The Sacrifice Box Blog Tour: ARC Review

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CoverBOOK DESCRIPTION 

A horror story about friendship, growing up, and finding a place in the world: Gremlins meets The Breakfast Club by way of Stephen King and Stranger Things.

1982, the summer before seventh grade. Five kids with nothing in common–Sep, Arkle, Hadley, Lamb, and Mack–become instant friends. On the last day of summer, they find a stone box buried in the forest, and each places an object inside to seal their friendship. And they make rules:

Never come to the box alone.
Never open it after dark.
Never take back your sacrifice.

1986, the summer before eleventh grade. The five haven’t spoken since that day in 1982. Sep has gone through the past four years alone and plans to escape to boarding school. But strange things are happening–mirrors are breaking unexpectedly, electricity is flickering in and out, and people are coming down with inexplicable physical ailments.

Someone has broken the rules. And it seems the five committed more than objects to the box’s ancient stone–they gave it their deepest secrets and darkest fears, and now these are being returned in a flood of shambling corpses, murderous toys, and undead pets. The gang must reunite in an attempt to discover the secrets of the sacrifice box–and Sep might be the only one who can stem its tide of evil before it’s too late.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Martin  StewartMartin Stewart has previously worked as an English teacher, university lecturer, barman, recycling technician, and golf caddy. A native of Glasgow, he now lives on Scotland’s west coast with his wife, baby daughter, and a very big dog. He enjoys cooking with eggs, running on the beach, re-watching his favourite films, and buying books to feed his to-be-read pile. Follow him on Twitter @martinjstewart and Instagram @martin_j_stewart.

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REVIEW:

I was not entirely sure what I was getting myself into when I started this book. Creepy? Sure, I’m game. Mystery? Yeah, I’m always down. Horror? If it is written correctly, of course. This was a nice mix of everything I just mentioned.

Short recap: During one summer in the late 70s, September “Sep” and four unlikely friends discover a mysterious box in the woods. They all decide to sacrifice something personal and valuable to the box to cement their friendship. Fast forward four years: Sep and the others are no longer really friends. But they are forced to band together to figure out who opened the mysterious box and why their sacrificed possessions are coming for them.

I was hooked from the beginning of this story. Random kids sacrificing objects to a chest in the woods in order to seal their friendship? What could possibly go wrong? A lot, apparently. There were rules that the kids were supposed to follow: never return to the box at night; they’ll never visit it alone; and they’ll never take back their offerings. Someone did not follow these simply rules and things get creepy, spooky, and terrifying … quickly. Why was I hooked so early on? Simple – I had questions that needed answers: Why was the box in the woods? Where did it come from? Who were the people that sacrificed before them and what happened to them? What happens if someone breaks the rules?

I will pause here to give a mild warning – there are some triggers that might upset some people. There is animal cruelty within the pages of this book. I, for one, do not have any patience or tolerance for said animal cruelty. Zero. HOWEVER, I feel it was not a huge trigger for me. Why? Because it was always implied but (thankfully) never spelled out in detail like some other stories. This is your warning just in case.

Continuing on. There were a lot of characters within this story and those characters had backstories. That being said, there were an awful lot of flash backs and flash forwards. There were several groups of kids involved with this sacrifice box so be aware that you could potentially get a little lost.

Regardless, this was one crazy ride. Not all of the characters were bad and not all of their stories were bad. While it is a horror story, it is also a coming of age story about friendship and facing your fears. I know this review is pretty vague but I did that in the hopes you would be intrigued enough to give this book a chance.

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SCHEDULE

WEEK ONE

August 20 – live.laugh.love.library – Listicle

August 21 – Fear Your Ex – Review + Creative Instagram Picture

August 22 – Nerd Girl Official – Review + Playlist

August 23 – Spinatale Reviews – Q&A

August 24 – By Hook Or By Book – Review

WEEK TWO

August 27 – Curly Book Owl – Review

August 28 – Bookcrushin – 80s Pop Culture That We Would Sacrifice

August 29 – A Gingerly Review – Review

August 30 – This Dark Material – Q&A

August 31 – thenightowlbookblog – Review

 

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The Forsaken Royal – Release Day Blitz and Giveaway

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I am so excited that THE FORSAKEN ROYAL by Anna Hill is available now and that I get to share the news!


