Monday, August 3, 2015

Spotlight The Avery Shaw Experiment



Welcome to Day 1 of Science Geek Appreciation Week with author Kelly Oram--a fun-filled week of teasers, interviews, games, giveaways, and lots and lost of science! We're going to kick off the week by introducing you to the stars of the Spanish Fork High Science Squad--Club President Avery Shaw and her newest recruit, Grayson Kennedy--in their debut novel The Avery Shaw Experiment.

Title: The Avery Shaw Experiment
Author: Kelly Oram
Publisher: Blufields
Pages:221
Available: AmazoniBooksB&NKobo

Summary: When Avery Shaw’s heart is shattered by her life-long best friend, she chooses to deal with it the only way she knows how—scientifically. 

The state science fair is coming up and Avery decides to use her broken heart as the topic of her experiment. She’s going to find the cure. By forcing herself to experience the seven stages of grief through a series of social tests, she believes she will be able to get over Aiden Kennedy and make herself ready to love again. But she can’t do this experiment alone, and her partner (ex partner!) is the one who broke her heart. 

Avery finds the solution to her troubles in the form of Aiden’s older brother Grayson. The gorgeous womanizer is about to be kicked off the school basketball team for failing physics. He’s in need of a good tutor and some serious extra credit. But when Avery recruits the lovable Grayson to be her “objective outside observer,” she gets a whole lot more than she bargained for, because Grayson has a theory of his own: Avery doesn’t need to grieve. She needs to live. And if there’s one thing Grayson Kennedy is good at, it’s living life to the fullest.

Teasers:

Avery

I was so out of it that I’d slipped into the bathroom while Grayson was in the shower, and I didn’t even notice until he poked his head out from behind the curtain with a surprised look on his face. “Aves, babe, I’m a little busy here.” He cocked an eyebrow and gave me a crooked smile. “Unless you’re planning to join me...?”

Just then there was a loud knock on the door, and my mother’s worried voice called out to me. I looked up at Grayson and in a moment of sheer panic didn’t think twice before jumping behind the curtain with him.

“Whoa! Avery! I was only teasing!”

I could hear Grayson, but I couldn’t really respond. I leaned my back against the cold tile wall and closed my eyes, letting the hot water rain down on me.

There was another knock, louder this time, and then the door opened. “Avery? That you in here, sweetie?”

I frantically shook my head, praying that Grayson would do the right thing. 

“Sorry, Kaitlin. It’s just me.”

“Oh. Sorry, Grayson. I thought maybe you were Avery.” 


“Yeah, I get that a lot,” he teased.

My mom laughed and then sighed heavily. “If you see her after you’re done, tell her I’m looking for her.”

“Will do.”

The door clicked shut and things got quiet. I stood there for so long that my head started to hurt and I got really dizzy. My knees buckled.

Grayson quickly caught me under the arms. “Avery, breathe,” he commanded.

I took a breath. As oxygen flooded my lungs, I realized it was probably the first breath I’d taken in minutes. Literally.

“Aves,” a low steady voice said. I felt hands on either side of my face. I opened my eyes, and Grayson’s beautiful piercing blue ones were staring down at me from just inches away, taking up my entire field of vision. “You good now?” he asked.

I may have been breathing, but I would never be “good” again. I flung my arms around him and began to release gut-wrenching sobs into his chest. 

Grayson

I always looked at her as sort of a pesky little sister, but that all changed the day my brother dumped her. Why, you ask? Let me put it this way: When a girl lets you be the one to hold her as her entire world falls apart, even though you’re ass naked, it changes the way you see her. The soaking-wet, see-through t-shirt didn’t hurt, either.
...

“You look really nice,” I blurted, unable to hide my surprise.

The compliment startled her. She blushed and looked at her feet as she mumbled, “I need to blow my hair dry.”

I grinned. “Don’t want to have to explain to anyone how it got wet, eh?”

She turned even brighter red but then glared at me. “I just don’t want my hair to freeze.”

I laughed as I threw my hands up in surrender and then laughed even harder when she stalked past me into the bathroom.

I leaned against the door and watched, curiously, as she dried her hair. There was something oddly fascinating about watching Little Avery Shaw primp. She’d never seemed like such a real girl to me before. She wasn’t so little anymore, either.

