2011 · Blogger Love · November

Blogger Love with Paper Cuts & The YA Novel Discovery Competition


Welcome to Samantha from Paper Cuts



Published May 10, 2011 by Walker Books for Young Readers

Tempest Maguire wants nothing more than to surf the killer waves near her California home; continue her steady relationship with her boyfriend, Mark; and take care of her brothers and surfer dad. But Tempest is half mermaid, and as her seventeenth birthday approaches, she will have to decide whether to remain on land or give herself to the ocean like her mother. The pull of the water becomes as insistent as her attraction to Kai, a gorgeous surfer whose uncanny abilities hint at an otherworldly identity as well. And when Tempest does finally give in to the water’s temptation and enters a fantastical underwater world, she finds that a larger destiny awaits her-and that the entire ocean’s future hangs in the balance.

Samantha’s Review:

What can I say? This book is amazing! I loved almost every part of it! Except for the parts that almost made me cry! I laughed, I cried, and I enjoyed this book enough to read it in under one day! With school, that’s a tough feat!
With every good book I’ve read lately they have had an amazingly strong female lead. The trend keeps going with Tempest. With her mom abandoning her and her family when she was 10, she had to step up and take care of her two little brothers, so she doesn’t let anyone baby her. She can take care of herself, easily. Tempest has a passion for surfing that might have to do with her being half of a mermaid! I’m loving all the mermaid books lately!!
Then there’s Kona and Mark. Two of Tempest’s interesting guy friends. Mark is the jealous boyfriend type. He always treats his girl right, but is a little possessive, and even more so when Kona comes to town. Kona on the other hand is the strong mysterious new guy who can ride the waves like a god and immediately grabs every ones attention. Especially Tempest.
Between the two super sexy male leads, a strong independent female lead, tear-jerking emotions, and mermaids what isn’t there to like?! The book kept me immersed in it 100% of the time and I couldn’t put this book down! Tempest Rising is the book to read if your looking for a new book!
“I took a deep breath, held that scent in my lungs for long seconds as I tried to inhale the normalcy that made up his very essence. The normalcy I craved like a junkie with an open, aching vein.”


Blogger Q&A:

How long ago did you start your blog? 

I started my blog about 6 months ago with my good friend Anne.

 Why did you decide to start a blog?

It was one of those spur of the moment ideas, but I had gotten into the blogging atmosphere and I really thought I could so something like that.

 How did you choose your blog name? 

Anne actually chose it. I wanted Glowing Ponies because I thought it was different and everyone would be shocked to read a blog called Glowing Ponies (Based on Ray Bradbury’s cover of Something Wicked This Way Comes). Anne refused and we went back and forth till we both agreed on Paper Cuts.

 Lightening Round:

 Ebook or hard copy?


 Chocolate or Vanilla?


Winter or Summer?


Favorite Author?

 Cassandra Clare or Richelle Mead

What are you reading now?

Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan! I strongly suggest it!

 *Thank you Samantha, for sharing your review with us and taking the time to answer our questions!!!

So, go on over and check out Sam’s Blog!!!

YA Novel Discovery Competetition



No query? No pitch? 
No problem!

Serendipity Literary Agency, in collaboration with Gotham Writers’ Workshop, is hosting its second Young Adult Novel Discovery Competition for a chance to win a one-on-one consultation with one of New York’s leading YA literary agents!

If you’ve written a novel for young adults—or have an idea for one that you would like to write—we invite you to enter our contest. Simply submit an enticing title along with the first 250 words from the opening of your original YA novel.http://bit.ly/YAContest›


The Grand Prize Winner

will have the opportunity to submit an entire manuscript to YA literary agent Regina Brooks and receive a free, 10-week writing course, courtesy of Gotham Writers’ Workshop, plus a collection of gourmet teas from Possibiliteas.com.

The Top Five Entrants

(including the Grand Prize winner) will receive a 15-minute, one-on-one pitch session with Regina Brooks, one of New York’s premier literary agents for young adult books. They will also receive commentary on their submissions by editors at Scholastic, Disney, Harlequin Teen, Random House, Viking, Roaring Brook Press, Sourcebooks,and Kimani Tru and receive a one-year subscription to The Writer magazine.

The First 50 Entrants

will receive a copy of Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks.


 Enter to win at http://bit.ly/YAContest


Hurry, contest ends November 30, 2011!



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