Monday, March 30, 2015

Quick #YASH check- in

Hey, thanks for visiting! Are you here for the Young Adult Scavenger Hunt? Please leave a comment to say hi! I'm doing a cover reveal for my Freaked today--feel free to click the Freaked tab on the left over there to check it out.

Thanks for playing along. Go #TeamPurple!

Young Adult Scavenger Hunt: Meet Lisa Cresswell

Hush Puppy by Lisa T. Cresswell
Featherweight Press, 20
13


Hush Puppy is the story of Corrine Lamb, a seventeen year old black girl, and Jamie Armstrong, a poor white boy, living in a backwater North Carolina town. Intelligent Corrine, abandoned by her mother, and artsy Jamie, forced to play football by a redneck father, both dream of leaving their podunk town and never looking back.

Their shared love of literature and a dream of a better life brings them together and a romance blossoms between them in a secret place of their own in the steamy North Carolina woods. When Jamie is involved in the accidental death of a white girl, he's terrified of his abusive father. Corrine takes the blame to protect Jaime, with dire consequences for herself and her dreams of the future. Her life in danger, Corrine's left wondering if Jamie ever cared about her at all.

Enjoy the Hush Puppy play list and the Pinterest site!



 
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~Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive~

Simple and stunning, Hush Puppy is an emotionally powerful story that will stay with readers long after they’ve closed the final page. Crisp, evocative prose and a refreshingly realistic black protagonist make this novel a standout among YA literature. This uncommon YA novel is highly recommended, especially for public and school libraries. The difficult topics the book so deftly addresses are relevant today, and even the day-to-day difficulties of the high school classroom are presented realistically and without dramatic overindulgence.

With a lot of emotion and skill, Cresswell weaves together a story that promotes the power of friendship and the importance of being true to oneself.

Hush Puppy is a sweet, sweet story of conquering prejudices, forgiveness and family, and a reminder that positive perspective, determination, and the support of one special person are enough to overcome whatever trauma life may deal.


To read an excerpt and more about the author, click on over to www.lisatcresswell.com~ You can add her books to your 'to be read' list on Good Reads too!


~Meet Corrine~
 

My name is Corrine Lamb and my tombstone better not read "Born, lived, and died in Carolville, North Carolina". If I don't get outta this redneck town, go to college, and see the world, I'll be a complete failure. I'll join the Peace Corps if I have to. I live with my grandma, who’s about as protective as it gets. I guess she’s trying to make up for my mama running off and leaving me after daddy died. I had my whole life figured out before Jamie showed up, romancing me with his poetry and books. I never met such a crazy white boy. He’s so wicked smart, but he plays like he’s dumb so his redneck daddy won’t know. I never thought I’d fall for a white boy in a million years. He thinks he can’t go to college, but I’m gonna enter him in a writing contest for a scholarship and he’s gonna win. I just know it. He might be kinda mad when he finds out I took some of his writing, but when he wins, he’ll forget about that, right? I can’t sit by and let him waste his life. It’d be a damn shame.


 
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Hey, friends. Juli here. That book looks so fab. Can't wait to read it!
 
By now you should have found my favorite number highlighted in purple somewhere in this post. If you missed, check up top. I wasn't all that sneaky about it.
 
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Happy Hunting. Go #TeamPurple!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

YA Scavenger Hunt

Hey, friends.

Just wanted to let you know (since I haven't posted in forever, slacker that I am) that I'm part of the Spring 2015 YA Scavenger Hunt Authors. I didn't know what it was until I found out I was invited onto a team. I just sent in my submission and kept my fingers crossed.

There are eight outstanding teams this season. I am going to be a part of  Team Purple. They even gave me my favorite color--how nice of them! The scavenger hunt runs from April 2nd through April 5th, beginning and ending at noon Pacific time on those days.

If you've never been a part of an online scavenger hunt or blog hop before, you should totally give this one a try. It introduces you to new YA authors and books along the way. There are tons of prizes  up for grabs, including a grand prize for each team. Psyched will be part of the Team Purple prize. If you win one of the grand prizes, you will get a book from each author on that team! For more information and to make sure you get hunt updates, sign up for news on the #YASH website.

Seriously. Get in on this one. If you follow the hunt to the author hosting me during the scavenger hunt, you will be one of the first to see the cover for Freaked. Squee! Yes, I'm sending my host a top five list for Psyched, and an excerpt of Freaked along with my cover. I can't wait to show you, friends. Play along with me next week!