Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Vibrant Covers

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  Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week they have a different theme for bloggers to post their top tens about, and this week I’m listing…          

Favorite Vibrant Covers

This Mortal Coil (This Mortal Coil, #1)
Like a Love Story
The Map from Here to There (The Start of Me and You, #2)
Echoes Between Us
Our Wayward Fate
Hello Girls
Serious Moonlight
Sky Without Stars (System Divine, #1)
The Babysitters Coven (The Babysitters Coven, #1)
Into the Crooked Place (Into the Crooked Place, #1)

What are some of your favorite book covers?

Book Blitz: Tragedy of Me (Legend of Me #2)

EXCERPT

(RAUL)

I pushed open the door to the inn. An onslaught of pipe smoke hit me, along with the scent of ale. Patrons occupied several tables, but it was the one in the back corner that I dreaded. Yalena sat, nearly hidden amongst the shadows of the room. When she saw me, she smirked and waved me over.

Shite. I didn’t want to be here. At least we were in a public place. I doubted she’d want to out herself as a witch in the middle of the inn.

“Brother, I see you made it. Come, have a seat and let us get down to business.” She smoothed down her crimson gown. It reminded me of the color of blood. She lifted her hand, and I felt a veil of magic fall over our table. “Sorry, these matters call for a bit more privacy.”

“What do you want me to do?” I asked, trying to keep the venom from my voice.

“As I told you last night, there is someone I need you to take care of for me.”

“Who?” My fingers clenched the edge of the oak table.

“Lenka, our shuvihani.”

Feck! I stilled. This wasn’t what I’d agreed to. Lenka was the tribe’s wise woman. One of the strongest witches, who no doubt offered Yalena the biggest challenge. “Why Lenka? What has she done to you?”

Yalena’s nails dug into the tabletop, leaving behind charred streaks. “She’s turned people against me. And she has something I want. A book.”

My stomach twisted in knots. “If I do this, will you leave Brielle alone?”

“Of course. But first you must take care of Lenka and bring me the Book of Suyolak.”

“Suyolak? The wizard’s book?”

She sneered. “Yes. Don’t act so put off, Brother. You’ll be saving your future bride by cooperating with me.”

“But sacrificing many more.” My throat went dry. Could I really condemn others just to secure my own happiness? After all I’d been through, didn’t the world owe me? Besides, if Yalena kept her word, it would ensure Bri’s safety. I’d kill Lenka and save Bri.

“What do you care if people fall? It’s not like the tribe has done good by you. They banished you for trying to be noble. Look where that got you.” Her bitterness encompassed the air like a foul odor.

In a way, she was right. But if I went along with her schemes, it would make me as bad as her. “What do you want with the book?”

“That knowledge is mine and mine alone. You’ll have to trust that if you keep your word, I’ll keep mine. But if you don’t, Brother, there are ways I could make Bri suffer. Ways you could never imagine in your darkest nightmare.”

I was foolish to accept any part in this. However, what choice did I have? You could take Brielle and run away. Go into hiding. But Yalena would find you and torture you. She’s too strong now. But there had to be a way to fight her … to not give into this madness.

“Still, you hesitate. Do I need to demonstrate my power further to you? Do you need a reminder of just how strong I am?” Shadowy tendrils spewed from her lips like vomit, and my skin burned from it. “One word, and I can send this to Brielle’s home. She won’t even see it coming.”

Panic coursed through me. “No. Don’t do anything rash. I’ll do this. Tell me when you want the task completed.” I rubbed the seared flesh on my arm as the smoke seemed to evaporate back into her. Would I live to regret this decision?

“Tomorrow night. The wagons will be parked south of Fire Ridge for the Harvest Festival—the last one before snow flies.”

“So soon?”

“Yes. They’ll be full of wine and food. Unsuspecting.”

I nodded then stood, ready to get away from my sister.

“Ah-ah, not so fast.” She pulled a dagger from beneath her cloak. “I want your promise in blood, Brother, that you will carry out this deed.” She sliced her palm.

