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Spotlight: Promoting Self Confidence in Teens by Siobhan Curham

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I am delighted to welcome Siobhan Curham to Book Angel Booktopia today. Working with teens you quickly grasp the need to promote their self-esteem as much as possible. Although I am now in my 40’s I can still remember what it was like to be a teenager – it SUCKED! Today, I feel that teens have even more pressure on them from body image to academic performance. The teenage years are a dichotomy (love this word) – individuality versus popularity while trying to achieve a degree of self-awareness. It’s a hard battle trying to find out who YOU are as opposed to how other people see you or want you to be, parents included. So how can we help them, as fellow human beings, become the people they are supposed to be:

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Promoting Self Confidence in Teens You Know

True Face – Siobhan Curham 

Recently, I read some statistics that terrified me.

In the UK alone last year, 28,000 young people were hospitalised for self harming.

That’s twenty-eight thousand young people who were so deeply unhappy they felt compelled to hurt themselves so badly they ended up in hospital.

And the number of young people hospitalised for other psychological disorders such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders has doubled in the past four years.

Being a teenager has always been tough – a weird kind of no man’s land between child and adult – but now there’s the added pressure of a media constantly baying for physical perfection and the scrutiny of living a life online.

So, if there are teenagers in your life, as there are in mine, how can we help them negotiate the mine field and make it to adulthood happy and confident?

Listen

Young people have a lot to say and they need and deserve to be heard. Sometimes parents and teachers can adopt a ‘we know best’ attitude that comes across as patronising and causes the young person to switch off and shut down. The statistics above show how desperately some young people need to be heard. Psychological disorders could all be lessened or helped if the young person concerned had a healthy outlet for their feelings, fears and frustrations.

Encourage

Every day, teenagers are bombarded with images of how flawless and ‘perfect’ they’re supposed to look – images that are often impossible to live up to without the aid of an air-brush or a team of stylists. In order to counter the drip-drip effect of this constant erosion on their confidence, we need to encourage the teens in our life to feel good about themselves physically. Instil in them a love of exercise and a healthy attitude to food. Make them feel good about their appearance, whilst also letting them know that appearance is definitely not the be all and end all. And be really careful not to voice any personal insecurities you might have about your own appearance, as this can be highly infectious.

Inspire

Sadly, in school, little if any time is spent asking teenagers about their dreams and aspirations, so much so, that young people can often lose sight of their dreams entirely during their education. Encourage the teens in your life to talk about what they want to do with their lives and inspire them with any relevant tips and advice from your own life experience.

Protect

Whilst encouraging the teens in our lives to live and dream boldly we also need to make sure that we’re there for them in times of trouble – and that they know this too. It’s important that this is done as unobtrusively as possible. They aren’t children any more, but they still need to know that we’re there for them should they ever need us.

Respect

Whatever the teen in your life’s beliefs, passions or dreams (unless of course it’s dangerous to theirs or another’s well-being), it’s vital that you respect their individuality. When I became a purple-haired revolutionary at fifteen my dad made a few wisecracks but, even though my parents didn’t entirely agree with my beliefs, they never ridiculed them and always encouraged me to have them. And now I’m getting great pleasure from passing on this family gift, encouraging my teenage son in his own political beliefs.

True Face is full of exercises designed to help teens and young adults dream boldly and live authentically.

 You can find out more at: www.TrueFaceRevolution.com

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Spotlight plus Give-Away: Asa by Jay Crownover

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About ASA

Jay Crownover’s New York Times and USA Today bestsellingMarked Men series continues with the much anticipated story of southern charmer and certified criminal Asa Cross.

Starting over in Denver with a whole new circle of friends and family, Asa Cross struggles with being the man he knows everyone wants him to be and the man he knows he really is. A leopard doesn’t it change its spots and Asa has always been a predator. He doesn’t want to hurt those who love and rely on him, especially one luscious arresting cop who suddenly seems to be interested in him for far more than his penchant for breaking the law. But letting go of old habits is hard, and it’s easy to hit bottom when it’s the place you know best.

Royal Hastings is quickly learning what the bottom looks like after a tragic situation at work threatens not only her career but her partner’s life. As a woman who has only ever had a few real friends she’s trying to muddle through her confusion and devastation all alone. Except she can’t stop thinking about the sexy southern bartender she locked up. Crushing on Asa is the last thing she needs but his allure is too strong to resist. His long criminal record can only hurt her already shaky career and chasing after a guy who has no respect for the law or himself can only end in heartbreak.

A longtime criminal and a cop together just seems so wrong . . . but for Asa and Royal, being wrong together is the only right choice to make.

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About Jay Crownover

Jay Crownover is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men series. She will also be introducing the dark and sexy world of The Point in a new series this summer starting with Better When He’s Bad. Like her characters, she is a big fan of tattoos. She loves music and wishes she could be a rock star, but since she has no aptitude for singing or instrument playing, she’ll settle for writing stories with interesting characters that make the reader feel something. She lives in Colorado with her three dogs.

Links: Website/Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Jay Crownover Goodreads

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Spotlight: 12 Hours by Hannah Harvey

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(Novella)
Young Adult Contemporary Fiction

Two months ago, Riley was heartbroken when her boyfriend of almost a year, James, broke up with her on her graduation day, and then left town without saying goodbye.
She hasn’t heard from him since that day. Until now.
Now it’s two months on. It’s midnight, and she’s just received a message from him.

I’m outside. I need you.

Three little words she’s never been able to resist from him. Over the next twelve hours, follow Riley on an emotional journey, as she tries to work out why he’s back. If he’s staying and what she wants now that he’s back in her life again.

