Fandom Friday-Percy Jackson

The Fandom Friday is a weekly feature, approved with each blog post written by a new contributor.

This is the weekly post where either myself, pharm or a guest blogger, talks about a new fandom. See, I’ve had the experience in my life where I’ve been made fun or put down about my particular fandoms. And that has made me feel pretty crappy. But I’ve also put down other fandoms as well.

So I’ve decided to change that. I’m opening my world up to new fandoms, and the best way to do that is to bring people in to write about various fandoms. I’m very excited about this segment.

If you guys are interested in becoming a guest blogger for the Fandom Friday, feel free to email me at whatanerdgirlsays at gmail.com or contact me HERE

I am SO excited about this week’s Fandom Friday guest blogger. Her name is Erin Albert, and she is an up-and-coming young adult author, whose debut novel, The Prophecy, is coming out in November of this year.

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Erin Albert is an author and fitness trainer.  Since she picked up Morris the Moose Goes to School at age four, she has been infatuated with the written word.  She went on to work as a grammar and writing tutor in college and is still teased by her family and friends for being a member of the “Grammar Police.”  In her free time, Erin enjoys acting, running, kickboxing, and, of course, reading and writing. 

Today, Erin is going to delight you all with her take on the very popular Rick Riordan series, Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus.

Check it out!

Rick Riordan and Percy Jackson

About the Series

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For those unfamiliar with the awesomeness that is Percy Jackson, let me tell you a bit about the series (good news—there are actually two series).  The first is entitled Percy Jackson and The Olympians, and it includes five books:  The Lightning Thief, The Sea of Monsters, The Titan’s Curse, The Battle of the Labyrinth, and The Last Olympian.  Percy starts out as a twelve year old and progresses to the age of sixteen by the final book.  Thankfully, readers didn’t have to say goodbye to Percy because Rick Riordan, the author, wrote a second series called Heroes of Olympus.  It is still being written but currently includes:  The Lost Hero, Son of Neptune, Mark of Athena, and (coming in October) House of Hades.

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When The Lightning Thief begins, we meet Percy Jackson, a twelve year old dyslexic, ADHD troublemaker.  He soon finds out he’s a demigod, meaning he’s part human and part Greek god.  Shortly after receiving that hefty news, Percy learns he’s “Suspect #1” in a crime against the king of the gods, Zeus.  He collects a loveable group of friends throughout the story:

1) Annabeth, daughter of Athena with a chip on her shoulder

2) Grover, a hapless satyr tasked with Percy’s protection

3) Chiron, a centaur in charge of training the demigods.

He also manages to pick up his fair share of enemies as well:

1) Clarisse, the combative daughter of Ares.

2) Dionysus, a god sent to watch over the demigods as punishment.

3) Hades, god of the Underworld and castigated brother of Zeus

4) Ares, god of war with a short temper

3) The typical list of Greek oddities:  Furies, a Minotaur, Medusa, and an Echidna

In the other four books, Percy goes on numerous adventures—makes more friends, and plenty more enemies—all while trying to save the Greek gods from an attack by the Titans.  Just your everyday demigod stuff…   J

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Heroes of Olympus picks up with a whole new cast of characters, the Roman demigods.  Though the Greeks and Romans worshipped basically the same gods, they appreciated different aspects of the gods’ personalities.  Thus, the gods behave one way in Greece and another in Rome, and they keep their demigods separated as a result.  Someone creates a way for the Roman and Greek demigods, natural enemies, to meet with calamitous, often amusing, results.

How I Discovered It

My friends told me I simply “had” to read this fun, engaging series called Percy Jackson and The Olympians.  I asked them to describe the story.  When they mentioned the MC was only twelve, I tuned out.  I LOVE young adult fiction, but I don’t often get into middle grade fiction.  These friends insisted that I would enjoy the series and, despite Percy’s age, I had to read it.  One day at the library, I saw The Lightning Thief and picked it up on a whim.  I honestly did not think I would like it.  From the first page, I took off with Percy on his epic adventure.  I went from someone only half interested to someone completely absorbed in the world.  I couldn’t read the books fast enough.  When I finished The Last Olympian, I had a major book hangover.  The thought of not traveling on another adventure with Percy saddened me more than I thought possible.  Then, my friend Danielle delivered outstanding news…Percy and his band of demigods would make a comeback in a new series!  I snatched up each book as soon as it got released, and I’m willing October to come faster so I can rejoin the group again for another thrill ride.

