Rating System:

For those of you who don't know, I rate books based on their ability to hold my attention. I don't really like to rip apart someone's hard work. If I don't finish a book, then I don't feel comfortable rating it. So you might see a lot of 4 and 5 star ratings. However, if I do have issues with a book, I will always tell you. Enjoy! (:

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Debut Author Bash 2016: Stephanie Scott

Welcome back to another post for the 2016 Debut Author Bash! Today I am happy to say that I will be talking with Stephanie Scott whose YA novel, Alterations, will be coming out in September! You can find the bash schedule here! There's also a giveaway at the end of this post so be sure to enter!

Meet Stephanie Scott
Stephanie Scott writes Young Adult stories about teens who put their passions first. She’s an active member of Romance Writers of America and its online YA chapter YARWA, and a current writing mentor in online pitch contests. Born and raised in Kalamazoo where there are no zoos, she’s a Midwest girl at heart. She now lives outside of Chicago with her tech-of-all-trades husband. You can find her chatting about TV and all things books on twitter and Instagram at @StephScottYA. Her debut ALTERATIONS about a fashion-obsessed loner who reinvents herself releases 9/6/16 from Bloomsbury Spark.


Gabriella: Care to introduce yourself? We want to know everything!
Stephanie: Thanks so much for hosting me on your blog! I’m Stephanie Scott and I am truly hooked on YA books. I’ve always liked reading, but felt I truly found my book people once I started going to book signings and events. I’m married and live outside of Chicago. If I could live anywhere else it would probably be the Pacific Northwest. If forced to choose two out of this list of three: fuzzy, shiny, tiny, I would choose fuzzy and tiny.

Gabriella: Can you tell us about your debut, Alterations?
Stephanie: Sixteen-year-old Amelia is a self-made style maven with an Instagram full of high-end fashion pics. Only in real life, she can’t afford designer anything, and on Friday nights she’s more likely found tweaking her Pinterest prom boards while daydreaming over her lifelong crush Ethan (who happens to be the son of her family’s employer, and who happens to barely know she exists). Amelia heads to New York for the summer for a fashion internship, which transforms her confidence. When she returns, her dream guy Ethan definitely takes notice. But Amelia is no longer sure he fits her dream. Especially now that she and Ethan’s twin brother Liam are working together to develop a fashion app. The story is set in Miami and New York, and there are great friendships as well as romance. Plus, killer shoes, because of course.

Gabriella: Oh man, I can't wait to get my hands on it!

Gabriella: I know that Alterations is inspired by the movie Sabrina, but when did you come up with the idea?
Stephanie: I had written a story that was a bit more literary, set fifty years ago (think Mad Men but YA) and definitely needed something lighter and more romantic after that. Every time I told someone I was thinking of a YA twist on the Sabrina story, people told me how much they loved the movie. So I had a lot of motivation to write it.

Gabriella: What do you like to do if you ever feel stuck in your writing or in life?
Stephanie: I’m a regular at a dance fitness class called WERQ which is hip hop and modern pop--I am sure we do not look cool to anyone else but it is the most fun I have working out. Exercising helps me think through problems--story and life! Though I don’t do it as often these days, I still love a good RPG or first person shooter. I’ve lost many hours to the various Fallout games, Skyrim, Dragon Age, and Halo online.

Gabriella: Well remind me to come hang out with you sometime! It seems like you have a lot of fun!

Gabriella: If there’s one thing you really want readers to know in regards to this particular book, what is it?
Stephanie: Alterations is a book that may seem like a light, “fluffy” read (and there’s nothing wrong with that!) but I hope there’s a deeper sense of family, friendships, and love that comes through. My favorite stories are the ones that trick you when you think you’re getting a light read.

Gabriella: I agree. Those definitely are the best kinds of books, but it's unfortunate that some don't get given the chance because they appear to be so fluffy. You know?

Gabriella: Are you currently working on anything? If so, is there anything you’re willing to share?
Stephanie: I have a short story that will be part of a young adult collection with some truly fantastic authors--announcement coming soon. I have several drafts in the works. The one I’m readying now may be my favorite. Here are two hints: road trip and comics convention.

