Release Day Launch: Unrest (Unknown #2) by Wendy Higgins

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Today I have the release day launch for UNREST by Wendy Higgins! Check it out and grab your copy today!!

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Title: Unrest

Author: Wendy Higgins

Release Day: February 14th

About Unrest:

Being on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having so many of the things they love brutally ripped from them by an unknown enemy who sent their world into the apocalypse.

 

Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they’ve been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities…lust. In their tight quarters, Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy can’t escape it. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times.

 

In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that’s ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy’s identity would give them the edge; instead it’s revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible.

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Remy put her head on my shoulder and I got a small but distinct whiff of chocolate.

            “I might have to lick you, Rem,” I blurted.

            Both Tater and Rylen turned to us, nearly cracking heads in the process.

            “She smells like chocolate,” I explained. Tater shook his head and faced forward again. Ry gave me one last bemused look before turning back too.

            “Hey,” Remy whispered. She raised her free hand to my face, and to my shock, there was half of the tiny candy pinched between her finger and thumb. “I saved half for you.”

            My heart lurched with emotion. “Are you serious?”

            She nodded and her chin quivered as she raised the M&M to my mouth and fed it to me. She licked her fingers off while I savored the tiny morsel. My eyes watered as I crunched down and Remy said, “Good, right?”

            A second later we were hugging and crying all over again.

            “We have to save our water,” I choked.

            She sniffled and let go of me to wipe her face. “No more crying.” 

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About Wendy Higgins:

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Wendy Higgins is a soccer mom and backstage drama mama. Most people in her tiny bayside town don’t know she’s a USA Today and NYT bestselling author of paranormal, fantasy, and science-fiction romances. Wendy is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time in her pajamas, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and little doggie Rue.

Wendy earned a bachelor’s in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University.

 

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Email: wendyhigginswrites@gmail.com

Website: http://www.wendyhigginswrites.com

Twitter: @Wendy_Higgins https://twitter.com/Wendy_Higgins

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Excerpt & Cover Reveal: Unrest (The Unknown Series #2) by Wendy Higgins

Today I’m revealing an excerpt from UNREST by Wendy Higgins! Check it out and grab your copy today!!

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Title: Unrest

Author: Wendy Higgins

Release Day: February 14th

About Unrest:

Being on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having so many of the things they love brutally ripped from them by an unknown enemy who sent their world into the apocalypse.

Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they’ve been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities…lust. In their tight quarters, Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy can’t escape it. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times.

In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that’s ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy’s identity would give them the edge; instead it’s revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible.

Preorder Today:

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Get your copy of Unrest:

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Exclusive Excerpt:

A golden hue of sunrise turned night into dawn. I sat on a small boulder, staring at the sliver of sun through trees of the Nevada parkland, the same spot where I’d been sitting silently in the dark for two hours in the cold. I couldn’t take Remy’s whimpering and soul-crushing cries each time she fell back asleep in the tent, venturing into nightmares of what she’d seen the night before. What we’d all seen. I might never sleep again.

Mom. Dad. Abuela.

I fought back another wave of debilitating grief that made my bones feel like liquid—like I’d never have the ability to stand again. Have to be strong. Have to be strong. I rocked back and forth with my eyes shut tight. I couldn’t afford to give in to the loss. If I did, it would consume me whole and devour my will to live. I took a deep breath in and let it out slowly.

We’d been fired up to leave the nature preserve last night and head north to the base in Utah after hearing the Morse code message, supposedly from other military personnel in hiding, like us. But we decided to wait until morning since we needed more light to plan our trip on the map. Plus, headlights in the night would be too easy to spot, and we were all worthless last night, running on adrenaline and vengeance, one step away from crashing. I never did crash or sleep a wink, even though my adrenaline was long gone.

The soft sunrise was too pretty—too majestic—for the way I felt inside. Raw. Like my heart had been grated. During the night, I’d begun to believe the sun would never rise again, and now that it was I felt as if the Earth were mocking what we’d been through, reminding me just how miniscule and unremarkable we were. A new day was happening despite what we’d lost. The world wasn’t stopping to mourn. It felt wrong.

We’d been so close to the camp yesterday where the Disaster Relief Initiative, the DRI personnel, had taken my parents, my grandmother, Remy’s parents, and Rylen’s wife Livia. We watched in confusion as those DRI bastards fled. Then we’d watched in disbelief as Air Force jets dropped a bomb on that camp, obliterating our family and the people from our town. Oh, God.

