CW Stars Best Tweets of the Week (Aug 19 - 26)

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At CW Atlanta, the "Best Tweets of the Week" features the sometimes hilarious and other times cool tweets from CW stars. Here, I'll highlight one and be sure to check out the rest at CW69.  

Continue Reading to see the CW tweet!! Which star could it be from? Hmm...

Waiting on Wednesday: That Time I Joined the Circus by J.J. Howard

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine spotlighting upcoming releases that readers are eagerly anticipating

Books into Movies: The Perks of Being a Wallflower (New Clip)

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A CLIP!!! Yes, yes, yes! I'm so excited for this movie. The Perks of Being a Wallflower will release late September, but feast your eyes on an awesome clip until then. It features Ezra Miller toasting to the lead Logan Lerman (Charlie). Watch it below! 


Like This, Try This [2]

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Like This, Try This is a meme designed to introduce YA books that are similar to TV Shows, movies, and other books! 

Winner: Last Days of Summer Giveaway Hop!


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Thanks to everyone who participated in the giveaway! And thanks to all my wonderful followers who have supported Nawanda Files. The winner for this giveaway is...

Blog Tour Stop: Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins (Interview + Giveaway)

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins may not only be one of my favorite books of the year, but my favorite paranormal romance...ever! So I am thrilled to introduce the wonderful Wendy Higgins to Nawanda Files for a little Q&A about her fabulous novel! Haven't heard about Sweet Evil, check out the blurb below and my review, which I gave it 5/5 Rockets!


Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy, #1)Sweet Evil
by Wendy Higgins
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: June 26, 2012

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Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences? This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.

Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. It isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

Without further ado, I'd like to welcome Wendy Higgins! 

What inspired you to write Sweet Evil?
There's not one particular thing I can pinpoint--it was really an accumulation of everything throughout my life: relationships, experiences, things I've seen, books I've read, my spirituality, heartbreaks...just everything. 

How did you begin your writing career?
After I wrote the first draft for my book I uploaded most of it to a writing site called inkpop (which was since purchased by figment.com) and I began to receive and give critiques. After two months my story made it to the top five and was sent to a HarperCollins editor for review. A couple months later she contacted me asking to read the rest of the book. Five months later the publisher made an offer. Crazy, huh? Crazy.

Stacking the Shelves [16]

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews featuring books added to my shelves and sharing my excitement for them.

Bought/Borrowed:

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Books into Movies: The Maze Runner (Director)


Following the success of The Hunger Games many dystopian books are being put through the movie making process. James Dashnar's The Maze Runner has kicked up production by signing on a director. Continue reading for more!

Books into Movies: The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Soundtrack Playlist Revealed, New Book Cover, and Interviews)

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower will release in September. Recently a soundtrack was revealed, a new book cover, and some awesome interviews. Plus, Nina Dobrev, Emma Watson, and Ezra Miller dance! Continue reading for more details!

Books into Movies: The Hunger Games - Catching Fire (Sam Claflin Confirmed as Finnick)

catchingfire - square So the time has finally come. Finnick Odair has been cast. Who earned one of the most coveted roles? Sam ClaflinFor those of you who've been listening to rumors, this may not be much of a surprise. You may remember the actor from the most recent Pirates of the Caribbean installment or from Snow White and the Huntsman (where he played Prince Charming). And lucky Claflin just landed another charmed role. Continue reading for more details!

Books into Movies: The Mortal Instruments (Filming Begins...and the Madness!)

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New Meme: Like This, Try This

Like This, Try This is a meme designed to introduce YA books that are similar to TV Shows, movies, and other books! 

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What do you think? Have you read any of these books? Agree with the comparisons? Leave your lovely comments below!

This meme was inspired by Entertainment Weekly's Single Swap for music. 

Books into Movies: Hunger Games - Catching Fire (Casting Tributes and More)

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Catching Fire has many more casting updates, particularly for tributes. Stephanie Leigh Schlund joined the movie as Cashmere. Maria Howell earned the role of District 11 tribute, Seeder. And E. Roger Mitchell will play Chaff, the male District 11 tribute. 

Stacking the Shelves [15]

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews featuring books added to my shelves and sharing my excitement for them.

For Review:

 My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century
Big Thanks to Lili @ Lili's Reflections and Rachel Harris this week!

I'm so excited to start this book. It looks like one of those cute books that you can't put down!

Last Days of Freedom Giveaway Hop!

Thanks to I Am a Reader, Not a Writer and The Elliot Review for hosting this awesome hop!

I am going to be offering up a book of choice from the August releases. If the book hasn't come out yet than it will be pre-order. Some suggestions of great August releases are below! 

