Other People’s Butterflies by Cora Ruskin Book Blitz

Other People’s Butterflies
Cora Ruskin
Publication date: June 22nd 2021
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Gwen Foster has never been kissed. But when she gets the chance to finally see what all the hype is about, it’s with her best friend’s crush. Embroiled in relationship drama she doesn’t understand, and ostracized from her friend group, Gwen escapes the angst by using her favorite femme fatale as a role model… and makes snooping on her classmates her new pastime.

Gwen’s detective work appears to be going well, until an unknown social media account starts spilling all the scandalous personal details she’s uncovered. Now this wannabe spy must stop whoever is behind it before everyone’s dirty laundry is aired, and Gwen is forced to finish high school without any friends.

Other People’s Butterflies is a coming-of-age contemporary mystery about not needing to find your first love – but yourself – and how to mend the relationships that matter to you.

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EXCERPT:

Two hours later, I have a new favorite movie. I also have a new favorite character and her name is Lana Barrington. She’s a badass double agent (or possibly a triple agent or a double reverse quadruple agent – the plot of Dead Tulips is pretty confusing) who’s so devious that her own dad nicknames her “Poison Candy”. She’s very femme fatale-ish, with black hair and blood-red lips. She wears this pearl necklace, and one of the pearls is full of cyanide in case she ever finds herself in a jam. In the movie she gets into, like, seventeen jams, but she never bites down on the cyanide pearl because she always finds a way to wiggle out of it. She also has a little black book, which looks empty because she writes in invisible ink, and she keeps information about everyone she meets in it.

I didn’t get the point of the little black book at first, because she wasn’t writing down state secrets or anything – it was all stuff like which cocktail waitress a married man flirts with at a bar, or who’s been pawning their grandmother’s jewelry. Gossipy stuff. But then there’s a scene where a guy asks her about it and she says “Information is currency. And I mean to be very rich.”

By the time I leave the cinema, it’s dark and the air is biting cold. My breath swirls around my face like smoke. On my way to the bus stop I nip into Superdrug and buy a packet of black hair dye and a deep red lipstick called “Kiss of Death”.

On Monday morning, I color my lips with the Kiss of Death lipstick and examine my reflection in my bedroom mirror. I think I look pretty good with black hair, though Mum says it washes me out. I’m hoping the red lipstick doesn’t get any stink eye from teachers like Mrs. Clearwater, who are overzealous when it comes to enforcing the school’s dress code. Sixth form girls are allowed to wear make-up, but it has to be “workplace appropriate” make-up. No glitter, no goth stuff, no crazy color combinations. It doesn’t make sense to me. Supposedly they’re getting us used to workplace dress codes, but what if we end up working as children’s entertainers or bar staff in a goth nightclub?

I feel different. I feel like a snake that’s shed its skin – all new and shiny and venomous.

Author Bio:

Cora Ruskin is a part-time MSc student of Science Communication, and works for a charity that helps victims of crime. Writing gets squeezed in between the two. She lives in Bristol, England, with five housemates and a very messy kitchen. “Other People’s Butterflies” is her debut novel.

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June 2021 TBR

Hello, everyone! Happy June! May really seemed to fly by! To me, it still feels like it should be May. I am not complaining though, because I am ready for summer! I’ve already been giving in to my ice cream craving. I just think ice cream tastes better in the summer. Anyway, lets get on to what I’m planning on reading this month.

Tell Me When You Feel Something
Trouble Girls
If This Gets Out
The Dead and the Dark
Dream Girl
Erebus Dawning (Seven Stars Saga, #1)
The Project
The Dead Girl Under the Bleachers: A Craven Fall Mystery
This Is Not the Jess Show (This Is Not the Jess Show, #1)
Always Never Yours

There’s my tbr for the month. What are your reading plans for the month? I would love to know! See you in my next post!

Looking Forward May 2021

Hello, everyone! Happy first day of May! April really seemed like it flew by. I’ve been pretty busy the last couple of months and I apologize for the lack of posts. I’m determined to get on a regular blogging schedule. Where does the time go? Anyway I’m enjoying the warmer weather though my allergies are not.

For those of you new to my blog my Looking Forward post is something I try to do every month to share what I’m excited about that is coming out that month. There are several things I’m excited about so let’s get started!

