11 July 2012

Blog Tour : Crux by Julie Reece (Guest Post + Giveaway)

Another blog tour! Thanks to Julie and J.Taylor Publishing, today I have a guest post and an e-book giveaway for you guys :)

Crux by Julie Reece.
Audience/Genre : Young Adult/Paranormal.
Publication : July 9th 2012 by J. Taylor Publishing.
She should have run. Now, she’ll have to fight.

Eighteen year old Birdie may be homeless, but she’s surviving, that is until a mysterious guy throws money in the air like a crazy game show host, and she grabs some with the idea she’ll be able to buy dinner that night.

In that singular moment, unassuming Birdie becomes the girl in everyone’s viewfinder. Thugs want to kill her. Money-guy wants to recruit her. The very hot, very rich, and very out of her league Grey Mathews wants to save her.

Birdie, though, wants nothing to do with any of them, until she realizes fate didn’t bring them all together.

Her heritage did.

Now, with only twenty-one days left, she’s got to decide whether to follow in the footsteps of those before her or risk her life for people she’s only just met.

Top Ten Reasons to love YA (feel free to disagree).

10. Arguably, young adult books have better covers. Is that a reason to read? For me, yes. They are dark and edgy, wistful, beautiful, haunting, and even a little bit creepy. Because the covers are geared to catch the eye of younger readers, artists, designers and photographers raise the bar in engaging your imagination before the first page is turned. YA covers are eye candy and visual poetry. Some dare you to come closer, ask you if you’re up to the challenge of going on this hero or heroine’s journey with them. I’m not one to turn down a dare, are you?

9. No one writes a blurb like YA authors. I find over and over I know exactly what I’m going to get when I read the back cover or inside sleeve of a YA book. I like that. Books are expensive. I want to know if I’m going to love the story I plunk down my hard earned cash for, and I’m rarely disappointed in the delightful tease I get with a YA tagline or blurb.

8. They cost less. At least, where I shop, they are constantly about a buck less.

7. It’s a specific point of view. Everything that happens with a fourteen to eighteen-year-old protagonist is likely happening for the first time. The plot and various situations are refreshing in this light. I love experiencing their fresh and raw emotion as they feel it. Everything is brand new every time.

6. The font is bigger. So sue me. I freaking love that. Sometimes they even change up the color, love that, too.

5. Most are a quick read. I don’t always have time to invest in an eight hundred plus word volume. When I do, that’s awesome, and I will always love my classics. However, occasionally, I want something enjoyable to devour without committing to a huge chunk of time.

4. Parents and kids often can and do enjoy reading the same YA books. Unlike children’s books, where the parent reads to the child, (which is awesome) or adult books, which may have inappropriate content for teens, parent and child can read YA independently. Afterward, they can come together and discuss and compare their thoughts, and that can be a lot of fun.

3. YA books make flippin’ epic movies. Whether your preference is to read first and then see the movie, or vice versa, it’s fun to compare notes after seeing the big screen interpretation.

2. The romance in YA is awesome. Non explicit content, yet sensual and heart rending/breaking/stopping/pounding, wonderful, gooey goodness. YA writers really get first love. Then they make you feel every single bit of it along with the hero and heroine. Often, YA stories have sub plots and secondary characters that are almost as satisfying and exciting as the leads.

1. YA writers take you places no one else will. The premises and plot lines in YA are diverse and wild to the point of ridiculous, and yet are so skillfully written as to make you believe every word. You’re happy to do it, and you’ll beg for more. I’m telling you, what’s not to love here, people?

Those are my top ten reasons to read YA. What did you think, do you agree, disagree? Why do you read YA? I’d love to hear! J

Thanks so much for having me. I had a blast!

Giveaway Terms and Conditions :

  • Giveaway is International.
  • Giveaway ends on 20th June, 2012.
  • Prize is an e-book.
  • It's the author/publisher's responsibility to ensure that you get your book, not mine.

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Julie lives in the metro Atlanta area with her incredibly supportive husband and daughter, and twenty-two pound cat, Hurley. She writes historical, contemporary, urban fantasy, adventure, and young adult romances. Julie loves strong heroines, sweeping tales of mystery and epic adventure… which must include a really hot guy.

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  1. Awesome! I can't wait to read this one! Love love love the cover.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. I kind of agree with Julie's Top 10.
      10 and 9 are spot on.

      4. I read YA books mostly along with my son and nieces to expose them to new reads and to get them excited about those reads as well as to allow them to get me excited about the reads. However, I have to say that some YA can really be suggestive and have riskier behavior than an adult read. In the last month I have read YA and Adult books and in all of the YA's there was sex, liquor and drugs. In the Adult books there was non excessive casual drinking and sex. So I worry sometimes about the YA's they are reading and hope that their maturity shines through, which usually does.

      7. My YA's are more expensive than the Adult books. :-) Age is but a number in my town and YA seems to be hotter and therefore more expensive. LOL

  2. Hi everybody,

    I wanted to stop by and thank the wonderful Anjana, and Kindle and Me, for letting me invade this space! LOl. Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my book, Crux. If you read it, I truly hope you enjoy the story. :)

    Mirely, you're right about difference in levels of maturity content for YA. Thanks so much for pointing that out! When I mentioned number four, I guess I had specific books in mind I'd read with my girls.

    I've heard people talk about divisions and ratings for YA books (something along the lines of PG, PG13, and R) but I don't know if that will ever happen. Thanks for your awesome input! :)

  3. I agree, YA rock!

    Great reasons! YA books totally have the best covers, plus I love big fonts, too :)

  4. I definitely agree with those ten reasons.

  5. I disagree with number 8. In my neck of the woods, YA seems to run about $3-$6 more a book.
    I'm a recent YA reader. Before my daughter brought home the Twilight books, LOL, I usually stuck with my paranormal romances that were highly steamy.

  6. Hmmm...I love YA books however, I do not really care for most novel-based movies. I prefer to keep the images in my head that come from reading rather than have them replaced with actors...but yes, YA books rock!

  7. Hmm, that's an interesting take, and as a young-ish adult I have to say...

    10. I adore covers, but they can be so misleading. It doesn't matter how many times I tell myself not to judge a book by it's cover, those damn YA's always lure me in :P

    8. Not really; with the advent of ebooks, you can get a pretty decent read for less than $10

    7. I still love YA because I just started university, so all those first experiences are still really fresh in my mind

    4. Yeah, I definitely agree with that one. Getting into YA has been one of the best bonding experiences I've had with my mum :)

    2. Adult doesn't necessarily equal raunchy, nor does YA equal clean... ahh so many awkward moments when I've stumbled upon a steamy scene in YA and someone busts me

    Anyway, thanks for letting me comment/rant/whatever :P

  8. i agree...even i am an adult..i still love reading YA books :)
    thx 4 the giveaway..

  9. I love YA books but I suppose im biased as im a young adult myself :P Your right the covers on YA books are just awesome, so pretty ! The classics are even getting reprinted with new covers that they hope will appeal to the younger generation so I guess we really do judge a book by its cover.
    Thanks for the giveaway !

  10. I love YA books because even though I like the longer books they get to the point quickly. Yea, sometimes the whiny YA character drives me up the wall but what YA isn't whiny at some time. And they do have some awesome covers

  11. Oh yeah, I'd rather watch a YA book inspired movie ANY DAY! Oh and I'm a sucker for a pretty cover. *Lol* the bigger font makes it a quicker read. I also like the creativity some authors incoorporate in the pages. Number 2 is the best!