Why I Love The Percy Jackson Series

 

First and foremost, Percy makes me laugh.  He’s got this super snarky attitude.  Some snarks can be downright rude, but others use sarcasm to their advantage.  Percy falls into the latter group.

Sidebar (forgive me, I can’t help myself):  In the YA writing/publishing/reading world, debates have arisen about the use of first person verses third person.  I personally don’t care which way the story is told, just tell me a good one.  LOL!  There are benefits to both styles, but I think Rick Riordan made the best possible decision when he wrote the original series in first person (the second series is in third person).  Living inside Percy’s head and hearing his thoughts are part of what make the series so outstanding.  Percy’s thoughts often made me laugh harder than the words he spoke out loud—although those were hilarious too.

While Percy is completely hysterical (and I do mean com-plete-ly…), he possesses a great number of other endearing characteristics.  One of his most swoon worthy qualities is his desire to do the right thing and fight for the underdog.  His own experiences shape this aspect of his personality.  All his life, those in positions of authority underestimate Percy and bring him down though he is actually quite smart and witty.  His acceptance of his role as demigod highlights his quick thinking and clever problem solving.

When asked, women often say the characteristics they most want in a man are humor and loyalty.  Percy has both.  His loyalty to his friends and family really defines his personality.  Yes, he’s snarky and temperamental, but he always has his friends’ backs.  So, yeah, when he becomes “legal,” he’s a total catch!  J

In addition to Percy, I really loved the supporting characters.  Each character had loveable, annoying, and quirky traits—just like real people.  Percy’s mother, for example, ate as much blue food as she could find after someone told her blue food didn’t exist.  Annabeth had complicated family issues, and Grover wanted to belong.  Riordan uses all of his characters to explore different feelings and situations that many readers can relate to in their own lives.  Sidebar:  Leo, a character in the Heroes of Olympus series, is the second coming of Percy Jackson.  I literally spit out my drink a few times laughing at him.  Love Leo!  J

Let’s go for the obvious one here—who doesn’t love Greek mythology??  I remember sitting in school, bored out of my mind, but if my teacher told a tale from Ancient Greece, my head popped up!  Greek mythology ignites the imagination.  It’s a world where so many things are possible.  I love how Rick Riordan merges that world with the modern day one.  All these mythical beings and grand gods and goddesses spring to life right on the page.  I feel like I “know” Zeus, Athena, Poseidon, Medusa, etc. in a way I never did as a child hearing their stories.  Books transport us to new place, and Rick Riordan (through the voice of Percy Jackson) makes an excellent tour guide.

Thank you again, Sara, for having me on your site!  I’m honored to serve as guest blogger and to gush about my love for all things Percy Jackson and Rick Riordan!!

If you want to know more about me and my upcoming book, The Prophecy, you can like me on FB (Erin Albert Books), follow me on Twitter (@ErinAlbertBooks), or subscribe to my blog (www.erinalbertbooks.com).

Until next time,

Erin

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Thank you SO much Erin for contributing to the Fandom Friday!

Please visit Erin at her website, which is linked above, and keep an eye out for The Prophecy in November!

Don’t forget to check out previous Fandom Fridays!

And stay tuned for more awesome to come!

Tuesday Top Ten-Books for Fun!

For some reason, remedy I feel like its been FOREVER since I wrote a Tuesday Top Ten, page and its only been two weeks since my brother totally wrote last week’s. But I feel like its been SO long! I have been SO immensely busy the last few weeks, advice what with the end of school, and finals, and my boyfriend graduated college and so it was busy.

And then when I did finally have free time, I was SO lazy and didn’t want to write anything haha. I was like, school is over and I’m not writing ever again :) And I need to catch up on my reading! I have SO many books piling up, unread, because I’ve been busy with other things.

But I’m back :D Ready to rock your world as always.

I have some SUPER cool things coming your way, like a review of Arrested Development Season 4, a post on Leigh Bardugo‘s Siege and Storm release party, some awesome book reviews, and a feature on Cinda Williams Chima!