If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Anna Hill, be sure to
check out all the details below.


This blitz also includes a giveaway for a $10 Amazon GC courtesy of Anna and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
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About The Book:
Author: Anna Hill
Pub. Date: August 27, 2018
Publisher: Anna Hill
Formats: eBook
Pages: 200
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon
Annabelle doesn’t know who she has left to trust. After being captured by King Robert of Elderan, a brutal ruler who will stop at nothing to make sure witches never rule the country again, Annabelle has been cut off from everyone and everything
— including her powers as a witch.
Until Angelo, a member of her shifter guard, arrives to save her.
When the attempt fails, Angelo’s left mortally wounded and the King is determined to make Annabelle pay. While Annabelle nurses Angelo back to health, the other members of her guard, Lio and Rhyion, devise a plan to overthrow King Robert — and Annabelle finds her feelings for all three members of her guard deepening as intensely as her desire to see King Robert fal.
Annabelle is a witch, the last of her kind, and it’s her destiny to return Elderan to its
former glory. But how can she focus on saving her entire country when she’s worried about Angelo’s safety? How can she topple an abusive King when he is equally as powerful as her?
…and how can she stay focused as she’s falling even deeper in love with the men who protect her?
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About Book 1:

Title: THE
FORGOTTEN ROYAL: A Reverse Harem Urban Fantasy (Annabelle’s Harem Book 1)
Author: Anna Hill
Pub. Date: August
11, 2018
Publisher: Anna Hill
Formats: eBook
Pages: 237
Find it: Goodreads,
Amazon
Annabelle has always been happy with her quiet, normal life. Like most people in Elderan, extreme poverty is all Annabelle has ever known. After humans seized power from the witches 100 years ago, Elderan collapsed along with the witches’ reign — but Annabelle has everything she needs in her boyfriend and parents. 
Until one day she doesn’t.
When Annabelle’s parents are mysteriously murdered, she finds herself barely able to
keep it together — and it only gets worse when a wolf shifter named Angelo arrives and explains to her that she’s not nearly as normal as she oncethought.
Annabelle is a witch, the last of her kind, and it’s her destiny to help return Elderan
to its former glory. But how can she focus on saving her entire country when she’s coming apart at the seams? How can she trust Angelo and his pack mates, Lio and Rhyion? 
…and how can she keep herself from falling in love with them?
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Excerpt:
“You’ll never know how grateful I am for what you did,” I told Angelo. “I
know you’re fated to me, and I know you feel like it’s your duty… I understand
it’s your responsibility in your mind, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t an
incredible thing to do. You would give your life for me… That’s not a small
thing.”
 
“You know… you’re right. I do feel it’s my responsibility. And as such, I
would do it no matter what. Even if I didn’t want to, but… I do want to. Of my
own volition. It has nothing to do with fate or responsibility.”
 
“How do you mean?”
 
“For me… I want to save you not just because I’m your fated protector. I
wanted to save you because I couldn’t stand the thought of harm coming to you.
Do you remember when we spoke about your love for Lio romantically, and I said
I didn’t care about you loving me romantically?”
 
“Yes…” I answered quietly, my heart thumping because I could see where
this was going.
 
“Well, I was being truthful then. I didn’t think it mattered to me. But
after you were kidnapped… 
Something came over me. I realized I do love you… so
much. You are the only woman that I see, the only one I think about, the only
one I could ever imagine being with.” He put one hand on the back of my head,
his fingers digging into my hair. “I know that you love Lio, and that still
doesn’t bother me. Your love for him does not take anything from my love for
you. But I needed you to know that. As I laid there, nearly dying, the only
thing that I could think about was that I was going to die before I could tell
you how I felt. So I needed you to hear it, before anything else happens to
me.”
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About Anna:
Anna Hill spends most of her time writing at home where she lives with her boyfriend and cat. She finds immense joy in spinning together dramatic tales of paranormal
love. Her stories are full of mystery, action, romance, and strong female characters as well as the men who love them.” 
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1 Winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card, International.
Ends on September 26th at Midnight EST!

