Thursday, June 22, 2017

Blog Tour: Final Girls by Riley Sager...and My Fave Final Girl Movies plus a Giveaway!

Wonderful thriller to tell you about today...
As always, keep reading to learn more...

Final Girls

by Riley Sager
Publisher: Dutton Press
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Genre: Adult, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
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Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet. Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancĂ©, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past. That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.
Riley Sager is a pseudonym for an author who has been previously published under another name. A native of Pennsylvania, Riley is a writer, editor and graphic designer who now lives in Princeton, New Jersey. ​ Riley's first novel, FINAL GIRLS (called "The first great thriller of 2017" by Stephen King), will be published in 2017 in the United States, the United Kingdom and more than a dozen countries around the world.

I LOVED this book and will posting a review soon, but for today's tour I decided to sign up for a more creative option.   So as I sat down to do this post I couldn't remember if I had signed up for anything specific and struggled to figure out what to do. It wasn't a lack of ideas…it was that there were too many ideas running around in my head.  I absolutely love this genre.  I could make a collage, do a bookstagram-pic, a Top Ten list, a gif review?  

Then I thought about a list of my favorite “final girls”…you know, the girls who always manage to survive until the end while everyone around them gets taken out one by one.  But I decided I’d rather share the movie just in case there is someone out there who does not know who the “final girl” is for some reason.

So here we go…

My Five Fave Final Girls Films…with gifs

Halloween- Might be one the ultimate final girl movie franchises.  The original with Jamie Lee Curtis might be my favorite, but the one with Danielle Harris is the one I've probably seen the most…they air it about a dozen times during October.

Nightmare on Elmstreet - Freddy has always scared me and I will always associate the actress who played the original “final girl” with this first film even though I've seen her in other things.  And yes, that's Johnny Depp with a TV in his lap.

I Know What You Did Last Did Last Summer- First I need to say that the film is nothing at all like the book! But both are enjoyable in their own way. Second, the film is an interesting (and sometimes predictable) take on the “final girl” teen scream queen theme popular at the time. 

Scream - Technically not a final girl movie as there are a few other survivors, but there is one main character who is the killer’s target. Plus, it's a fresh take a horror film as it lays out the “rules," which I loved!

The Final Girls - This one is hard to explain. The main character is the daughter of an actress who played the final girl in 80s films. The girl and her friends get sucked into one of her mother's films and decide to change things up as things keep repeating over and over just as they did in the movie.  It makes fun of the genre a bit, but is so fun and campy.

So those are a few of my favorite horror movies with final girls…what about you?

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Blog Tour: Crazy Perfect Someday by Michael Mazza...Photo collage inspired by the Book!

Have a fascinating book to share with you today! 
A book where life is completely different for everyone in the future thanks to climate change and numerous other things.
Doing something a little different today, too. 
I created a Photo Collage inspired by the book...or by at least one major aspect of the book!
So keep reading to learn more!
The year is 2024. Climate change has altered the world's wave patterns. Drones crisscross the sky, cars drive themselves, and surfing is a new Olympic sport. Mafuri Long, UCSD marine biology grad, champion surfer, and only female to dominate a record eighty-foot wave, still has something to prove. Having achieved Internet fame, along with sponsorship from Google and Nike, she's intent on winning Olympic gold. 

But when her father, a clinically depressed former Navy captain and widower, learns that his beloved supercarrier, the USS Hillary Rodham Clinton, is to be sunk, he draws Mafuri into a powerful undertow. Conflicts compound as Mafuri's personal life comes undone via social media, and a vicious Aussie competitor levels bogus doping charges against her. 

Mafuri forms an unlikely friendship with an awkward teen, a Ferrari-driving professional gamer who will prove to be her support and ballast. Authentic, brutal, and at times funny, Mafuri lays it all out in a sprightly, hot-wired voice. From San Diego to Sydney, Key West, and Manila, That Crazy Perfect Someday goes beyond the sports/surf clichĂ© to explore the depths of sorrow and hope, yearning and family bonds, and the bootstrap power of a bold young woman climbing back into the light.

LINKS: Amazon | B&N 

Michael Mazza is a San Francisco Bay Area fiction writer whose stories have appeared in Other Voices, WORDS, Blue Mesa Review, TINGE, and ZYZZYVA. He is also an internationally acclaimed art and creative director working in the advertising industry. That Crazy Perfect Someday is his first novel.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Blog Tour: Internet Famous by Danika Stone...Guest Post & Giveaway!

So excited to share this book with you today! I have been looking forward to it for so long and love what Danika had to share with you all about the art of fangirling.
So keep reading to learn more and to enter the giveaway!

Internet Famous

by Danika Stone

Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary, Romance
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High school senior and internet sensation Madison Nakama seems to have it all: a happy family, good grades, and a massive online following for her pop-culture blog. But when her mother suddenly abandons the family, Madi finds herself struggling to keep up with all of her commitments.
Fandom to the rescue! As her online fans band together to help, an online/offline flirtation sparks with Laurent, a French exchange student. Their internet romance—played out in the comments section of her MadLibs blog—attracts the attention of an internet troll who threatens the separation of Madi’s real and online personas. With her carefully constructed life unraveling, Madi must uncover the hacker’s identity before he can do any more damage, or risk losing the people she loves the most… Laurent included.
Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both teens (All the Feels and Internet Famous) adults (Edge of Wild and Intaglio). When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.

 Five Keys to Fangirling!
By Danika Stone

I’ve been fangirling forever. I’m pretty sure, in fact, I was born a fangirl, and it just took until high school when my best friend and I hung out in my basement watching every episode of Dr. Who in a row and then writing our own alternate universes that I finally realized what it was. I was obsessed. I was giddy. 

I was a fangirl!

There’s the occasional negative reaction to that statement – a hint of being too excited, too silly, or too focused – but I say that’s wrong. Fangirlhood is a positive state of being in a world that’s all too negative. By focusing on the good, we can make it even better. 

Here are five of my helpful hints to making your fangirl life even MORE awesome!
  1. Comment on EVERYTHING. I know, I know… all fandom peeps originally start off as lurkers in the fics and vids, but the truth is, the best way to experience a fandom is to actively participate. That means commenting. Believe me, a single comment can make the difference between writing the next chapter and giving up. So share the love. That’s why you’re in fandom, after all!
  1. Become a creator. The more you participate in fandom, the better it is. So find your particular niche: writing, viding, vlogging, writing meta, and then dial it up to 11! You are in a fandom because you love something. Don’t hold it inside, but share it with the world. Fangirling is a participatory sport!
  1. Support your fellow fangirls. The wonderful part of fandom is the shared love of similar things. One of the nicest things is hearing support, so get out there and help. If you’re not a writer, you can still be a beta-reader. You might not be great a vidding, but your Photoshop skills could make fantastic banners. Want to write, but aren’t sure what topic? See if there’s any gifting activities going on where you write a fic requests. Support goes both ways and in no time at all, you’ll have friends helping YOU, too!
  1. Avoid the haters like the PLAGUE. Ugh… we’ve all been there. Fandom wank is almost as synonymous as fandom excitement, but it can kill your love of fandom if you get involved. Steer clear of the nastiness and you’ll have a much better experience.
  1. Lastly, FANGIRL LIKE NO ONE’S WATCHING! Are you obsessed with a tv show from the 80s? There are probably hundreds of people who share that love but aren’t sure where they can celebrate it. Your job, as a fangirl, is to take that joy and spread it. Because where there’s love, there’s a tribe. You’re a fangirl. Let them hear you roar!

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