Giveaway! A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin

Thanks to Egmont USA, I have a new copy of A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin to give to one of you!  Entering is easy! Just fill out the widget below.  US mailing addresses only, please.

About A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin (Egmont USA, July 23, 2013, $16.99 U.S. / $19.99 CAN.):

A hint of Recovery Road, a sample of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and a cut of Juno. A Really Awesome Mess is a laugh-out-loud, gut-wrenching/heart-warming story of two teenagers struggling to find love and themselves.

Two teenagers. Two very bumpy roads taken that lead to Heartland Academy.

Justin was just having fun, but when his dad walked in on him with a girl in a very compromising position, Justin’s summer took a quick turn for the worse. His parents’ divorce put Justin on rocky mental ground, and after a handful of Tylenol lands him in the hospital, he has really hit rock bottom.

Emmy never felt like part of her family. She was adopted from China. Her parents and sister tower over her and look like they came out of a Ralph Lauren catalog– and Emmy definitely doesn’t. After a scandalous photo of Emmy leads to vicious rumors around school, she threatens the boy who started it all on Facebook.

Justin and Emmy arrive at Heartland Academy, a reform school that will force them to deal with their issues, damaged souls with little patience for authority. But along the way they will find a ragtag group of teens who are just as broken, stubborn, and full of sarcasm as themselves. In the end, they might even call each other friends.

A funny, sad, and remarkable story, A Really Awesome Mess is a journey of friendship and self-discovery that teen readers will surely sign up for.

About the Authors:

Trish Cook is the author of Notes from the Blender, So Lyrical, and Overnight Sensation. She lives outside of Chicago with her husband and daughters. You can visit her online at

Brendan Halpin is the author of Notes from the Blender, How Ya Like Me Now, Forever Changes, and Donorboy, an Alex Award Winner. He lives in Boston with his wife, Suzanne, their three children, and their dog. You can visit him online at

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The Sunday Post and Stacking the Shelves–June 23rd Edition


The Sunday Post is hosted by Kimba of The Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  This is a weekly meme where we can share news of the week and highlight new books received.

I’ve been busy catching up from my mini vacation last week, so I didn’t get to do much (including reading) other than work.  Sad face.  I did take Bumble to the park yesterday.  He hurt himself slipping on the kitchen floor a couple weeks ago, and after a trip to the vet, he is allowed to go on controlled leash walks.  It was hot and humid, but he really enjoyed himself.  He was given a fright when some bikers popped out of trail onto the walking path, but otherwise, he wasn’t phased by much.  It was his first time to the park.

Poppy gets to participate in a puppy play date today; I will be glad when Bumble can go again, because keeping him quiet isn’t easy.  They are both little bundles of energy, and the visits with their canine buddies settles them right down – for about two days!  Hopefully he can go next time.

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews to share new additions to our library.  Click here to learn more about it.

New Arrivals at the Café:

Ruroni Kenshin Restoration Vol 1 by Nobuhiro Watsuki

The Crown of the Blood by Gav Thorpe

Seven Wonders by Adam Christopher

Ask My Mood Ring How I Feel by Diana Lopez

Changeling by Philippa Gregory

Stormbringers by Philippa Gregory

The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle

The Princess Must Die by Stephanie Dray (Free for the Kindle)

Unleash the Curse by Alexa Egan

Contaminated by Em Garner

Logitech Wireless Mouse M310 (Blue Shards) – I got tired of the cord for my old mouse getting in the way all the time, so I bought a wireless one.  This one is kind of clunky – I’m not sure that I like it, which is what happens when you purchase something based on the color instead of performance.  Still on the fence about it.

A great big thanks to the publishers for their continued support!

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