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Rockstar Book Tours: Grace and Fury – ARC Review and Giveaway

GRACE AND FURY

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About the Book:
Grace and Fury2Title: GRACE AND FURY
Author: Tracy Banghart
Pub. Date: July 31, 2018
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 320
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooksTBD

In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison.

Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace–someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. But when her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, catches the heir’s eye, it’s Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding.

Now trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one way to save Serina: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to release her sister. This is easier said than done. A traitor walks the halls of the palace, and deception lurks in every corner. But Serina is running out of time, imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive and one wrong move could cost her everything.

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Review:

I thought I was ready for this but I wasn’t. I started and completed this book in a matter of hours. If you are looking for a story about self discovery, the power of sibling bonds, and knowing when to follow your heart – then this is the book for you.

Serina and Nomi are sisters that were raised very differently, but their bond is as strong as ever. Serina was raised to be a Grace, while Nomi was raised to be her handmaiden. Things happen (I won’t tell you what!) and everything is turned on its head. Serina is banished to an island for outlaws, thieves, murders, and those that have done illegal things. She must learn to survive in this new and brutal environment. Nothing is promised and nothing is easy. Nomi becomes one of the three Graces for the young prince and she could be picked as the primary Grace. That is a life Nomi does not want. She does not want to be forced into a marriage or arrangement where she is to serve the prince in every way possible.

Forced into lives that neither one of them wanted, they must learn to trust their instincts and find the inner strength they didn’t know they had. Nomi wants nothing more than to find her sister and save her from whatever  horrors are on that island. Serina discovers she is a lot tougher than her upbringing.

This story was one heck of a wild ride! Along with complex and flawed characters, this was full of lies, betrayals, deception, dark secrets, and more. I promise that once you start this story, you won’t want to put it down. It felt like The Selection meets The Hunger Games, in a way. It’s hard to say exactly what mash of stories this could be but know this – it is one of a kind and once it takes a hold of you – it will not let go.

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About Tracy:
Tracy

Tracy Banghart grew up in rural Maryland and spent her summers on a remote island in northern Ontario. All of that isolation and lovely scenery gave her the time to read voraciously and the inspiration to write her own stories. Always a bit of a nomad, Tracy now travels the world Army-wife style with her husband, son, cat, and sweet pupper Scrabble. She wrote Grace and Fury while living in Hawaii.

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of GRACE AND FURY, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

7/23/2018- Tea Party Princess– Review

7/24/2018- Paperback Princess– Review

7/25/2018- Confessions of a YA Reader– Review

7/26/2018- Book Dragon Lair– Review

7/27/2018- laura’s bookish corner– Review

 

Week Two:

7/30/2018- The Desert Bibliophile– Review

7/31/2018- Do You Dog-ear?– Review

8/1/2018- Synopses By Sarge– Review

8/2/2018- CoffeeCocktailsandBooks Blog– Review

8/3/2018- Kat’s Books– Review

 

Week Three:

8/6/2018- Feed Your Fiction Addiction– Review

8/7/2018- Portrait of a Book– Review

8/8/2018- To Be Read– Review

8/9/2018- Brooke- Reports– Review

8/10/2018- Cindy’s Love of Books– Review

 

Week Four:

8/13/2018- A Court of Coffee and Books– Review

8/14/2018- Smada’s Book Smack– Review

8/15/2018- The Young Folks- Review

8/16/2018- Book-Keeping– Review

8/17/2018- A Gingerly Review– Review

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Nyxia Unleashed Blog Tour – ARC Review and Giveaway

NYXIA UNLEASHED (1)

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About the Book:

Nyxia Unleashed

Title: NYXIA UNLEASHED (The Nyxia Triad #2)

Author: Scott Reintgen

Pub. Date: July 17, 2018

Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 400

Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Audible, B&N, iBooks, TBD

Getting to Eden brought Emmett and his crewmates one step closer to their promised fortune. But surviving Eden may be the biggest reward of all. Discover book two in the trilogy Marie Lu called, “a high-octane thriller.”

Emmett Atwater thought Babel’s game sounded easy. Get points. Get paid. Go home. But it didn’t take long for him to learn that Babel’s competition was full of broken promises, none darker or more damaging than the last one.

