Friday, November 20, 2015

Long Way Down Blog Tour + Giveaway: Character Interview with Willow and Garrison

So today is the official release date for Long Way Down, the final book in the Calloway Sisters series and penultimate Addicted series book! *throws confetti across the room* And if you know anything about me, I have quite the strong fondness for two sweethearts in the series, and so for my tour stop I had the lovely and phenomenonal opportunity to interview the newest members to the books, Willow Moore and Garrison Abbey. And prepare yourself for a bucketload of feels because these two cutie pies are honestly giving me cavities from adorableness. Also be sure to check out the giveaway at the bottom of this post!

Hello Willow! And Garrison, welcome to my blog! I'm Eri, and I'd just like to say I’m honestly so excited to meet you both and so happy you had the chance to stop by! *resists urge to hug them both*

Willow: *sits on couch next to Garrison, close but not too close* I still can’t believe someone wants to interview us…we’re not cool—or at least I’m not that cool *pales a little*

Garrison: You’re definitely cool enough for an interview. I’d even want to interview you, Willow. *angles more towards her* Warm-up interview: what’s your favorite breakfast cereal?

Willow: Uhhh…*thinks for a second and pushes up her glasses* Fruity pebbles.

Garrison: See, you’re a natural at this. *watches her closely while she straightens up and smiles a little more*

So both of you are relatively new to the world of the Addicted gang, despite knowing them well from their reality show. What is the thing that surprised you the most about getting to see them as real people, and not celebrities? This is for both of you, feel free to share all thoughts.

Willow: …how much the paparazzi really challenges their daily lives. There are so many times where it’s really dangerous for them to even go to the mall or clothes shopping.

Garrison: yeah, that’s shit. I think Lily and Lo love fandoms too much to let the paparazzi bring them down though.

Willow, we saw from Whatever It Takes that you’ve become friends with Daisy and you’ve hung out with she and Ryke. I also know that you were a Raisy fan even before you met them. What is your favorite thing about Raisy?

Willow: well before I met them, I really loved how much they just seemed to fit together. *tugs at the strap of her overall in thought* Um, so she’s really spontaneous and carefree, and Ryke lets her be her. It’s different though, meeting them…knowing them. They’re a lot more than just adventurous. They’re kind and thoughtful too.

Garrison, you’ve faced Lo, Ryke, and Connor in hostile situations. Who do you find the most intimidating of the three and why?

Garrison: *slouches a little and pulls his hoodie off his head* At first, probably Ryke—he just has that whole I’m not afraid to get in your face if you fuck with me thing going on up here. *waves at his face* But it takes a serious amount of shit to actually fuck with Ryke. He’s nice. I don’t know Connor as well as Ryke and Lo, and it’s hard to get a read on him, ever. So I’d say Connor.

From the way you two seemed to get along in Fuel the Fire, it seems like you spend a lot of time together. Do you guys like to hang out outside of working at Superheroes & Scones, and where?

Willow: *pales a little* uh yeah, we hang out?

Garrison: *lips rise* why’d you say that like a question? We just hung out last night at her house—which is Lo’s house.

Willow: Just as friends.

Garrison: They know that. At least, they should.

Willow: *cleans the lenses to her glasses with her overalls* we also sometimes hang out at the movie theater, just to watch movies.

Garrison: *nods*

And now a fun question. What are your favorite pizza toppings?

Garrison: pepperoni. Just keeping it classic.

Willow: Black olives.

Garrison: *makes a face* you can have all of my black olives.

Willow: You can have my pepperoni.

Garrison: pizza friendship, best kind there is.

Both of you have played interesting roles in the Addicted universe…what can we expect from your appearances in Long Way Down?

Willow: *nervously checks over her shoulder* I think the Calloway’s publicist said we can’t answer.

Garrison: yeah, that guy has told me to keep my mouth shut about five times already.

As you’ve become good friends, I’m sure you’ve gotten to know each other well. Willow what do you think is Garrison’s best quality and vice versa for Garrison?

Willow: *eyes flicker to him, but he’s staring at his shoes mostly* he can be really considerate in his own way…and he loves pizza.

Garrison: *slowly begins to smile at her comment* Willow is one of the bravest people I’ve ever met.

You both have had your lives changed, for the better I'd like to say, by Loren Hale. Seeing where you are now, what would you say to him if you were to both go back to the moment you met him for the first time?

Garrison: I’m sorry that I’m about to make your life shit *looks away*

Willow: *scoots a little closer to Garrison* I think I’d say…thanks for accepting me when you could’ve pushed me away. I’m happy you let me be a part of your life.

For fun, what are your favorite snacks?

Garrison: She likes Wheat Thins, and when she was back living in an apartment, that’s literally all she had in her cupboards.