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To find out more about Hannah and her books please visit her online:

Blog: www.the-book-tower.blogspot.co.uk

Twitter: @BookTowerBlog

Email: thebooktower92@gmail.com

Spotlight plus Give-Away: Loving Dallas by Caisey Quinn

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LOVING DALLAS by Caisey Quinn
(William Morrow, on-sale June 16th, 2015)
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Every dream comes with a price…

Dallas
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Sacrifice.

I’m familiar with it.

I’ve had to leave behind everyone I cared about—my sister, my best friend, my band, and my high school sweetheart—in order to chase my dream of making it in Nashville.

But when Robyn Breeland walks back into my life, it’s as if the universe has decided to give me a second chance. I’m just not sure it’s one I’m willing to take.

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Heartbreak.

I practically majored in it.

Dallas Lark was the first boy I ever loved and the one who’d shattered my heart into pieces. But I’ve moved on. Working in promotions at Midnight Bay Bourbon, I’m too busy to sit around moping over my ex. But when my company decides to sponsor his tour, I’ll have to face him whether I’m ready to or not. Dallas is determined to drive me to distraction, and my body begs me to let him.

Trouble is, my heart can’t tell the difference between a second chance and making the same mistake twice.

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WRITING LOVING DALLAS

One of the absolute craziest things about writing Loving Dallas was the fact that it was like having two male leads. Dallas himself says it best in the chapter where he explains to Robyn about “Person Dallas” and “Performer Dallas.”  The recording label he is hired onto quickly turns charming Dallas Lark from Amarillo (think: country cutie Easton Corbin) into the sexy, sharp-tongued Dallas Walker, a drifter with a shady past (think: country music outlaw Eric Church). I thought it might be fun to compare the two sides of my guy side by side!

STYLE 

First up, even though he’s really just one man, Dallas has a completely different style when he’s on stage. If you were to see the laid back crooner around town, he’d be clad in a well worn-in flannel button down and his favorite pair of jeans and cowboy boots. There will likely be trucker hat providing some shade over his baby blues. However, stop in to see a show and you might not recognize him! On stage Dallas Walker rocks an edgier look including Aviators, leather jackets, and biker boots. Vintage rock band tees are a staple in the wardrobe of this version of Dallas!

SWAGGER 

Dallas Lark is a caring and somewhat overprotective big brother to his little sister, Dixie. He believes women should be treated like the ladies that they are with the respect they deserve. He says Grace and he says ma’am, y’all!

Dallas Walker on the other hand is a little rougher around the edge and if you get too close you might enter a danger zone where you end up in scandalous tabloid photos alongside country music’s newest bad boy!

SWEETHEARTS 

Dallas Lark will forever carry a torch for his high school sweetheart, Robyn Breeland. She is and will always be his muse.

Dallas Walker can’t be tamed or tied down and women traipse in and out of his life quicker than Billboard chart toppers change places! He does certainly pay a lot of attention to one special lady that has yet to be identified by media sources. Rumor has it she’s the one that got away!

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Spotlight: Every Last Breath by Jennifer L Armentrout

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EVERY LAST BREATH Synopsis

Some loves will last ’til your dying breath

Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…

“Armentrout is a major talent…I just can’t stop reading!”–New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter

“Armentrout works her magic with swoon-worthy guys and a twist you never see coming.”–#1 New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines on White Hot Kiss

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STONE COLD TOUCH Synopsis

Every touch has its price

Layla Shaw is trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—no easy task for a seventeen-year-old who’s pretty sure things can’t get worse. Her impossibly gorgeous best friend, Zayne, is forever off-limits thanks to the mysterious powers of her soul-stealing kiss. The Warden clan that has always protected her is suddenly keeping dangerous secrets. And she can barely think about Roth, the wickedly hot demon prince who understood her in ways no one else could.

But sometimes rock bottom is only the beginning. Because suddenly Layla’s powers begin to evolve, and she’s offered a tantalizing taste of what has always been forbidden.  Then, when she least expects it, Roth returns, bringing news that could change her world forever. She’s finally getting what she always wanted, but with hell literally breaking loose and the body count adding up, the price may be higher than Layla is willing to pay…

“Constantly entertaining…the narrative sizzles with as much tension as romance.” — Kirkus Reviews on White Hot Kiss

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WHITE HOT KISS synopsis

One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

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BITTER SWEET LOVE Synopsis

In a sizzling prequel novella to her new series The Dark Elements, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout draws readers into the extraordinary, irresistible world of Wardens and demons.

Dez wasn’t just Jasmine’s crush. A gargoyle Warden like Jas, he helped her come to terms with her destiny—fending off demons and maintaining the balance between good and evil. He was her everything…right until the moment he disappeared without a trace. It didn’t help that Jas’s father had just announced that she and Dez would one day be mated. Hard not to take that personally.

And now he’s back, three years older, ten times hotter, ready to pick up exactly where they left off. But Jas isn’t taking that risk again. Dez has seven days to meet all her conditions and earn back her trust. Seven days filled with terrifying danger and sweet temptation. Seven days to win her heart—or shatter it all over again…

“With her signature flare for combining humor, romance and action, Armentrout weaves a fast-paced read that will have readers’ hearts racing in more ways than one. Like Armentrout’s previous heroines, Jasmine is fun and full of attitude, while Dez is as snarky as he is sexy. This is a must read for new and old fans alike!” -RT Book Reviews

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Jennifer L. Armentrout/J.Lynn Bio

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins. 

Links: Website/Twitter/Facebook/Jennifer L. Armentrout Goodreads