I pressed the back of my hand to my mouth and squeezed my eyes shut. Even while the world fell apart around us, I never imagined anything would happen to my parents. I never let myself believe it was possible, even after watching my Grandpa Tate shot and killed by a Disaster Relief Personnel—fucking Derps. Who was I without my parents? I was the daughter of an Army man and a Mexican dancer. A Green Machine and a Señorita. A small bubble of laughter worked its way through a sob in my throat when I thought about my parents’ silly banter with each other. Their relentless love and devotion to me and my older brother, Tater.

The sound of a tent’s zipper wrenched through the morning solitude and I quickly wiped my eyes. I looked over and saw Rylen crouching as he pushed through the opening. The golden hue of sun made his blond hair and the scruff on his face stand out. His eyes met mine and I had to swallow hard at the sight of pain in his expression. I’d already cried so much last night.

Seeing those solemn gray eyes brought back a flood of memories: young, scrawny Rylen Fite, loved and cared for by my parents like he was their own son. And his eyes reflected his remembrance too, as if he felt their absence as prominently as I did. But he’d lost a wife, as well. Maybe she hadn’t been his wife in every technical sense of the word, but he’d been trying to make it right. Every bit of his loss was reflected in the heavy way he sat on the rock beside me and rubbed his face before staring out at the sunrise.

About Wendy Higgins:

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Wendy Higgins is a soccer mom and backstage drama mama. Most people in her tiny bayside town don’t know she’s a USA Today and NYT bestselling author of paranormal, fantasy, and science-fiction romances. Wendy is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time in her pajamas, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and little doggie Rue.

Wendy earned a bachelor’s in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University.

 Reach Wendy Online:

Email: wendyhigginswrites@gmail.com

Website: http://www.wendyhigginswrites.com

Twitter: @Wendy_Higgins  https://twitter.com/Wendy_Higgins

Facebook: WendyHigginsWrites  https://www.facebook.com/WendyHigginsWrites/

Instagram: @wendyhigginswrites  https://www.instagram.com/wendyhigginswrites/

Review: Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland

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Goodreads Summary:

On a snowy Friday night in 1979, just hours after making love for the first time, Richard’s girlfriend, high school senior Karen Ann McNeil, falls into a coma. Nine months later she gives birth to their daughter, Megan. As Karen sleeps through the next seventeen years, Richard and their circle of friends reside in an emotional purgatory, passing through a variety of careers—modeling, film special effects, medicine, demolition—before finally reuniting on a conspiracy-driven super-natural television series. But real life grows as surreal as their TV show as Richard and his friends await Karen’s reawakening . . . and the subsequent apocalypse. 

My Review

Oh how do I begin to explain the depths to which this book disappointed me? Girlfriend in a Coma took what was a beautifully unique premise and pummeled it into smithereens. The beginning of the novel grabbed my attention immediately. The first chapter is literally told by a ghost overlooking an apocalyptic world! Awesome right? NO.

The story primarily focuses around the lives of 6 friends who grew up in the 70s and do much less with their lives than they intended for themselves. The story changes perspectives as time goes on. Actually the first 100 pages (which was almost half the book) felt like a timeline was being given rather than a story being told. I never got to appreciate any one character because I never felt a connection to one. None of them were very developed and all of them had distasteful attributes.

Obviously the book is titled Girlfriend in a Coma for a reason, but honestly, Karen’s (the girlfriend) coma was never truly explained and was altogether pointless to the novel. In fact the plot was entirely recycled by the end of the book. Here we have the main characters who are the center of the story, they survive this huge pandemic and then poof, some crazy half-ass “higher purpose” gets thrown in to somehow represent a theme for the novel, and suddenly the plot throws the characters right back to where they started, only now they have new meaning to their lives somehow. So many questions were never answered and I was left utterly baffled by what I had just read. It was like reading two separate genres of stories in one. On the one hand we have these modern day characters in a realistic fiction setting and on the other we have randomly thrown in supernatural elements that really don’t seem to fit into the content easily and are never properly explained.