Gabriella: Okay, so earlier this month I went to my first comic-con and those hints have my full attention! *grabby hands*

Gabriella: If you had to choose one, which 2016 debut are you most excited for? I know, they’re all so great! We can narrow it to one that isn’t out yet if that helps. Lol.
Stephanie: Well, I’ll tell you right now I can’t choose one. I’ve been fortunate to have read a lot of advanced copies of 2016 debuts through The Sweet Sixteens group. Debuts I loved: Summer of Sloane by Erin Schneider, Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods (can you tell I like summer books?), Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner, Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here by Anna Breslaw, The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner, Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler, which has a lot of fun parallels to my book, but a totally different story.

Gabriella: Oooh, I absolutely loved Summer of Sloane and Phantom Limbs! The rest are on my TBR. I'll definitely need to come to you for more recommendations sometime!

Gabriella: Instagram or Twitter?
Stephanie: A year ago I would have said twitter--I’ve been on it 9 (!) years. But more recently it’s Instagram. I love the #bookstagram community, which has put me in touch with great bloggers like yourself!

Gabriella: Aw, thank you. It has been lovely chatting with you these past few months! Y'all, trust me when I tell you that Stephanie is absolutely the sweetest.

Gabriella: Pinterest or Tumblr?
Stephanie: I’m more of a lurker on Tumblr, but Pinterest is definitely useful for story planning and inspiration. Here is my inspiration board for Alterations: https://www.pinterest.com/stephscottil/alterations/

Gabriella: Sabrina circa 1954 or Sabrina circa 1995?
Stephanie: Tough call! The 1950s version is wonderful because of the enchanting Audrey Hepburn, but there are some aspects that do not translate well across the years. I saw the 1990s remake first. The fashion is a little less glamorous, but I like seeing Han Solo, er Harrison Ford, in a romantic comedy.

Gabriella: Go to fashion item?
Stephanie: Scarf

Gabriella: Best writing spot?
Stephanie: The corner of my L-shaped couch. I now have a more ergonomic lap desk because writing on the couch is probably terrible for posture.
Gabriella: Favorite reading spot?
Stephanie: In bed with the kitty by my side :)

Gabriella: Funny, mine is in bed with my doggies next to me. (:

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I want to thank Stephanie for stopping by today and I really hope y'all check out her debut as well as the rest of the tour! Happy Sunday!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Secret Life of a Dream Girl ARC Review

The Secret Life of a Dream Girl by Tracy Deebs
3.5 Stars
First off I want to thank Entangled Publishing for allowing me early access to this novel. I will admit, I requested this one because it's by Tracy Deebs. I have previously read two of the books in her Tempest series and loved them so I did not hesitate the second I saw her name on something new. I'm going to keep this review short and sweet because that's exactly what this one was. We follow young Dahlia, AKA Cherry, a pop-star newly emancipated and hiding out in Austin, TX trying to live a normal life. Along with her, we also get the insight of Keegan who happens to be one of the hottest guys in school and utterly infatuated by our Dahlia unbeknownst to her. It was fun watching these two interact and try to navigate their potential relationship. Each not knowing that the other one likes them. It was frustrating at times, but overall completely adorable. I will say that it takes place over about a weeks time, so if you despise "insta-love" beware. But if cute, fluffy contemporaries are your thing then I have confidence that you'll find this enjoyable. I hope you'll grab yourself a copy when it releases on June 27, 2016!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Hello? Kindle Sale

This book has been on my radar for a long time, but, as I'm sure we all have experienced, I put it on the back burner because of other shiny new books and lack of funds. My TBR is a mountain that I someday hope to climb. Am I alone in that? Anyway, I am so happy to share with you that Hello? is on sale today for Kindle. Grab yourself a copy right here!

About the Book:
One HELLO can change a life. One HELLO can save a life.

Tricia: A girl struggling to find her way after her beloved grandma's death.
Emerson: A guy who lives his life to fulfill promises, real and hypothetical.
Angie: A girl with secrets she can only express through poetry.
Brenda: An actress and screenplay writer afraid to confront her past.
Brian: A potter who sets aside his life for Tricia, to the detriment of both.

Linked and transformed by one phone call, Hello? weaves together these five Wisconsin teens' stories into a compelling narrative of friendship and family, loss and love, heartbreak and healing, serendipity, and ultimately hope.