She caught me staring at her in the mirror, so I quickly said, “I thought dorks were supposed to have bad hair and horrible, frumpy fashion senses.”

“Just because I enjoy learning doesn’t mean I’m a dork,” she said, insulted.

“Two words for you Aves: science club.” 

This week only, The Avery Shaw Experiment is on sale for just $0.99! Make sure to snag a copy while it's cheap! 

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Kelly wrote her first novel at age fifteen--a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which her family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and likes to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, four children, and her cat, Mr. Darcy. 

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Science Geek Appreciation Week August 3 - 7



Hey everyone! I don't know if you've heard the news or not yet, but the science squad is back! Avery and Grayson may have had their romance already, but science geek Libby's is just heating up in her very own companion novel to The Avery Shaw Experiment.

The Libby Garrett Intervention is set to release October 24, 2015. To help me spread the word, bloggers around the globe are letting me commandeer their blogs August 3 - 7 in a week long cover reveal and sneak peek event!

Here's a breakdown of what you can look forward to.

Monday Aug 3 – The Avery Shaw Experiment spotlight including cover, summary, links, and a teaser.

Tuesday Aug 4 – The Libby Garrett Intervention cover reveal including cover, summary, preorder links, and a teaser.

Wednesday Aug 5 – A post from me (author Kelly Oram) including fun facts, my inspiration/experience writing the Science Squad books, some of my favorite reads, and a couple of interview questions.

Thursday Aug 6 – A post about The Avery Diaries. (Six short stories taken from Avery and Grayson’s diaries.) The post will feature a brief explanation of the diaries and feature one of the stories with links to the others.


Friday Aug 7 – The Libby Garrett Intervention sneak peek including the first-ever excerpt from the book, and a message from Kelly Oram. Along with a few photo teasers to share.

Along with these awesome posts, there will be extra games and giveaways on Facebook, and best of all The Avery Shaw Experiment will be on sale for just $0.99 the whole week so you can read the story that started it all for next to nothing! Mark you calendars guys. You won't want to miss it.


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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Cover Reveal! Joni, Underway by Kelly Oram and Jonathan Harrow!




Surprise! I've got a new book coming out soon. I'm really excited about this release because it's a bit different than my usual contemporary reads. It's a character-driven new adult drama that I've co-written with Jonathan Harrow. (Who happens to be my genius screenwriter-turned-novelist husband.) So without further adieu, I'd like to introduce to you, Joni, Underway.

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Title: Joni, Underway
Author: Kelly Oram & Jonathan Harrow
Publisher: Bluefields
Release Date: August 22, 2015

Summary:
Nineteen year old Joni is loving life as an adult—living on her own, dealing with grown-up things like jobs, hook-ups, and doing her own laundry. Best of all: after finishing her first year at ASU, she will never again be called a freshman.

But when her brother is suddenly killed in a car accident, Joni’s adult life is turned upside down. Struggling to cope with loss, guilt, and anger—not to mention the meddling of friends and family trying to “fix” her—Joni is relieved to be presented with an escape in the form of a sailing trip her brother had been planning for months before he died.

With her first step onto the sailing vessel Lady Marguerite, Joni plunges into an adventure that will mark the beginning of her real adult life—a journey across the ominous dark blue of the Atlantic Ocean with a small, eccentric crew, and the young Captain Reid, whose gorgeous looks are only outmatched by his talent for care and kindness. Unfolding through the ups and downs of life at sea is an unforgettable story reminding us that love will always be a work-in-progress and coming of age never gets old.







About the Authors:


Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen--a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which her family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and likes to eat frosting by the spoonful.

Jonathan Harrow left a career in Hollywood to pursue his dream of writing novels. He has an author crush on Charlotte Bronte, and a real crush on his author wife, YA bestseller Kelly Oram.

They live in Phoenix with their four kids and their cat, Mr. Darcy.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Cover reveal: Pixilated by L.S.Murphy

Hey guys! I'm helping out a fellow baseball nut with a cover reveal today. She's a Cardinals fan, but I will overlook that little folly (Go Dbacks!) because I had the pleasure of reading Pixilated a few months ago and really enjoyed it. I'm happy to help spread the word about the upcoming release. Check out this cute cover!


