Welcome to The FFBC: Perfect Harmony by Emily Albright & Giveaway

/ Sep 18, 2018

Perfect Harmony

Perfect Harmony

by Emily Albright
Publisher: Amberjack Publishing
Release Date: September 18, 2018
Genre: Young Adult - Contemporary, Romance
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Synopsis:


Pippa Wyndham is a top cellist―she’d never settle for anything less. Determined to get into the nation’s most prestigious music college, nothing’s going to stand in her way . . . Until her senior year of high school when a new guy from a fancy New York conservatory transfers to her school. 

Declan Brogan’s cocky, and he knows how amazing he is at the cello. He has every intention of knocking Pippa out of first chair and showing her who really belongs on top. Forced together when assigned a duet, their personal competition and mutual dislike transform into a teasing friendship.

Torn between her childhood crush and the boy who threatens her dreams, Pippa finds herself at risk of losing her best friend, her future, and the boy who makes her heart melt. Struggling to make things right, Pippa discovers that sometimes the thing you want the most doesn’t always end up being the thing you need.

Interview


Welcome to The FFBC again, Emily! I love that we've been a small part of your journey as an author by touring all three of your books so far!

ABOUT EMILY

1. What have you learned about being an author since your debut, The Heir and the Spare?
I think the biggest thing I’ve learned is to focus on the positives. No matter what you do, you’re going to find someone who doesn’t like what you do, what you make, or just plain you. But for those few negative people, there are far more people who enjoy it. So, don’t waste time dwelling on the ones who don’t.

2. Which of your books has the most of you in it? 
Perfect Harmony. I play the flute and I’ve always loved music! I was in my school band, and youth symphonies, I did the orchestra pit for school plays and summer musicals, and it’s the only area of my life that I’ve actually been competitive, like Pippa. I feel a definite kinship with her.

3. What has been the best book you've read in 2018 so far?
I finally caught up with Sarah J. Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses series and loved that. And I just finished reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, which was so good!

4. What about your favorite movie of the year so far?
I’m drawing a complete blank. The only movie I can remember watching was Jurassic World, and I while I enjoyed it, it’s not my favorite. I did recently watch To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before on Netflix and thought it was absolutely adorable! So much so that I just bought the book series to read. :)

5. What are some of your favorite books from your childhood?
My mom used to read the Little House on the Prairie series and Berenstain Bear books to me, which I loved. As I got older I was big into the Babysitter’s Club and anything by R.L. Stine. I enjoyed The Face on the Milk Carton and the Mrs. Mike series. And of course, Anne of Green Gables will always have my heart.

ABOUT PERFECT HARMONY

6. What three things do you want potential readers to know about Perfect Harmony?
Oh gosh, I don’t know if there are three things! I wrote this book because it was a book that I’d have loved to have read when I was in middle school and high school. Back then I never came across a story that was focused on the band and orchestra kids, and I really wanted that. If the books were about music, they always seemed to focus on rock bands, which is cool, but not what I really wanted. I think that’s why this book has a direct line to my heart (I’d love to write a book centered around band kids). The only other thing I can add would be, if you’re involved in the arts in any way, enjoy it! And if you love it, stick with it. The kids you meet in band/orchestra/choir/etc, are some of the best people you’ll ever meet.

7. What is your favorite quote from the book?
I’d tried to convince myself he wasn’t meant to be mine. That he was either my enemy or that he belonged to Quinn. There was just one gigantic, insurmountable hurdle that I kept getting tripped up on. If he wasn’t meant for me, why did he have to complement me so perfectly? And why the hell did I want him so badly?

8. What was your biggest challenge writing Perfect Harmony? What was the easiest part?
Researching string instruments was tough. As a band girl, strings weren’t something I knew a lot about. Thankfully, I found a band/orchestra teacher who let me pick her brain. The easiest was the music terminology and just the feeling you get when you play.

9. If you had to pick a theme song for Perfect Harmony, what would it be?
Symphony by Clean Bandit

10. What's next for you?
I’m currently in the middle of writing a new book, and once I wrap that I’ll jump into a large revision project, which I’m excited about and dreading in equal measure. lol.

Thanks so much for touring with us, Emily!

Thanks for having me!


Emily Albright
Emily Albright is the author of EVERYDAY MAGIC and THE HEIR AND THE SPARE, both available now from Simon Pulse. Her next novel PERFECT HARMONY will release 9.25.2018. 

