A Shimmer of Angels Blog Tour + Giveaway: Top Ten with Author Lisa M. Basso

January 31, 2013 A Shimmer of Angels, Blog Tour, Giveaway, Lisa M. Basso, Month9Books 7

Psychiatry, fantasy and real life come together in A Shimmer of Angels, as a young girl struggles with identity, secrets, and confronting her greatest fears. A Shimmer of Angels is for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider, or perhaps has felt like giving up entirely. It touches on themes of suicide, ostracism and emotional pain. The author, personally exposed to suicide through the death of a beloved family member, will donate a percentage of sales of this novel to a suicide prevention and outreach program in San Francisco, California.
Month9Books, a publisher of speculative fiction for teens and tweens, announces the release of A SHIMMER OF ANGELS, a debut young adult title from Lisa M. Basso.

I am so thrilled to be a part of the A Shimmer of Angels Blog Tour! If you haven’t checked out my review yet, you can do so, HERE! Today I have something really special to share with you from the author, Lisa M. Basso!

Lisa M. Basso’s Top Ten Guilty Pleasures
(in no particular order)

1. Sweets. I wanted to say cookies, but, in the spirit of being completely honest, I changed it to sweets. While cookies are usually my first choice for sweets, I also love anything Reese’s (cups, pieces, dark, and whatever else they make), cupcakes, cake, dark chocolate, and ice cream. Ooo. Ice cream. Now, combine any of these things, like chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, and I am a puddle by my laptop.

2. Organic Fruit. Heh. I’ll admit this is a strange one, especially after admitting my love of anything sugary. But hear me out. Within the last year or two, I’ve adapted a healthier lifestyle. Emphasis on the “ier”. I’m not a health nut or anything (obviously, have you read number one?) I’ve just developed a love for organic fruits and veggies. The guilty part of this is the price of organic compared to, uh, anything non-organic. Why does it have to be organic? Because it tastes the way I imagine fruit is supposed to taste. Sweet, fresh, and flavorful. I’m hooked. At my house we get organic deliveries every other week. It’s always a surprise and it’s always delicious.

3. Sizzling Hot Book Boys (also known as reading). I consider reading a guilty pleasure because something so awesome shouldn’t be allowed to be good for you. Reading is the way I recharge my batteries. It’s the ultimate escape. And you get to know so many fantastic (fictional) people. Especially those smoking hot love interests. *fans self*

4. Chai tea. Having given up coffee last year due to personal reasons (can you say no self control leads to one sick author?) so in place of coffee, because I still need my caffeine fix, I’ve allowed myself to switch to tea. Green tea is good–and good for you–but chai tea is so rich and filling and spicy. I love it. Add a bit of honey and a dash of soy milk and I’m set for the day.

5. Video Games. This is a big one for me. I might not be the ultimate gamer girl, but I do love my gaming time. Whether it’s taking out noobs in Call of Duty, meeting up with friends in Borderlands 2, slaying zombies in Dead Island, or turning everything in sight to Lego blocks in any Lego game out there (Star Wars, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones, and Lord of the Rings). Seriously, the Lego games are ridiculously fun for any age and are among some of my favorite games ever. But really, if you’re on Playstation 3, you can bet Dark_Angel415 is there (yes, that’s my real Playstation network handle. Friend me if you play!).

6. Twitter. Social networking is a great invention. I’ve met so many amazing friends on twitter. Beware though, it’s addicting. Nowadays I’m so swamped with deadlines and writing that I don’t get to spend nearly as much time as I’d like there, but whenever I get a few spare moments, you’d better believe I jump on and find out what’s going on with my tweeps, and who has good news to share. Twitter also has chats. YALitChat on Wednesday nights is one of my faves, and aspiring authors can find so many blogs on writing and contests to help them get feedback from agents or publishers. I’m a big believer that the twitter writing/reading/publishing community rocks and will never go out of style. If it did I might have a panic attack.

7. Goodreads. Obviously I had to go here. Goodreads is THE place for booklovers. You can find friends with similar tastes, join groups, get recommendations based on books you love, enter giveaways, and write reviews all in the same place. To me, Goodreads is the full book experience and the best place to talk about what you love–books! I try to check Goodreads every single day, even if I don’t have time to read, I love to see what other people are reading and what they’ve enjoyed.

