Philosophy is defined as a theory underlying or regarding a sphere of activity or thought. Well, my theory is if I can add at least 10 new books to my Wishlist and move at least 5 older Wishlist selections to my TBR list every month, then life is a ice cream sundae. And if I can find those 10 books from at least 5 new blogs each month then that's the cherry on top.


Well, I've made it almost 5 years now, so for better or worse, I continue on. I tend to blog in spurts as the urge to be creative erupts. As I don't have an artistic bone in my body, you will see very few changes in the layouts. Hey, I'm a reader not an artist like so many of the awesome bloggers I follow. I know you don't always have the time but if you stopped and looked, take a half a minute and say your piece. Recommend a book that you have enjoyed or hated for that matter. Thank you to all who visit.
Oh, and I moved my Google Friend Connect info and share this buttons to the top, as without our friends, who are we?

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Blog Tour & Giveaway & Dreamcast For AFTERMATH by Clara Kensie

Title: Aftermath 
Author: Clara Kensie 
Genre: YA Crime
Publishers: Merit Press
(Nov 1, 2016)
Hardback: 282 pages
ISBN: 978-1440598708
FTC Disclosure: Copy provided by the publisher 

Charlotte survived four long years as a prisoner in the attic of her kidnapper, sustained only by dreams of her loving family. The chance to escape suddenly arrives, and Charlotte fights her way to freedom. But an answered prayer turns into heartbreak. Losing her has torn her family apart. Her parents have divorced: Dad's a glutton for fame, Mom drinks too much, and Charlotte's twin is a zoned-out druggie. Her father wants Charlotte write a book and go on a lecture tour, and her mom wants to keep her safe, a virtual prisoner in her own home. But Charlotte is obsessed with the other girl who was kidnapped, who never got a second chance at life--the girl who nobody but Charlotte believes really existed. Until she can get justice for that girl, even if she has to do it on her own, whatever the danger, Charlotte will never be free.

Go here to read my review of this horribly great book.

Clara Kensie grew up near Chicago, reading every book she could find and using her diary to write stories about a girl with psychic powers who solved mysteries. She purposely did not hide her diary, hoping someone would read it and assume she was writing about herself. Since then, she’s swapped her diary for a computer and admits her characters are fictional, but otherwise she hasn’t changed one bit. 
Today Clara is a RITA© Award-winning author of dark fiction for young adults. Her super-romantic psychic thriller series, Run To You, was named an RT Magazine Editors Pick for Best Books of 2014, and Run to You Book One: Deception So Deadly, is the winner of the prestigious 2015 RITA© Award for Best First Book. 
Clara’s latest release is Aftermath, a dark, ripped-from-the-headlines YA contemporary in the tradition of Room and The Lovely BonesAftermath is on Goodreads’ list of Most Popular Books Published in November 2016, and Young Adult Books Central declared it a Top Ten Book of 2016.
Clara’s favorite foods are guacamole and cookie dough. But not together. That would be gross.

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Dream Cast for AFTERMATH by Clara Kensie 

The main character in AFTERMATH is a sixteen-year-old girl, and she has an identical twin sister. It was tough to cast these two characters – surprisingly, there aren’t many teenage identical twin actresses out there! But I finally found a pair who are the perfect age and have the perfect look for the characters. Here they are, along with the actors I would cast for some of the other characters in the book 
(I can’t reveal all of the characters, or it would spoil some plot twists!):

Amanda Pace
(Weeds, The Bold and the Beautiful)
as Charlotte Weatherstone
a sixteen-year-old girl who returns home four years after being kidnapped,
only to discover that her family has fallen apart in her absence. To put her broken family back together, and to help find the body of her captor’s first victim, the traumatized girl must first heal herself.

Rachel Pace
(Weeds, The Bold and the Beautiful)
as Charlotte’s angry and rebellious twin sister Alexa

Here are the twins together:
Amanda and Rachel Pace as Charlotte and Alexa Weatherstone:

They are so perfect! If AFTERMATH really is ever made into a movie, I’m going to beg Amanda and Rachel to play Charlotte and Alexa.

Here’s the rest of my dream cast for AFTERMATH:

Angelina Jolie
as Charlotte’s distraught mom, Vickie

Bradley Cooper
as Charlotte’s ambitious dad, Cory

Delroy Lindo
as tough but sensitive Detective Rick Lindo
(I wrote the character for Delroy Lindo, actually)

Elle Fanning
As Charlotte’s friend and Alexa’s ex-friend Bailey Brandis

Blythe Danner
as Charlotte’s beloved therapist, Dr. Goldbloom

Chris Cooper
as Charlotte’s kidnapper, The Keeper

Now that you’ve read the description of AFTERMATH, or if you’ve already read the book, what do you think of the casting? Who else would you suggest to play the characters? Tell me in the comments!

Tour Schedule:

1: A "Do It Double" Aftermath tote bag from Blu Bear Bazaar . Inspired by Aftermath's message to "Do it double, because some can't do it at all," Blu Bear Bazaar designed beautiful artwork for it and printed it on tote bags and throw pillows. Blu Bear Bazaar is generously donating a portion of all Aftermath product proceeds to RAINN and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Click here for more information.

2: Choice of TWO books from Clara's collection of YA novels. Clara will give the winner a list of the YA novels in her collection, and the winner can pick two. Some of the books are signed by the author.

*US/CAN for the above prizes. If the winner is international, the prize will be substituted by a book from Book Depository up to $18.00, winner's choice.

Good luck, and happy reading!!!


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