Willow: not true, you brought over Gold Fish. *looks to Eri* that’s his favorite snack.

Now, for our last question, have either of you ever thought of moving past friendship, and maybe dating? You've both insisted you're friends in Fuel the Fire, but I'm sure I'm not the only person who's thought that there could be something more in your relationship in each other. You don't have to answer this of course, but just something I have been very anxious to know.

Willow: *sits stiffly with wide-eyes* uh…

Garrison: Just friends. Right? *looks at Willow*

Willow: *nods* Just friends.

Thank you so much! I hope you two have a lovely day!

Willow: thanks for having us. I really hope my answers made sense.

Garrison: they definitely did. *whispers in her ear*

Willow: *nods and they rise together; his hand falls into hers and he leads her out of the interview room*

*sighs wistfully watching the two leave the room* Was that not the most adorable thing ever? I'm biased but I still love this pair so much <3 Count me in for future appearances of these two!

Title: Long Way Down
Authors: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Series: Calloway Sisters #4
Pub Date: November 20th, 2015
With a seven-year age difference, Ryke & Daisy have faced an uphill battle in the eyes of the world andtheir families. Known as the most adventurous, fast-paced couple — their next step has always been elusive to the rabid media.

Behind the scenes, heartbreaking troubles continue to test Ryke & Daisy’s resilience and shape their future together.

They promise:
To never slow down.
To never compromise who they are.
To never abandon their love for each other.

But preserving their happiness also means adding more risks. Ones that Connor Cobalt wouldn’t even take. As a professional free-solo climber, Ryke is no stranger to risk, but his next step with Daisy wagers more than just his health.

With their lives on the line, Ryke & Daisy head towards the vast, wild unknown in this epic final conclusion to the Addicted series. - Goodreads

Krista & Becca Ritchie are New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors and identical twins—one a science nerd, the other a comic book geek—but with their shared passion for writing, they combined their mental powers as kids and have never stopped telling stories. Now in their early twenties, they write about other twenty-somethings navigating through life, college, and romance. They love superheroes, flawed characters, and soul mate love.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Every Word Blog Tour + Giveaway: Five Zany Questions with Ellie Marney

Hello, welcome to Airy Reads, and this stop on the Every Word blog tour! I'm so thrilled to have Ellie here, especially since I am a die-hard fan of Wattscroft and the Every series. For those of you who have the misfortune of not having read these books yet, here's a little snippet of my thoughts about these books, mostly about Rachel and Mycroft hah.Also, at the end of this post I've included instructions on how to enter to win a copy of your own, so keep your eyes open for that.
Between the banter and the chemistry, the high stakes and menacing villains, and my beloved Rachel and Mycroft, this book has everything you could want in a YA thriller and hands it to you on a silver platter. - taken from my review of Every Word 

James Mycroft and Rachel Watts, our Holmes-Watson pair, are fabulous characters. They are teenagers, with just the right amount of snark and banter in them (i.e. a tad too much to be healthy), and were a delight to read about. - taken from my review of Every Breath 

1. ‘Rachel Watts and James Mycroft have the lurve of all lurves and OTP and Wattscroft foreva’ – discuss:

I am so not the person to answer this question! Because seriously, I’m a bit in love with Mycroft myself – I mean, I have to be, right? I made him up, after all… Would I fight Rachel for him? Uh – no. That girl has some seriously kick-arse moves, and I think that after all they’ve gone through together, she deserves to get her guy.

But honestly, I do think Rachel and James have something that’s more solid than just a high school crush. Their relationship is based first and foremost on friendship – which, to my understanding, is always the best basis for long-term togetherness.

Points against: they are both still teenagers. That is actually one of the things I sometimes struggle with in YA, that there’s this fixed idea that romance between teenagers in high school will be The One Love For All Time, when rationally we know that this is kind of rare in real life – I mean, most people get together in their 20s or 30s. But it’s nice to believe it could happen. I don’t know many couples that got together in high school and stayed for the long haul, but I know a few, and I believe it will happen for Rachel and James (well, I definitely like to think so).

Points for: in terms of potential ‘OTP forever’, they have a couple of things going for them. For one, James is a very passionate guy (ahem), and he’s the kind of person who would carry a flame for a long time. So, yeah, enduring passion ftw! And for her part, Rachel is loyal – in fact, that’s one of her most defining character traits. They’ve been through a lot together, they’ve kind of got bonds that have been forged in fire – actually literally, in Every Word – so I’m optimistic.

So sure, they’re teenagers, and the odds might not be stacked in their favor…but I happen to think this one’s a keeper.

