Invention by J. Scott Savage. As an added bonus, I have a SIGNED copy to giveaway. To enter fill out the rafflecopter form below.

The Story- 
Thirteen-year-old Trenton loves to create and build things. Problem is, it is illegal to be creative in Cove and being an inventor is a crime. He wants nothing more that to work with machines and when it comes time to be given his lifetime job assignment, he is horrified when he is called to be a farmer.

Kallista is the daughter of Leo Babbage, an inventor blamed for the death of others. She works as a repair technician and stays out of people's way. In secret, she continues on with her father's work. Brought together when Trenton discovers a puzzle box left by Leo, they begin uncovering clues about the history of Cove and the real reason inventions are outlawed.

The truth they discover is mind-blowing, and together they race to finish Leo's last invention. They know that time is short, because if what they uncovered is factual, then Cove is in great danger and only they can save their friends and families.

My Thoughts-
Wow, this book hooked me from the very beginning and did not let go. It is full of so many great puzzles and such mind blowing revelations that I couldn't put it down. Trenton and Kallista are both amazing characters filled with emotion, determination and spunk. They are the perfect foils for each other. Their backgrounds are rich and fully developed, which make their present undertakings even more tense.

The mystery of Cove is so fun to uncover. All of the secrets build until the final discovery, and let me tell you, I did not see the truth coming. Everything seems set for a normal apocalyptic series, and then wham! a huge twist about the outside world.

 The cove itself is a unique setting and the discoveries by Trenton and Kallista of other levels in the mountain is super. Plus, the towns people are so odd. The fact that they will do anything to keep living in a dull, uneventful world, really drives you nuts. Trenton's mom is even worse. She commits and act of betrayal that makes the reader want to scream at the pages. Her personal story is revealed, which explains her decisions, but her choice is still cringe worthy. Poor Trenton.

I loved this book and I can not wait for book 2.
5 Stars!

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Lichgates by SM Boyce

Time for YA Friday! Today I am reviewing Lichgates by SM Boyce.

The Story- 
Kara Magari loves to hike in the Rockies. One day she discovers a path she's never been on before. At the end of the path is a gazebo with a sign on the top, lichgate. She travels through, only to find her self in a new world, the world of Ourea, a world of magic and danger.

Her first encounter involves the discovery of an ancient grimoire that transfers its powers to her and makes her the Vagabond. A long ago hero that tried to unit the kingdoms in peace. With his mantle on her shoulders, she travels into the new world with a quest of peace. Well, actually she just wants to go home, back to her dad, but the grimoire makes a deal with her, find the missing pieces of the key to its village and then it will free her.

She immediately meets Braeden, the heir to one of the five kingdoms that has hidden for twelve years in another kingdom hoping to elude his evil father. Braeden wants the grimoire for himself so that he can break the bonds his father holds him with. Together they try to bring all of the royal Bloods into discussions of peace, but a thousand years of war is hard to overcome. Then Braeden's father appears, killing one of the Bloods, and uniting all of the kingdoms against him. As the Vagabond, Kara struggles with who to trust as the Bloods each try to win her to their side and manipulate her powers.

My Thoughts-
Great story with fabulous characters and a unique, new world. So much happens in this book that it was hard to break down and summarize in the above section. Kara visits all the kingdoms and each one is filled with amazing humanoid creatures. She learns about magic and uses powers far beyond which she should be able to. Then there is Braeden. Right away the reader knows this guy is going to be the love interest and a great guy. He struggles because of his dark heritage, but it only makes him a nicer catch.

The plot is rich and filled with action, tension and wit. I loved it so much I bought book 2 and read it the next night. So far I'm liking what I'm finding. 5 stars!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Best of the Blogs 2015

I am excited to announce that my blog, The Write Path, won one of the awards for best blogs for middle graders from Middle Shelf Magazine! What an awesome thing. Sometimes I don't know if anyone even reads my blog, though the stats are there, and this award really warms my heart. Thank you to Middle Shelf Magazine and to all my readers :)

If you haven't checked out the Sept/Oct issue of Middle Shelf, here is the link

Monday, September 21, 2015

Book Review- The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands

*Don't forget to enter the Stuck in a Good Book Giveaway!
I have up for grabs SIGNED copies of The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials.

Middle Grade Monday time! Today I am reviewing the book, The Blackthorn Key, by Kevin Sands.

The Story-
Christopher Rowe was an orphan until taken in by Master Blackthorn. Now, as an apothecary apprentice, he spends his time learning about chemicals and solving puzzles that his master leaves for him. He is happy and content until he learns of several murders around town that involve other apothecaries. Now he fears for the life of his master.

When everything goes wrong, he is left with only a clue to solving the murders and a best friend who will be there until the end. The secret behind the clue could give ultimate power to the owner, and it is up to Christopher to bear its burden.

My Thoughts-
I picked up this book from the blurb, a kid who solves puzzles, just what I love. The book didn't let me down. Christopher is a strong character who truly understands the world and the evil that resides around him. He takes nothing for granted. He is blessed with a best friend that sticks to his side, and between the two, and a few big booms, they are able to figure out Master Blackthorns clues.

I felt impressed by the author's ability to weave a tale that included multiply bad guys and keep me guessing. It really was interesting to follow the layers involved and when the real bad guy stepped forward I looked back and realized that I'd liked his character, so surprise.

The one glitch was the final revelation of the mystery "formula" everyone was fighting over. I was expecting something great. The story would have us believe that the secret being hid is the ultimate element, the element of Angels that created the universe, the penultimate secret. However, the product that Christopher discovers doesn't seem so awesome, sure it is the biggest explosive known at that time, but I was expecting something the book didn't fulfill. Still, it was a fun read.

Though a middle grade novel, this book does contain a bit of violence and some of it is gruesome. I'd suggest it for older middle graders. 4 stars!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Win The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials SIGNED by James Dashner

Welcome to this stop on the Stuck in a Good Book Hop! I am giving away SIGNED copies of The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials by James Dashner. The movie version of The Scorch Trials just came out THIS weekend. To enter just fill out the rafflecopter form. Good Luck and don't forget to hop over to the other blogs.