Monday, January 28, 2013


Welcome to my stop on YA author Stacey Rourke’s virtual blog tour! For my leg of the hop (pun intended!) I asked Stacey to write me a post on five tips how to get your teenager to read. Knowing she’s always up for a challenge, I also asked Stacey to not only give me five tips, but she has to make my readers laugh! You know what she said to me (I bet she did it with a fierce look on her face)? She said, “Bring it!” This brave and tenacious author not only made me laugh with her guest post, she also went above and beyond and did it in the format of one of her famous vlogs. After you’ve watched it, please feel free to comment on this post and let me know whether she also made you laugh. Then click on over to the sites where fine books are sold, get ALL the hilarious, butt-kicking books in the Gryphon series and bump them to the top of your reading list. Once Sacrifice is released in April, you’ll be glad you did.

Let the laughs commence!



Title: “The Conduit
Series: (Gryphon, #1)
Publisher: Anchor Group
Publication date: November 1, 2011
My review: Goodreads
My rating: 5/5
Goodreads reviews: 97


All 18-year-old Celeste Garrett wants is to head off to college and make those fun, yet ill-advised, choices college kids are known for. And maybe to spend some time with the hot cameraman she just met. Instead, because of a pact her ancestors made in the 17th century with a mythical creature, she has to save the world.

While normal kids are slamming energy drinks and cramming for exams, Celeste will get her adrenaline rush fighting a fire breathing dragon. She wants to meet friends in the quad to exchange lecture notes, but first she must exchange blows with a shapeshifting demon on the rooftop. Life isn’t always fair for a superhero, but at least she doesn’t have to do it alone. With her brother and sister as sidekicks, they alternate between saving lives and getting on each others’ nerves. Together the trio encounters unspeakable odds, mystical forces and comes face-to-face with an image that will haunt them forever—their grandmother in a leopard print bikini.

Okay, little side note here. If a psychopathic killer asks if you want to see a trick, say no. That’s the smart thing to do. I, on the other hand, responded, “Bring it.”


Title: “Embrace
Series: (Gryphon, #2)
Publisher: Anchor Group
Publication date: April 20, 2012
My review: Goodreads
My rating: 5/5
Goodreads reviews: 77


Whether she likes it or not, eighteen year old Celeste Garrett has come to terms with being the Chosen One. She knew having a “normal life” would be tricky, between intense training sessions and epic demonic battles, but she didn’t know at what cost it would come. That is, until a dear friend is harmed by the malicious forces hunting her. 

Now, she’d like nothing more than to retreat into a hermit lifestyle to prevent anyone else from getting hurt. But startling revelations, amazing new abilities, and mortifying moments in front of insanely hot guys won’t allow time for that. Soon, Celeste finds herself surrounded by darkness and wondering who she can trust—if anyone.


Title: “The Sidekick Chronicles
Series: (Gryphon, #2.5)
Publisher: Anchor Group
Publication date: September 13, 2012
My review: Goodreads
My rating: 5/5
Goodreads reviews: 37


Celeste isn't the only member of the Garrett family whose life changed when destiny called. Every sidekick has their tale and in this Gryphon Series short the spotlight is turned on Kendall, Grams and even Gabe. Get an inside look at the hilarious stress that goes along with being a...sidekick. 

Sidekicks...ya can't live with 'em and you'd probably die horribly without 'em.


Title: “Sacrifice
Series: (Gryphon, #3)
Publisher: Anchor Group
Expected Publication date: April, 2013
Goodreads reviews: 25


Celeste Garrett has finally found a happy balance in her life as the Chosen One, thanks in large part to a certain hunky Irishman. But if there’s any lesson she should heed since receiving her calling it’s that everything can change in the blink of an eye. Soon a terrible new threat, unlike anything she’s ever encountered, causes her to make a gut-wrenching choice that will strip her of someone she holds dear. 

As much as she’d like to have a pity party for one, there’s no time for that now because wedding bells are ringing in Gainesboro! In between dress fittings and rehearsal dinners Celeste will have to fend off attacking demons and leering pirates. As if the Dark Army wasn’t scary enough our heroine is faced with the horrifying trauma of attending a bachelorette party with her mom and watching Grams do Jello shots. Is a walk down the aisle even possible for a member of the Garrett family when the Dark Army is out to destroy them? More importantly, will the Dark Army Glee Club sing at the reception? 

Raise your glass to the happy couple, and get ready for a wedding…Conduit-style.


Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012.

Stacey Rourke is the author of the Gryphon Series. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant, drooly dogs. Stacey loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head. She is currently hard at work on the continuations of this series as well as other literary projects.


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RaeBeth McGee-Buda said...

I loved the vlog. Of course Stacey made me laugh. I absolutely enjoy watching her small videos and seeing her take on the world.

Her books are amazing and I agree that everyone who hasn't read them needs to head on over to grab their copies. They won't regret it.

Thank you very much for being part of her tour and putting together such a great post.

Have a wonderful day.

JenDavis said...

love the vlog and the blog! Great job guys! Have loved what I have read of the series so far.

Brenda A said...

Love the Vlog. I have the first 2 books but I haven't had the time to read them. I need to work on that.

Great post!

Muzz05 said...

I absolutely love Stacey, her blog & her books. So awesome!!