Now Emmett and the rest of the Genesis survivors must rally and forge their own path through a new world. Their mission from Babel is simple: extract nyxia, the most valuable material in the universe, and play nice with the indigenous Adamite population.

But Emmett and the others quickly realize they are caught between two powerful forces—Babel and the Adamites—with clashing desires. Will the Genesis team make it out alive before it’s too late?

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Nyxia

Title: NYXIA (The Nyxia Triad #1)

Author: Scott Reintgen

Pub. Date: May 4, 2018

Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 377

Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Audible, B&N, iBooks, TBD

Emmett Atwater isn’t just leaving Detroit; he’s leaving Earth. Why the Babel Corporation recruited him is a mystery, but the number of zeroes on their contract has him boarding their lightship and hoping to return to Earth with enough money to take care of his family.

Forever.

Before long, Emmett discovers that he is one of ten recruits, all of whom have troubled pasts and are a long way from home. Now each recruit must earn the right to travel down to the planet of Eden—a planet that Babel has kept hidden—where they will mine a substance called Nyxia that has quietly become the most valuable material in the universe.

But Babel’s ship is full of secrets. And Emmett will face the ultimate choice: win the fortune at any cost, or find a way to fight that won’t forever compromise what it means to be human.

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About Scott:

Scott

Scott Reintgen was always a back-row dreamer. As early as kindergarten, teachers noticed his tendency to stare out of classroom windows and disappear to more interesting elsewheres. In high school, he began laboring away on the opening chapter of his first fantasy novel. One of his favorite English teachers agreed to read the pages and the very next day she switched him (illegally) out of Spanish and into a Creative Writing class. The story got tossed eventually, but he never lost the confidence he was given by that single act of empowering faith.

Convinced he would one day be a writer, Scott spent most of college and graduate school investing in the world of literature. This eventually led to a career teaching English and Creative Writing in North Carolina. He strongly believes that every student who steps into his classroom has the right to see themselves, vibrant and victorious and on the page. It’s his hope to encourage a future full of diverse writers. As he’s fond of reminding his students, “You have a story to tell and you’re the only one who can tell it.”

As for his own writing, Scott continues to follow in the footsteps of his favorite authors. It was Tolkien who once wrote, “The fairy gold (too often) turns to withered leaves when it is brought away. All I can ask is that you, knowing all these things, will receive my withered leaves, as a token at least that my hand once held a little of the gold.” And Scott hopes his books are a trail of withered leaves that might lead readers to the bright elsewheres through which he constantly finds himself wandering.

He currently lives in North Carolina with his wife, Katie, and family.

Note: I went with this website domain instead of http://www.scottreintgen.com because, let’s be honest, my name’s really hard to pronounce. Rather than make people suffer through trying to spell it every time, I thought this would be easier!

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Review:

I’m not sure how I can properly review this. It was everything I wanted in a sequel and more.

The story started right where book 1 left off. It pulled me right back into the thrill and suspense I ended the first book with. The characters continued to grow and develop, it was all very well done. The lies and betrayal threw me for a loop as the story continued. I was completely involved in this story that I could not stop turning the pages. I was on the edge of my seat and bummed when it was over. I want the next book NOW!

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will win a finished copy of NYXIA UNLEASHED, US Only.

Rafflecopter link:

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

7/2/2018- Jena Brown WritesReview

7/3/2018- Paws and PaperbacksReview

7/4/2018- Pacific Northwest BookwormReview

7/5/2018- Here’s to Happy EndingsReview

7/6/2018- MNBernard BooksReview

Week Two:

7/9/2018- Flyleaf ChroniclesReview

7/10/2018- Life of a Literary NerdReview

7/11/2018- Overflowing BookshelvesReview

7/12/2018- RhythmicBooktrovertReview

7/13/2018- Adventures and ReadingReview

Week Three:

7/16/2018- Feed Your Fiction Addiction Review

7/17/2018- Crazy4BooksReview

7/18/2018- JustAddAWordReview

7/19/2018- Book-KeepingReview

7/20/2018- The Layaway DragonReview

Week Four:

7/23/2018- Book Dragon LairReview

7/24/2018- The Desert BibliophileReview

7/25/2018- The Clever ReaderReview

7/26/2018- Smada’s Book SmackReview

7/27/2018- NerdophilesReview

Week Five:

7/30/2018- lori’s Little House of ReviewsReview

7/31/2018- A Gingerly ReviewReview

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Like Never and Always Blog Tour: ARC Review

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Synopsis: 

“An intense, emotional, compelling read.” —Kate Elliott

Liv Burnham thinks nobody knows Morgan Frost like she does, but a terrible accident pushes her down the rabbit hole where Morgan’s secrets hide and she’ll be lucky to make it out alive….