I understand that Coupland was trying to give the message of making the world a better place by taking a stand and making a change, but I just feel that he could have reached that overall conclusion in a more simple and much less confusing way. I finished this book with more questions than I began with. Girlfriend in a Coma had a lot of potential to be something extraordinary but it just fell short of being an enjoyable story.

Maybe you read it and made more sense of it then I could…

Review: Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles #1) by Kresley Cole

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Goodreads Summary:

She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen-year-old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side. 

My Review

Well I said I would reread the first two books in The Arcana Chronicles before reading the third book, and I finally am!! Of course this is way overdue, because I’ve been dying to read book three for months, but when I set my mind to something I gotta follow through! I’m definitely glad I reread it; it was a beautiful refresher, and renewed my love for this series!

Evie is your typical popular blondie, she’s a cheerleader dating the captain of the football team and has the world at her disposal. That is until “The Flash” happens, and suddenly the world is a barren wasteland devoid of most life and crawling with zombielike creatures known as Bagmen. On top of that, Evie’s graphic visions grow worse by the day, and she begins to develop more powers that she can’t explain all the while the voices in her head grow louder. Her only ally in the apocalypse is the gorgeous yet frustrating bad boy Cajun, Jackson Deveaux.

Poison Princess is bound to be unlike any book you’ve ever read before!!! It easily finds a way to be an apocalyptic-supernatural-horror-romance all in one! Kresley Cole really has developed a story of such unique proportions that you will never know what to expect when reading this story! Evie is a badass heroin who is full of surprises, and Jackson is bound to be your next heartthrob. Although, their relationship is super rough throughout the book, behind all the arguing and insults, there are true feelings there that neither can deny. The entire plot is so precarious throughout, there is no easy way of putting this book down to take a break from the content. New information is constantly revealed that will leave you reeling and ready for more! I’m currently rereading book two (my favorite of the two) and can’t wait to finally experience Dead of Winter (#3).  If you haven’t picked up this series yet, I seriously recommend you start!!

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Review: Dark Inside (Dark Inside #1) by Jeyn Roberts

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Goodreads Summary:

Since the beginning of mankind, civilizations have fallen: the Romans, the Greeks, the Aztecs…and now us. Huge earthquakes rock the world. Cities are destroyed. But something even more awful is happening: An ancient evil has been unleashed, and it’s turning everyday people into hunters, killers, and crazies. This is the world Mason, Aries, Clementine, and Michael are living in–or rather, trying to survive. Each is fleeing unspeakable horror, from murderous chaos to brutal natural disasters, and each is traveling the same road in a world gone mad. Amid the throes of the apocalypse and clinging to love and meaning wherever it can be found, these four teens are on a journey into the heart of darkness–and to find each other and a place of safety.

My Review

There were many aspects about Dark Inside that were similar to your typical apocalypse novel. However, there were a few key traits that made it stand out from others and are what made me decide to pick up this book at Goodwill (on half price day) in the first place. Yes I do get books at Goodwill occasionally, who wouldn’t? Dark Inside is not your average zombie story, in fact what these “creatures” (they are called baggers in the book) are in this story are never quite revealed. The entire novel had me guessing the entire time, almost to the point of frustration.

Probably the best part about this book was the way the author started the story. Each perspective had brilliant individuality and their own set of suspense. It was absolutely thrilling, and pulled me in right away. Dark Inside follows the stories of four teens: Aries, Clementine, Mason, and Michael. Each chapter is a new POV from each teen as they struggle to survive the sudden apocalypse. With the bizarrely interesting POV of “Nothing” thrown in throughout. Side Note: “Nothing’s” perspective totally reminded me of the song: “The Show Must Go On Part 1” by Famous Last Words. Check it out if you want! Though warning, it’s not for the faint of heart.  End of Side Note. “Nothing’s” perspective was so poetic and super intriguing and I commend the author for that!

However, as the story continued, and all the characters had been introduced, I found myself waiting for the big twist, but it never came. I knew based off the description that the four main characters were eventually supposed to meet up and that their stories were intertwined; but, I didn’t expect for that to not happen until the last 40 or so pages of the book. Here I was loving the entire exposition but the author just waited too long to well…get on with the rest of the story from there. Not to mention, subtle hints as to what the enemy was were given throughout the book but none of my questions were answered. It was so aggravating not to know why what was happening was happening. I mean I understand this book is the first in the series but that doesn’t mean a little more information can’t be revealed in the first book.