Told from all five viewpoints: narration (Tricia), narration (Emerson), free verse poetry (Angie), screenplay format (Brenda), narration and drawings (Brian).

Wow, sounds amazing right? Aren't you just dying to read it? I am. Come back and talk about it with me once you have or if you've already read it, tell me how it was! Be sure to check out the author on Twitter, Instagram, and her personal website.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Debt Cover Reveal

I am very thrilled to bring to you the cover for THE DEBT by Karina Halle releasing on August 29, 2016. Isn't it gorgeous?!

Her life changed in an instant. And he's the only one who could have prevented it. Jessica Charles shouldn't have even been in London when the unthinkable happened. She should have been back at home in Edinburgh, perhaps hanging with her boyfriend, preparing the baby shower for her sister, or teaching her yoga classes. She should have been going on in her normal, dependable life as always. But on that fateful day in August, when a mentally-ill ex-soldier opened fire in public, Jessica's world changed forever. Now single and crippled from the gunshot wounds, Jessica finds herself scared and alone, losing faith in herself and humanity with each agonizing moment that passes. That is until a stranger enters her life. A stranger who makes her live again. Keir McGregor has always been the strong, silent type. Throw in tall, dark, and handsome and you've got pretty much the perfect Scotsman. Except Keir is anything but perfect. He's got a past he's running away from and a guilty conscience he can't seem to shed. But the more time he spends with Jessica, the more he falls in love with her. And the more his secret threatens to tear them apart. He may have been a stranger to her. But she’s never been a stranger to him. ADD TO GOODREADS  PREORDER ON AMAZON

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Racing the Sun, Sins & Needles and over 25 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books. Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK. Hit her up on Instagram at @authorHalle, on Twitter at @MetalBlonde and on Facebook. You can also visit www.authorkarinahalle.com and sign up for the newsletter for news, excerpts, previews, private book signing sales and more. FACEBOOK TWITTER GOODREADS AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE

I'm so in love with this cover and all of the covers in this series for that matter. I hope you'll grab yourself a copy and please don't be put off by the word series. These are companion novels and can be read in any order and also as stand-alones, whichever you prefer. Personally, I read them in order since they share characters, either way is fine and they're so worth it! What'd you think of the cover? Have you read any of Karina Halle's books? If so, what'd you think? Feel free to tell me in the comments.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Phantom Limbs ARC Review

Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner
5 Stars

Wow. I'm not quite sure where to start with this one. How about here, with a piece of the synopsis.
How do you move on after an irreplaceable loss? In a poignant debut, a sixteen-year-old boy must learn how to swim against an undercurrent of grief --- or be swept away by it.
Because of this very brief description, as well as the larger bit of it, I went in thinking that this whole book was going to be about grief and make me sad. Let's say I was half right. 

I fell in love with Paula Garner on page 2 when she casually had our main character drop the f-bomb. Maybe it's just me, but I found that ballsy for a debut. The way she depicts everything going through Otis' head seemed oh so very authentic to me. He cussed, fantasized, was insecure, got jealous, was a dick at times, etc. I really enjoyed seeing everything from his perspective, but let's talk about Dara. To outsiders she may seem like a complete bitch and/or a freak, or some may even take pity. Dara has layers, most of which only Otis has been able to see. The friendship between these two and how much they rely on each other is something truly special. There are more people within this story, but I want to focus on these two. I will say that I enjoyed Meg and her meaning to Otis. I also cried anytime Mason was brought up. You need to meet this bunch for yourself.

As for the things we see in Phantom Limbs, we see loss, grief, love, ambition, forgiveness, determination, hope, depression and phantom limbs, both physical and metaphorical. I love all of these things and how they are brought about. If you asked me what exactly this novel was about I would simply say that it's about healing and rediscovering life. Yeah, that sounds about right.

I will end this by saying that you need this book in your life. Phantom Limbs comes out on September 13, 2016 and with a different cover than the one you see in this post. For more information, as well as purchase links, you can visit the author's website right here. I really do hope you pick this one up because it deserves so much love and attention. If you can't stand the wait, there is a giveaway hosted by Ya Books Central, but it closes in 8 days so hurry up and enter here! I'm open to any conversation about this book or otherwise so don't be afraid to leave a comment.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Debut Author Bash 2016: Ami Allen-Vath

If you missed Friday's post, I'm participating in the Debut Author Bash this year to bring attention to some fantastic authors and their books! You can find the full bash schedule here! Today I'll be talking with Ami Allen-Vath, author of Liars and Losers Like Us which is already out in the world! First we'll take a look at my review and afterwards there will be an interview I did with her. Enjoy!

