Tuesday, July 21, 2015

All We Have Is Now Blog Tour + Giveaway

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Today I'm thrilled to be a part of the promotional tour for Lisa Schroeder's All We Have Is Now, an upcoming release that sees all of humanity on the edge of extinction as an asteroid speeds toward Earth. Yikes. In that vein, the participating bloggers have been asked to answer the following question:


Make-A-Wish-for-the-Apocalypse- There’s just a little over 24 hours until a meteor is scheduled to hit the US. What do you wish for?

Let me just start out by saying this is a super depressing topic to have to think about. If I only had 24 hours I would probably spend the first five, okay twenty, crying like a little girl. I'm not ashamed to admit it. THERE'S SO MUCH I STILL WANT TO DO, 24 HOURS IS NOT ENOUGH TIME!!!

I would of course pounce on my family and profess my undying love for them, that's a given, so I'm going to focus on a bookish wish. Like the top 3 books I would squeeze to my bosom in a literal death grip wishing and willing them to make it through to the other side with me.

The below are books I've read an embarrassing number of times because they just make me happy for one reason or another. And if I'm facing my imminent demise, then I definitely want to go down with a smile on my face.



Confession: I used to buy into the stigma attached to romance novels, believing they were all heavy on the smut and light on the plot and character development. Then I met Cat. And Bones. AND HOW WRONG I WAS EVERYONE! *smacks self upside the head* Though Jeaniene Frost straddles the paranormal romance/urban fantasy line, she knows how to write a swoon-worthy hero, and she wrote such a memorable sex scene in book two of this series that the chapter number containing that scene actually became it's own verb. Everyone wants to be Chapter 32'd by Bones ;-)

I've read this book so many times I had to buy a second physical copy of it because the spine of the first one finally gave out. *pats self on back for being a reading machine*



Oh look, another romance novel ;-) Romance, whether adult or YA, is my favorite thing ever, so when Bones introduced me to the genre I went a little crazy and devoured everything I could get my hands on. Shifter romances quickly became a favorite, and Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series will forever sit atop that list. We first meet Hawke and Sienna in book one (Kiss of Snow is book 10), and while they don't appear in every book in the series, we do get to follow them as their relationship gradually increases in tension over the course of several books. I nearly gave myself an ulcer waiting for this book to come out so I could finally glory in them as an actual couple. Love them.



This was one of those books I steadfastly avoided for months and months because the hype surrounding it was so huge, and it's always a little depressing when you're the one person who doesn't fall madly in love with a book everyone else seems to cherish. I finally gave in and decided to take my chances, and of course ended up fangirling all over this story and wandering around for days after reading it with a big, dopey grin on my face. It's just so darn cute, and dammit, when I'm facing the end of the world there's nothing I want more than a cute romance to accompany my shuffle off the mortal coil!

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ALL WE HAVE IS NOW


From the author of THE BRIDGE FROM ME TO YOU, a groundbreaking novel about what matters most — when time is running out.

What do you do with your last day on earth?

There are 27 hours and fifteen minutes left until an asteroid strikes North America, and, for Emerson and everyone else who didn’t leave, the world will end. But Emerson’s world already ended when she ran away from home last year. Since then she has lived on the streets, relying on her wits and her friend Vince to help her find places to sleep and food to eat.

The city’s quieter now that most people are gone, and no one seems to know what to do as the end approaches. But then Emerson and Vince meet Carl, who tells them that he has been granting people’s wishes. He gave his car away so a woman could take her son to see the ocean for the first time, and he gives Emerson and Vince all the money he has in his wallet.

Suddenly this last day seems full of possibility. Emerson and Vince can grant a lot of wishes in 27 hours — maybe even their own.


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LISA SCHROEDER


 Lisa Schroeder is the author of over a dozen books for kids and teens, including the YA novels I Heart You, You Haunt Me and The Bridge From Me to You. She loves tea and cookies, flowers, family hikes, books and movies that make her laugh and cry, and sunshine. Living in Oregon, she doesn’t get nearly enough sunshine, but the hikes are amazing. You can visit her online at www.lisaschroederbooks.com on Twitter at @lisa_schroeder.

FROM THE AUTHOR:

How did the idea for ALL WE HAVE IS NOW come about?