Pixelated
Release Date: 06/30/15
Bloomsbury Spark

Summary from Goodreads:
Senior Year. 
Middle of nowhere. 
What's the new girl to do?

For Piper Marks, the answer is simple. She’s determined to have her photography rock the cover of National Geographic someday, and moving to Clarkton, Iowa for her last year of high school is not going to stop her. Even if her usual subjects have changed from bright lights and skyscrapers to fields, cows…and more fields. 

But when photographer at the local paper quits in a huff, she steps into his spot. Her new job keeps Piper busy capturing tackles, and zooming in on first downs and end zone dances, not to mention putting her directly in the path of varsity football star Les Williams IV. Her new friends warn her off, but she can’t resist the pull she feels toward this mysterious country boy. But this small town is keeping a secret, and it’s one that could destroy any chance they have to be together. 

It’s up to Piper to decide what to do with the distorted truth. Can she risk exposing her heart? It might be worth it, 'cause Les is about to change her world from black and white to fully saturated color. 

Praise for Pixelated:
"In Pixelated, L.S. Murphy weaves a complex web of secrets and lies with a ‘will they or won’t they’ romance that kept me turning pages and holding my breath!" ~ Julie Reece, author of The Artisans and Crux

"Beautifully written, with a full spectrum of emotion and complex characters, Pixelated will tug at all your heartstrings. I easily lost myself in the world L.S. Murphy created and couldn't stop reading because I needed to see how the story ended." ~ Kelly Oram, author of Cinder & Ella

"L.S. Murphy brings something for every reader with Pixelated: romance, secrets, mystery, and a main character torn between two choices. Murphy's writing is sharp and steeped in emotions, deftly hooking her readers from the first sentence to the last." ~ Sarah Bromley, author of A Murder Of Magpies 
 About the Author

L.S. Murphy obsesses about St. Louis Cardinals baseball, fangirls over her favorite authors, and watches every episode of Doctor Who like it's the first time. When she's not doing those time-consuming things, the former farm-girl turned city slicker turned suburbanite writes sweet romances for teens and adults.
Website: lsmurphy.com
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Cinder & Ella read-along (With me!)

Hey! Adding to the extras page on my blog again. :)  This is a video read-along that I did for the Cinder & Ella book release ball. I introduce the book and then read the prologue and chapter one.

Enjoy!

And while I'm at it... (Chameleon/Ungifted playlist)

Since I posted the Scion playlist this morning, I figured I should post the Chameleon/Ungifted playlist for you too. These two books actually share one playlist because I wrote the books simultaneously. I think I was about 2/3 finished with Ungifted when I finished Chameleon. So this playlist is for both books. I even already have a playlist for Priestess, but I'll wait to post that until that book is written because I'm sure I'll add/change it before then.

1. Too Close  Alex Clare
2. E.T.  Katy Perry
3. Radioactive  Imagine Dragons
4. All The Things She Said  Tatu
5. 24 Jem
6. Grenade Bruno Mars
7. Here With Me Dido
8. Come Undone  Duran Duran
9. Burning in the Skies  Linkin Park
10. Say it Right  Nelly Furtado
11. Extreme Ways  Moby
12. Echo  Trapt

Scion playlist.

How is everyone enjoying Scion so far? I hope you're having fun with it. As you may know, (or not, because you wisely don't spend your time constantly stalking me) I can't write with music playing. It's too distracting. Way way way too distracting. BUT, I usually still have a list of songs that remind me of the book. I'll wear that playlist out during the plotting phase. Here's my list for Scion. :)
Enjoy! (And give it a listen, because it's awesome!)


1. Immortals  Fall Out Boy
2. Don't You Worry Child  Swedish House Mafia
3. Higher Devotion  Jimmy Eat World
4. Love Runs Out  OneRepublic
5. Sail  AWOLNATION
6. Miss Jackson Panic!  At The Disco
7. Back Against The Wall  Cage The Elephant
8. Inferno  Sir Sly
9. Cracks (Flux Pavilion Remix)  Freestylers
10. Stop and Stare  OneRepublic
11. Demons  Imagine Dragon
12. Centuries  Fall Out Boy