On a hot summer night, Liv, Morgan, Clay and Nathan are on the way home from a party in Clay’s convertible. Best friends dating brothers? It doesn’t get better than that. But the joyride ends in sudden impact, a screech of brakes, and shattering glass. On that lonely country road, four lives change forever.

Liv wakes in the hospital. At first she’s confused when they call her Morgan, but she assumes it’s a case of mistaken identity. Yet when the bandages come off, it’s not her face inthe mirror anymore. It’s Morgan’s.

Morgan always seemed to have the perfect life. But as Liv tries to fit herself into Morgan’s world, she discovers endlessly disturbing secrets of the criminal and murderous variety and a dark task to finish…if she doesn’t lose her mind first.

Forced to confront the disturbing truths that Morgan kept hidden in life, Liv must navigate a world of long-buried murder, a dangerous love affair—and a romance that feels like a betrayal.

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Review:

I want to start out by saying how much I love this author and I auto-buy every book she writes. I cannot get enough of her. That being said, I this newest novel by Aguirre was a little different than I was used to. It was a darker story, one with mystery, death, betrayals, and secrets that could kill.

This story had my full attention from the opening scene. I immediately had to know what was going on! How was Liv inside of Morgan with memories from both girls? As I started reading about Morgan’s privileged life, it soon became clear that Morgan was not as happy as everyone thought she was. This girl had secrets. I’m not going to give any of them away, I want you to read the book.

This was such a fast read! There were so many twists and turns that I wasn’t ever bored. The suspense was on point and the world Aguirre created was amazing. I’m really trying not to give too much away because I really want people to read this book. If you have questions, let me know and I’ll do my best to answer them! In the meantime, consider adding this to your TBR.

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Tour Schedule:

Date Outlet Link
Monday, July 16 The Book Nut https://booklovingnut.com/
Tuesday, July 17 Just Add A Word http://justaddaword.com/
Wednesday, July 18 The Pages Inbetween http://thepagesinbetween.com/
Thursday, July 19 Arctic Books https://arcticbooks.wordpress.com/
Friday, July 20 Dark Faerie Tales http://darkfaerietales.com/
Monday, July 23 A Gingerly Review https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com/
Tuesday, July 24 Hello Jenny Reviews http://hellojennyreviews.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, July 25 The Lovely Books https://thelovelybooksbookblog.blogspot.com/
Thursday, July 26 Where The Reader Grows http://www.wherethereadergrows.com/
Friday, July 27 SciFi Chick http://scifichick.com/

 

 

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My Lullaby of You Blog Tour: Excerpt and Giveaway

MY LULLABY OF YOU

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About the Book:

My Lullaby of You_Cover FinalTitle: MY LULLABY OF YOU

Author: Alia Rose

Pub. Date: June 16, 2018

Publisher: Plum Anchor Press

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 287

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

 

For fans of Jenny Han and Sarah Dessen, My Lullaby of You is a Young Adult Contemporary Romance about guarded love, complicated families, and the summer that changes everything. 
AMY

It’s the summer after high school. Amy can’t wait to leave her small hometown in North Carolina for the vibrant city of Chicago, where she plans to go to her dream college and hopes to build a stronger relationship with her father.
But as she deals with her mother’s resentment over her leaving and an intriguing yet provoking college student, Amy’s reminded of things she’s tried to forget and forced to face emotions she never expected.
SETH

It’s the summer before the last year of music school. Seth would rather be anywhere else than a small beach town in North Carolina, reopening wounds he thought he’d patched long ago and facing the father he hasn’t seen since his mother’s death.
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Excerpt:

My moment in smoothie paradise was rudely interrupted by a body plopping down next to me. I didn’t need to look up to know who it was.