2. Every Word gets a 5-star Kirkus review and breaks records on the NYT Bestseller List, and a famous bartender at the Ritz-Carlton makes a cocktail in its honour. What’s in the cocktail and what is it called:

The cocktail is called Anarchist’s Cookbook, and it contains one part Irish Whiskey, one part Malibu (which is a rather disgusting coconut-rum liqueur popular here in Australia, which always reminds me of summer and being a teenager – make of that what you will), one part Passion Pop (another delightful cask wine which was the cheapest plonk on the market when I was eighteen and tasted vaguely of passion fruit), two parts Guinness (a form of stout), and one part rocket fuel.

The bartender presents it in a delicate crystal glass, then sets it on fire and sprays it around the room at all the other patrons.

3. Writing Must-Haves – snacks, drinks, music…whatever:

CHOCOLATE, THERE MUST BE CHOCOLATE. Preferably of the dark 70% cocoa type, and preferably Lindt. You could throw in some nuts, too – cashew nuts or walnuts are okay, but no almonds, cos those things get stuck in your teeth.

There must be gallons of strong tea, boiled in a saucepan and dolloped with condensed milk (a vice that Mycroft and I share). Late at night, there must be coffee – instant, and also with condensed milk.  There must be no music whatsoever, except the soundtrack playing in my head.

4. What is Sherlock Holmes’ bedroom really like? (If you read the book, you'll know that besides getting caught up in mysteries of her own, Rachel also gets a chance to go sightseeing in London, and what better way to have fun than to visit the illustrious detective himself?)

Quite odd, and not as private as you’d think. See this pic?

This is the photo I took when I went to visit the Sherlock Holmes Museum in London – yes, it’s really real, it’s not something I just made up for the book, and it’s really at 221B Baker Street. Apparently the people who run the museum bought the title for the address some time ago – it used to be a bank, and the legend goes that the bank-folk used to get so many letters addressed to Holmes sent to them that they were quite happy to sell off the property when the opportunity arose!

As a bonus, how does Mycroft compare to Sherlock Holmes, in terms of their bedrooms?

I guess the primary difference between the 'real' Sherlock's bedroom and Mycroft's would be...well, Mycroft has no lace doilies, for one, and for two, Mycroft's chemistry set is right in his bedroom, whereas Sherlock's is in his living room. Also, I think Mycroft's room has significantly more dirty clothes thrown around in it, and the computer... Yep, things have certainly changed since 1880's London :)

5. Something important about my writing process I’d like to share:

When I start a new book, I generally begin the writing in little exercise books – like the notebooks you use in primary school. I write snippets of dialogue, and scene ideas, and notes on characters, and pretty words, and it’s all very messy and not at all organised. Then when I feel like the ideas are actually starting to take shape, I type up what I’ve got in a doc on my laptop, and then I work on the laptop almost exclusively.

I generally use most of the snippets I wrote out by hand. For some reason, writing by hand gets my mind working in a different way to typing on the ‘puter.

And I’m not a ‘linear narrative’ person, especially not at the start. All the snippets and scenes and dialogue outtakes get pieced together like a patchwork quilt first. That’s how I know if something is really working – when the snippets start to reproduce and multiply, and then I HAVE to get it down on the laptop, and then I can start the process of crafting a story that’s strung together like (to use a Hannibal Lecter metaphor) add-a-beads. Once I have a skeleton structure, then I can add flesh to the bones of the story.

Writing Every Word, the first scene I wrote was actually the warehouse make-out scene. And then I wrote the scene where Rachel tells off Detective Pickup at the police station. And then I wrote the scene with the explosion. See? I’m really not an organised person at all!

Title: Every Word
Authors: Ellie Marney
Series: Every #2
Pub Date: September 8th, 2015
James Mycroft has just left for London to investigate a car accident similar to the one that killed his parents seven years ago...without saying goodbye to Rachel Watts, his 'partner in crime'.

Rachel is furious and worried about his strange behaviour - not that Mycroft's ever exactly normal, but London is the scene of so many of his nightmares. So Rachel jumps on a plane to follow him...and lands straight in a whole storm of trouble.

The theft of a copy of Shakespeare's First Folio, the possible murder of a rare books conservator, and the deaths of Mycroft's parents...Can Watts help Mycroft make sense of the three events - or will she lose him forever?

Sparks fly when Watts and Mycroft reunite in this second sophisticated thriller about the teen sleuthing duo. - Goodreads

Ellie Marney was born in Brisbane, and has lived in Indonesia,Singapore and India. Now she writes, teaches, talks about kid’s literature at libraries and schools, and gardens when she can, while living in a country idyll (actually a very messy wooden house on ten acres with a dog and lots of chickens) near Castlemaine, in north-central Victoria. Her partner and four sons still love her, even though she often forgets things and lets the housework go.

Ellie’s short stories for adults have won awards and been published in various anthologies. Every Breath is her first novel for young adults.

