Sensational Sophomores: Interview with Amy Trueblood

Sensational Sophomores is a periodic blog series highlighting authors who are releasing their second book. Today, I am honored to be welcoming Amy Trueblood, author of Nothing but Sky and Across a Broken Shore, for an interview!

If you are an author interested in being featured in this series please click here to fill out the Google form.

Amy Trueblood grew up in Southern California only ten minutes from Disneyland which sparked an early interest in storytelling. Fueled by iced tea and a good Spotify playlist, you can often find Amy settled in a quiet corner at her local coffee shop plotting her next book. Her debut novel, Nothing But Sky was a Spring 2018 Junior Library Guild selection. Her follow-up, Across a Broken Shore (A Winter 2020 JLG selection) is out now. For more information on Amy, check out her website ( or follow her on Twitter (@atrueblood5) and Instagram (@atruebloodwrites).

Hi, Amy! Thank you so much for being here today! Let’s start by talking about genres – what is it about historical fiction that entices you?

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Review: Coral by Sara Ella

Title: Coral
Author: Sara Ella
Release Date: November 12, 2019
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 384

Content Warnings: anxiety, depression, PTSD, suicidal ideation, graphic depictions of suicide attempts, successful suicide, hospitals, self-harm, unhealthy eating, death of a parent, parental abandonment, disassociation

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There is more than one way to drown.

Coral has always been different, standing out from her mermaid sisters in a society where blending in is key. Worse yet, she fears she has been afflicted with the dreaded Disease, said to be carried by humans—emotions. Can she face the darkness long enough to surface in the light?

Above the sea, Brooke has nothing left to give. Depression and anxiety have left her feeling isolated. Forgotten. The only thing she can rely on is the numbness she finds within the cool and comforting ocean waves. If only she weren’t stuck at Fathoms—a new group therapy home that promises a second chance at life. But what’s the point of living if her soul is destined to bleed?

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Guest Post and Giveaway: Ronni Davis Creates Sims of Her Characters from When the Stars Lead to You

As part of the blog tour for When the Stars Lead to You, I asked Ronni to create Sims of her characters! They look really incredible and I’m so excited to share them with you! You can also read my review of her absolutely incredible book here!

Oh my gosh YES! Any reason I have to play the Sims is a GOOD reason!! I ran out of time to build any houses, but I did make Sims! I have two versions of Ashton and Devon. The first is the Maxis version, with no custom content.

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Stranger Things Readathon TBR

I am an expert at biting off more than I can chew so yes I am participating in the first ever Stranger Things readathon! It officially started yesterday and ends on the 17th and since I can’t think of anything better than combining Stranger Things with books I couldn’t say no. Plus, I haven’t done a readathon since July’s 24in48 so it was way past time for another.

There are five reading challenges to complete with this readathon:

  1. Group book: The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
  2. Stranger Things is about a group of friends. Read a book featuring a core friend group.
  3. Eleven came into their lives and made an everlasting bond with the group. Get out of your comfort zone and buddy read a book with someone.
  4. In honor of Robin coming out as a lesbian, read a book with a f/f relationship.
  5. The show is dark, so read a book with black on the cover.
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End of the Year Announcements

I have so many fun things planned for the end of 2019 and I finally get to tell you all about them today!

The ending of another year is always an exciting time for me because I love the idea of new beginnings. This year end is even more special though because it’s also the end of a decade. I’m only 26, so I haven’t even lived three full decades yet, but I already know that this last one was most likely the most influential I’ll ever have.

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Sunday Stacks Week Sixteen

You probably thought this feature was dead and never to be seen again, huh? Nope! My blogging schedule has just been a little full and crazy lately so I had to temporarily cut it. But Sunday Stacks is back, baby!

I’m not even going to bother doing a recap of the last one like I normally do considering it has been two months… Instead, let’s jump right into what I’m planning on reading this week!

Normally, I read ARCs in the order they need to be reviewed, but if you think for even a second I’ll be able to keep myself from reading More Than Maybe by Erin Hahn right this second then you are sorely mistaken. I am incredibly grateful to have been sent this by the publisher and I literally cried when I opened the package. This is my most anticipated book of 2020. I haven’t even read it yet and it already means so much to me. Welcome to my heart, Luke and Vada.

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Guest Post: Writing a Bromance by Naomi Hughes

Bromance—a strong friendship between two guys—is one of my absolute favorite tropes. Sherlock and Watson! Kirk and Spock! Crowley and Aziraphale! Something about these types of relationships just always seems so special to me. I love the banter, the tension, the vulnerable moments. Even better, in my opinion, is if the guys start out as enemies before they grow into an unexpected friendship (or frenemy-ship).

So when it came time for me to brainstorm a brand-new story last year, of course I decided to write a bromance into it.

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