She's a writer, a major bookworm, a lover of romantic movies, a wife, a mother, an owner of one adorable (yet slightly insane) cockapoo, and uses way too many :).







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Tour Schedule: The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody

/ Sep 7, 2018

The Geography of Lost Things

by Jessica Brody
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: October 2, 2018
Genre: Young Adult - Contemporary, Romance
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Synopsis:


In this romantic road trip story perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Morgan Matson, a teen girl discovers the value of ordinary objects while learning to forgive her absent father.

After Ali’s father passes away, he leaves his one and only prized possession—a 1968 Firebird convertible—to his daughter. But Ali doesn’t plan on keeping it. Not when it reminds her too much of all her father’s unfulfilled promises. So when she finds a buyer three hundred miles up the Pacific coast willing to pay enough money for the car to save her childhood home, Ali can’t wait to get going. Except Ali has no idea how to drive a stick shift. But guess who does?

Ali’s ex-boyfriend, Nico. And Nico has other plans.

He persuades Ali that instead of selling the car, they should “trade up” the items they collect on their trip to eventually reach the monetary amount Ali needs. Agreeing with Nico’s crazy plan, Ali sets off on a unique adventure that is unlike anything she ever could have expected.

And it’s through Ali’s travels, through the strangers she meets and the things that they value—and why they value them—that Ali eventually comes to understand her father and how his life may not have been as easy and carefree as she previously thought. Because just like the seemingly insignificant objects Ali collects, not everything is exactly as it appears.







Jessica Brody knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started self “publishing” her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples, and electrical tape.

After graduating from Smith College in 2001 where she double majored in Economics and French and minored in Japanese, Jessica later went on to work for MGM Studios as a Manager of Acquisitions and Business Development. In May of 2005, Jessica quit her job to follow her dream of becoming a published author.

Since then, Jessica has sold over twelve novels for teens, tweens, and adults including 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, The Karma Club, My Life Undecided, and the three books in the Unremembered trilogy, the first of which is currently in development as a major motion picture by the producers of The Vampire Academy, Zero Dark Thirty, Life of Pi, and Slumdog Millionaire. In 2016, she will release two new contemporary novels, A Week of Mondays (August) and Boys of Summer (April), and in 2017, her debut middle grade novel entitled, Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing Up, will hit bookstore shelves.

Jessica also writes books for the Descendants: “School of Secrets” series, based on the hit Disney Channel Original movie, Descendants!

Jessica’s books are published and translated in over twenty foreign countries. (Click here for a full list of foreign sales and publishers.) She currently splits her time between California and Colorado.




October 1st


That Artsy Reader Girl - Welcome Interview


October 2nd

The Heart of a Book Blogger - Author Q&A
Moonlight Rendezvous - Review & Favorite Quotes




October 3rd


Literary Meanderings - Author Guest Post
What's She Reading? - Review


October 4th


We Live and Breathe Books - Review
Snark & Squee - Review
Book CrushIn - Creative Post


October 5th


Colleen's Conclusions - Review
Belle's Book Blog - Review & Favorite Quotes

A Dream Within a Dream - Author Guest Post


October 6th


Flying Paperbacks - Review & Favorite Quotes
MetalPhantasmReads - Author Q&A
Magical Reads - Creative Post
KookBookery - Review



October 7th


Never Too Many to Read - Creative Post
My Fangirl Chronicles - Review
Voracious Bookling - Review



October 8th


Reader Rising - Review
The Reading Faery - Creative Post
Books, Beauty, Buys - Review


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Tour Schedule: A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna

A Spark of White Fire

(The Celestial Trilogy #1)
by Sangu Mandanna
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release Date: September 11, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
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Synopsis:


In a universe of capricious gods, dark moons, and kingdoms built on the backs of spaceships, a cursed queen sends her infant daughter away, a jealous uncle steals the throne of Kali from his nephew, and an exiled prince vows to take his crown back. 

Raised alone and far away from her home on Kali, Esmae longs to return to her family. When the King of Wychstar offers to gift the unbeatable, sentient warship Titania to a warrior that can win his competition, she sees her way home: she’ll enter the competition, reveal her true identity to the world, and help her famous brother win back the crown of Kali. 

It’s a great plan. Until it falls apart. 