Defiance (Defiance, #1) The Lost Girl The Raft The Treachery of Beautiful Things
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) Glitch (Glitch, #1) Wake (Watersong, #1) The Boy Recession


Books into Movies: The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Three New Image Stills)

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With the new release date (September 21st) approaching, marketing for The Perks of Being a Wallflower has kicked up a bit. We were already graced with a teaser trailer and new UK poster. Yay! But now we have even better news...images! Because if I can't get a trailer, then I'll take the image stills. Am I right? And for silly old one-dimensional, soundless, motionless, plain images (yeah, I'm a lover of trailers and videos) they are actually pretty awesome...and hilarious. Check them out below! 

Waiting on Wednesday: Breaking Point

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine
Spotlighting upcoming releases that readers are eagerly anticipating


Breaking Point (Article 5, #2)
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by Kristen Simmons
Release Date: February 5th, 2013



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After faking their deaths to escape from prison, Ember Miller and Chase Jennings have only one goal: to lay low until the Federal Bureau of Reformation forgets they ever existed.

Near-celebrities now for the increasingly sensationalized tales of their struggles with the government, Ember and Chase are recognized and taken in by the Resistance—an underground organization working to systematically take down the government. At headquarters, all eyes are on the sniper, an anonymous assassin taking out FBR soldiers one by one. Rumors are flying about the sniper’s true identity, and Ember and Chase welcome the diversion….


Until the government posts its most-wanted list, and their number one suspect is Ember herself.
Orders are shoot to kill, and soldiers are cleared to fire on suspicion alone. Suddenly Ember can’t even step onto the street without fear of being recognized, and “laying low” is a joke. Even members of the Resistance are starting to look at her sideways. With Chase urging her to run, Ember must decide: Go into hiding…or fight back?

I usually don't do Waiting on Wednesdays on sequels, but I couldn't help myself for this one. I've finished Article 5  and it is honestly one of my favorite books of the year. My review will be posted next week, and it's mainly me gushing...a lot. I cannot wait for Breaking Point. The only disappointment I have is in the cover. The Article 5 cover is gorgeous, but this one is pretty bland. 

What are you waiting on? Have you read Article 5? Comment below and don't forget to leave your links!

Best Instrumental Music in a Book Trailer: Defiance

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I haven't given props to any book trailers recently, but I stumbled upon the book trailer for C.J. Redwine's Defiance and felt compelled to write a post about it. I'm a lover of instrumental music, which usually make movies into something more awesome than they could ever be. Take The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, and Man of Steel for instance. All use instrumental music to power the movie into something bigger...something epic. Whether that be by kicking up our adrenaline or tugging our heartstrings, the music really does make a difference. In the case of the Defiance book trailer, I'd have to say that they used the music superbly, making it something epic as well. 

The trailer doesn't have much other than the music, words, and some cool fiery graphics. But it already provides a sense of tone. Music is that powerful. And the brilliant use of it earns Defiance my Best Instrumental Music in a Book Trailer Award. Check out the very dramatic book trailer below! 

Interview with Red Tash

I'm so excited to share with you an awesome interview today! Red Tash, Author of Troll or Derby, has stopped by to answer some questions and tell us more about her new novel. Don't know about Troll or Derby? Check out the synopsis below and then learn more about the author!

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by Red Tash
Release Date: June 26, 2012

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In Troll Or Derby, fifteen-year-old Roller Deb is singled out by town bullies for both her skates, and for being different. When her popular homecoming queen of a sister is kidnapped by a scuzzy drug dealer, Deb must flee the trailer park in which she's grown up, and rescue her. Along the way, Deb becomes enmeshed in the magical realm of trolls and fairies, and the blood-thirsty version of roller derby at which these beings excel. But spending too much time among the fairies comes with a price. Will Deb choose to save her sister, with the aid of a mysterious troll? Or will she be lost to the lures of roller derby, and the blonde temptress April, forever?

What inspired you to write Troll or Derby? 
A genuine delight in all things faerie—both good & bad; a love-hate relationship with rural Indiana life, and a hardcore passion for roller derby!

How long have you been writing?
Forever.  I've read a lot of these author interviews, and it always strikes me how many of us have been writing from a very young age.  I used to think it was unique that I started publishing poetry at age 10, but among writers, it's pretty common practice.  I have published fiction off and on through the years on a very casual basis, but this time last year I began my serious career in fiction, so in that way I'm a “new” writer.  Prior to that, I had a career in journalism that included a newspaper column with a readership in the millions.  Writing novels is a whole new ballgame, though.  Like changing Olympic sports, really!

Winner: Science Fiction Love Giveaway

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Thanks to everyone who participated in this giveaway! And thanks to all my wonderful followers who have supported Nawanda Files. I've reached the a milestone by surpassing 1000 followers and I could never have done it without all of you lovelies :) And the winner for this giveaway is...

Stacking the Shelves [14]

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews featuring books added to my shelves and sharing my excitement for them.

For Review:

    Nerve Carnival of Souls
Big Thanks to Netgalley, Penguin, and Southern Book Blogger ARC Tours this week!

