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CLEAR: A Death Trippers Novel by Jessica Park COMING SOON!

 

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Title: CLEAR: A Death Trippers Novel

Age: NA

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Author: Jessica Park

Cover Designer: The Cover Lure

Release date: February 17, 2015

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Blurb: Stella Ford’s grasp on reality is already loose, and it’s about to come undone.

When the college junior flees Chicago and leaves her toxic family behind, she heads for coastal Maine to find the one person who brought her peace years ago: Sam Bishop. But the Sam she once knew now has painful secrets.

Stella is determined to heal them both. Healing, however, is a challenge when the walls of her everyday existence collapse. And when Sam’s best friend is his worst enemy.

When the line between life and death blurs.
 

When an end is just a beginning.

When lust and rage rule.

Yet during extraordinary chaos, there can be extraordinary love, even if that love comes with a twist.

Welcome to death tripping.
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 A thriller, a paranormal, and a passionate romance, CLEAR crosses genres and breaks boundaries.

About the Author:

Jessica is the author of LEFT DROWNING, the New York Times bestselling FLAT-OUT LOVE (and the companion piece FLAT-OUT MATT), and RELATIVELY FAMOUS. She lives in New Hampshire where she spends an obscene amount time thinking about rocker boys and their guitars, complex caffeinated beverages, and tropical vacations. On the rare occasions that she is able to focus on other things, she writes.

Please visit her at jessicapark.me and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/authorjessicapark and Twitter @JessicaPark24

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Join us in celebrating the release of the FLAT OUT CELESTE Audiobook !

Join us in celebrating the release of the FLAT OUT CELESTE Audiobook !

Title: FLAT OUT CELESTE Audiobook

Author: Jessica Park

Narrator: Tavia Gilbert

Release date: January 21, 2015

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Whether you were charmed by Celeste in Flat-Out Love or are meeting her for the first time, this book is a joyous celebration of differences, about battling private wars that rage in our heads and in our hearts, and—very much so— this is a story about first love.. 

 For high-school senior Celeste Watkins, every day is a brutal test of bravery. And Celeste is scared. Alienated because she’s too smart, her speech too affected, her social skills too far outside the norm, she seems to have no choice but to retreat into isolation.

 But college could set her free, right? If she can make it through this grueling senior year, then maybe. If she can just find that one person to throw her a lifeline, then maybe, just maybe.Justin Milano, a college sophomore with his own set of quirks, could be that person to pull her from a world of solitude. To rescue her—that is, if she’ll let him.

 Together, they may work. Together, they may save each other. And together they may also save another couple—two people Celeste knows are absolutely, positively flat-out in love.

About the Author:

Jessica is the author of LEFT DROWNING, the New York Times bestselling FLAT-OUT LOVE (and the companion piece FLAT-OUT MATT), and RELATIVELY FAMOUS. She lives in New Hampshire where she spends an obscene amount time thinking about rocker boys and their guitars, complex caffeinated beverages, and tropical vacations. On the rare occasions that she is able to focus on other things, she writes.

Please visit her at jessicapark.me and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/authorjessicapark and Twitter @JessicaPark24

CLEAR: A Death Trippers Novel by Jessica Park COMING SOON!

 

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Title: CLEAR: A Death Trippers Novel

Age: NA

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Author: Jessica Park

Cover Designer: The Cover Lure

Release date: February 17, 2015

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Goodreads

Blurb:

Stella Ford’s grasp on reality is already loose, and it’s about to come undone.

When the college junior flees Chicago and leaves her toxic family behind, she heads for coastal Maine to find the one person who brought her peace years ago: Sam Bishop. But the Sam she once knew now has painful secrets.

Stella is determined to heal them both. Healing, however, is a challenge when the walls of her everyday existence collapse. And when Sam’s best friend is his worst enemy.

When the line between life and death blurs.

When an end is just a beginning.

When lust and rage rule.

Yet during extraordinary chaos, there can be extraordinary love, even if that love comes with a twist.

Welcome to death tripping.
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A thriller, a paranormal, and a passionate romance, CLEAR crosses genres and breaks boundaries.

