May 21, 2015

BOLDLY BOOKISH BLOG TOUR: Four Authors Talk About Their Biggest Hero/Heroines & A Book Giveaway!

Welcome to my stop on Bloomsbury's Boldly Bookish blog tour!

I hope you all enjoy getting to know some of our favorite authors and their newest/upcoming titles a bit better! 
Oh, and don't forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway at the end!

This is the question that each of the authors answered:
Who is the biggest hero/heroine in your life and why?
(Note: You will find each author's answer after their book's summary!)

The Devil You Know by Trish Doller
Eighteen-year-old Arcadia wants adventure. Living in a tiny Florida town with her dad and four-year-old brother, Cadie spends most of her time working, going to school, and taking care of her family. So when she meets two handsome cousins at a campfire party, she finally has a chance for fun. They invite her and friend to join them on a road trip, and it's just the risk she's been craving-the opportunity to escape. But what starts out as a fun, sexy journey quickly becomes dangerous when she discovers that one of them is not at all who he claims to be. One of them has deadly intentions.
A road trip fling turns terrifying in this contemporary story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.
Trish's Answer

When I was really small, my father was a deputy with our county sheriff's department. One night he was patrolling the highway and it was snowing and a couple of young women were stranded on the side of the road. This was way before cell phones and roadside assistance programs, so he decided to bring them home and give them a place to sleep for the night. He died when I was three, but I've carried that story with me because it is a perfect example of his kindness and his empathy. Heroes don't have to be brave or tough, sometimes they're just kind.

TRISH DOLLER is the author of Something Like Normal and Where the Stars Still Shine. She's a former newspaper reporter and radio personality who now works as a bookseller at the Ft Myers B&N. She lives in Fort Myers, Florida, with her two mostly grown children, two dogs, and a pirate. (For real.) 

 Visit her online at and on Twitter at @TrishDoller.

Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen
The eagerly-awaited conclusion to the Scarlet trilogy delivers another action-packed and romance-filled adventure.
Scarlet has captured the hearts of readers as well as the heart of Robin Hood, and after ceaseless obstacles and countless threats, readers will finally find out the fate of the Lady Thief.
Imprisoned by Prince John for months, Scarlet finds herself a long way from Nottinghamshire. After a daring escape from the Prince's clutches, she learns that King Richard’s life is in jeopardy, and Eleanor of Aquitaine demands a service Scarlet can’t refuse: spy for her and help bring Richard home safe. But fate—and her heart—won’t allow her to stay away from Nottinghamshire for long, and together, Scarlet and Rob must stop Prince John from going through with his dark plans for England. They can not rest until he’s stopped, but will their love be enough to save them once and for all?

A. C.'s Answer
I think I’m blessed with a lot of incredible heroes in my life.  My mom shows me how to be the person I want to be; my dad would give everything for the people he loves.  My brothers are champions.  One of my oldest friends started her own non-profit, and literally a stupid amount of people I know are changing the world.  I am standing in the middle of the pantheon and looking around—and I can’t possibly pick just one, because I think being a hero means you understand your own journey.  They see pain and suffering in the world, and they strive to change it.  For all of them, it means something different, but the impact they make is real, and it’s stunning.  I’m totally humbled by the number of heroes I know.  
A. C. GAUGHEN is the author of Scarlet and Lady Thief. She serves as the Director of Girls’ Leadership for the non-profit Boston GLOW, creating opportunities to encourage and engage teen girls in the Greater Boston area. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from St. Andrews University in Scotland and a Masters in Education from Harvard University.

Visit A. C. online at and on Twitter at @acgaughen.

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
Following her pitch-perfect debut Open Road Summer, Emery Lord pens another gorgeous story of best friends, new love, & second chances.
Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics The Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.
It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?
Emery's Answer
Professionally, Margaret Atwood. I’m forever in awe of her inventive language use, versatility, and advocacy. In real life, my Great-Aunt Ruthie. She's a mental health and disability advocate, the High Queen of Realness, and the best hostess/cook in the world.

EMERY LORD is the author of Open Road Summer. She lives in a pink row house in Cincinnati, with a husband, two rescue dogs, and a closet full of impractical shoes. Open Road Summer is her first novel. 

Visit her online at and on Twitter @emerylord.

Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt

Penelope Landlow has grown up with the knowledge that almost anything can be bought or sold—including body parts. She’s the daughter of one of the three crime families that control the black market for organ transplants.
Penelope’s surrounded by all the suffocating privilege and protection her family can provide, but they can't protect her from the autoimmune disorder that causes her to bruise so easily.
And in her family's line of work no one can be safe forever.
All Penelope has ever wanted is freedom and independence. But when she’s caught in the crossfire as rival families scramble for prominence, she learns that her wishes come with casualties, that betrayal hurts worse than bruises, that love is a risk worth taking . . . and maybe she’s not as fragile as everyone thinks. 