The ending of Dark Inside held the same effect as the exposition: I really enjoyed it and was on the edge of my seat! So…Dark Inside had a wonderful beginning and an awesome conclusion, though there really wasn’t much of  a cliff hanger. No “gasp” I need book two now, that paired with the fact that I only really enjoyed the first 70 pages and the last 40 pages is why I’m opting out of reading book two titled: Rage Within. But hey if any of you took the time to read this somewhat abnormally large review (sorry it just kinda happened) and have read book two of this series let me know if it’s worth reading by commenting below and I’ll definitely consider it! This book was far from terrible, it just wasn’t fantastic, and not good enough to make me immediately read the sequel.

You can buy Dark Inside on Amazon here or anywhere that sells books.

 

Blog Tour REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Promise Me Light (Promise Me #2) by Paige Weaver

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Book Info:
Title: Promise Me Light
Author: Paige Weaver
Series: Promise Me #2
Available: September 24, 2013
Cover Design: Sarah Hansen of Okay Creations

Synopsis:
The epic conclusion of New York Times bestselling book “Promise Me Darkness”

“I’m darkness, Maddie. Stay away from men like me. You’ll only get hurt.”

At one time my life was simple. Easy. But that was before the war. Now I was no longer an average college student. I was a survivor. A woman living in a ravaged world. My future was not bright and my life was far from perfect. The war had taken so much from me… but it wasn’t finished yet. It wanted more.

It wanted my heart. My soul. The one person I couldn’t live without.

It wanted Ryder Delaney. My best friend. The bad boy. The one person who could fight like no other and love me like no one else. I watched him walk away one hot summer day and I prayed he would return. I needed him like I needed air to breathe and water to drink. Without him I was lost. A light without her darkness.

Until he returns, I’ll wait for him. And I believe he will return because love is powerful…

And so is the light calling him home.

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**I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review**

My Review:

WOW! So much can be said for Promise Me Light! We begin right from where Promise Me Darkness ended, which was with quite the development. Recap: Ryder, Cash, and Brody have ridden off to save Eva from a concentration camp that she was placed in after being captured by the terrorists. Ryder has insisted that Maddie stay with his parents, and Maddie has yet to tell Ryder that she is pregnant with his child! In other words…I was extremely eager to read Promise Me Light and discover how this was all going to play out. And boy was I in for a ride!

Promise Me Light was a page turner right from the beginning. My heart broke a thousand times over as I experienced each one of Maddie’s emotions as if they were my own… which there were quite a few emotions seeing as she was pregnant…so you can imagine the stress that would place on a character. As Maddie waits for Ryder to return, devastating news reaches her that just might defeat her but she perseveres to the end. Maddie remained a strong female lead throughout, even if she does cry a little too much for my liking, but still she never takes any crap from nobody including her stubborn, though drop dead sexy/gorgeous boyfriend. Who could stay angry at that? Though I have to stay one of the minor negatives in the story would be her over-concern for Ryder clouding her judgment on what was best for her and her baby. However, this didn’t take away from how I felt whatsoever

If you thought Promise Me Darkness was suspenseful, you ain’t seen nothin yet! Promise Me Light had so many nail biting, anxiety filled moments it was difficult to put down! Each page brought forth new unforeseen developments with catastrophic outcomes. I mean it is the end of the U.S. as we know it so I suppose its not a surprise, but that is one of the many amazing aspects about this series: how realistic the situation feels. If, God forbid, America were to be invaded by terrorists I feel like the events that take place in this book seem to portray exactly or close to what would actually happen.

Now we come to the romantic aspect of the book… *sighs* Well Ryder is…freaking sexy, bad ass, protective, all you could ask for in a man, well…Ryder, so naturally the romance was pretty steamy, more so than in Promise Me Darkness, and now that Maddie and Ryder have both come to terms with their love for one another it made the romance in the book all the better. Promise Me Light was filled with beautiful lines that could make any girl swoon. Maddie and Ryder’s love for one another is so all consuming and powerful it can withstand everything and the reader really comes to see that in this book. Each character goes through their own personal transformation that leaves them stronger and more prepared to come to terms with their dire situation. Paige Weaver did a wonderful job with establishing side characters that you can love and appreciate just as much as the main two. Gavin and Cash play a large role in this sequel and I loved seeing them in action. Maddie is one lucky girl for having so many hot men looking out for her I have to say! Can she share?

