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Spotlight: Exclusive Screening – Night School Web Series at ComicCon

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The final book in the Night School series, Endgame, will be published in June.

The cast and crew of Night School: The Web Series will be attending an exclusive screening of the Series at Comic Con’s Vidfest on Sunday 24th May at 1pm in London. Audiences will have a chance to meet and question BAFTA nominated director Jack Jewers, Jessica Sargent (Allie Sheridan), Campbell Challis (Carter West), Grace Parry (Katie Gilmore), Jodie Hirst (Jo Arringford) and, last but not least, CJ Daugherty herself.

Tickets are still available to buy HERE 

Night School: The Web Series was the first ever British Web Series based on a British YA Book. The series was first broadcast on YouTube in December 2014 and received outstanding support from viewers, with over 400,000 collective views. The Series was also credited with several Indie Series Network’s Web Series Awards, including Best Episode and Best Actor, and has been invited to appear at the Marseilles Web Festival in October 2015.

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CJ Daugherty’s new series, The Secret Fire, is out this September. An original new adventure about a girl in England and a boy in Paris whose destines are entwined by an ancient curse.
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Classics Carnival: Date Night with Mac and Beth from Mac/Beth by Michelle Ray

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Date Night with Mac/Beth

Beth DeAngelo (a.k.a. Elizabeth or Lizzie): Hey readers of Classics Carnival! So we’ve been asked to talk about our ideal date —

Mac (Garrett MacKenzie): Beth, hang on. Let’s tell them about ourselves.

Beth: Right. Well, I’m from New York originally –

Mac: No. What makes us famous!

Beth: You mean notorious at this point.

Mac: Let’s keep this interview positive, shall we?

Beth: As you wish. Well, we used to be Mac/Beth, “ship” named by our fans and the press. We were the stars on The Witches of Dunsinane Castle on TeenTV until  . . .

Mac: Until Duncan King’s death –

Beth: Murder.

Mac: Death. Don’t start that, Lizzie MacBeth!

Beth: You can deny – fine. Whatever. Anyway, after Duncan . . . died? Is that better? After Duncan died, things went better and worse for us.

Mac: Better.

Beth: It was both, Mac, and you know it.

Mac: Beth, stop rubbing your hands together. You know what your doctor said.

Beth: Right. Sorry. Can we just answer the Classics Carnival question? Ideal date.

Mac: I guess I would say a movie premiere. Something we’re both starring in. Something huge.

Beth: Hmmm.

Mac: What?

Beth: You used to be different. When we first started dating, it would have been something just for us.

Mac: True. Okay. A walk on the beach or a visit to Griffith Park Observatory. A place with a beautiful view where we could hold hands and remember why we love LA. And each other. Your turn. Ideal date.

Beth: Horseback riding.

Mac: I hate horses.

Beth: Well they remind me of home. My other home.

Mac: How about something for us? What did you like to do together before everything got crazy?

Beth: I liked hanging out on the couch and watching TV. When we were learning to cook together and we could just be us. No expectations. No press. It didn’t matter if we got food in our teeth or chewed too loudly or we wanted to kiss.

Mac: I always wanted to kiss you. From the first day I saw you.

Beth: A lot’s changed since then.

Mac: Yep.

Beth: Was it worth it?

Mac: Ask me in a few years.

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Michelle Ray has reimagined Shakespeare’s Macbeth and set it in Hollywood. Mac/Beth follows Beth DeAngelo and her boyfriend Garrett Mackenzie (“ship” named MacBeth), as they navigate their rise to fame and their own guilt.

Prologue:
Duncan King’s death was an accident. It was. I know everyone wants to blame me for it. Make me out to be some evil schemer, but that’s not how it was. I’m just like any other teenage girl. Except that I’m on TV. And my boyfriend is a movie star. Sure, we’re ambitious. Sure, we like to get our way. But that doesn’t mean we’re murderers. Well, not me anyway. I never meant for all those people to die. Especially not Duncan.

Books I’ve Read: The Tangled Series by Emma Chase

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Title: Tangled, Twisted and Tied
Series: Tangled #1, #2 and #4
Author: Emma Chase
Publisher: Gallery Books
Rating: 4/5

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Tangled – Drew Evans is a winner. Handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. He has loyal friends and an indulgent family. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed?

He’ll tell you he has the flu.

But we all know that’s not really true.

Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. She refuses to let anything – or anyone – derail her path to success. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.

Then, just when Drew is on the cusp of having everything he wants, his overblown confidence threatens to ruin it all. Will he be able untangle his feelings of lust and tenderness, frustration and fulfillment? Will he rise to the most important challenge of his life?

Can Drew Evans win at love?

Tangled is not your mother’s romance novel. It is an outrageous, passionate, witty narrative about a man who knows a lot about women…just not as much as he thinks he knows. As he tells his story, Drew learns the one thing he never wanted in life, is the only thing he can’t live without.

Twisted – There are two kinds of people in the world. The ones who look first, and the ones who leap. I’ve always been more of a looker. Cautious. A planner. That changed after I met Drew Evans. He was so persistent. So sure of himself – and of me.

But not all love stories end happily ever after. Did you think Drew and I were going to ride off into the sunset? Join the club. Now I have to make a choice, the most important of my life. Drew already made his –in fact, he tried to decide for the both of us. But you know that’s just not my style. So I came back to Greenville. Alone. Well, sort of alone….