I've already tackled Carnival of Souls and really liked it! A very original concept!

Books into Movies: The Mortal Instruments (Jonathan Rhys Meyers Confirmed as Valentine)

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Here's the news we've all been anticiptating. Well, at least I have been anticipating and probably all the other The Mortal Instruments fans out there. Or maybe you're just a Jonathan Rhys Meyers fan. Anyway, after the rumors from earlier this week, Cassie Clare has officially confirmed that the Irish heartthrob will take the role as lead villain, Valentine. Continue reading for Cassie Clare's thoughts and my own opinion on this casting choice! 

Books into Movies: Hunger Games - Catching Fire (Three More Tributes Cast)

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Three more tributes have been cast! Alan Ritchson will play Gloss, the tribute from District 1. But in my mind he's still Aquaman from Smallville. Bruno Gunn was cast as Brutus, a District 2 tribute. And Meta Golding earned the role for Enobaria, the female tribute from District 2. Continue Reading for more details! 

Books into Movies: The Mortal Instruments (Jonathan Rhys Meyers in Talks for Valentine Role)

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Some huge The Mortal Instrument movie news may hit the internet in the coming weeks. The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Jonathan Rhys Meyes (The Tudors) is in negotiations for the role of the big bad, Valentine. Continue reading for details and more movie news! 


Books into Movies: The Host (Saoirse Ronan Talks Filming, Fans, and Playing Melanie)

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Saorise Ronan, who will play Melanie in the movie adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's The Host, has done several interviews for MTV. Three more videos have been released this week! She talks about playing two characters and the process during filming. In another interview she explains how she believes the concept is "incredible". I'm hoping this is fabulous news for the film. Check out the videos for the full interviews below!

Books into Movies: Hunger Games - Catching Fire (Casting Romulus Thread, Contest at Amazon to Visit Set, and more)

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There will continue to be so much Catching Fire news until the November 2013 release date. Another cast member has joined the ranks! Patrick St. Esprit will play Romulus Thread, according to Variety. Also in news, you can win a trip to the set of Catching Fire, courtesy of Amazon. And Josh Hutcherson talks about filming. Continue reading for all the juicy details!

Interview with Derek The Ghost

I have a special treat for all the Middle Grade lovers out there. Derek the Ghost, Author of Scary School, has stopped by for an awesome interview. Haven't heard of Scary School? Check out the hilarious synopsis below, and then learn more about the equally hilarious author!

Scary School
by Derek the Ghost
Illustrator: Scott M. Fischer
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: June 21, 2011

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You think your school's scary? Get a load of these teachers:
"Ms. Fang," an 850-year-old vampire
"Dr. Dragonbreath," who just might eat you before recess
"Mr. Snakeskin"--science class is so much more fun when it's taught by someone who's half zombie
"Mrs. T"--break the rules and spend your detention with a hungry "Tyrannosaurus rex" Plus...
Gargoyles, goblins, and Frankenstein's monster on the loose
The world's most frighteningly delicious school lunch  And...
The narrator's an eleven-year-old ghost
Join Charles "New Kid" Nukid as he makes some very Scary friends--including Petunia, Johnny, and Peter the Wolf--and figures out that Scary School can be just as funny as it is spooky


What inspired you to write Scary School?
The first novel I ever wrote was originally called SCARY SCHOOL: BOOK 1 - MY HOMEWORK ATE MY DOG!  - it's a middle-grade fantasy series very similar to Harry Potter. The only problem was, it didn't have a whole lot to do with a "scary school". I just thought of that title and wanted to use it before someone else did. So my editor at HarperCollins read the book, and almost acquired it, but in the end, they ended up passing on it, but gave me the recommendation to write a book series called SCARY SCHOOL that was lighter, funnier, and more school-centric. I took their advice, which became the Scary School series we know today.  It was also great because for inspiration I got to use all of my favorite characters from the horror movies I loved, like Jason, and Freddy, and even the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park! I wanted to imagine what it would be like if they had all gone to school together when they were kids, and in my silly head, the reality of that would be pretty dang funny.

Nawanda Files' 1000 Followers Giveaway!!!

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So it's happened...I have reached OVER 1000 followers. Excuse me while I go faint. I've only been blogging a little over six months and I'm stunned at all the amazing support. THANK YOU, soooo much!!!! I seriously don't know how else I can express my appreciation than to have an awesome giveaway!  

What's happened in the past six months? I've started a blog, taken my MCAT, applied to medical school...basically insanity has happened. Pure insanity. The best thing about starting this blog has been reading. I'm reading more now than I have since high school. I had forgotten how much I truly enjoyed it, and being able to talk about books with you lovely followers is the icing on the cake. And for that I'm truly thankful. Now on to the giveaway!

Two lucky followers will win a choice of book from The Book Depository or Amazon (if you live in the US) up to $15! The books can be pre-orders if you so wish. I know I'm itchin' for some September releases myself.