Its going to be AWESOME.

For now, let’s do the Tuesday Top Ten.

So I just wanted to make it clear that I don’t always read these serious books. Like, not all the books I read have these deep crazy messages with battles, and wars, and questioning humanities and all that sort of thing. I read everything and that means I love to read for fun too! I like reading books about summer, and boys and kissing, and books that make me laugh, I swear I do!

So that’s what this week is, all my favorite FUN books :) The ones that don’t make me cry haha and make me laugh and all that!

Not to say that any of these books don’t have value! Because they all do! They all do hit issues that are important, but they all do it in a light, fun, and happy way!

So here we go!

10. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

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Lena, Carmen, Tibby and Bee have been best friends basically before they were even born. They have spent their entire life together, until this summer, where they’ll all be in different places. As the contemplate on this, they stumble upon a pair of pants, pants that magically fit all of them, despite their very different body types. They determine these pants are magical and that they will keep the girls together over the summer. Lena meets a boy in Greece, and struggles with her feelings for him. Carmen goes to spend some quality time with her dad, but finds he’s suddenly engaged to a new woman. Tibby is stuck at home, without her friends, working a terrible minimum wage job, and Bee is at soccer camp in Mexico where there is a VERY good looking coach, who is also VERY out of bounds.

I think I first read this book when I was about 13, and I just loved it. Its so fun, and its a perfect summer book. There’s all these serious issues in it like a parent remarrying, cancer, dating, love, losing your virginity but its so realistic and so easy to read. There’s no preaching, there’s no lesson, its just there and I’ve always loved these books. I love the absolute familiarity you feel with every single character.

9. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

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Yup, I went there. Bella Swan moves to rainy Forks in Washington to live with her dad, as a sacrifice to her mother who she loves. In this tiny town, she’s an attraction, something new to be figured out. But the only person she’s interested in is Edward Cullen, and his family, who are too beautiful for words and keep to themselves. However, Edward shows an intense hatred to her right away. For some reason, this intrigues Bella and she’s determined to find out about him, especially when there’s more to him than she saw at first glance. He’s a vampire and she’s his particular brand of blood and every moment they spend together is a danger to her.

Okay, that just sounded ridiculous even talking about it haha. I know that it is not the most fantastically written book. I know that its not even that good of a story. But I like it. Its one of my guilty pleasure reads. If I don’t want to think and I just need a super fluffy romance to read, this is exactly what I need. There’s no thinking involved here, and If I tune out for a bit, its fine because I just probably missed a super mushy scene that I was fine missing in the first place! But I do enjoy reading it, no matter how bad the writing is.

8. Secrets of My Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita 

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This book follows the life of Kaitlin Burke, famous teen television star of the hit show, Family Affairs. Her entire life is dictated by her very busy schedule, and between the show, various appearances and publicity, she just doesn’t have time to be a normal girl. So she comes up with this brilliant idea to disguise herself in order to go to a regular high school, just to find out what its like. But soon she’s falling hard for the hottest boy in school, and her enemy co-star, Sky Mackenzie, is making her life miserable at every turn.

I LOVE this book. I love love love it. Its so good! I am obsessed with Hollywood and pop culture and all of that, and I was trying to write a novel about a girl who meets a famous actor and this book helped me SO much. Jen Calonita used to work for teen magazines and so knows a bit about the life of these people and so she writes with accuracy and its SO helpful to someone who has no idea haha. But they’re also super fun, and Kaitlin is such a fun character, and I love her Star Wars obsession and I love that she’s a super gorgeous actress and still feels insecurities too, which I think is totally normal, but we don’t really realize it. I like that Jen gives us a super fun, celebrity world with a very real teen girl that we can all relate to, even though she’s famous.

7. Boy Meets Girl by Meg Cabot

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Disclaimer: This is NOT a YA book. There is SEX in this book. Just so you know haha. In this book, we meet Kate Mackenzie, whose life isn’t going the way she planned it. Her boyfriend of ten years just dumped her, she is crashing on her best friend’s couch, she has a terrible boss at work, and she feels completely inadequate. Just when things couldn’t get worse, she’s forced to fire the most popular person in her work, and to make it EVEN worse, that person decides to sue her and the company for wrongful termination! But things are going to look up for Kate when the lawyer assigned to the case ends up to be very, VERY hot and is VERY interested in her.