Tiffany's Answer
My heroes come in a pair – my four year old twins. The Schmidtlets were born two months early and spent the first thirty days of their life in the NICU enclosed in incubators. They were tiny, they were fragile, but they were fierce.
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My heart broke seeing these three and four pound babies buried beneath tubes and wires, closed off behind Plexiglas so that I couldn’t hold them. Even once they were home, they spent eight months tethered to apnea monitors—which would alarm if/when they stopped breathing. Usually false alarms in the middle of the night that would leave me shaking and sweating long after the babies had snuggled back down to sleep. 

In those early months we heard all sorts of grim predictions and prognoses – and the Schmidtlets have consistently, gleefully, proved them all wrong.

These days it’s hard to look at them running, reading, and generally causing all sorts of adorable mayhem, and remember what it was like to be paralyzed by my fears. They’ve overcome so much—and now overachieve so much. I’m never going to stop being scared for them—I’m their Momma, that’s my job—but I’m never going to stop being so proud of them as well.

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TIFFANY SCHMIDT is the author of Send Me a Sign and Bright Before Sunrise. She lives in Pennsylvania with her saintly husband, impish twin boys, and a pair of mischievous puggles.

Visit Tiffany online at and on Twitter @TiffanySchmidt.

Be sure to follow the rest of the Boldly Bookish blog tour & don't miss out on any of the fun!
May 18th -- Alexa Loves Books
May 19th -- The Eater of Books!
May 21st -- Jessabella Reads
May 22nd -- Blue Sky Shelf
May 25th -- Ageless Pages Reviews
May 26th -- Mundie Moms
May 27th -- Reading Teen
May 29th -- The Quiet Concert

  • This giveaway is for the winner’s choice of any of the four books featured on this tour: The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord, The Devil You Know by Trish Doller, Lion Heart by A.C. Gaughen, and Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt.
  • You must be 13 years or older to enter.
  • Open in the US ONLY.
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  1. Deanne PattersonMay 21, 2015

    What makes me boldly bookish is my Mom. She would put books in my crib when I was a tiny tot and I've been hooked on books ever since I could hold them. I've been reading since I was 4, it's like breathing to me. I couldn't do without reading. All the books featured sound fabulous. The twins from Pennsylvania are adorable. I am from Pennsylvania as well. I am so glad they are thriving and doing so well. I would be pleased to read any of ther books.

  2. Robbie BauldreeMay 21, 2015

    I guess it's the love of the written word that takes me away from any thing that is bothering me.

  3. Claudia R.May 21, 2015

    I enjoy reading and find it to be therapeutic really. It's nice to get away without having to leave the comfort of your home :)

  4. Jessabella ReadsMay 22, 2015

    That's so adorable that your Mom put books in your crib! I have two daughters. A 2 1/2 year old and almost 1 year old, and I let them help me open my book-mail, play with my old ARCs, and they get just as excited as I do! My older daughter gets more excited about the YA book covers than her children's books! She will say things like.."Oooh, that is a pretty cover Mommy." and "I love how this book's cover feels!". It's adorable and I hope they will both be as obsessed with actually reading the books(as much as looking at and feeling them) when they get older!! I always tell them, I hope book blogging is around when you guys get bigger...what could be more fun than having my daughters as my co-bloggers!!!

  5. Jessabella ReadsMay 22, 2015

    I feel the exact same way. It's almost the way some people take drugs or pills to cope with life...that's what reading does for me!

  6. Jessabella ReadsMay 22, 2015

    Exactly! You can travel to Paris or visit a faraway kingdom without ever leaving the safety of your favorite reading spot at home! For me...that would be my bed! Oh, and with a nice cup of Starbucks coffee on the bedside table!

  7. The Witch SnitchMay 22, 2015

    What makes me boldly bookish? Honestly, it's because all my friends and family tease me for reading YA. I read some adult, but pretty much 90% YA. And I don't care what they say!

  8. Deanne PattersonMay 22, 2015

    With the influence you have on them by seeing you reading and blogging about it you know they will be readers. It's such a thrill to see them love a book cover and want to delve into a book ! Oh it would indeed be a blast to have your daughters as co-bloggers and I'm sure they would love to when they see what fun your having.

  9. Eileen M.May 25, 2015

    What makes me boldly bookish is my extreme love of YA even though I am way past my teen years. When people have said, "Why do you read that?" A great book is a great book, no matter the genre.

  10. Chelsea B.May 28, 2015

    My t-shirts that proudly proclaim me a book nerd and my need to talk about fictional characters as if they're real...Which they are, to us.


I truly appreciate each and every one of your comments!