Liars and Loser Like Us by Ami Allen-Vath
5 Stars

I actually won this book in a giveaway hosted by Stephanie Scott and the day it arrived, I told myself that I was only going to read one chapter because I had a lot of things that I needed to get done. I was lying to myself. I finished the whole book in one sitting because it sucked me in like a vortex. At first glance, I thought this book was simply about prom, but it is just so much more than that. Liars and Losers Like Us deals with friendship, bullying, loss, and your typical high school issues as well.

Our main character Bree is on the tail end of a break up of her own as well as dealing with her parents divorce. She isn’t super confident, but she also knows that it could be worse and she spends her time daydreaming of the cute boy in her language arts class. Enter Sean, he’s a cute, sweet, charming, totally crush worthy football player and boy do I love him. He’s totally goofy and real. Another character I’d like to mention is Maisey, she’s only seen in a couple parts of the novel, but so much of it all has everything to do with her and, while it’s not the happiest of stories, I love the lessons that she teaches in such a short time. Ami handled her very well in my opinion. Obviously there are more than three characters in this story, but if I talked about them all this post would be painfully long. I will say that I find everyone to be completely important to the story and I love them all, even if with some it’s a hate kind of love.

My absolute favorite thing about this debut is how it deals with the topic of sex. Yes, our character is a virgin and it’s not like she didn’t have the opportunities. She just wasn’t with the right person and right now you’re probably rolling your eyes at how cliche that sounds, but trust me, when you read it, you’ll understand. It’s also not some “Oh I’ve found the love of my life. I’m going to give him what’s most precious to me” kind of stuff either. While being discussed as naturally as it has been in my life, it also has a darker tone which we will discuss with Ami later. We definitely need more realistic representations of sex like this one in our young adult literature.

Some darker things happen within this story and I love how the author added something like prom as kind of a buffer to keep things from being too deep. I highly recommend Liars and Losers Like Us to anyone who has ever felt alone, consumed by a tragedy, disliked, misunderstood, basically just anyone because it’s perfect. It’s an incredible, quick, emotional, and impactful read. I hope you’ll grab a copy and discuss your thoughts with me. Until then I will be dancing like no one’s watching, for Maisey.

Meet Ami Allen-Vath
Ami Allen-Vath is a MN born writer, living in GA and has lived in six other states and one country in between. Aside from books, Ami's into The Walking Dead, yoga, warm vacations in the wintertime and ice cream in any season. Ami's debut, LIARS AND LOSERS LIKE US, is available now. You can check out her website, follow her on Twitter and Instagram, and like her on Facebook but please ignore her if you see her in pj pants at the grocery store.

Signed/personalized copies of Liars and Losers Like Us can be purchased and shipped from Little Shop of Stories: Call them at: 404-373-6300. You can also buy it from IndieBound, Barnes & Noble and Amazon. And extra bonus points for requesting it from your library!


Ami: Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Gabriella!

Liars and Losers Like Us has a moment where a male character gets violent over sex or lack thereof and while it isn't specifically at our female it has everything to do with her. This isn't something I see a lot of in YA and maybe I'm just not reading the right books, but what made you include such an important scene?
I didn’t have any specific message in mind when I wrote this scene other than to show how that particular character was. I will say this though: instances like this are not uncommon. Almost every sexually active girl/woman I know will have (at minimum) one story about how a guy tried to convince her to do stuff she didn’t want to do or got upset when she said no. There’s nothing worse than having the assertion to say “no” and getting anything else than understanding and respect in return.