I adore this book. Its the second in the “Boy” series by Meg Cabot but you don’t necessarily have to read them in order. They’re separate books that just take place in the same workplace, the New York Journal. But this one is totally my favorite. I love Kate because things just keep going wrong for her. I know that sounds terrible but I know we’ve all felt those days when nothing can go right. We’ve all had times like these, and its fun to watch her going around like “WTF?”, and struggling to deny her attractive to hot lawyer, Mitch. And Meg Cabot is SO funny, she’s so insanely funny. She’s one of the funniest authors I’ve ever read and so all while this is going down, you’re just cracking up. I hope to make people laugh in my books like she does because its just so ludicrous and hilarious.

6. The Next Big Thing by Johanna Edwards 

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In this book we meet Kat, who is overweight. Now, this could be an okay thing if she wasn’t so obsessed with it. She’s tried every diet out there, and she lets it rule her life and she lacks self confidence in a huge way. She has a boyfriend in England, that she met online, but she’s lied to him and told him she’s a size four, when really she’s a size 22. Then she finds a way to make it all go away: a weight loss reality show called From Fat to Fabulous. She auditions, and is suddenly on TV! But its not as glamorous as it seemed. The girls aren’t all super nice, and losing weight is hard, and her relationship with her boyfriend is all based on lies. Can she make it out of this show with everything she wants?

Dun, dun, dun! I know I keep saying this but I do SUPER adore this book. Kat is a fun character, who has all these hopes and dreams that are SO out there, and we can all kind of relate to that. Like, I so want a size 2 body with a movie star boyfriend (not really, I love my boyfriend), and I want to be rich, with five cars and all of that. But none of that is actually going to happen and thats okay :) But Kat goes into this show thinking its all just going to be fixed: her relationship, her confidence, everything, just by losing weight and thats not really true. And being on the show shows her a lot more than that. But its fun to watch her on the show, losing weight, and the stupid games they play, and how Kat is branded “The Brat” by the press and its just fun and funny.

5. Between the Lines by Tammara Webber

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This book follows two points of you. First you get Reid Alexander, the super hot famous movie star, who is all about the glamour of being him: the booze, the girls, the parties, the sex. Then you have Emma Pierce, who LOVES acting and hopes to act on stage, but is pushed to do movie roles. They both end up starring in a modern day adaptation of Pride and Prejudice as Lizbeth and Darcy, and there’s immediate attraction. Reid sees Emma as a conquest, someone he’s determined to have, though he doesn’t really realize how hard he’s working for and why he’s doing it. Emma is attracted to Reid but she’s unsure of his intentions, especially when Graham, another actor on set, is showing his interest as well.

Ohmygod Tammara Webber, you’re a goddess of New Adult literature. I didn’t even know what that was until you but you ROCK it. I love these books. I bought the first one because it was TWO dollars on Kindle. (Yeah, so buy it!) and I immediately read the next two in a couple days because they are so good and so juicy. The amount of sexual tension in these books is amazing and I love it! I also love the celebrity life of it, being on set, doing interviews, parties and all that, because again, obsessed with that kind of stuff. Tammara was another inspiration and help for my novel. But everything about this novel is so sexy, and so fun, and you can’t decide which boy you want Emma with because you love them both. And the steamy scenes are to DIE for.

4. Belles by Jen Calonita

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Aw Miss Jen again! This book follows Izzy, a girl living in Harborside, a beachside community that she loves but doesn’t have the best reputation. She lives with her grandma, who is slowly deteriorating from Alzheimers. Its not long before Izzy is yanked away from Harborside and sent to live with this newfound uncle, his wife and his kids in Emerald Cove, a very wealthy town nearby to Harborwide. Izzy finds herself in a world where she feels completely left out and the girls at school, including her own cousin Mira, are not making it any easy for her. Then there’s the mystery of her new family. She’s never heard of them before, and they suddenly appeared when she needed a place to live. Lastly, her uncle’s political advisor (he’s running for the Senate) is on her case, threatening her and her grandmother if she doesn’t stay in line or if she disrupts the perfect family she’s suddenly a part of.

