Wednesday 27 February 2013

Obvious Game by Rita Arens Blog Tour Stop

Hello my lovely friends! Today is The Obvious Game blog tour review stop.Something came up and I didn't manage to include the review in this post on time. I will post it soon though. One thing is for sure: The Obvious Game is a wonderfully written book, tackles something that happens to many teens nowadays, and would encourage every teen to read this. Would you like to win an ecopy of this wonderful book? Check out the rafflecopter at the end of this post.


“Everyone trusted me back then. Good old, dependable Diana. Which is why most people didn’t notice at first.”
"Your shirt is yellow."
 "Your eyes are blue."
 "You have to stop running away from your problems."
 "You're too skinny."
Fifteen-year-old Diana Keller accidentally begins teaching The Obvious Game to new kid Jesse on his sixteenth birthday. As their relationship deepens, Diana avoids Jesse's past with her own secrets -- which she'll protect at any cost. 

Praise for The Obvious Game:

“I couldn’t put down The Obvious Game. Arens perfectly captures the hunger, pain and uncertainty of adolescence.” -- Ann Napolitano, author of A GOOD HARD LOOK and WITHIN ARM'S REACH

"THE OBVIOUS GAME is a fearless, honest, and intense look into the psychology of anorexia. The characters—especially Diana--are so natural and emotionally authentic that you’ll find yourself yelling at the page even as you’re compelled to turn it." -- Coert Voorhees, author of LUCKY FOOLS and THE BROTHERS TORRES

"Let’s be clear about one thing: there’s nothing obvious about The Obvious Game. Arens has written a moving, sometimes heart-breaking story about one girl’s attempt to control the uncontrollable. You can’t help but relate to Diana and her struggles as you delve into this gem of a novel." -- Risa Green, author of THE SECRET SOCIETY OF THE PINK CRYSTAL BALL

Book Information:
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Release Date: Feb 7th, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-9856562-7-0 (ebook), 978-0-9856562-8-7 (Paperback)
Paperback Price: $13.99
E-book: $4.99

About The Author:

Rita Arens is the author of The Obvious Game and the editor of the award-winning parenting anthology Sleep Is for the Weak. She writes the popular blog Surrender, Dorothy ( and lives in Kansas City with her husband and daughter. The Obvious Game is her first young adult novel. She is at work on a second.

Rita has been a featured speaker at BlogHer 2012, BEA Bloggers Conference 2012, BlogHer Writers 2011, BlogHer 2011, Blissdom 2011, Alt Summit 2010,  BlogHer 2010, BlogHer 2008 and BlogHer 2009, the 2008 Kansas City Literary Festival and 2009 Chicks Who Click and appeared on the Walt Bodine Show in 2008.

She’s been quoted by Bloomberg Businessweek, The Associated Press, Forbes Woman, the Wall Street Journal, Businessweek and Businessweek Online and featured in Breathe magazine, Get Your Biz Savvy, The Kansas City Star (archived material available on request), Today Moms (Today Show blog) and Ink KC.

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Thursday 21 February 2013

Guest Post By Jamie Ayres

Hello lovely people!! :D

Today I have the ├╝ber-awesome  Jamie Ayres with us and I am really excited!! Met Jamie yet? Totally love this girl!

Welcome Jamie....

Jamie Ayres
Nibbles & Novels . . .
And Novelists!!!

On the second Wednesday of each month, a group of avid readers meets at my local library to enjoy a snack and chat about books, and sometimes they invite novelists to join in. On February 13th, I received that honor and got to share a little bit about my debut novel, 18 Things.
But what I really wanted to know was what pulled them into a story, and kept them there. We all have our favorite books. The ones we display on our shelves and read over and over again. Here’s one of my shelves . . . . 

So the ladies I spoke with said they’ll read anything, as long as it’s a good story and believable, even if it takes place in a made-up world. Most of them also said that if they’re reading fiction, they like a love story sprinkled in, no matter how big or small. They don’t want a heroine who wants to be rescued all the time. They want one that can kick-ass when needed. Also, a hero that has the ‘bad guy’ exterior but is a ‘good guy’ underneath is someone they root for. A bad guy is also someone they’ll root for if their bad acts stem from good intentions. Some themes they like to read about are love triumphs over all, the need to belong (like Tris in Divergent), the need to undo the past, and second chances.
Above all, they love books with plot twists that make them think and that make them feel emotions we long for in everyday life, and inspire them to be a better version of themselves. 

What about you? What do you look for in a good book?

Jamie Ayres writes young adult paranormal love stories by night and teaches very young adults as a public school teacher by day. When not at home on her laptop or at school, she can often be found at a local book store grabbing random children and reading to them. So far, she has not been arrested for this. She lives in southwest Florida with her prince charming, two children (sometimes three based on how Mr. Ayres is acting), and a basset hound. She spent her youthful summers in Grand Haven, Michigan and this setting provided the inspiration for her debut novel, 18 Things. She really does have grandmothers named Olga and Gay but unlike her heroine, she's thankfully not named after either one of them. She loves lazy pajama days, the first page of a good book, stupid funny movies, and sharing stories with fantastic people like you. Visit her website at

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