“Now what do you want?” I demanded.

“I want,” he said, “your name.”

I looked up and Obnoxious Guy smiled at me. I felt myself flush but was glad I was probably already red from running. I glared at him and turned back to the beach.

“Why?”

“Why not?” he challenged.

“Why are you answering me with a question?” I asked, getting annoyed.

“Because you didn’t answer mine.”

“Wanting to know my name is not a question,” I pointed out.

He opened his mouth and then closed it. I took the opportunity to get up and start walking away.

“Wait,” he called after me, “why are you always storming off?”

I stopped and turned back around. “Why are you stalking me?”

“I am not stalking you.” He scoffed. “Trying to buy you a smoothie for your sorry attempt to save me.” He paused, holding back a laugh. I raised my eyebrows and he continued. “Bumping into you at the beach last night and you sitting with me was not stalking you.” He walked closer to me, staring at me intensely. I stared back, not lowering my gaze. He blinked away from me and faced the water.

I could have walked away then, but I decided not to.

“Amy,” I said, finally giving in and sitting back down.

He glanced at me, then back at the ocean before joining me on the sand. “You’re pretty impossible.”

 I found this to be satisfying. “So I’ve been told.”

We continued sitting there, waiting for the other to say something.

“So what’s your story?” he finally asked.

“My story?” I repeated.

“Yeah, your story?” he echoed, still staring straight ahead.

I sighed. “Okay, I was born and raised here. I live with my mom and stepdad. I just graduated a week ago.” I paused. “I’m a lifeguard,” I emphasized, giving him a look. “And I’m going off to college once summer ends.”

 He nodded. I looked at him curiously. I wondered why he cared.

“Why?” I asked.

“Why what?”

“Why are you asking?”

He laughed quietly, running a hand through his hair. I looked at him with my eyebrows raised, waiting.

He looked back at me and held my gaze before saying, “I was curious.”

“You were curious.”

“Yeah.” He shrugged. “You seem interesting.”

“Trying to drown you and accusing you of being a stalker is interesting?” I questioned.

“Hah, yeah, it is,” he said, “to me.”

I shook my head, not understanding him at all. He was different. Weird. Strange. I told him this.

“So I’ve been told,” was his reply. Figures.


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About Alia:

AliaI’ve been writing since I fell in love with reading and now the characters in my head refuse to leave me alone. My debut novel, My Lullaby of You comes out in June 2018!

When I’m not writing, I work full time as an architectural designer and enjoy drinking too much coffee, making to-do lists, and traveling.

You can find me rambling about all of the above on Instagram and Twitter.

 

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Goodreads | Amazon Author Page

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Giveaway Details:

 1 winner will win a signed finished paperback copy of MY LULLABY OF YOU a bookmark, a bookish beach towel, a beach inspired candle and annotation cards, US Only.

 Rafflecopter link:

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

6/25/2018- Mama Reads Blog– Blogger Made Playlist

6/26/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

6/27/2018- What’s Your Story Reviews– Review

6/28/2018- Books & Other Pursuits– Review

6/29/2018- BookHounds YA– Interview

 

Week Two:

7/2/2018- Simply Kelina– Review

7/3/2018- A Gingerly Review– Excerpt

7/4/2018- the bookdragon– Review

7/5/2018- Sincerely Karen Jo– Review

7/6/2018- Book Briefs– Review

 

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A Cowboy’s Sweetheart Blog Tour: Excerpt and Giveaway

A COWBOYS SWEETHEART

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About the Book:

A Cowboys Sweetheart_bleachTitle: A COWBOY’S SWEETHEART (Rodeo Academy #1)

Author: Crista McHugh

Pub. Date: June 25, 2018

Publisher: Crista McHugh

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 164

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Pampered New York Socialite and dressage rider, Kensington Pope, has been exiled by her jet-setting parents to her aunt’s Rodeo Academy in Wyoming. She wants nothing to do with the rough and tumble students there, especially one particularly handsome cowboy, Javier. But she won’t be there for long. She has a plan in place to break out after her next international competition.