Thank you so much to Ellie Marney and Tundra Books for this wonderful opportunity and I hope everyone gets a chance to pick up this marvelous series, it's a decision you will surely not regret! To win a copy of this book (US and Canada only), enter the Rafflecopter below. And be sure to follow the rest of the blog tour here.

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Halsey Book Tag

I was tagged by the ever lovely Lisa on tumblr which you can find here.

Castle: Your Favorite Queen

Quintana of Charyn my love and heart goes to you.

Hold Me Down: A Series You Can't Seem to Quit, No Matter How Hard You Try

I thought I quit the Shadowhunters franchise but nope, I'm currently trying to finish The Mortal Instruments because there's a new Shadowhunters series set in Los Angeles and I'm dying to know about this Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn. I fall quite easily for best friends who may or may not fall in love. 

New Americana: The Fictional Friend Group You'd Want to Be Your Fight the Apocalypse Squad

The Rephaim series characters are definitely who I'd need as my Fight the Apocalypse squad. They're fierce, strong, and the best fighters who look better than you ever could killing and slaughtering monsters.

Drive: A Couple that Needs to Communicate Better

I don't know any pairings that have severe problems with communicating except maybe Kami Glass and Jared Lynburn, especially on Jared's part.

Hurricane: Favorite Standalone

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. My favorite authors tend to write series, which I am grateful for, but this book eclipses most books, and transcends everything, and will reduce to mere rubble and tears.

Roman Holiday: Cutest Contemporary Couple

ZACHARY GOODE AND CAMMIE MORGAN? Relationships that start with M&Ms stay together forever these two are the most precious adorable piece of the universe to exist I love them with all my heart and I would die if they don't have a wedding featuring my favorite characters.

Ghost: Most Tragic Break-up

Does it count if they get back together? Because Lucien and Phaedra from a certain beautiful series, break my heart almost every time I reread their scenes.

Colors: One of Your Faves Who Hurts You A Lot Because They Make Terrible Decisions

Garrison makes a lot of questionable choices before he became my fave and Magnus Damora just needs to get his shit together. And also Lisa mentioned Mycroft, and this is true he needs a girl like Rachel around to keep sane.

Strange Love: Character A Lot of People Don't Get But You Absolutely Love

Garrison Abbey from the Addicted Series, which many people don't get because he's a juvenile delinquent but man this kid has so much potential and he's got heart that no one can see and I JUST HAVE SO MANY FEELINGS ABOUT HIM.

Coming Down: Best Sexy Times Scene

Everyone says Coballoway (a pairing from my all-time favorite New Adult series) but honestly sometimes their scenes make me very anxious and nervous because of their very explicit nature, so I'd say certain scenes in Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas or A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean.

Haunting: A Book or Character That You're Still Thinking About

I constantly worry over Willow Moore from the Addicted Series I spend hours agonizing over her and my love Garrison Abbey because I am highly concerned over their well-being and if they're enjoying school and not getting bullied for highly classified reasons. I also think about Grace from the Embassy Row series a lot and I'm scared for her mental and emotional state often.

Gasoline: Favorite (Self-)Destructive Character

Jared Lynburn from the Lynburn Legacy series is hands-down quite the most self-destructive character I have met, and also one of my favorite characters ever.

Control: Best Villain

Rob Lynburn is one of the best villains that I have read about, and so is Scott Van Wright.

Young God: Characters That Secretly Worship Each Other

Princess Cleo and Magnus Damora most definitely have feelings for each other, and are also quite confused about them and being locked in a room together would infinitely improve their current relationship.

Walk the Line: Best Retelling/Reworking

I've always had a very fond spot for the Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor which featured magic and romance and adventure a delightful twist on the original classic. And of course, the Percy Jackson series is always close to my heart, with the beloved demigod characters and its fun and whimsical take on the idea of Greek mythology living and breathing in the modern world.

Is There Somewhere: OTP With Obstacles

So I haven't read everyone's go to struggling in the romance department The Winners Curse but I think I'd go with Luca and Sophie in Vendetta because that pair just has a lot of potential yet are somewhat starcrossed plus there is the awkward matter of Luca's brother who reminds me in a very annoying manner, of Romeo.

Empty Gold: An OTP That Became a NOTP

So when I first starting reading the wonderful Lumatere Chronicles...I so thought that Lucien and Celie would be a thing...and yeah that ended in an interesting manner. Needless to say, my friends were laughing at me when I told them about this, as they kindly informed me later on.

Trouble: Toxic Relationship You Ship Even Though You Know Better

Maven and Mare from Red Queen. I adored this book when I read it earlier this year, and while realistically I should not see these two characters romantically together, I can't help it. I have very strong feelings towards Maven, and this leads me to this ship.