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Monday, October 3, 2016

Emma G. Loves Boyz: A True Love Journal by Taro Meyer - Virtual Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hey lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Taro Meyer and her new book, “Emma G. Loves Boyz: A True Love Journal”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card.  Also, come back daily to interact with Taro and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this exciting giveaway!


Emma G. Loves Boyz: A True Love Journal
by Taro Meyer

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GENRE: YA/Middle Grade

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BLURB:

Emma G. is CRAZY about Aaron, lead singer of Boyz3000. Of course, she doesn’t actually know him, but so what? Feelings are feelings. That is until Josh appears… and he’s soooooo CUTE. Navigating her two crushes and her middle school life, especially with eighth-grade hater Renee around, is a challenge. And oh yeah, she’s got to earn money for an AWESOME trip to the Bahamas to see the band of her dreams. Hello???? How much can one thirteen-year-old take???

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EXCERPT THREE:

“Boyz3000 will be where?”

“AT THE HOTEL IN THE BAHAMAS WHERE I AM GOING!!!!” she screamed into my ear. “THEY’RE DOING A CONCERT!!”

“OH MY GOD!!!” I screamed back. I nearly fell off my chair. “That is so awesome!”

“I know, but wait! My parents said I could take a friend, and I want to take you!”

“Me?” I gasped. “You want to take me? To see Boyz3000 in their concert?”

“Yes, because we both love them and you’re my best friend and…”

Jenny kept talking, but I was so excited I didn’t hear anything else until she said, “We are leaving next Saturday for the weekend.”

“THIS SATURDAY???”

“No! Next Saturday! The one after this weekend! My parents will pay for the hotel and all. You’ll share my room. You just need to pay for your plane ticket.”

“Uh-oh,” I said. “How much does that cost?”

“It’s on a special deal; it’s a hundred and fifty dollars.”

“Oh. That’s a lot of money. I don’t know if they’ll pay that.”

“I know it’s a lot, but they have to.”

“But what if they don’t?”

Jenny thought for a minute. “Tell them you’ll die if you don’t go.”

“That kind of thing doesn’t work with my parents.”

“Well, think of something! ANYTHING!!!” she shrieked. “My dad is trying to get us backstage passes for the Meet and Greet!!!”

“WHAT?” I gasped. “THE MEET AND GREET???”

“Yes!!!” Jenny squealed. “We’ll be able to meet them IN PERSON, and probably talk to them too because my dad works in TV and…”

She was still talking but I didn’t hear anything else. Oh my God!!! Oh my God!!! My heart totally stopped beating at that very moment…

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GUEST POST:

Social Media's Influence on Teens: Positive vs. Negative Effects

Social media is a tool that gives us the ability to communicate and connect with one another on a level that was considered sci-fi fantasy not so many years ago. Our ideas can be instantly shared with people across the globe. Teens can join organizations geared to their interests and groups that work for social justice even if far from the center of that activity. They can be creative in ways that had previously been reserved for professionals, and social media allows that creativity – their videos, music, writing, etc. –  to be broadcast and shared globally. It has also allowed them to forge friendships with people in places far beyond their schools or neighborhoods. In its power to create relationships across nations, it can become a tool of greater global cooperation as teens enter their adult worlds.

But that same positive outreach can also amplify the “noise” of social media: the bullying, the shaming, and the ability to attack anonymously. These technological assaults can remain in the electronic universe for years. They are harmful mostly for the victim, but are also damaging to the perpetrators, who are learning to value victimization over empathy.

And the increasing dependence on a device for forming “relationships” can be destructive, denying teens the kind of real face to face contact that is the basis of human growth.

Every generation faces situations and/or new technologies that provide exciting growth potential and serious challenges. I have great faith that the people brought up in the world of social media will lean toward the positive and succeed, as did the generations before them who were told that their love of radio, or rock and roll, or MTV would damage their futures. Change is always with us. And it’s not only up to teens to adjust; it’s up to parents, teachers, and the broader culture to support a value system that emphasizes the positive and decreases the appeal of the negative: fewer reality shows that promote aggression, shaming, and bullying; a political focus on policy not personality, and a greater spotlight on teens using social media to improve their lives and the lives of others. Many are out there doing it and in their hands, social media is a positive tool.

