Shannon Dittemore

November23rd

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Unlikely DebutYou guys! The newest brain child of author Stephanie Morrill, has just released. If you’re new to Stephanie and her stories, PUH-LEASE allow me to introduce you.

Stephanie’s books are fabulous, but she’s so much more than that. Stephanie is the founder of Go Teen Writers, a website whose sole purpose is helping out–you guessed it!–teen writers. I seriously wish I’d thought of it first, but there’s no way I could do such a thorough and sincere job of it. It is, by far, the site I recommend with the most frequency to new writers starting out. If you haven’t visited, you simply must. And spread the word!

TODAY, I want to tell you about her newest book, The Unlikely Debut of Ellie Sweet. I devoured the first one in the series, so when Steph asked if I’d like to read book number two a little early, I jumped at the chance. I loved this one so much I endorsed it. Here’s what I said:

“With the compelling voice of a storyteller, Stephanie Morrill has done something special in The Unlikely Debut of Ellie Sweet. She’s taken a sweet, engaging read and given it depth. I felt every step of Ellie’s journey, and when I closed the book it was with the impression that I was sending a cherished friend on her way in the world. I do wish her well.”

If that doesn’t do it for you, here’s the official blurb:

For once, Ellie Sweet has it all together. Her hair now curls instead of fuzzes, she’s tamed the former bad-boy, Chase Cervantes (she has, right?), and her debut novel will hit shelves in less than a year. Even her ex-friends are leaving her alone. Well, except for Palmer Davis, but it can’t be helped that he works at her grandmother’s nursing home.

Life should feel perfect. And yet, it’s not that easy. Ellie’s editor loves her, but the rest of the publishing biz? Not so much. And they’re not shy about sharing their distrust over Ellie’s unlikely debut.

Ellie has always been able to escape reality in the pages of her novel, but with the stress of major edits and rocky relationships, her words dry up. In fiction, everything always comes together, but in real life, it seems to Ellie that hard work isn’t always enough, the people you love can’t always be trusted, and the dream-come-true of publishing her book could be the biggest mistake she’s made yet.

Stephanie Morrill Low ResStephanie Morrill lives in Overland Park, Kansas with her husband and two kids. Her only talents are reading, writing, and drinking coffee, so career options were somewhat limited. Fortunately she discovered a passion for young adult novels and has been writing them ever since.

Stephanie is the author of The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series, The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet, and the award-winning Go Teen Writers: How to Turn Your First Draft into a Published Book. She enjoys encouraging and teaching teen writers on her blog, www.GoTeenWriters.com. You can also find her online at www.StephanieMorrill.com

**To celebrate Ellie’s release, Stephanie is offering up a GIVEAWAY. The winner will have his or her pick, either the first book in the series, The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet, or the second, The Unlikely Debut of Ellie Sweet. Tons of ways to earn entries. If you’re on Twitter, you can come back and enter daily. I’ll have Rafflecopter choose a winner on Friday, 11/29!**

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  • Comment by Aidyl — November 23, 2013 @ 1:05 pm

    I’ve already read both her books (actually, all of them!) and think they are great! I only have the second Ellie Sweet one on Kindle though… Nice job with the giveaway! 😉

    I’m doing a blog tour for my book and would love it if you would host a stop for it! If you’d like more info, I’d be thrilled to send you some. My email address is aidylewoh(at)gmail.com. Thank you for your time!
    ~Aidyl

  • Comment by Alyssa Faith — November 23, 2013 @ 1:06 pm

    Anything Krista McGee, and my friend Amber Stokes self-published novella, “Bleeding Heart”.

  • Comment by Aidyl — November 23, 2013 @ 1:08 pm

    A book you should be reading right now? Any book by Erynn! Especially her Lauren Holbrook Series! http://erynnmangum.com/www.erynnmangum.com/Welcome.html

  • Comment by Jamie — November 23, 2013 @ 2:06 pm

    Hmm… what book should you be reading right now? Well, that depends on what you have already read!
    Have you read The Secret Of The Rose series by Michael Phillips? It’s an older series, but there’s a good reason to read it. You know of the Inklings group right? Most people know that CS Lewis and Tolkien were part of a group of writers that met and encouraged each other. Well, who in the group did they look up to? George MacDonald. Who else patterns his writings after George MacDonald? Michael Phillips. So if you like Lewis and Tolkien who were encouraged by MacDonalds, you might like Michael Philips. How’s that for logic? 😀
    Have you read The Reluctant Prophet Trilogy by Nancy Rue? If not, go online right now and buy yourself a copy and read it or if you’re like me, rush out to a bookstore and buy a real copy of it. In my opinion, this is the best children’s/teen/adult author out there right now. Her books really really challenge you spiritually! Don’t read them if you’re content with status quo!
    Have you read Prophet, Judge and King by RJ Larson? Who else dares to look at the justice side of God’s character? Who even dares to preach a sermon about it? This author isn’t afraid to lay it all out there! God IS just! Yes He’s loving, but He also punishes sin. So read this one if you want to read something unusual!
    If you’re married, check out the nonfiction book: The Respect Dare by Nina Roesner. It really challenges women to watch the way they speak to and about their husbands. The Love Dare is action focused, this book is words focused. I’m going through it right now. Some of it isn’t very fun, but it’s good to think through.

  • Comment by Katia — November 23, 2013 @ 2:29 pm

    Well, I won’t tell you what you should read, since I don’t like commanding people to do things. Nonetheless, I loved Copper Sun, by Sharon M. Draper; Little Bee, by Chris Cleave; Something Like Hope, by Shawn Goodman; and Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl. Oh, and Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson.

    They all have brilliant characters, unusual (and somewhat gritty) situations, and great plots. I would wholeheartedly recommend all of these, but they’re not for everyone.

  • Comment by themagicviolinist — November 24, 2013 @ 4:40 pm

    I’ve only read the first book, but the second looks promising! 😀

    Here’s my e-mail if I win: themagicviolinist(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  • Comment by Stephanie Morrill — November 25, 2013 @ 8:58 am

    Thank you SO much for hosting me, Shannon!

  • Comment by Kate S — November 25, 2013 @ 10:06 pm

    I really enjoyed the first series. The Skylar books were creative, had good plot lines, were not predictable, and written so well! When I picked up the first Ellie book, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was almost afraid that it would be too similar — the voice would be the same, the plot lines done again, dialogue and action beats a repeat, the characters way too familiar. I knew that it would be a fairly good book, maybe a little too much the similar though. But I should have had more confidence in Stephanie Morrill.

    The voice was unique, different. While Morrill’s talent shone through, it wasn’t like spending time with Skylar with a different hobby. Ellie had her special quirks, way of saying things, actions, thoughts, and actions. Each of the characters were their own creative, developed person. The plot lines were good and fresh. The flow and dialogue was unique. I was expecting a family good read, but I instead got a great book. 🙂

    Hmmm….. Good question! My suggestion is that you read Rosanna M. White’s books. Any of them. All of them. As many as possible. Or maybe Submerged by Dani Pettrey. Or The Shape of Mercy by Susan Meisiner. That is an excellent book. Or give Great Expectations by Charles Dickens a read. A Tale of Two Cities. A really thought provoking read is Dante’s Inferno. Or Faust. Sherlock Holmes is also a good read.

    Thanks for hosting and sharing the news! I am excited to read book two!!

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