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Guest Post by Sheila Bliss

There were so many things I wanted to be when I grew up. I wanted to be a TV news anchorwoman, a fashion designer, a news journalist, a nurse, a teacher and a psychologist. That’s quite a variety. I wanted to make sure I had all the bases covered. I was also a voracious reader. My entire family was. Memories as a kid always involved a family member reading a book. My dad, my mom, and my older sisters. The best vacations also involved sharing our responses to whatever book one of us was reading at the time. My family instilled in me a huge love for reading. It was also my escape. My childhood was lonely at times and broken. Reading allowed me to escape the loneliness and I found solace reading about people who experienced a similar pain between the pages of a book. Continue reading

Win An iPad Mini!

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To celebrate the launch of TheGuestbook Carina are giving away an iPad Mini! All you have to do is enter the competition here: http://bit.ly/1ghbojW

Simply enter your details for your chance to win an Apple iPad Mini pre-loaded with all the holiday reading you could possibly need!
Also, make sure you keep an eye out for author Holly Martin’s daily holiday tips and fun over the next month by following @UKCarina

Holly Martin’s The Guestbook welcomes you to Willow cottage – throw open the shutters, let in the sea breeze, and please do leave a comment in the Guestbook.
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Book Tour: Screaming Divas Review

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Screaming Divas by Suzanne Kamata
Publication Date: May 18th, 2014
Publisher: Merit Press
Pages: 208
Genre: YA Contemporary

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Synopsis:

At sixteen, Trudy Baxter is tired of her debutante mom, her deadbeat dad, and her standing reservation at the juvenile detention center. Changing her name to Trudy Sin, she cranks up her major chops as a singer and starts a band, gathering around other girls ill at ease in their own lives. Cassie Haywood, would-have-been beauty queen, was scarred in an accident in which her alcoholic mom was killed. But she can still sing and play her guitar, even though she seeks way too much relief from the pain in her body and her heart through drugs, and way too much relief from loneliness through casual sex. Still, it’s Cassie who hears former child prodigy Harumi Yokoyama playing in a punk band at a party, and enlists her, outraging Harumi’s overbearing first-generation Japanese parents. The fourth member is Esther Shealy, who joins as a drummer in order to be close to Cassie–the long-time object of her unrequited love–and Harumi, her estranged childhood friend. Together, they are Screaming Divas, and they’re quickly swept up as a local sensation. Then, just as they are about to achieve their rock-girl dreams, a tragedy strikes.

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About the Author:
Back in the day, Suzanne Kamata spent a lot of time hanging out in a club in Columbia, South Carolina, much like the one in Screaming Divas. (The beat goes on . . .) She later wrote about musicians for The State newspaper, The Japan Times, and other publications. Now, she mostly writes novels. In her free time, she enjoys searching for the perfect fake fur leopard-print coat and listening to the Japanese all-girl band Chatmonchy. Her YA debut, Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible was named the 2013-2014 APALA YA Honor Book and Grand Prize Winner of the Paris Book Festival. For more info, visithttp://www.suzannekamata.com or follow her on Twitter @shikokusue.

My Review:

Screaming Divas introduces its band members wonderfully. The first few chapters said just enough about each of the girls to leave me wanting more. Sometimes it’s difficult to get into a book but Divas roped me in after the first page. After their lives started to intertwine, however, things started to move at an alarming rate and keeping up with each event was a bit confusing. Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading about the girls’ friendships, relationships and camaraderie. I sympathized with Trudy, the lead singer. She had an extremely rough upbringing and then when left on her own, didn’t make the wisest choices in lovers. Harumi was by far, my favorite character. Her opening chapter revealed this quiet resolve, ambition and beautiful love of music. I felt for Esther and Cassie.

Divas incorporates some fantastic music. I too, like Trudy, am a fan of The Supremes and honestly wanted to hear the girls’ rendition of their songs. This unlikely band of what would be considered “misfits” are truly endearing.

I give Screaming Divas 3.5 stars

Book Tour: Kaleidoscope Me + Giveaway

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Kaleidoscope Me

By Hillary K. Grigonis

http://www.hillarykgrigonis.com

Publisher: Pixel Press & Photo LLCKaleidoscope Me

Release Date: February 24, 2014

Audience: Preteen and young teenagers

Genre: Contemporary

Format: Paperback and eBook

162 pages

Link to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Kaleidoscope-Me-Hillary-K-Grigonis/dp/099141330X/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1395780769&sr=8-1

“Sometimes, my mind is a kaleidoscope. Somewhere, buried beneath a hundred different 

swirling colors, is the original image, but as you turn the dial, the original meshes with 

colors and becomes something completely different.”

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