What I’ve come to realize is that old habits die hard and sometimes you have to go back to where you began, before you can move ahead.

TWISTED picks up two years after Tangled’s end, and is told from Kate’s POV.

Tied – In the fourth sexy romance by the New York Times bestselling author of Tangled and Twisted, Drew and Kate can’t wait to tie the knot—if they can survive the pre-wedding festivities.

For most of my life, I never imagined I’d get married. But Kate did the impossible: she changed me. I think we can all agree I was pretty frigging awesome before, but now I’m even better.

The road to this day wasn’t all rainbows and boners. There were mistakes and misunderstandings worthy of a Greek tragedy. But Kate and I made it through with our inexhaustible lust, boundless admiration, and everlasting love for one another intact.

That being said, there were some unexpected incidents in Vegas last weekend that could have been a problem. It was kind of… my final test.

I know what you’re thinking—what the hell did you do this time? Relax. Let’s not judge, or call for my castration, until you’ve heard the whole story.

And hold on tight, because you’re in for a wild ride. Did you expect anything less?

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Let me start by saying I love this series with a capital L. Drew’s narrative voice and direct address to the reader used within this series provide a deep connection to the characters and the story alike.

It is difficult to separate the details enough to write a coherent review without spoilers. As soon as Tied hit my kindle I re-read the first two books featuring Drew and Kate to fully experience their journey from the beginning.

Let’s be honest here – I am a girl so some of the things that go on inside Drew’s head while being laugh out loud funny also make me want to stab him repeatedly OR better yet remove his favourite appendage 😉 I can only describe him as a loveable rogue ♥ Seeing the world through his eyes provides disturbing insight into the male mentality :)

The chemistry between Kate and Drew is off the charts from first encounter, but as the story progresses you can feel their mutual respect growing, especially in terms of their intellect. Nobody has ever challenged Drew in the ways that Kate does. To say that she is his equal is an understatement. She compliments him perfectly in every way. This isn’t a case of insta-love or even an insta-relationship, it’s a slow steady burn that never wavers.

I adored how romantic Drew could be when he hadn’t realised he could be the type of person to demonstrate his feelings so openly. I also loved how willing he was to learn from his mistakes. Although he does have a tendency to overreact and lash out – it is something that he does work on as the series progresses.

Twisted enables the reader to connect with Kate on a deeper level by revealing more of her back story.  However, I have to say I didn’t find Kate’s point of view as engaging as Drew’s. I think it is because Kate is such an open and honest character in a WYSIWYG way. Her inner thoughts don’t drift away from reality as much as Drew’s.

The Tangled series will draw out every single emotion you have, for the most part I veered between hysterical laughter and sobbing uncontrollably. I spent a great deal of the time while reading these books with my heart in my mouth.

The Tangled series is a must read for fans of Christina Lauren and CL Parker.

Spotlight: Behind Your Back by Chelsea M Cameron

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BEHIND YOUR BACK 

To get to him, I need to use her.
I’ll play her like a violin and have her falling in love with me before she even knows what’s happening.
It will be easy. I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again.
She’s just a girl.
A tool to get what I want.
When I’m done with her I won’t think twice about walking away.
At least, that was what I thought.
Until I met her.

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BACK TO BACK 

He underestimated me.
The girl with the red hair and green eyes.
But I also underestimated him.
We’re both good at what we do.
Together, we’re unstoppable.
But I’ll have to be careful.
Last time I played him and he’s not going to take the betrayal lightly.
I’ll have to watch my back… and my heart.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world’s worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman). She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.

AUTHOR LINKS: Website/Twitter/Facebook/Goodreads

Books I’ve Read: The Sound of Us by Ashley Poston

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Title: The Sound of Us
Series: Radio Hearts #1
Author: Ashley Poston
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Publication Date: Dec 2013
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 3/5

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America’s favorite pop band, Roman Holiday, is done, dead, and so totally last year. For eighteen-year-old rockoholic Junie Baltimore, this is music to her ears. But when she discovers their sexy ex-lead singer hiding out on the boardwalk, her summer vacation becomes the cover story of the year.

She’s willing to keep him a secret, but when a sleazy paparazzo offers her the cash she needs to save the bar her father left behind, could she sell out for the chance to save her future? Who is she kidding? That’s a no-brainer…but she never planned on falling head over heels for the lead singer.

 

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I’ve actually read this twice now as I forgot to write my review following the first read and needed to refresh my memory to actually get the review written LOL. Imagine my surprise to find that my opinion had altered quite dramatically between the first and second reading.

The plot has a lot going on; from death and bereavement, through memories and grief, ending with relationships/friends and support systems woven together with thriller elements. Incorporating direct address to the reader to enhance the story and provide a deeper connection with the characters.

While I liked aspects of the characterisation within the story – the desperation to form a deeper connection with people and forget the stress of current situations was very realistically portrayed and aided empathy to the characters. I did find that the blasé attitude to sex and the pessimistic outlook of the main characters dampened the connection to them. Themes of identity hover on the periphery of the plot and could have been developed further to provide an additional connection to the characters.

For me, the outstanding feature of the story was the portrayal of the paparazzi and how easy it is for them to manipulate pupil opinion. The way some media outlets act as judge and jury to people in the public eye.

Fun, quirky peripheral characters act as a balance for the pessimism. Mix in a good dose of irony, sarcasm and music and you have a clever storyline.