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LOVE, LUCY Release Day Blast


I am so excited that LOVE, LUCY by April Lindner releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an awesome guest post from the author in which she shares “Some Rules of the Road” for traveling abroad, as Lucy did in the book.

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful new book by Author April Linder, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blast also includes a giveaway for a copy of the book courtesy of Rockstar Book Tours and 3 signed JANE posters courtesy of the author. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.



About LOVE, LUCY

Title: LOVE, LUCY
Author: April Lindner
Release date: January 27, 2015
Publisher: Poppy
Pages: 304
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Description:


While backpacking through Florence, Italy, during the summer before she heads off to college, Lucy Sommersworth finds herself falling in love with the culture, the architecture, the food...and Jesse Palladino, a handsome street musician. After a whirlwind romance, Lucy returns home, determined to move on from her "vacation flirtation." But just because summer is over doesn't mean Lucy and Jesse are over, too.

In this coming-of-age romance, April Lindner perfectly captures the highs and lows of a summer love that might just be meant to last beyond the season.




April Lindner is the author of three novels: Catherine, a modernization of Wuthering Heights; Jane, an update of Jane Eyre; and Love, Lucy, releasing January 27, 2015. She also has published two poetry collections, Skin and This Bed Our Bodies Shaped. She plays acoustic guitar badly, sees more rock concerts than she’d care to admit, travels whenever she can, cooks Italian food, and lavishes attention on her pets—two Labrador retriever mixes and two excitable guinea pigs. A professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University, April lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two sons.






SOME RULES OF THE ROAD

Like Lucy Sommersworth, the heroine of Love, Lucy, my parents gave me the gift of a lifetime: a backpacking trip to Europe. I was a bit older than Lucy—22, and just out of college—but when I arrived in Milan, Italy with a Eurail pass, a copy of Let’s Go: Europe, and a seventy-pound backpack I could barely lift, I was a wee bit terrified. Like Lucy, I spoke only a little bit of Italian, just barely enough to get by, and I wasn’t particularly good at reading maps or train schedules. Unlike Lucy, I was travelling solo.

Luckily, my journey began with training wheels. I’d just taken a college Italian class, and my professor had offered a safe crash pad for the first few days of my trip—in her family home in the Alps. Less luckily, when I reached Malpensa airport, nobody was there to pick me up. Giddy with excitement and jet lag, I wandered around the airport, eavesdropping on Italians as they hugged each other hello and goodbye, and had noisy arguments. I’d never felt more alone in my life. Where would I sleep that night if my ride didn’t show up?


Luckily, my professor’s brother arrived at last to whisk me away to the family home in Domodossola. The extended family welcomed and fed me, gave me tours of their city with its charming medieval center, helped me practice my Italian, and, when the time was right, brought me to the train station where my solo travels began for real. It was time to take off the training wheels. 

If I’d felt alone back in the airport, I was even more so on that train to Verona, a city where I didn’t know a soul. In those pre-internet days, I could disappear into thin air and nobody would even notice I was gone. The thought was chilling, but oddly exciting.


By nightfall, I’d made it to Verona. I’d figured out the public transportation, found a youth hostel, and booked myself a bed. Best of all, I had introduced myself to a handful of other backpackers. We hung out together in the hostel’s common area, sharing bread and cheese, exchanging stories, discussing the rules of the road—those bits of practical wisdom our travels were teaching us. Here are a few.



Time passes differently on the road.  Spend a few very intense hours seeing the sites with strangers and by the end of the day, those strangers have become a part of your story. Years later you’ll see their faces in your photo album and still remember stray details of the adventures you shared together, even if you can’t quite recall their names. 



Spontaneity is key.  There are few things as magical as showing up at a train station with no idea where you’re headed next, picking a random train, and hopping on. 

Janis Joplin said it best: Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.  When you’re carrying all your possessions on your back in a city where you don’t know a soul, you’re absolutely free. You can go anywhere, do anything. That freedom has its lonely moments—but it can be the doorway to all kinds of adventures.



