Guest Post: Uncross the Stars by Janell Rhiannon (Blog Tour & Giveaway)

Posted March 18th, 2015 in Blog Tour, Guest Post / 27 comments

Guest Post: Uncross the Stars by Janell Rhiannon (Blog Tour & Giveaway)

Guest Post: Uncross the Stars by Janell Rhiannon (Blog Tour & Giveaway)Uncorss the Stars by Janell Rhiannon
Publisher: Self-Published on December 15, 2014
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 194
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads

Fiona Lavender is the new girl at school. She has a chip on her shoulder and a pension for poetry. Dario Martinez is the star quarterback, and the most unattainable guy on campus. Their stars cross when they are paired to study Romeo and Juliet for a senior English project. Their connection is fragile and undeniable. But, Dario is afraid of what love will do; and Fiona is waiting for love to claim her.

Will they uncross the stars and find the love they both need to heal their pasts?

Welcome to the Uncross the Stars Blog Tour. I feel like it’s been forever since I read a YA romance. Uncross the Stars by Janell Rhiannon just sounded cute to me. I hope you guys agree. Check out Janell’s top books she’s ever read. Number 4 is on my list too!

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The Best Books I’ve Read

by Janell Rhiannon

Over the years, I’ve read so many books, fiction and non-fiction, historical and contemporary and a handful have stayed with me for various reasons.

1. Iliad and Odyssey by Homer
These two books have been my favorite since college. I found that my love of ancient history and mythology collided in Homer’s works. With the Iliad, you watch Achilles anger spiral him out of control. He’s the first tragic hero I fell in love with. And then there’s the Odyssey. The idea of waiting for a lover, or in this case a husband, to return touched a profoundly deep place in my heart. I’ve read both books several times. I’ll never get tired of these characters.

2. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
I picked this book up because it was supposed to be some sort of modern day “Odyssey” set during the American Civil War. Charles Frazier didn’t disappoint. He nailed the torture of longing to return to a time and place that was home both physically and emotionally. And it is a torture, isn’t it? All the waiting and not knowing. I think this is one of the hardest things to accept as part of being human: not knowing the future and accepting the void of it. Sure the future holds all the possibilities, but it also withholds the answers to questions you feel compelled to possess in the present, like will my husband come back from war?

3. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Honestly, when I read this book I hated the first hundred pages or so. I thought: “Holy cow this book is so slow, so plodding, so monotonous.” It wasn’t until I was this deep into it that I realized the genius of Flaubert. He wrote in such a way that the tedium of Emma Bovary’s life was literally gripping me from the pages like clingy hands. I could barely stand to read the book because I could tangibly feel her anxiety and boredom.

4. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
I only have one word: Jamie Fraser. Okay, that’s two words.

5. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
There must be something very twisted in my psyche that I love tragedy so much. I think that the almost happily ever after is much more real than the happily ever after. The endings of stories or films that hit me with such agony stick with me for days, weeks, and obviously years. I think it a brilliant strategy on Shakespeare’s part to tell us how it’s all going to end up in the first few lines, then we spend the next couple of hours literally willing it to not be so. Mind blown.

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About Janell Rhiannon

Janell has been writing since she was in grade school. In high school, her 9th grade English teacher suggested she consider a career in writing. After a decade in college and a Master's degree in history, she settled into teaching.

Writing never stopped. Stories never stopped. READING fiction never stopped. Now, she writes and publishes on-line. Invisible Wings is her first YA novel, a compilation of short stories centered on teenage life triumphs and tragedies. She believes being a teenager is difficult and wrote Invisible Wings to let teens know they aren't alone. That they matter. That even though life is rough, they can still find beauty and love.

Beside the YA stories close to her heart, she adores Mythology and Fairy tales. Anything magical and mystical. And dragons. And gargoyles.

She currently lives in CA.

Visit her at Facebook @Janell Rhiannon Author. If you want to see what projects are in the works or find out more about the her, visit


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27 Responses to “Guest Post: Uncross the Stars by Janell Rhiannon (Blog Tour & Giveaway)”

  1. kindlemom1

    Ah yes, Jamie Fraser, I don’t think any female woman can resist him. *swoon* I love all the books that have made the author’s fav list. I love the classics! I need to read more classics for sure.

  2. Braine Talk Supe

    I haven’t read books 2 & 4, but the rest are really good! I sometimes feel I might have read Shakespeare too early. His tragedies are angsty/emo to the max! Not good reading for an impressionable teen.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I know, I need to read these books now, when I am more interested. Being forced to read them as a teen did not do any favors.

  3. Lily

    I still haven’t read Outlander *cries* but i’ve been watching the show and i have to admit that I am a fan. jamie fraser…..*cue swooning*

  4. Melissa (My words and pages)

    Hi Jennifer! I don’t know how I lost your blog on my reader?! But I found you again and added you to the list.

    This sounds like an interesting new book. Thank you for sharing about it and the authors post. 🙂

  5. Melliane

    LOL do you know that I’m French and I’ve never read Madame Bovary… *sighs*. But I did read the first one, at last one. We have never studies William Shakespeare at school, it’s too bad I think it could have been interested. Maybe I’ll try one day. thanks for sharing!

  6. Jaclyn Canada

    The only one in this list I’ve read is Romeo and Juliet when it was an assignment in English. They’re not really my thing, but I can see where they could make an impression.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      As a teen it wasn’t my thing, but as I got older I started liking the classics.

  7. Christy

    See, that’s why I hate giving up on books. Imagine if she would’ve quit reading Madame Bovary because she was bored. Uncross the Stars sounds interesting though!

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Yeah, I almost never give up on books. I try to stick it out as much as I can.

  8. Olivia

    I have actually already read this book and will have a review coming to be posted soon! I loved it myself and cannot wait to see other people do the same. I can see that she loves Romeo and Juliet because it has ties into this book as well. Putting that aside, I would love to try Outlander!

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