We also touch on how casual sex can be no big deal, but sex with a loved one is almost a huge deal, while not 100% pertinent to the story I like how this is added because it seems like sex just happens in novels. No one talks about the emotional side and how it brings things to a whole new level for some people. How important do you feel it is to discuss the emotional side of things and bring them to light?
If you’ve read my book, it’s not a secret that there’s a lot of sex (talking about, doing, not doing, etc) in it. While it’s definitely not something as important or central for every teen, it was to this particular group of kids. My main character Bree wasn’t necessarily waiting for the right person to have sex with, but when she did find someone, it was important to her. And while I had characters with different relationships and views on sex, I wanted to show how much it meant to Bree and yet, show how it didn’t mean everything. I also made sure to drop little hints that the first time is not this huge hallelujah perfect stars-aligning experience, whether the couple loves each other or not.  

You shared such a personal piece of yourself, and in a debut no less, did you ever have any reservations about how people might react?
The author’s note. Oh man. My author’s note for Liars and Losers Like Us is something I felt very obligated and compelled to include. In the book, Bree gets help for her mental health issues and my wish is that readers will find inspiration in that. But there were a lot of other issues in Liars, and unfortunately not everything has a “happy ending.” I feel absolutely awful that a certain character’s story ended the way it did. But for that character, that was their story and in real life, although the circumstances are very different, that’s how things almost ended up for me. It’s very important for me to emphasize though, that specific character’s ending is only one story. I absolutely do not want to leave any readers with the idea that being abused or victimized leaves you damaged or doomed. My author’s note hopefully explains this well.

As for writing the actual note, I wrote from my heart and experience keeping in mind what would’ve been helpful for “teen-me” and teens today to read. Then, I had it read over by a mental health professional and an activist/advocate for victims of rape. This was all the “easy” part. Once I sent it to my editor, I was terrified. There’s a certain vulnerability in having those words out there, knowing that strangers, friends and family are going to read them. But there’s also power. As a survivor, I am always compelled to tell my story in the hopes that others will see that they’re not alone and there is moving forward and really living after trauma.

Since we're talking about the personal side of your novel, would you mind expanding on that and how it ended up being such a huge piece of the story despite not really being the spotlight?
There were a lot of full stories that could’ve been told and I really do feel bad about some of the characters not getting more page time. But LALLU is from one person’s point of view. It was Bree’s story to tell. Not Kallie’s Todd’s, Molly’s, Jane’s or Maisey’s. In high school (and life), we meet and interact with so many different people. When I was a teen, because of how my classmates looked and presented themselves, I judged. I assumed that everyone one else had their lives together except me. Everyone seemed to exude confidence and have great homes lives. But just like in LALLU, everyone has their own story. I honestly didn’t start out writing to show this, but in the end, that’s exactly what happened. And I think the reason is because I’ve learned that and OMG do I wish I would’ve known that in high school.

My hope for readers is that they’re entertained by all the Belmont High drama and find a character or storyline to connect with. I’m also extra happy when a reader is reminded that they’re not the only ones stressing out about the little and the big things going on in life. I mean, we’re all doing this amazing life thing together so it really doesn’t hurt to be honest about how anxiety inducing it can be.

Gabriella: I would like to thank Ami for stopping by and shedding some wonderful insight into Liars and Losers Like Us. I hope y'all will grab yourself a copy! Be sure to come back and talk about it!

Friday, June 3, 2016

Debut Author Bash 2016: Tobie Easton

Hello and welcome to my very first post for the Debut Author Bash of 2016! If you didn't know, the bash is a bunch of bloggers bringing attention to some lovely authors and their debuts organized by the lovely Nichole over at YA Reads. You can find the entire bash schedule here! Today's post will be with Tobie Easton and before we jump into the interview, I'll also be re-sharing my review for Emerge. Let's get started, shall we?

Emerge by Tobie Easton
5 Stars
When I heard about this book, I was so excited! I'm always looking for a good mermaid read. I ended up being lucky enough to receive an e-ARC from the publisher and man, am I thankful! Going in I kind of thought Emerge was going to be a light fluffy romance, but I was wrong. There is indeed a romance, but this story has a dark tone as well.

Let's discuss the characters. I quite enjoy our main character Lia and her inner struggles. She breaks rules, but only when her intentions are good. I just loved seeing her internal fight. Lia's sisters and her cousin are also pretty entertaining. However, two of my favorite characters are Clay and Caspian. Clay is human and pretty dang adorable, I am a sucker for a flirty, green eyed man. I found myself falling for him as the story went on. Caspian on the other hand, is mer. Mer is a term you'll see fairly often as a term for the mermaid race. Caspian is intelligent, sweet, and very kind. He's actually every bit as charming as Clay. For someone I didn't enjoy, Mel. She seems like the bitch of the story and we're made to hate her for good reason. Boy, did I love to hate her. Enough about the characters, you need to read it for yourself!

