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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Cassandra Clare's Unidentified Snippet

Cassie's at it again. She's torturing fans with her Unidentified Snippets.
"Well, it’s a bit ironic, isn’t it?"
"What do you mean?"
"All that effort to convince you I wasn’t in love with you, and here I am, dying in your arms."

Who do you think this snippet is about? I think it's Alec and Magnus.

How To Love by Katie Cotugno, Blog Tour: Guest Post

Welcome to the How to Love blog tour hosted by Mundie Moms blog tours / Mundie Girls Tours. How to Love is author Katie Cotugno debut book. I'm thrilled to have Katie on Mundie Moms today.

5 Books I'd Want to Have On a Deserted Island 
I actually sort of feel like it might not be the worst thing in the world to be stranded on a deserted island, provided I had plenty of sunscreen and also maybe Sawyer from LOST was there. Here are the five books I wouldn't be able to live without:

Richard Russo's Empire Falls: I love basically everything Richard Russo has ever written, but Empire Falls is my all-time favorite. The word that comes to mind when I think about this novel is rich--the setting, the characters and their complicated histories are all developed with such care and skill. It's impossible not to get lost in that world.

Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay--It took me three tries to get past the 150 page mark of this book, but when I finally did I blew through the rest of it, then sobbed hysterically for like an hour once it was done. This book is about everything in creation: Nazis, comic books,  myth, bromance, writing and creating, shame, family, love--I could keep going. Just put in your eyeballs, basically.

Barbara Kingsolver's Prodigal Summer--Prodigal Summer is the sexiest novel you will ever read about bugs in Appalachia, full stop. 

Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon--I read The Mists of Avalon for the first time when I was thirteen or fourteen, and it stuck with me the way only books you read at that age can. It's enormous, it's like a million pages pages long, and it's still a book I go back to whenever I'm feeling distracted or un-centered or lonely or afraid.

Alice Hoffman's Practical Magic: Practical Magic combines so many of my favorite storytelling elements that sometimes I feel like it was written just for me: it's got sisters, a New England setting, magical realism, a beautiful old house, and a love story to knock you a hundred yards backwards. Throw Alice Hoffman's breathtakingly beautiful writing into the mix, and I'm done for. 


Published by: Harper Teen
To Be Released on: 10.1.13
Purchase from: Amazon  Barnes & Noble 
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Before: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he’s never seemed to notice that Reena even exists…until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated—and pregnant—Reena behind.

After: Almost three years have passed, and there’s a new love in Reena’s life: her daughter, Hannah. Reena’s gotten used to being without Sawyer, and she’s finally getting the hang of this strange, unexpected life. But just as swiftly and suddenly as he disappeared, Sawyer turns up again. Reena doesn’t want anything to do with him, though she’d be lying if she said Sawyer’s being back wasn’t stirring something in her. After everything that’s happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again?

In this breathtaking debut, Katie Cotugno weaves together the story of one couple falling in love—twice.

About The AUTHOR

Katie Cotugno went to Catholic school for thirteen years which makes her, as an adult, both extremely superstitious and prone to crushes on boys wearing blazers. She routinely finds herself talking about the romantic endeavors of characters on TV shows as if they actually exist in the world.

Katie is a Pushcart Prize nominee whose work has appeared in The Broadkill Review, The Apalachee Review, and Argestes, as well as on Her first novel, HOW TO LOVE, is due out from Balzer + Bray on October 1st, 2013.

The great loves of Katie's life include child's pose, her little sister, and mozzarella and honey sandwiches. She lives in Boston (and in sin) with her boyfriend, Tom.

You can follow Katie via her: Website | on Twitter | Goodreads