Embrace misadventure.  As carefully as you plan there will be crazy mistakes: wrong turns, slept-through train stops, multilingual misunderstandings, and all kinds of other blunders—and these will make the best stories. My misadventures are some of my favorite memories. The time I missed curfew and had to climb into my hostel through a second-story window. The morning when, hanging out my recently washed clothes to dry, I dropped my wet underthings out the window, onto a stranger’s head. The night when, with no room to stay in, I slept on Venice’s train station steps with about a hundred other backpackers, the stars above us and the Grand Canal stretched out before us.

Would I trade that last memory for a safe, comfy night in an actual bed?  Not on your life.



The Giveaway

There is a blast-wide giveaway, ending February 6th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific, for:


  • 1 copy of LOVE, LUCY to be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository – Int’l
  • 3 JANE posters (signed) – US only

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A COLD LEGACY Release Day Blast


I am so excited that A COLD LEGACY by Megan Shepherd releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an excerpt from the book!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Megan Shepherd, be sure to check out all the details below.


This blast also includes a giveaway for a signed copy of the book and swag courtesy of Megan and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.



Title: A COLD LEGACYAuthor: Megan ShepherdPub. Date: January 27, 2015Publisher: Balzer+Bray/HarperCollinsPages: 400Find it: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads

After killing the men who tried to steal her father’s research, Juliet—along with Montgomery, Lucy, Balthazar, and a deathly ill Edward—has escaped to a remote estate on the Scottish moors. Owned by the enigmatic Elizabeth von Stein, the mansion is full of mysteries and unexplained oddities: dead bodies in the basement, secret passages, and fortune-tellers who seem to know Juliet’s secrets. Though it appears to be a safe haven, Juliet fears new dangers may be present within the manor’s own walls.

Then Juliet uncovers the truth about the manor’s long history of scientific experimentation—and her own intended role in it—forcing her to determine where the line falls between right and wrong, life and death, magic and science, and promises and secrets. And she must decide if she’ll follow her father’s dark footsteps or her mother’s tragic ones, or whether she’ll make her own.

With inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this breathless conclusion to the Madman’s Daughter trilogy is about the things we’ll sacrifice to save those we love—even our own humanity. 


A COLD LEGACY excerptp.21-24

Montgomery stopped the horses outside a tavern. He came to the carriage door, opening it just a crack to keep the rain from drenching us. “I’m going to ask directions. We can’t be far now.”

We watched him saunter over the muddy street as though he didn’t even feel the bite of freezing rain. A face appeared in the tavern window. The door opened and he spoke to a woman in a wool dress for a few moments, then stomped back through the mud. “This village is called Quick,” he told us. “The manor’s only five miles from here.”

“Did you hear that?” Lucy murmured to Edward, still stroking his hair. “We’re almost there. Just hold on. Everything will be all right once we arrive.”

Montgomery’s eyes shifted to me. Neither of us wanted to remind Lucy that the prospect of Edward’s fever breaking—and the Beast’s reappearance—was almost more frightening than the fever itself. Delirious, he was less of a threat.

“Let’s go then,” I whispered to Montgomery. “And quickly.”

He closed the door and in another moment we were moving again, passing through the rest of Quick. Then all too soon the village was nothing but fading lights. The storm grew and the road became rougher, and all the while Edward’s eyes rolled back and forth beneath shuttered lids.

Thunder struck close by, and Lucy shrieked. Montgomery whipped the horses harder, pulling us along the uneven road impossibly fast, trying to outrun the storm. I twisted in the seat to look out the back window at the pelting rain. A stone fence ran alongside us.

“We must be getting close,” I said.

“Not soon enough,” Lucy breathed. “We’re going to crash if he keeps driving like this!”

The road widened, straightening, letting us travel even faster. Lightning struck close by, blinding me. The horses bolted. Lucy screamed and covered her eyes, but I couldn’t tear mine away. The lightning had struck an enormous oak tree, twisted from centuries of wind. The oak took flame, blazing despite the rain. A smoking gash ran down the trunk—the lightning’s death mark. I watched until the rain put out most of the flames, but it still smoldered, billowing hot ash into the night.