Inspired by the Mahabharata and other ancient Indian stories, A Spark of White Fire is a lush, sweeping space opera about family, curses, and the endless battle between jealousy and love.







Sangu Mandanna was four years old when an elephant chased her down a forest road and she decided to write her first story about it. Seventeen years and many, many manuscripts later, she signed her first book deal. The Lost Girl, a YA sci fi novel about death and love, is available now. Sangu now lives in Norwich, a city in the east of England, with her husband and kids.













September 25th


The Fantastic Flying Book Club- Welcome Post


September 26th


Vicarious Bookworm- Review
Camillea Reads- Review
Another Book in the Wall- Review


September 27th


That Bookshelf Bitch- Review
A Backwards Story- Guest Post
NovelKnight- Q&A


September 28th


Feed Your Fiction Addiction- Review
Utopia State of Mind- GuestPost
if the book will be too difficult- Guest Post


September 29th


Milky Way of Books- Review
Confessions of a YA Reader- Guest Post
Chrikaru Reads- Review


September 30th


Bookish Wisps- Review
Olivia's Catastrophe- Review
Magical Reads- Guest Post


October 1st


The Spacejamber Reviews- Review & Favorite Quotes
The Reading Corner for All- Review/Creative Post
Vicky Who Reads- Review





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Tour Sign-Ups: The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody

/ Aug 31, 2018

Hello FFBC team!! We are announcing a new tour we're hosting for The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody, which is being released on October 2, 2018!

The tour will run from October 1st - October 8th and there will be the following types of posts available:
  • Book Review 
  • Favorite Quotes (Blogger's choice, must commit to review on the same day.)
  • Author Interview (Two spots)
  • Author Guest Post (Two spots)
  • Creative Option (Blogger's Choice)
There will be a tour-wide giveaway of 2 finished copies of the book (USA only).

Reviewers will receive a Netgalley widget of the book,
so please only sign up to review if you have a Netgalley account.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Signing up for the tour does not guarantee you will be selected. We will reach out to all hosts that have been chosen once the sign-ups have closed and the tour schedule has been published.






The Geography of Lost Things

by Jessica Brody
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: October 2, 2018
Genre: Young Adult - Contemporary, Romance
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Synopsis:


In this romantic road trip story perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Morgan Matson, a teen girl discovers the value of ordinary objects while learning to forgive her absent father.

After Ali’s father passes away, he leaves his one and only prized possession—a 1968 Firebird convertible—to his daughter. But Ali doesn’t plan on keeping it. Not when it reminds her too much of all her father’s unfulfilled promises. So when she finds a buyer three hundred miles up the Pacific coast willing to pay enough money for the car to save her childhood home, Ali can’t wait to get going. Except Ali has no idea how to drive a stick shift. But guess who does?

Ali’s ex-boyfriend, Nico. And Nico has other plans.

He persuades Ali that instead of selling the car, they should “trade up” the items they collect on their trip to eventually reach the monetary amount Ali needs. Agreeing with Nico’s crazy plan, Ali sets off on a unique adventure that is unlike anything she ever could have expected.

And it’s through Ali’s travels, through the strangers she meets and the things that they value—and why they value them—that Ali eventually comes to understand her father and how his life may not have been as easy and carefree as she previously thought. Because just like the seemingly insignificant objects Ali collects, not everything is exactly as it appears.







Jessica Brody knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started self “publishing” her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples, and electrical tape.

After graduating from Smith College in 2001 where she double majored in Economics and French and minored in Japanese, Jessica later went on to work for MGM Studios as a Manager of Acquisitions and Business Development. In May of 2005, Jessica quit her job to follow her dream of becoming a published author.

Since then, Jessica has sold over twelve novels for teens, tweens, and adults including 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, The Karma Club, My Life Undecided, and the three books in the Unremembered trilogy, the first of which is currently in development as a major motion picture by the producers of The Vampire Academy, Zero Dark Thirty, Life of Pi, and Slumdog Millionaire. In 2016, she will release two new contemporary novels, A Week of Mondays (August) and Boys of Summer (April), and in 2017, her debut middle grade novel entitled, Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing Up, will hit bookstore shelves.

Jessica also writes books for the Descendants: “School of Secrets” series, based on the hit Disney Channel Original movie, Descendants!

Jessica’s books are published and translated in over twenty foreign countries. (Click here for a full list of foreign sales and publishers.) She currently splits her time between California and Colorado.


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