Music

Aly and AJ A Touch of the Beat comes out May 7th

Olivia Rodrigo Sour May 21st

Books

Counting Down with You

Goodreads May 4th 2021

The Sprite and the Gardener

Goodreads May 11th 2021

Meet Cute Diary

Goodreads May 4th

Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry

Goodreads May 4th 2021

Prom House

Goodreads May 4th 2021

Luck of the Titanic

Goodreads May 4th 2021

The Ones We're Meant to Find

Goodreads May 4th 2021

Any Place But Here

Goodreads

Blade of Secrets (Bladesmith, #1)

Goodreads May 4th 2021

Realm Breaker (Realm Breaker, #1)

Goodreads

Cool for the Summer

Goodreads May 11th 2021

The Other Side of Perfect

Goodreads May 11th 2021

Not Our Summer

Goodreads May 11th 2021

Fix

Goodreads May 11th 2021

Shipped

Goodreads May 18th 2021

Last Chance Books

Goodreads May 18th 2021

Off the Record

Goodreads May 18th 2021

In the Ravenous Dark

Goodreads May 18th 2021

Don't Breathe a Word

Goodreads May 18th 2021

Every Body Shines: Sixteen Stories About Living Fabulously Fat

Goodreads May 25th 2021

The Hollow Inside

Goodreads May 25th 2021

Spells Trouble (Sisters of Salem, #1)

Goodreads May 25th 2021

The Ivies

Goodreads May 25th 2021

What are you looking forward to this month. I would love to know so feel free to comment!

Rising Star by Michele Kwasniewski Blog Tour

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the RISING STAR by Michele Kwasniewski Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About The Book:

Title: RISING STAR

Author: Michele Kwasniewski

Pub. Date: October 20, 2020

Publisher: Rand-Smith LLC

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 268

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org

In the first book in THE RISE AND FALL OF DANI TRUEHART series, RISING STAR, fifteen-year-old Dani Truehart is living a life that is not quite her own. Driven by her mother’s desire for fame and fortune, she has spent her childhood dutifully training for a career as a pop star. On the brink of discovery, doubts begin to creep into Dani’s mind as she questions her own desire for fame, and she wonders whether she can trust the motivations of the adults who are driving her forward.

Following a brilliant audition arranged by her vocal/dance coach and former ’80s pop icon Martin Fox, Dani is thrown full-force into the music industry. She leaves her friends, family and scheming mother behind to move with Martin, who has become her legal guardian, into the Malibu compound of her new manager, Jenner Redman. Jenner, the former swindling manager of Martin’s boy band, leverages what’s left of his depleted fortune to launch Dani’s career.

Isolated from her life at home and trying to stay apace with her demanding schedule, Dani struggles to keep in touch with those she loves, connect to her withholding mother and find her voice as an artist. With Martin and Jenner at odds over their rocky past and finding herself unprepared to handle the pressures of her future singing career, Dani’s debut album and future stardom are at risk of falling apart.

About Michele:

Michele Kwasniewski, is an entertainment industry insider who has seen what the Hollywood machine can do to people – having worked for many years in film and television production on such films and TV shows as Primal FearIndependence DayEvita, Face/OffBig Brother, and many TCL, HGTV, and Discovery series including: Meet the Pandas, Adoption Story, Wedding Story, and Extra Yardage. 

With her book, she shares the glamour and excitement of fame as well as the hard work it takes to achieve success and the price of living life in the public eye.  Everyone wants to be famous, but most people have no idea what that really means.  Michele has seen it firsthand.  She is an active member of the Producers Guild of America.

Michele’s colorful experiences in the industry inspired her to write THE RISE AND FALL OF DANI TRUEHART series. Michele lives in San Clemente, California with her husband, their son, and their disobedient dachshund. RISING STAR is her first novel.

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Giveaway Details:

3 lucky winners will win signed copy of RISING STAR & RISING STAR pencils, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

1/18/2021Rockstar Book ToursKickoff Post
1/18/2021JaimeRockstarBookToursInstagram Post
1/19/2021BookHounds YAInterview
1/19/2021BookHoundsInstagram Post
1/20/2021Down The Rabbit HoleGuest Post
1/20/2021@booknerd84Instagram Post
1/21/2021A Dream Within A DreamGuest Post
1/21/2021Living in a BookworldExcerpt
1/22/2021Books A-Brewin’Guest Post
1/22/2021Books A-Brewin’Instagram Post

Week Two:

1/25/2021The Scribe OwlReview
1/25/2021Three gals and plenty of booksGuest Post
1/26/2021Wonder StruckReview
1/26/2021Jaime’s WorldExcerpt
1/27/2021The Phantom ParagrapherReview
1/27/2021The Phantom ParagrapherInstagram Post
1/28/2021Pine Enshrined ReviewsReview
1/28/2021Two Chicks on BooksExcerpt
1/29/2021Lifestyle of MeReview
1/29/2021Jotted by JenaExcerpt