The horses pawed the earth, and I grabbed the window to steady myself. At this wild speed, just hitting a single rock at the wrong angle would send the carriage shattering to the ground. It was madness to go so fast. Couldn’t Montgomery calm the horses?

Just when I feared the carriage would careen out of control, it stopped short, throwing me against the opposite wall. I tangled in Lucy’s limbs as the chains around Edward’s body clinked. Balthazar grunted, jerking awake at last. We scrambled in the bottom of the carriage until the door flew open.
Montgomery stood in the pelting rain. I feared he’d say we’d broken another strut or the horses had gone lame or we’d have to spend the night in the harsh storm.

But then I saw the lights behind him, and the night took shape into a turreted stone manor with bright lamps blazing and gargoyles on the roof vomiting rain into a stone courtyard.

Montgomery’s eyes met mine beneath the low brim of his hat.

“We’ve arrived,” he said.






Hello! 

I’ve been many things, like a professional exchange student, park ranger in Montana, and LOST enthusiast, but what I am now is a writer.

I think it’s fair to say I was born into it. I grew up in the mountains of North Carolina, raised behind the counter of my parents’ independent bookstore, Highland Books in Brevard. Ah, so many free books. But I never thought being a writer could be a real career. After college I thought I’d end up as a foreign service officer somewhere dashing and exotic, like Canada. I studied French, Spanish, German, and Russian and still speak a few of those. Then I joined the Peace Corps and spent two years in Senegal, where I learned a few more languages I’ll never speak again and lived in a mud hut with no electricity or running water. You can probably imagine how that experience went, but if you’re curious, here are the dirty details

It wasn't until a chance aquaintance read something I wrote and said, "have you ever considered being a writer?" that something clicked and I realized it was possible. My husband encouraged me, and I quickly fell head-over-heels in love with writing and children's literature in particular. I started out writing articles, which have appeared in Faces, Appleseeds, and Calliope magazines, and stories for younger children. I soon realized I wasn’t sweet enough to write fiction for that age and found myself writing young adult literature instead, which doesn’t require nearly as many tender moments and includes a lot more cursing.

When I'm not writing, I can usually be found horseback riding, day dreaming at coffee shops, or hiking in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. I love to hear from readers, so please drop me a line!

I am represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.
Author Photo by Kristi Hedberg Photography






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La entrega, del autor de Shutter Island y Mystic River

LA ENTREGA, con una de las últimas apariciones de James Gandolfini, llega a los hogares españoles en alquiler y venta digital (16 de enero) y en DVD y Blu-ray (28 de enero). La película está protagonizada por Tom Hardy (El Caballero Oscuro. La Leyenda Renace), un criminal que se ve envuelto en un robo fallido que se cobra la vida de una persona.
Nadia (Noomi RapacePrometheus) se ve inmersa en la vida del delincuente cuando un pit bull resulta herido en el intento de atraco. Esta mujer, que arrastra un oscuro pasado, se apiada del animal despertando, sin saberlo, la ira de su dueño, un hombre con problemas psicológicos. Su vida dará un giro de 360 grados cuando se adentra en la trama criminal relacionada con las bandas mafiosas para las que trabaja el dueño del perro.
El filme, dirigido por Michael Roskam (Rundskop), es una adaptación de un relato corto de Dennis Lehane, el autor que ha inspirado películas como Mystic RiverAdiós pequeña, adiós, y Shutter Island. El público y la crítica quedaron cautivados por una producción en la que “Todo es bueno, la historia, el guion, la dirección, las pedazo de interpretaciones, la atmósfera, la fotografía, el entresijo, todo” (E. Rodríguez Marchante, Diario ABC).
Sinopsis
En Brooklyn, un solitario camarero rescata a un cachorro de un cubo de basura. Sus problemas empiezan cuando aparece el dueño del animal, un hombre con problemas mentales que, además, está involucrado en una conspiración criminal que se planea en el bar en el que trabaja el camarero.