About the Author:

Jessica is the author of LEFT DROWNING, the New York Times bestselling FLAT-OUT LOVE (and the companion piece FLAT-OUT MATT), and RELATIVELY FAMOUS. She lives in New Hampshire where she spends an obscene amount time thinking about rocker boys and their guitars, complex caffeinated beverages, and tropical vacations. On the rare occasions that she is able to focus on other things, she writes.

Please visit her at jessicapark.me and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/authorjessicapark and Twitter @JessicaPark24

CLEAR: A Death Trippers Novel by Jessica Park!

Check out the gorgeous cover for CLEAR: A Death Trippers Novel by Jessica Park!

Fabulous news, a new offering from one of my favorite authors. I know what I will be doing this February 17th.  
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Title: CLEAR: A Death Trippers Novel
Age: NA
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Author: Jessica Park
Cover Designer: The Cover Lure
Release date: February 17, 2015
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SYNOPSIS – Stella Ford’s grasp on reality is already loose, and it’s about to come undone.

When the college junior flees Chicago and leaves her toxic family behind, she heads for coastal Maine to find the one person who brought her peace years ago: Sam Bishop. But the Sam she once knew now has painful secrets.
Stella is determined to heal them both. Healing, however, is a challenge when the walls of her everyday existence collapse. And when Sam’s best friend is his worst enemy.
When the line between life and death blurs.
 
When an end is just a beginning.
 
When lust and rage rule.
Yet during extraordinary chaos, there can be extraordinary love, even if that love comes with a twist.
Welcome to death tripping.

A thriller, a paranormal, and a passionate romance, CLEAR crosses genres and breaks boundaries.

 

 

 

About the Author:

Jessica is the author of LEFT DROWNING, the New York Times bestselling FLAT-OUT LOVE (and the companion piece FLAT-OUT MATT), and RELATIVELY FAMOUS. She lives in New Hampshire where she spends an obscene amount time thinking about rocker boys and their guitars, complex caffeinated beverages, and tropical vacations. On the rare occasions that she is able to focus on other things, she writes.


Please visit her at jessicapark.me and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/authorjessicapark and Twitter @JessicaPark24

CELEBRATE CELESTE FEST (FLAT OUT LOVE #2) – JESSICA PARK

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From Goodreads

For high-school senior Celeste Watkins, every day is a brutal test of bravery. And Celeste is scared. Alienated because she’s too smart, her speech too affected, her social skills too far outside the norm, she seems to have no choice but to retreat into isolation.

But college could set her free, right? If she can make it through this grueling senior year, then maybe. If she can just find that one person to throw her a lifeline, then maybe, just maybe.

Justin Milano, a college sophomore with his own set of quirks, could be that person to pull her from a world of solitude. To rescue her—that is, if she’ll let him.

Together, they may work. Together, they may save each other. And together they may also save another couple—two people Celeste knows are absolutely, positively flat-out in love.

  • FLCTitle: Flat Out Celeste
  • Author: Jessica Park
  • ISBN: 1499646704 (ISBN13: 9781499646702)
  • Series: Flat Out Love #2
  • Published: May 22nd 2014 by CreateSpace
  • Format: Kindle Edition, 336 pages
  • Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
  • Source: Purchased
  • Rating: B+

WARNING: If you have not read Flat Out Love I cannot stress strongly enough that a) You stop reading this post immediately and b) BUY, BORROW OR STEAL! Flat Out Love immediately! Actually let me rephrase, do not steal it but legally obtain a copy with the utmost urgency and while you are at it purchase Flat Out Matt and Flat Out Celeste as well. You will thank me later. There are some series that can be read out of sequence or as stand alone entries, in my opinion this is NOT one of them.

Occasionally a supporting character is just so unique and vibrant that they completely overshadow the others. Celeste Watkins would have been just such a character if Jessica Park had not created such a superior cast in the first of this series. An uncommonly intelligent child, her formality and sensitivity was original and endearing, which Park demonstrated with aplomb, a difficult feat as most child characters are either distracting or annoying.