Blood bubbled to the surface of her wound. Nausea rolled over me in waves. The last thing I wanted to do was enter into a blood contract with my sister. If I failed, there would be ramifications beyond what even I could imagine. Demons could be summoned to strike me down. To strike all those I cared about down. You’re doing this for Brielle. For your future.

I took the blade from her and slid it across my hand. The blade bit into my skin while pain radiated up my arm.

She grabbed my palm and placed hers on mine. “Swear that you will get the Book of Suyolak for me, no matter the cost. That you will not stop looking for it until you find it.”

“I swear—as long as you promise not to hurt Brielle.”

“I swear it, as long as you accomplish your task for me. But if you fail, the girl will be fair game.”

I tried to pull my hand back, but the magical contract had already begun to bind us. “I don’t want Bri to be a part of this.”

“She won’t be, Brother. As long as you keep up your end of our bargain.”

Her blood burned my skin like someone had shoved my hand into a bed of hot coals. Dizziness washed over me as I felt her taint trail through my body, binding me to her with our contract. When she released me, I stared down to see a black scorch mark in the shape of a horned demon. I squeezed my fingers shut to hide the monstrosity. I knew that the mark meant danger. I couldn’t let Brielle see it. To let her know I’d given into the darkness.

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BOOK LINKS

Amazon https://amzn.com/B083LH7J3D

B&N https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tragedy-of-me-rebekah-l-purdy/1136004487?ean=9781939765147

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48893380-tragedy-of-me

The ebook of Book 1 will be on sale for $2.99 in US and Canada to celebrate the release of Book 2:

Amazon http://amzn.com/1946700886

B&N https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/legend-of-me-rebekah-l-purdy/1128378821?ean=9781946700889

GIVEAWAY Link: a Rafflecopter giveaway

Books Left Unread #198

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Books Left Unread

Welcome to my blog post where I talk about the books I have been meaning to read, but just have not yet. You know what I am talking about – the books that have remained unread for various reasons yet when you see them you think, “You know, I really need to read that.” Instead you get distracted by another book, series, or something in your TBR pile. It happens to the best of us. I want to spotlight those books in the hope that I can persuade myself to move them up on my TBR list.

This week’s post is dedicated to:

Beautiful Chaos by Alex Tully

Beautiful Chaos

Yet another one that seems exactly like something I’d love to read but cannot give a good reason why I haven’t started it yet. Have you read it?

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WOVEN IN MOONLIGHT blog tour: Giveaway and Story Behind the Cover

BOOK INFORMATION

Woven in Moonlight

by Isabel Ibañez
Publisher: Page Street Books
Release Date: January 7th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis:

A lush tapestry of magic, romance, and revolución, drawing inspiration from Bolivian politics and history.

Ximena is the decoy Condesa, a stand-in for the last remaining Illustrian royal. Her people lost everything when the usurper, Atoc, used an ancient relic to summon ghosts and drive the Illustrians from La Ciudad. Now Ximena’s motivated by her insatiable thirst for revenge, and her rare ability to spin thread from moonlight.

When Atoc demands the real Condesa’s hand in marriage, it’s Ximena’s duty to go in her stead. She relishes the chance, as Illustrian spies have reported that Atoc’s no longer carrying his deadly relic. If Ximena can find it, she can return the true aristócrata to their rightful place.

She hunts for the relic, using her weaving ability to hide messages in tapestries for the resistance. But when a masked vigilante, a warm-hearted princess, and a thoughtful healer challenge Ximena, her mission becomes more complicated. There could be a way to overthrow the usurper without starting another war, but only if Ximena turns her back on revenge—and her Condesa.

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BOOK LINKS

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40877706-woven-in-moonlight

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2pCLnd2

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/woven-in-moonlight-isabel-iba-ez/1131253940?ean=9781624148019#/

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/woven-in-moonlight

Google Books: https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Woven_in_Moonlight.html?id=2xebDwAAQBAJ&redir_esc=y

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STORY BEHIND THE COVER

Not too long ago, I owned a design and stationery studio. While I dabbled in various paper goods, the main thing I illustrated and sold were greeting cards. These were bright and colorful, always whimsical and usually showcased a pun or two. I love drawing and perfecting my lettering technique, and often those two elements showed up in my stationery.