My favorite thing about Emerge is actually all of the mythology behind the mermaids from how they focus on maintaining their legs to the concept of same-love. I don't want to spoil anything for you, but I love how Easton came up with this concept that everyone gets legs at a certain point in life and for a certain reason. However, they have to work to maintain them unlike what we see in The Little Mermaid, which is also mentioned throughout. Everything is so intriguing! I just can't get enough of it!

In the end, I enjoyed every minute of this novel. I even messaged Tobie as I went and that was fun. Emerge isn't your typical mermaid novel. It has a lot more to it than just beaches and romance. There's a battle to be won and it's a wonderful ride. In the end, I was only able to see one thing coming and it didn't even play a major part in the ending. I have every confidence that Emerge will surprise you. Because it says Mer Chronicles Book 1, I'm assuming there will be a sequel and the wait may just kill me. I hope you'll pick it up and come back to chat with me.

Interview with Tobie

Care to tell us a bit about yourself before we get started?
Sure!  I’m an author in my twenties living in Los Angeles who loves to write about magic and kissing.  I’m also a newlywed and a chocolate chip cookieaholic.  When I’m not writing, I’m reading, and when I’m not reading, I’m trying out a new restaurant or travelling.  Or kissing ;)

Can you tell us a little bit about Emerge and how you came up with the idea?
Emerge tells the story of seventeen-year-old Lia Nautilus. Lia may be a Mermaid, but she’s never lived in the ocean. Ever since the infamous Little Mermaid unleashed a curse that stripped Mer of their immortality, war has ravaged the Seven Seas. Lia is supposed to be safe in Malibu’s secret community of land-dwelling Mer. Then a new girl with a deadly secret endangers the human boy Lia has feelings for. After making a horrible mistake, Lia will risk everything to stop him from falling in love with the wrong girl.  
The idea for Emerge came to me while I was swimming laps (seriously!).  As a kid, every time I went swimming, I pretended to be a mermaid.  I was remembering that while I was swimming laps, and I started to wonder what life would be like for mermaids who lived on land.  That’s when my brain started spinning the story for what would become Emerge.

When you were writing Emerge did you typically know where you wanted things to go or did the plot kind of come to you as you went?
I’m definitely a plotter!  I like to know the character arcs and plot twists in advance so I can build toward them.  The final version of Emerge is actually really close to my original outline.

One of my favorite things is the concept of how a mermaid gets their legs. Was it something you thought about for a long time or did it just come to you because it is genius!
Thank you so much!  That’s one of my favorite details from the book, too.  It occurred to me early-on in the writing process (before I had even started outlining), while I was still working on world-building.  In fact, it was that realization that made me determined to write the book because it caused so much to click into place.  I’m excited for each new reader to discover that detail.

I love how you included a pronunciation guide at the end, can we expect to learn more Mermese from Caspian in book two?
There will definitely be more Mermese words and expressions in Book 2 of the Mer Chronicles, which is entitled Submerge.  There are a couple in particular that are a lot of fun!

And lastly, I know you did a photoshoot for Project Mermaids, was it everything you hoped for? You looked absolutely gorgeous, by the way.
Wow, Gabby, thanks so much!  Project Mermaids, is a charitable endeavor aimed at raising awareness for ocean conservation by photographing celebrities dressed as mermaids.  I was so excited when they invited me to work with them in support of such an important cause.  The day itself couldn’t have been more fun or surreal. The photographer, makeup artist, and assistants were all so nice and so enthusiastic about Emerge.  They even designed my makeup to match the book cover!  People lined the Venice pier taking photos with their phones during the shoot—it was crazy! Being transformed into a mermaid was an absolute dream moment.  You can see the behind-the-scenes video of our shoot below along with the finished photo.

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I want to thank you all for stopping by and of course Tobie for joining me as well. I hope you'll be inspired to pick up this wonderful, Summer time read. Have a wonderful day!