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Four years have passed since the events in Flat Out Love and Celeste is now a senior in high school trying to decide which Ivy League school she should attend. She is literally spoiled for choice as an intellectually gifted Watkins. However she is adrift in social situations, distrustful of overtures from other students and unsure of how to approach her peers without appearing condescending that is until she begins corresponding with Justin Milano the student liaison from Barton College on the west coast.

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down – The Band (1969)

 

Flat Out Celeste was a fitting conclusion to the story begun when the reader met a highly intelligent but clearly deeply traumatized girl largely unable to function without the life sized cutout image of her eldest brother. To fully appreciate the series it is best evaluated as a whole (see my above incoherent ravings about not reading them out of order), and as such the reader can enjoy Celeste’s grown up incarnation and revisiting Matt and Julie as well as much as I did.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

park-300x275Jessica Park is the author of LEFT DROWNING, FLAT-OUT LOVE, the FOL companion novella, FLAT-OUT MATT., FLAT-OUT CELESTE (new!), and RELATIVELY FAMOUS. Jessica grew up in the Boston area and attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. After spending four years in the frigid north, including suffering through one memorable Halloween blizzard, Jessica hightailed it back to the east coast. She now lives in (relatively balmy) New Hampshire with her husband, son, bananas dogs named Fritzy and Finn, and a selfish cat. When not writing, Jessica indulges her healthy obsessions with Facebook and complicated coffee beverages.

Dreadful Retrospective – Best of 2013

The Best of 2013…

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Not all of the following were published in 2013, but here is a sampling of thirteen of the best I read and reviewed this past year.

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton is in a word FUN. When we meet Caroline she has just moved into a lovely sublet in San Francisco and everything seems perfect until the first night. The title really says it all, poor Caroline, who has misplaced her “o”, the “O” for those of us who require further elaboration, is an involuntary auditory spectator to her neighbors sexual antics adding insult to injury considering her “o-less” state.

on-the-island-cover1I absolutely devoured this book, I read it at every opportunity that being said Tracey Garvis GravesOn the Island isn’t for everyone. The relationship that develops between Anna and T.J. is contentious both within and without the book. The question is, what would make a romantic relationship between a woman in her third decade and a much younger man okay? If On the Island was an idealized version of the romance between a teen-aged boy and a woman in her third decade A Much Younger Man by Dianne Highbridge is the real story. If you have trouble choosing just read both. flat-out_love_-_jessica_park

Julie of Jessica Park‘s Flat Out Love has just found out first hand why you should never rent an apartment through Craig’s List. When she arrives in Boston ready to commence her college career instead of the 1-bedroom walk up agreed upon she finds a burrito stand instead. This might not be catastrophic under other circumstances but in a college town in August… This deceptively intricate multi-layered novel is not one to be missed. After you have finished it, NOT BEFORE, read the companion novel Flat Out Matt, a selection of chapters from Flat Out Love from his POV.

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Here is a short list of places I am now scared to go, thanks to reading Karina Halle’s Experiment in Terror series: lighthouses, the New Mexican desert, old hotels…wait no, that was because of The Shining but I am sure if I wasn’t already afraid, I would be after reading The Benson. I suppose things could be worse and I could be afraid to go into my own basement as Stephen King is purported to be? Seriously, this series uniquely combines horror and romance something that is sadly very rare, download the first here it’s free! Darkhouse (Experiment in Terror #1)

Ghost-Planet-MM_final-with-blurb_2Elizabeth Cole is dead, she just doesn’t know it yet. How would you react if faced with an exact living breathing sentient replica of a significant, if not beloved person from your past… who also happens to be dead? Ghost Planet combines exquisitely, a poignantly emotional romance and a compelling science fiction story, Sharon Lynn Fisher hit it out of the park with this debut.

In Dear Adam, Ava Zavora‘s Eden receives a random tweet complimenting her review of the most recent novel of one of her favorite author’s. Truly there is no surer way to a blogger’s heart, and so begins a series of exchanges with the mysterious, intellectual Adam, her long lost book twin.