This book is SO juicy. Its like a little mini soap opera for teens. There’s so much going on: the jerk political advisor, the mean girls at school are seriously mean (like, they do really horrible stuff!), a hot boy who, of course, is already taken, and a mysterious family she didn’t know she had. Its all so insanely juicy and FUN. I sped through this book (and the two following) because she has you on the edge of your seat, trying to figure out what is going on or whats going to happen. I love it. And when you figure out some of the mysteries, it leaves your jaw open, eyes wide, just as if you were watching a soap opera. Its BRILLIANT and I adore it.

3. Here Today, Gone to Maui by Carol Snow

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I’m not going to lie, the first time I picked up this book, I bought it because the main character lives in my hometown. And that NEVER happens. So this story follows Jane, who is a worrier. She worries all the time. She lives in suburban Southern California and she’s surrounded by families. (Because, honestly, that’s what suburban California is…) She’s determined to spice up her life a bit and so she agrees to take a trip to Hawaii with her boyfriend, Jimmy, even though everything is screaming at her not to. Before she can enjoy any part of her actual vacation, Jimmy goes scuba diving…and never comes up. Now he’s missing, and its absolute mystery, especially when she learns that she’s not the only girl that Jimmy brought to the island….

Carol Snow, you are brilliant and more people should be reading you! I love every single one of your books! I read this one…second, after Been There Done That, and I just laughed at how incredibly ridiculous and hilarious this entire book is. Jane is so funny, and the mess she gets herself into is SO funny. (I’m not trying to be a jerk, I know the plot sounds super serious but trust me, read the book). The entire situation with Jane and Jimmy, and Jimmy’s second girlfriend, Tiara, is just fantastic. She has me laughing the entire book, especially with the descriptions of Tiara, but also has me racing through it to figure out what the hell happened to Jimmy. SUCH a good read.

2. All American Girl by Meg Cabot

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One of my absolute favorite books of ALL TIME. I read this when I was about 14 years old and I think I still owe the Moreno Valley Public Library money for stealing this book from them…and that was 11 years ago! Anyway, the book follows Samantha Madison, a rebellious girl who wears all black, is an artist and completely in love with her sister’s boyfriend. When she’s caught selling drawings at school, her parents force her into art lessons (how dare they!), where she totally doesn’t want to me. After skipping art lessons one day, she stands outside, waiting to be picked up when she notices something: the president of the US coming to buy some cookies at the bakery next door to her art class, and there’s a guy with a gun pointed at him. She doesn’t think, she just moves. Suddenly, she’s a worldwide hero, and is incredibly famous, something she is way unused to it. And it turns out, David, the president’s son is in her art class, and is REALLY cute too.

The absurdity of this book is fantastic but I love it! Its literally one of my favorite books. I love Samantha, because she’s this wannabe rebel, punkish, ska girl who really isn’t any of those things but likes to think she is, which was totally me in high school too, now that I think about it. I love David, I have SUCH a huge crush on him and his stupid little secretive smiles. And I just love the ridiculousness of the situation. I love the idea of a teen girl suddenly saving the president’s life and becoming super famous, and having the president’s son fall in love with her, which she totally does NOT want. I love all the lists too. She makes these lists throughout the book, these top ten lists and I LOVE them. We all know how I am about lists :) Those lists are actually a big inspiration for the Tuesday Top Ten, though Samantha’s are infinitely funnier than mine :)

1. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot 

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Aw, my loves. The entire ten book series follows Mia Thermopolis, a high school girl, in New York City, who is everything that I was in high school: awkward, shy, unpopular, insanely tall (but I was small), no boobs, the works. She’s had a crush on Josh Richter, for ages, and her mom is dating her Algebra teacher, a class she is failing. Then her dad comes to New York to tell her something. He had cancer, and it made him…unable to have anymore kids, which makes her the now known heir to the throne of Genovia. Suddenly, Mia isn’t the normal kid she’s trying SO hard to be but she’s a princess and that takes a lot of work. The ten book series follows Mia from her freshman year to her senior year, following all of her awkwardness, her fun, her life lessons, her ups and downs, the different boys in her life (Michael Moscovitz for LIFE <3) and all the hilarity that ensues.