When my editor reached out to me and asked if I knew of any Bolivian artists Page Street could hire to design the cover, I almost laughed. I am an artist and I am also Bolivian. I submitted a handful of other artists I admire along with my own portfolio. A week or two later, I was hired for the job.

I sat down to design the cover, expecting to flounder or buckle under the pressure. Sometimes it takes me days to figure out a concept, to even think of an idea that might work. But in this instance, I saw the cover of WOVEN IN MOONLIGHT instantly. I had the color scheme, the layout, the style—all of it felt incredibly clear. When I was done, I immediately sent it to my editor and she loved it. She sent it to the rest of the team and the response was overwhelmingly positive.

This was the cover.

I had done it. But then … doubt set in. How could I have sent in the first draft and not at least tried other layouts? What if there was a stronger idea buried in my mind somewhere? So I went back and asked if they wanted to see anything else from me. But they loved the cover as is, and with the exception of a few minor tweaks, the concept was approved, and it stayed. So I took a breath and realized that I needed to trust I’d done the best job I could. But imposter syndrome is a real thing and for a few weeks, I was that I’d pulled it off.

It wasn’t until I held a proof of the cover concept in my hands that I believed what everyone else had been telling me: the cover was beautiful. Looking at it now, dressed up in bright colors and silver foil, displaying my whimsical style and love for folklore-ish art, I wonder how I could have ever doubted myself.

I’m so proud of it.

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AUTHOR INFORMATION

Isabel Ibañez was born in Boca Raton, Florida, and is the proud daughter of two Bolivian immigrants. A true word nerd, she received her degree in creative writing and has been a Pitch Wars mentor for three years. Isabel is an avid movie goer and loves hosting family and friends around the dinner table. She currently lives in Winter Park, Florida, with her husband, their adorable dog, and a serious collection of books. Say hi on social media at @IsabelWriter09.

AUTHOR LINKS

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17052517.Isabel_Iba_ez

Website: http://www.isabelibanezdavis.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IsabelWriter09

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/IsabelWriter09/

Facebook: https://mobile.facebook.com/IsabelIbanezDavis/

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GIVEAWAY

a Rafflecopter giveaway
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TOUR SCHEDULE

January 20th

The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club – Welcome Post

January 21st

NovelKnight – Official Dream Cast

Here’s to Happy Endings – Review

TheGeekishBrunette – Review

Belle’s Archive – Review + Favourite Quotes

Vidhya thakkar – Review

January 22nd

Utopia State of Mind – Top 5 or 10 List

@womanon – Review + Favourite Quotes

onemused – ReviewFoals,

Fiction & Filigree – Review + Favourite Quotes

Fanna Wants The World To Read – Review

January 23rd

Kait Plus Books – Official Book Playlist

The Reading Corner for All – Review

Books of Amber – Review

Cluttered Books – Review

For The Love of Fictional Worlds – Review

January 24th

Moonlight Rendezvous – Review + Favourite Quotes

A Court of Coffee and Books – Review + Favourite Quotes

Booked J – Review + Playlist + Favourite Quotes

Ink & Myths – Review + Favourite Quotes

Chronicles of a Boozy Reader – Review

January 25th

A Gingerly Review – Story Behind The Cover

Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Review + Dream Cast

Morgan Vega – Review + Favourite Quotes

Ya It’s Lit – Review + Favourite Quotes

biblioxytocin – Review + Favourite Quotes

January 26th

L.M. Durand – Mood Boards by the author + the blogger

Confessions of a YA Reader – Review + Favourite Quotes

Frayed Books – Review

Inky Moments – Review

The.magicalpages – Review

Review: Jane Anonymous

Jane Anonymous

This was one of those books that wasn’t on my radar but it should have been. I don’t know why I hadn’t heard talk about it but maybe that’s because it was a damn tough story to get through. This was rough, raw, jagged, believable, powerful, impacting, heart breaking, hopeful, inspiring, and necessary.