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AUTHOR BIO:


Taro Meyer is a Grammy, Parents’ Choice, and Audie Award winning Audio Producer who has been producing and directing YA audiobooks for over 20 years, including The Princess Diaries Series starring Anne Hathaway, the All American Girl Series starring Ari Meyers, The Inheritance Cycle (Eragon, Eldest, Brisngr) and Judy Blume’s The Pain and the Great OneHere’s to You Rachel Robinson and Tiger Eyes among others.

She co-produced two touring companies of Trans-Siberian Orchestra's smash rock show Christmas Eve and Other Stories and their TV special The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, receiving Gold and Platinum Albums for her work with the team. She was associate producer of the award winning anti-bullying movie, “The Contest,” and co-produced the premier showcase of off-Broadway’s Little Willie.

As an actress and singer, she starred on Broadway in the musical Zorba, in numerous regional and off-Broadway shows, and on TV’s All My Children, Another World (for which she also composed music) and the mini-series Memories of Midnight, amongst others.

Meyer wrote and produced the upcoming children’s album: Mighty Musical Fairy Tales, starring international artist Patti Austin; an updated, joyous musical version of Classic Fairy tales, accompanied by an illustrated book, The Ugly Duckling.

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Taro will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


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This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.

35 comments:

  1. congrats on the blog tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

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    1. Thanks for your post. The blog tour is exciting and I'm glad to be part of it.

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    1. I thank you too. I really appreciate the opportunity to share ideas and communicate with your readers.

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  3. Thank you for both the excerpt and giveaway.

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    1. You are very welcome. Appreciate the post.

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  4. Enjoyed reading the excerpt. Sounds good. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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    1. Thanks for the feedback on the excerpt. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  5. Fantastic guest post! I was having this conversation with my mom the other day about how hard it is to be a teen nowadays. Although the internet has brought so much positivity in our lives, there's so much negative. There's so much bullying/humiliating using social media. I know I wouldn't be able to handle it. What some kids are beginning to find out is these posts and tweets have the ability to negatively affect your future. So it's imperative that we all are careful about what we say online. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with all of us! :)

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    1. Thank you for your thoughtful reply. I think the bullying and shaming is very destructive and your point about how posts and tweets can affect your future is spot on. The more we bring the problems to light, the better our opportunities to create awareness and change.

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  6. I enjoyed the excerpt and the guest post, sounds like a great read, Good luck with the tour!

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    1. Thanks for the good wishes. I hope you get a chance to read the book.

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  7. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

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    1. Glad you it too. It's always great when readers appreciate what you've written.

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  8. Thanks for the giveaway; I like the excerpt. :)

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    1. You're welcome! I'm very appreciative of positive feedback.

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  9. Great post - thanks for sharing the excerpt!

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    1. Glad you think so. Hope you check it out.

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  11. I'm happy to be a part of this tour, thank you for sharing!

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  12. What books have most influenced your life?

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    1. Interesting question. I once found an old book, "Theoretical Anthropology" that fascinated me and lead to my becoming an anthropology major in college. I loved "When God Was a Woman," by Merlin Stone, and Pablo Neruda's poetry. And there's no doubt that Dr. Seuss's "Horton Hatches the Egg," which I read over and over as a child had great impact on me. That book has everything: drama, commitment, betrayal and unconditional love. And it all rhymes!

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  13. Good Morning! Have a great day and thanking you again for the chance at winning.

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    1. Thanks for the good wishes. Good luck.

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  14. Happy Hump Day! Hope it's a great one for you and thanks for all you do offering us these terrific giveaways

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  15. Hope your day is great too and you're reading some good books.

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  16. Enjoy your Friday and prayers for all those going through Hurricane Matthew. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  17. I am off to work soon so stopping by, wishing you a great Saturday and saying thanks for the giveaway.

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  18. I missed you yesterday but back again today to say thanks for all you do bringing us these great giveaways.

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  19. Sorry I missed you yesterday but back today to once again say thank you for the giveaway.

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  20. Have a terrific day and I want you to know I DO appreciate you bringing us these great giveaways, thank you.

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  21. Stopping by to say Good Morning on this fine Friday. Hope it's a great one for you and thank you for this giveaway.

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