I first read this when I was 12 years old. I credit Meg Cabot (and Sarah Dessen) with my introduction to the YA lit world. I’ve been obsessed with YA since then and she has been one of my absolute favorite authors and one of my biggest writing inspirations since then. Her books are so GOOD. Written in diary form, you get to be in Mia’s head at all times, which is so great, because since she makes all the mistakes that we all made in high school, we get to see it from her point of view, and her reasoning and her out of control, awesome perspective. We get NO one else and it makes it great because we see how she can overreact or not react enough, and make mistakes and all of that. And Mia is a fun, relatable and hilarious character, and one of my absolute favorite characters ever. If you have not read these books, there is something wrong with you!

Also, the books are SO much better than the movie. I mean, I like the movie. But the books are so good. Its in NYC not San Fran. Her dad is NOT dead, he’s just hilarious. Her mom is hilarious. Her grandmother is NOT sweet Julie Andrews, but scary Grandmere. SO much win.

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So that was the Tuesday Top Ten for you!

Hope you enjoyed!

Stay tuned for awesome things heading your way this week!

And don’t forget to check out the previous Tuesday Top Tens!

A Little Less than Famous is Finally Published!

It’s done, illness it’s done, it’s done.

A Little Less than Famous is DONE!

After working my butt off nonstop for all the hours that I haven’t been asleep or working, its finally done. It’s not perfect; I really need a professional editor to look over it and spot the things that I just couldn’t spot but I had some amazing help in finishing this and I am supremely happy with it.

Here is the fantastic cover, that the best graphic designer in the world, also known as my dad, designed for my novel.

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Gorgeous right?

And here’s a brief synopsis of the novel:

McKinley Evans doesn’t fall in love and she doesn’t do relationships. She has rules and she’s in it for the fun and, let’s face it, the sex. I mean, she’s not completely heartless, of course. She has a good family, even though her mom ditched her in a diner when she was five years old and good friends. Then she meets Jake Kennedy, THE Jake Kennedy that woman all over the world pine for every Thursday night on the hit show Crime Scene. And of course, Jake doesn’t follow any rule in McKinley’s book and before she knows it, she’s gotten herself pretty wrapped up in the celebrity world. It doesn’t take long for her to want to stay in that world…but is it the glitz and the glam or is it Jake Kennedy himself?

Now that I’ve shown you the cover and I’ve told you a little bit about the novel, and if I haven’t scared you off yet, here is where you can actually buy my novel.

For Kindle, or the Kindle App (that you can get LITERALLY on everythin), you can purchase A Little Less than Famous here:

A Little Less than Famous for Kindle.

(Update: if you are having trouble purchasing it on amazon, check back in about an hour, or click the link below for the smashwords version…you can download it there on Kindle as well!)

For Nook, or Sony Ereader, or for such a PDF copy on your computer, you can purchase A Little Less than Famous here:

A Little Less than Famous on Smashwords

Now, I don’t want to hear any excuses from my loyal followers on how they don’t have a Kindle or a Nook and so there’s no way they can buy it, sorry! You can literally get the Kindle or Nook apps on anything: your phone, your Iphone, your Itouch, your Ipad, any other tablet, you can even get apps for them on your computer.

To get the Kindle app for your device, click here. To get the Nook app for your device, click here.

Maybe I sound like I’m bugging and being pushy but it took me over a year and a half to write this novel and I want to share it with EVERYONE that I can and I feel like so many people out there find an excuse not to support you, and its horrible.

But I’ve also learned that the people who don’t make excuses, who download a Kindle app onto their laptop and read a 400+ page novel on their computer, are the people who are your biggest supporters and they’re the people you can count on.

Anyway, though, I am hoping that you all enjoy this novel. Like I said above, this took me quite a long time to write and it holds a special place in my heart. But also, if you don’t enjoy it, please let me know too! Leave reviews on the Amazon and Smashword pages of the good and the bad. I’ll never get better if I don’t know that I need to.

But enjoy! And share with your friends and your family and your coworkers and whomever else you think would enjoy this!

I can’t wait for you all to read it!

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Also, do not forget to check out my first novel, Another Chance for Summer

On Kindle

and

For Nook and other devices.