Paper Hearts Blog Tour (Author Guest Post with Ali Novak + #Giveaway) @Fallzswimmer @sourcebooks

About The Author:

Ali Novak writes contemporary young adult romance and is a recent graduate of the University of Madison Wisconsin’s creative writing program. She wrote her first full length novel, My Life with the Walter Boys, at the age of fifteen. Since posting the story online, it has received more than 33 million reads and is now published by Sourcebooks Fire.


About The Book:

Title: Paper Hearts
Series: Heartbreak Chronicles #2
Author: Ali Novak
Pub Date: July 4, 2017
ISBN: 9781492653363

“I’m sorry,” he said, slowly untying the ribbon that held his mask in place. “It’s just—I didn’t want you to think of me any differently.”

Somehow I kept my mouth from falling open. I knew his face, but my mind couldn’t accept that he was the person looking down at me.

“My real name is Alec.”

Felicity has her entire future planned. Ever since her older sister ran away, she’s had the full weight of her mother’s expectations on her shoulders. So she works hard to get straight As and save for college.

Except sometimes the best things in life are unplanned—like when Felicity meets a handsome, masked stranger while she is volunteering at a charity masquerade ball. She never thought he’d flirt with her. And she certainly never thought he’d turn out to be a member of the world-famous Heartbreakers band, Alec.

Then Felicity uncovers a shocking family secret. Suddenly, she, Alec, and her two best friends are off on a road trip to find Felicity’s missing sister. And she’s about to discover that unexpected turns have a peculiar way of landing her right where she needs to be…

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As a kid, I was obsessed with reading. I would save up my allowance in order to buy any adventure or mystery book I could get my hands on (typically Nancy Drew), and I would spend hours curled up in bed, enjoying my purchases instead of hanging out with friends.


Okay, let’s be honest—I’m still obsessed with reading. My husband often jokes that I buy at least one book a day, and well that’s not entirely accurate, it’s pretty close the the truth. I love being able to pick up a book and travel to a new world. I love the way something as simple as words can elicit my emotions, whether it’s joy or grief. And I love the way a well written story plays inside my head like a movie.


Although I’m no longer a teenager, YA is still my favorite genre to read. I think there’s something magical about YA that everyone can related to, even adults. The following list is a compilation of my favorite YA books, many of which have inspired my own writing.


  1. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce. This was the first book that made me want to write. After I finished reading it, I grabbed a notebook and started planning my first story. I never titled the story, but I still have the document saved on my computer. It was about an old mansion with a secret library that could transport people to a fantasy realm. When a new family moved into the mansion, the children—a brother and sister—discovered the library. After exploring the library, the siblings were transported to the fantasy realm where the brother was kidnapped by goblins. To save her brother, the sister used an old journal she found in the library to navigate the fantasy realm. Think The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe meets The Spiderwick Chronicles. Since Alanna, I’ve read every single Tamora Pierce book I could get my hands on. I love everything she writes, but The Song of the Lioness series is by far my favorite.


  1. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen. This book will forever hold a special place in my heart, because I truly believe that if I hadn’t read it, I wouldn’t have a book published today. By the time I discovered Sarah Dessen, I was already writing my own stories. My dad always encouraged my writing, but when I was seventeen he passed away. During the year that followed, I gave up on writing. I’d lost the passion I had for creating new worlds and characters. Then one of my friends suggested I read The Truth About Forever. She knew I was struggling to write and thought the story could help me deal with my grief. Reading Macy’s story changed my life. I’ve never related to a main character the way I did with her, and through Macy, I was able to find my love for writing again.


  1. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I started reading City of Bones when I was sixteen and I immediately fell in love with the characters and the Shadowhunter world. Clare is excellent at writing witty, entertaining dialogue, which is something I struggle with in my own writing. When I’m having a hard time with my character’s dialogue, I often pick up one of Clare’s books for a good dose of inspiration. She’s also a master of writing teen angst, sexual tension, and kissing scenes, which is always a blast to read!


  1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. This is the only book on my list that I read as an adult and I believe that’s why it touched my heart so deeply. Perkins has perfectly captured what it feels like to fall in love for the first time. Reading her book gave me butterflies in my stomach and took me back to when I fell in love with my husband in high school.


The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Harry Potter, because I grew up with this series. I was ten years old when I was gifted a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and I was twenty-one when I watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 on opening night dressed as Luna Lovegood. Reading Harry Potter taught me about true friendship, the complexity of courage, unconditional love, and the importance of embracing what makes you different. As a teen, I could never get enough of the wizarding world: I read my paperback copies so many times that they fell apart, I watched the movies to the point of memorizing all the lines, and I devoured every scrap of fan fiction I could find on the internet. The passion I had (and still have) for the series inspires me to write today, because one day I want to pen a novel that captures readers imaginations in the same way that the boy who lived did.

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Happy reading until next time!