Promise Me Light ended with a beautiful, heart warming epilogue that tied up all loose ends and left me feeling completely satisfied with the story, unfortunately I do believe it was the last one for the series *sighs forlornly*. Either way I LOVED this series and recommend it to anyone and everyone looking for a steamy apocalyptic romance filled with page turning action and characters you’ll love to read about!

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About the Author: Paige Weaver lives in Texas with her husband and two children. Her love for books became a love for writing at a young age. She wrote her first book as a teenager and continued writing throughout the years. Encouraged by her husband, she finally decided to self-publish. Her debut novel, Promise Me Darkness, was released in April 2013 and quickly became a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. Her second book, Promise Me Light, will be released in September 2013. She is currently working on other novels to be released in 2014.
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Promise Me Darkness by Paige Weaver

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Goodreads Description:

“He was my darkness and I was his light. We couldn’t exist without each other.”

For me, life was simple. I went to school and studied. I spent time with my friends and stayed out of trouble. I didn’t drink or swear and I only dated gentlemen. I was the typical good girl with a bright future. My world seemed perfect.

But that was about to change.

Ryder Delaney was the one imperfection in my life. He was the bad boy, the black sheep, the one your mother always warned you about. He had only one hard-and-fast rule – Don’t fall in love.

But some rules were meant to be broken.

We were best friends, inseparable since childhood despite our differences. I knew the real man hiding behind the tattoos and bad attitude. He knew all my secrets and dreams. But he didn’t know there was one thing I wanted and couldn’t have…him.

But sometimes Fate has a way of intervening. Soon our world collapsed. War erupted. Darkness prevailed. Alone and on the run, our only goal was to survive and to ignore the feelings we had for each other. But love is powerful…

and so is the darkness. 

 

Promise Me Darkness was not my typical apocalyptic read. Most of the time my kind of end of the world scenario involves zombies and/or paranormal creatures taking over, but this book brought a certain reality to what the possible end of the U.S. could really be like. It’s not death by the walking dead, or plague, or angels, nope its full on terrorism which unfortunately is a possibility in today’s world.

“Within a matter of minutes, the United States had turned into a third world country. This was our reality now.”

I felt like this realistic scenario was interesting to wrap my mind around. Technology is completely down, and its every man for himself. And Ryder and Maddie are thrown right into it.

Ryder and Maddie’s relationship is adorable and frustrating at the same time. They’ve known each other all their lives and they understand each other better than they understand themselves.

“I needed someone who knew me, the real me. I needed the person who knew all my secrets and fears. I wanted the person who fought passionately and lived passionately. I wanted my best friend. “

Of course there’s one problem…Ryder is a MAJOR player! However, that doesn’t stop either of them from having some intense feelings toward each other, feelings that come to a head as they go on the run fighting for survival.Ryder is extremely protective of Maddie, which I find SO attractive in any alpha male lead, and numerous situations arise in which Ryder’s protective side comes out hard core. Their relationship is so tumultuous, there were so many moments where I was thinking oh just shut up and love each other already! But it’s the struggle that makes the book all the better. There were also plenty of times where I was angry with Maddie for putting up with way too much of Ryder’s douchebaggary, if I were her I would have kicked Ryder to the curb, but… I’m glad she doesn’t. I won’t give anything away but I can tell you, you’ll be rooting for them and anxious to see things work out between them.

Paige Weaver did a fantastic job developing a substantial apocalyptic setting. The trials Ryder and Maddie face trying to survive are realistic and enthralling. Just when you think things are slowing down, something terrible happens that leaves you on the edge of your seat. This book is good sized, but the pages fly, there is never a dull moment, and their relationship is downright sexy! By the end of the book, a new development occurs leaving you in need for book two, titled: Promise Me Light. It’s release date is September, 24th! I would most definitely recommend Promise Me Light to all New Adult readers.

You can buy Promise Me Darkness on Amazon! And Pre-order Promise Me Light Now!

Be sure to stop back here on September 26th for my stop on the Promise Me Light Blog Tour hosted by The Book Hookup to read my review of the book! The Blog tour is going on from September 23rd to October 4th. Check out this awesome interview with Ryder and Gavin (Ryder’s brother), and an interview with Paige Weaver Here!