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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Guest Post with Author Ann Redisch Stampler and Giveaway

Where it Began marks the YA debut of Ann Redisch Stampler. She is the author of several picture books, including The Rooster Prince of Breslov. Her books have been an Aesop Accolade winner, Sydney Taylor notable books and an honor book, a National Jewish Book Awards finalist and winner, and Bank Street Best Books of the Year. Ann has two adult children and lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband.

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Five Fun Facts About Afterparty

1.) I was so worried I’d accidentally given Arif a name that would cause Arabic-speakers to fall over laughing that I discussed the implications of being named “Arif Saad” at length with a very nice woman in the Saudi Arabian delegation to Book Expo America.

2.) When I collapsed Afterparty into a shorter time frame, I accidentally gave the month of December 87 days. Imagine my surprise when I tried to chart Emma’s junior year on a calendar.

3.) The cover of Afterparty depicts a critical scene in the book in an almost literal way. Yet the book designer hadn’t read the scene when she selected the photo. Prescient?

4.) Dylan was once named Simon. Don’t even ask. Try writing “Simon says” 786 times with a straight face. It was almost enough to drive me into the past tense.

5.) My husband and I received multiple don’t-let-your-kid-go-to-the-bad-dangerous-afterparty letters from our children’s day school, not unlike Dr. Laz and the Saads. I’m not telling what we did next.

+ the bonus fun fact: You know those red velvet pancakes that Dylan loves so much at The Griddle on Sunset? Well, The Griddle is a real restaurant and those are real pancakes and they’re amazing – my favorite!

Emma is tired of being good. Always the dutiful daughter to an overprotective father, she is the antithesis of her mother — whose name her dad won’t even say out loud. That’s why meeting Siobhan is the best thing that ever happened to her…and the most dangerous. Because Siobhan is fun and alluring and experienced and lives on the edge. In other words, she’s everything Emma is not.

And it may be more than Emma can handle.

Because as intoxicating as her secret life may be, when Emma begins to make her own decisions, Siobhan starts to unravel. It’s more than just Dylan, the boy who comes between them. Their high-stakes pacts are spinning out of control. Elaborate lies become second nature. Loyalties and boundaries are blurred. And it all comes to a head at the infamous Afterparty, where debauchery rages and an intense, inescapable confrontation ends in a plummet from the rooftop…

This explosive, sexy, and harrowing follow-up to Ann Redisch Stampler’s spectacular teen debut, Where It Began, reveals how those who know us best can hurt us most.

Purchase: | Amazon | Kindle | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository |

Check out what's up for grabs.

Up For Grabs:
  • 3 copies of Afterparty
  • 1 Afterparty Swag Pack
  • 5 Surprise ART Bookmark's by James Vallesteros

To Enter: 
  • Please leave a comment or question for Ann.
  • Please fill out the Rafflecopter form.

Good Luck! 

Special thanks to Ann Redisch Stampler & Book Nerd Tours sponsoring this tour-wide giveaway.
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