Javier Cruz takes one look at the spoiled city girl and instantly dismisses her. The school of tough knocks has already educated him on what the important things in life are, and he has bigger things on his plate. He’s counting down the days until his eighteenth birthday when he can pull his younger siblings from the foster care program and reunite his family. But as he gets to know Kensi, he sees a kindred spirit and discovers there’s more to her than meets the eye.

Kensi begins to question her desire to flee the ranch as her relationship to Javier deepens and she learns the importance of family. But when he discovers her escape plan, will he be able to trust her again? And when tragedy comes to the ranch, will Kensi be able to step up and take her place in the family?

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Excerpt:

Classical music blasted from the practice arena, luring Javier toward it like a siren. Definitely not the type of music the Ramos family preferred. Brad Paisley, sure. Jason Aldean, absolutely. Maybe some Zac Brown Band when they wanted to push the envelope. But as far as he knew, their idea of the classics was confined to the three Gs—Glen Campbell, George Jones, and George Strait. This sounded more like Beethoven than Blake Shelton.

Sierra stood on the bottom rung of the gate on the bull chute, a small video camera in her hand, following her cousin’s movements on horseback.

Kensi was wearing a spotless black blazer and riding helmet. Her uptight posture matched her prissy outfit, unyielding as the bay hopped and pranced around the sawdust floor with an exaggerated gait, his hooves rising high to the beat of the music.

“You’re bouncing too much,” a woman with a harsh German accent bellowed from the loudspeaker over the music. “There should be no jiggling. Kiener!

Javier searched for the source, but as far as he could tell, he, Sierra, and Kensi were the only ones there. He mosied up alongside Sierra. “What’s all this?”

“Kensi’s dressage practice,” she whispered, her eyes never leaving her cousin.

Of course it would have an equally prissy name.

“Ain’t it pretty?” Sierra asked. “It’s like watching the horse dance.”

He propped his elbows on the top of the gate and leaned forward, understanding why Sierra was so mesmerized. It did look like the horse was doing some sort of trotting ballet across the arena. Just when he figured out the gait, Westley smoothly transitioned to a new one, all while his rider stared blankly ahead.

Volte!” the German woman barked.

With just the slightest tug on the reins, Kensi steered her horse into trotting in a tight circle.

“Still looking sloppy,” the woman reprimanded.

Javier searched the arena one more time before nudging Sierra. “Where’s that coming from?”

“Kensi’s coach in New York, Hilde. I’m recording it, and she’s watching it in real time and giving Kensi feedback.”

“You look like a fat potato on a bucking bronco,” Hilde added.

“More like insulting her every chance she gets.” Javier squinted to see where the criticism lay, but as far as he could see, Kensi rode with pure elegance. “No wonder she has a sharp tongue.”

“I have a feeling people back east in those big cities are so uptight, they’ve forgotten how to appreciate the little things like being patient and polite.” Sierra’s grin widened as Westley crossed the rink in a diagonal line, hooves crossing over each other in the process. “Ain’t that one of the prettiest things you’ve ever seen?”

His gaze drifted from the horse up to his rider. A rich, rosy hue infused Kensi’s lips and cheeks, but her expression remained determined and focused. As far as he could tell, she didn’t even realize there were other people in the area. Her attention never wavered from the precise movements her mount orchestrated from one end of the floor to the other. For the second time that morning, he saw her as something other than the spoiled little rich girl. She was as devoted to her sport as any other student at the Double Buckle Academy, and an ounce of respect sparked inside him. “Yeah, pretty,” he agreed.

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About Crista:

headshotsmall-579x640Crista McHugh is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY BESTSELLING author of fantasy and romance with heroines who are smart, sexy, and anything but ordinary. She also writes fantasy with a little less kissing and bit more action (outside the bedroom) as C. A. McHugh.

Growing up in small town Alabama, Crista relied on story-telling as a natural way for her to pass the time and keep her two younger sisters entertained.

She currently lives in the Tesla-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and two children, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician on the occassional weekend.

Just for laughs, here are some of the jobs she’s had in the past to pay the bills: barista, bartender, sommelier, stagehand, actress, morgue attendant, and autopsy assistant.

And she’s also a recovering LARPer. (She blames it on her crazy college days)

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