CONTENIDOS ADICIONALES DEL BLU-RAY
•     Todo muy real
•     Cómo se hizo La Entrega
•     Haciendo tuyo Brooklyn
         Rocco el perro

CONTENIDOS ADICIONALES DEL DVD
• Todo muy real
• Cómo se hizo La Entrega
• Haciendo tuyo Brooklyn
• Rocco el perro
• El perfil del personaje: James Gandolfini
• Audiocomentario de Michaël R. Roskam
• Escenas eliminadas

Vuelve a enamorarte con SI DECIDO QUEDARME-28 DE ENERO DE 2015



Disfruta del amor y la música con SI DECIDO QUEDARME, que llega a los hogares españoles en DVD y Blu-ray el 28 de enero de 2015 de la mano de Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios y Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Basada en la novela juvenil best-seller de Gayle Forman, de The New York Times y dirigida por J.R. Cutler, la película es un regalo imprescindible para los fans, jóvenes y adultos por igual.

Mia Hall (Moretz) se enfrenta con diecisiete años a la decisión más difícil de toda su vida: perseguir su sueño y estudiar en la academia musical Juliard o permanecer junto al amor de su vida, Adam (Backley). Pero lo que debería haber sido un tranquilo viaje familiar se convierte de repente en una catástrofe y su vida pende de un hilo. Atrapada entre la vida y la muerte, Mia deberá tomar una decisión que no afectará solo a su futuro, sino a su destino.

Protagonizada por Mireille Enos y Joshua Leonard, como los padres de Mia, Kat y Denny, y Stacy Keach, como el abuelo de la protagonista. También forman parte del reparto Jakob Davies, como el hermano pequeño de Mia, Liana Liberato, como su mejor amiga, Gabrielle Rose, como su abuela y Aisha Hinds, como la enfermera Ramírez.

El director de la película, R.J. Cutler, se basó en el guion de Shauna Cross, que a su vez está basado en la novela de Forman que da nombre a la película. SI DECIDO QUEDARME es una producción de Alison Greenspan, con Denise Di Novi, Forman y Brad Van Arragon como productores ejecutivos.

Los fans de la novela podrán ver cómo la historia cobra vida a través del contenido adicional y las escenas eliminadas. Además, podrán disfrutar de la banda sonora original con el vídeo “Never Coming Down”, con el montaje musical de “I Never Wanted to Go” y con los comentarios de R.J. Cutler sobre las canciones de la película. También podrán sumergirse en el interior del rodaje con “Más allá de la página”.


CONTENIDOS ADICIONALES DEL BLU-RAY

• Montaje musical “I Never Wanted To Go”
• Vídeo musical “Never Coming Down”
• Más allá de la página
• Escenas Inéditas
• Audio comentario de R.J. Cutler y Alison Greenspan
• Comentario sobre la música de R.J Cutler
• Galería
• Tráiler de cines

CONTENIDOS ADICIONALES DEL DVD

• Video musical “Never Coming Down”
• Escenas Inéditas
• Audio comentario de R.J. Cutler y Alison Greenspan
• Comentario sobre la música de R.J Cutler
• Galería
• Tráiler de Cine

T5 de 'JUEGO DE TRONOS' se podrá en Canal+ Series,13 de Abril en Voss


La esperada quinta temporada de Juego de Tronos llega en versión original con subtítulos en castellano o en inglés el próximo lunes 13 de abril, un día después de su estreno en EE.UU. a CANAL+ Series (dial 4) y a YOMVI.

Basada en la saga fantástica Canción de hielo y fuego de George R.R. Martin esta serie narra la épica lucha por el poder en Poniente. El reparto incluye al ganador de un Emmy y un Globo de Oro Peter Dinklage, a Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kit Harington, Natalie Dormer, Maisie Williams y a Sophie Turner. Cuenta con David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Frank Doelger y  Bernadette Caulfield como productores ejecutivos y con Guymon Casady, Vince Gerardis, George R.R. Martin como co-productores ejecutivos.

En 2015 CANAL+ trae a España la exposición de este fenómeno televisivo. Será en Madrid, en un evento único que se convertirá en un auténtico regalo para los fans de la exitosa serie de HBO.

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