8. Sports. I’m a big sports fan. In fact, I’ve been watching my team, the San Francisco 49ers dominate the NFL this season. Whether they make it to the super bowl or not, I’m one proud fan. Also, not sure if any of you have heard, but the San Francisco Giants won a little thing called the World Series last year. (Woohoo!) But not all sports are for me. Football and baseball is where I draw the line, unless it happens to be the year of the Winter Olympics, then I’m plopped in front of the TV watching Curling. Seriously? Have you seen it? It’s like ice shuffleboard. I’m obsessed. And it makes me laugh. Uncontrollably. It’s so weird and so freaking good.

9. Book Shopping. Hello, my name is Lisa and I am a book shopaholic. Like most ravenous readers, I have more books than I have shelf space for. Yet one of very favorite things to do is go to the book store. *happy sigh* Seeing all those beautiful darlings on those wonderfully large shelves. It just makes something inside me come alive. I would so have a book store sleepover if no one would kick me out. And you’d all be invited. The only requirement is you have to buy at least one book before you leave in the morning. 🙂

10. Singing (off key). Now, I wouldn’t say I’m a bad singer. Not at all. But I’m no Adele. And yet I sing like I can hit her notes. To my boyfriend’s dismay, I’m sure (though he’d never say so…that I know of). There’s something soul cleansing about turning up your favorite song, jumping in the shower, and belting out your worst rendition at the top of your lungs. It works for cleaning, laundry, and dishes too. Besides, if you sing loud enough, you’ll make everyone within ear shot deaf and thus you can sing as awful as you want for as long as your vocal chords hold out.

I happen to fully agree with MANY of those! Especially the sizzling hot book boys. 😉 I would like to thank the author for stopping by and giving us a great list! I hope you guys enjoy the book!

To celebrate the release of A Shimmer of Angels, we have an awesome prize pack you can enter to win! (US/CAN only)

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About the Book:

Sixteen-year-old Rayna sees angels, and has the medication and weekly therapy sessions to prove it. Now, in remission, Rayna starts fresh at a new school, lands a new job, and desperately tries for normalcy. She ignores signs that she may be slipping into the world she has tried so hard to climb out of. But these days, it’s more than just hallucinations that keep Rayna up at night. Students are dying, and she may be the only one who can stop it. Can she keep her job, her sanity, and her friends from dying at the hands of angels she can’t admit to seeing?

About Lisa M. Basso:

Lisa M. Basso was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She is a lover of books, video games, animals, and baking (not baking with animals though). As a child she would crawl into worlds of her own creation and get lost for hours. Her love for YA fiction started with a simple school reading assignment: S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. When not reading or writing she can usually be found at home with The Best Boyfriend that Ever Lived ™ and her two darling (and sometimes evil) cats, Kitties A and B. Lisa M. Basso is available for quotes, signings, video or podcast appearances, and all opportunities relative to A SHIMMER OF ANGELS.
A SLITHER OF HOPE, Book 2 in the ANGEL SIGHT series will be available from Month9Books in February 2014!

Check out the rest of the A Shimmer of Angels Blog Tour:

January 28- I Am A Reader, Not A Writer
January 29- Supernatural Snark
January 30- The Young Adult Connection
January 31- Forever 17 Books
February 1- Young Adult Books Central
February 2- One A Day YA
February 3- Dream Within A Dream
February 4- Once Upon A Twilight
February 5- Jean Book Read N Review
February 6- Magnet4Books
February 7- Chapter by Chapter
February 8- ReaderGirls

Month 9 Books is a publisher of speculative fiction for teens and tweens… where nothing is as it seems. Month9Books will donate proceeds from each of its annual charity anthologies to a deserving charity. Individually, authors may donate his or her advances and royalties to a charitable organization. Month9Books will also release 10-12 non-charitable titles annually. TWO AND TWENTY DARK TALES: DARK RETELLINGS OF MOTHER GOOSE RHYMES is Month9Books’s first release. Month9Books is distributed by Small Press United, a division of IPG. You may visit www.month9books.com for more information.

So, do you guys have any guilty pleasures? Do you share any of the author’s? Let me know what you think!

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

7 Responses to “A Shimmer of Angels Blog Tour + Giveaway: Top Ten with Author Lisa M. Basso”

  1. Tanja - Tanychy

    Oh first place sweets! Then is logical that I love her writing xD Kidding! I see you haven’t posted the review but I really hope you’ll get some time to read this book. I enjoyed it 🙂 Thanks for the guest post 🙂

  2. Lindy Gomez

    I’m reading this book for review right now! I enjoyed reading the author’s list of Top 10 Guilty Pleasures. I share four of them: sweets, hot book boys, Goodreads, and Book Shopping!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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