COVER-Isnt-She-LovelyLauren Layne’s Isn’t She Lovely was that perfect combination of irreverent and serious. If this book was a dessert I would have to compare it to key lime pie that perfect blend of sweet without crossing the dreaded line into saccharine but with just enough tang to keep things interesting. I am not always a fan of New Adult literature but I would defy anyone to read Lauren Layne’s take on Pygmalion and not be converted.

RWRealm Walker is a chimera of all the best aspects of the paranormal genre. Kathleen Collins’ has skillfully reinvented the classic paranormal paradigm with the mysterious hard boiled investigator type with just enough femininity as to be a convincing romantic heroine and the autocratic yet emotionally vulnerable vampire who loves her in a dark world full of monsters and the result is a fresh and entertaining read.

MadScientistsDaughter-144dpiEvery once and a while there is that perfect inexplicable union of words that creates that perfect bibliophilic high. Cassandra Rose Clarke‘s The Mad Scientist’s Daughter is for me one of those coveted works. Honestly, how can you miss with “A Tale of Love, Loss and Robots“?

This may sound like an oxymoron but if you are looking for an intelligent “bodice ripper” though I highly doubt The Ideal Gentleman would ever be so crass, look no farther than Sherry Thomas‘ work. All of which are favorites of mine, in particular her latest offering The Luckiest Lady in London.

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Last but not least by any means is The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty, cleverly disguised as women’s fiction what I found instead was a terrifyingly real psychological thriller for lack of a better classification, there is none of the typical earmarks of the genre yet it is a deeply disquieting read.

This is just a few of the many stories I read and enjoyed so very much this year and I hope that if you have not read some or all of them that you will read and like them as much as I did.

Happy New Year – Penny Dreadful Books and Reviews

Flat Out Love – Jessica Park

Why I Flat Out Love Jessica Park

I feel like I should be wearing a Neitzsche is my Homeboy t-shirt as I write this review. Why, you may ask? Well you will have to read the book to find out. I have read Jessica Park’s Flat Out Love about four or five times since it’s publication in April 2011 and it is one of those rare books that improves each time you read it. It is a very misleading story, the cover and even the tone of the writing initially seem whimsical. A friend who read it recently asked me “why I didn’t warn her” quite simply it is a book that you just have to experience for yourself.

It’s not about a secret, it’s about a journey…

Julie has just found out first hand why you should never rent an apartment through Craig’s List. When she arrives in Boston ready to commence her college career instead of the 1 bedroom walk up agreed upon she finds a burrito stand instead. This might not be catastrophic under other circumstances but in a college town in August…

Coincidentally, Julie’s mother’s college roommate lives in Boston and after a panicked phone call she sends her son Matt to rescue Julie from the mean streets. It doesn’t take Julie long to realize that something is amiss in the Watkins household. Granted as the children of two professors dinnertime conversation is closer to a review of the global political climate than what happened on Jersey Shore last night but Celeste’s, the Watkins’ 13 year old daughter, attachment to a life size cutout of her older brother Finn is more than a bit eccentric.

Finn’s absence and Matt’s demanding schedule as a student at MIT make Julie’s continued residence with the Watkins family and companion to Celeste a natural progression. What is more unexpected is the relationship that develops between Finn the eldest Watkins son and Julie via Facebook.

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**POSSIBLE SPOILERS – IF YOU HAVE NOT READ FLAT OUT LOVE – READ NO FARTHER (THAT MEANS YOU ANNIK!)

As I stated above there is no point in reading Flat Out Matt unless you have read Flat Out Love. Rather than a complete story it is a number of chapters taken from Flat Out Love and reinterpreted from Matt’s POV. Be advised that there are a couple of prologue type scenes that spoil the twist ending of FOL. For those of us who couldn’t get enough of Flat Out Love (pretty much everyone) and Matt too this is a welcome addition. I can only hope that upcoming revised edition of Flat Out Love incorporates Flat Out Matt and more. Regardless I am sure I will reread them both.

Jessica Park has taken a simple coming of age story and reinterpreted it in such a manner as anyone, even those of us who fell in love for the first time decades ago can relate and journey along with Julie to her HEA. She is truly a gifted writer and I am anxiously looking forward to her upcoming work.

AUTHOR: Jessica Park

RATING: 5  Stars

GENRE: Fiction