When I was in high school, I had a leadership class where we did lots of different activities and exercises. One of the most memorable ones was when we all sat in a circle and our teacher, Mrs. Smith, said something like: “Imagine the world is going to end in 24 hours. I’d like you to share with us how you would spend those last 24 hours.” What made it so memorable was how emotional people got as they spoke of the ones they love the most, or relatives they hadn’t seen in a while and wouldn’t be able to see again. It wasn’t long before almost everyone was crying. It was strange and kind of eerie, but also wonderful, because it was such a great reminder of what matters most. Of course, the class clown, a kid named Eric, gave us all a break from our tears when it was his turn and he said something like, “I’d find a girl and we would have a fun 24 hours, and that’s all I’m gonna say.”

I’ve always been fascinated with meteors and asteroids. The one that happened over Russia in 2013 was slightly terrifying, seeming to come out of nowhere and creating a huge blast in the sky, injuring over 130 people. As I thought about writing a book that dealt with that question of – how would you spend the last 24 hours – this seemed like a unique premise to play with.


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GIVEAWAY 

Lisa is generously giving away $40 Powells e-gift card (US) OR a signed copy of All We Have Is Now (INT) to the winner of the below Rafflecopter.  Giveaway ends August 5th.

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27 comments:

  1. For a rather depressing topic, because 24 hours is not enough for nearly everything that I want to do, not to mention all the pending books in my TBR list! I am now quite sure I need to read said chapter 32!

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    1. CHAPTER 32 PILI!!!! It's a must read ;-)

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  2. I didn't know about the book but it's quite intriguing. I agree with Pili 24h isn't a lot but it was a really fun post to read!

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    1. 24 hours is definitely not enough time! I can only read so many books in that amount of time ;-)

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  3. Omg, that would be horrible! I would probably eat all the yummy things I could

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    1. I like the way you think! Give me all the chocolate:)

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  4. Wonderful post Jenny! I agree, there would be a whole lot of tears for me as well. ;)

    I so need to get this and read it, I just know I will love it since I have already loved so many others things by her I have read.

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    1. It can't be helped Ali, crying is inevitable! I don't want to think about world annihilation ;-)

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  5. Gosh, Jenny! I don't know even know what I would want to do in 24 hours! I can't even begin to what books and what scenes I would re-read. I love that you mentioned Chapter 32! Haha! :D Such a memorable scene!
    I think any of Lisa Kleypas' books would be in my list of books to read and Vampire Academy because it started my love affair with YA!

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    1. WASN'T IT THE BEST CHAPTER NICK?! Yes to Vampire Academy as well:)

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  6. I still need to meet Cat and Bones! I have been wanting to read the series, but then I wanted to wait until all the books are complete so I can read them back to back without any waiting.

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    1. Yes, yes you do Rummanah! Now you can binge read all of them:)

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  7. 24 h is never enough in my opinion :) Great post, Jenny!

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  8. I love the direction you took this post, it works well! I also love Cat and Bones but have not done a reread. I should though, it's been a long time since I started the series.
    Anna and the French Kiss is also an excellent choice.
    Thank you so much for hosting a tour stop Jenny!

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    1. I'm always in the mood for Cat and Bones Candace. And Etienne ;-)

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  9. Eek Gads..that is depressing. I would want to spend it with my family of course.

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    1. Right? Not a fun topic to think about, so that's why I turned it toward books. I always like thinking about books:)

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  10. Oh wow, that is so very depressing, Jenny! But of course it all comes down to books for us book lovers. I'm a big fan of Halfway to the Grave too, and romance in general just makes me happy.
    I would probably end up hugging The Scorpio Races, Feed by Mira Grant and my Kate Daniels favorites. Those are the ones I can't live OR die without.

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    1. KATE DANIELS! Yes Maja. Kate and Curran are end of the world worthy for sure:)

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  11. Oh my gosh! I read HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE like 4 years ago on audio and it was so freaking amazing - I never continued with the series for some reason but now I'm really wishing I had! And hearing about Chapter 32 in book 2.. ;) And yes to ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS; it's my favorite book of all time <3

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    1. Ummmmm. At they very least you need to read book 2 Jen. Every Cat and Bones fan needs to experience Chapter 32 ;-)

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  12. Ahhhh. A girl after my own heart! I love Cat and Bones. So happy to know you love them too, Lisa! I can't wait to read your book. I'm a big fan. :)

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  13. I'd be trying to catch up with loved ones.

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  14. The latest releases from my favorite authors and some good food.

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  15. good food, family and something fun maybe skydiving. What could happen lol

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  16. 24 hours is definitely not enough. I would cry, just as you would and then I would come to terms with the fact that I can never do all the things I want to do. I wouldn't say goodbyes but just spend the day as any other day and with family especially. Oh, and I recently finished reading Anna and the French Kiss and that book was so sweet it made me so happy. I was fangirling at 3am when I was done. <3

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