This was the survival story of Jane Anonymous, a teenager who survived months after being kidnapped and tortured. If that alone isn’t enough to make you want to read this, then I don’t know what will convince you. What if I told you that you never find out the girl’s name because she chooses to only refer to herself as Jane? What if I told you that it is told in Past and Present timelines so you have the opportunity to see what lead to her abduction, then rescue, then attempt at recovery? How about if I tell you that this was one of the most believable stories – in general – that I have read in a very, very long time?

How about I give my opinion about Jane as a character… she was one of the strongest protagonists that I have read in a story. Sure, there are warriors, heroes, super heroes, and those with magic, but this girl had to rely on her patience, common sense, instincts, and guts to just survive day to day. She was by herself and she had to just survive. Could you even imagine?! I was on her side from the first page.

What’s that? YOU STILL NEED MORE? Well… alright. You’re a tough cookie… how about I tell you that there is a chance that everything Jane thought she knew about her abduction and abductor could be wrong?

I’m going to leave you with that nugget. Pick up this book and come back to talk to me about it. You can thank me later.

Waiting on Wednesday: The Gravity of Us

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper

The Gravity of Us

From Goodreads:

As a successful social media journalist with half a million followers, seventeen-year-old Cal is used to sharing his life online. But when his pilot father is selected for a highly publicized NASA mission to Mars, Cal and his family relocate from Brooklyn to Houston and are thrust into a media circus.

Amidst the chaos, Cal meets sensitive and mysterious Leon, another “Astrokid,” and finds himself falling head over heels—fast. As the frenzy around the mission grows, so does their connection. But when secrets about the program are uncovered, Cal must find a way to reveal the truth without hurting the people who have become most important to him.

Expertly capturing the thrill of first love and the self-doubt all teens feel, debut author Phil Stamper is a new talent to watch.

Is this on your TBR? Let me know!

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ARC Review: The Gravity of Us

The Gravity of Us

**I received an advance copy from the Publisher in exchange for my honest review.**

Be still my heart. I have so much love for Cal and Leon… SO MUCH LOVE. The was the LGBTQ book I didn’t know I needed. I had one book lover pushing hard for me to read this sooner and now I know why. I ship Cal and Leon 4EVA.

While you think this book is a clear-cut story of two gay boys who find love with some space stuff thrown in, I am here to tell you that you are WRONG. This is the story of low-key internet famous Calvin Jr who rose to fame on the hottest social media platform (think SnapChat meets Insta) and how his life is thrown into a whirlwind when his dad is selected as one of the 20 to become astronauts and maybe be on a mission to go to Mars. Cal never expected to run into another gay boy on the base in Texas where he and his family relocated to. Enter Leon… the son of a well respected astronaut mother who is also training and preparing for the same Mars mission as Cal’s dad. These two have so much more in common and bond over shared anxiety, unsaid feelings, and unspoken thoughts. They also have to brave the nastiness of the media show that is trying to air everyone’s dirty laundry where there, in fact, is no dirty laundry.

There really is so much going on in this book that I’m struggling NOT to give everything away. I want to tease you enough to make you want to run out to get a copy (as if this isn’t already on your radar…). The story is so captivating that I finished this in one day. It was the type of story that I really wanted to clear my calendar to finish – it was that good. I just had to know what how it ended. The pacing was perfect, the world building was masterful (not to mention the way Stamper described Houston – SPOT ON), and the characters were flawed, yet very well developed. I felt as if I could have been friends with any of them in real life.

There were some heavy topics mentioned in the story and I have to take a moment to give a huge thank you to Stamper for actually addressing them. He did not add them for the sake of moving the story along – he used them seriously and for the right reasons because they made the story feel that much more real. Stamper talked about how tough it was to be an out gay teen in both NY and TX. He also talked about how parents don’t always get along and are sometimes absent and how that affects the kids. He also talked about how high anxiety and depression are real, and how they affect families. I know that may not sound like much but those can be super sensitive and relative to a lot of readers.

Overall, I adored this story. I loved every minute and cannot wait for everyone to read it! Make sure this is on your list and you are able to grab a copy when it comes out. You won’t regret it.