Blog Tour and Giveaway: Violet Grenade by Victoria Scott

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Violet GrenadeViolet Grenade by Victoria Scott

Publication Date:  May 2, 2017

Publisher:  Entangled Teen

DOMINO: A girl with blue hair and a demon in her mind.

CAIN: A stone giant on the brink of exploding.

MADAM KARINA: A woman who demands obedience.

WILSON: The one who will destroy them all.

When Madam Karina discovers Domino in an alleyway, she offers her a position inside her home for entertainers in secluded West Texas. Left with few alternatives and an agenda of her own, Domino accepts. It isn’t long before she is fighting her way up the ranks to gain the madam’s approval. But after suffering weeks of bullying and unearthing the madam’s secrets, Domino decides to leave. It’ll be harder than she thinks, though, because the madam doesn’t like to lose inventory. But then, Madam Karina doesn’t know about the person living inside Domino’s mind. Madam Karina doesn’t know about Wilson.

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AUTHOR INFO:

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Victoria Scott is the acclaimed author of eight books for young adults. Her novels are sold in fourteen different countries, and she loves receiving fan mail from across the world. Victoria loves high fashion, big cities, and pink cotton candy. You can find her online at VictoriaScott.com.

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Tour Date:

May 15-June 9, 2017

Link to Goodreads:

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Purchase Links:

Google Play | BAM | Chapters | Indies | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD | iBooks

Link to Tour Schedule:

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Giveaway Details:

  • Signed paperback of The Collector, a signed paperback of Titans, and a signed galley of Hear the Wolves.

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Blog Tour and Review: GABE by Leigh James

 

GABE (Silicon Valley Billionaires, #2) by Leigh James

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Book Blurb:

His Woman. His Family. His Company.

When the going gets tough, the tough get Alpha.

Silicon Valley billionaire CEO Gabriel Betts has finally found the happiness he’s been searching for—in gorgeous, brilliant fellow billionaire Lauren Taylor, the so-called reigning queen of the biotech industry. But when Chinese healthcare mogul Li Na Zhao kidnaps Lauren’s sister in a high-stakes game of corporate espionage, the world they’ve worked so hard to protect comes crashing down. Li Na agrees to trade Hannah for Lauren’s Paragon Laboratories and her help—onsite and in person. In an attempt to keep Lauren safe, Gabe calls in his security-industry professional brothers to help get Hannah back. But when the rescue effort stumbles, Gabe must pick up the pieces to protect the woman he loves…before she makes the ultimate sacrifice.

 

 

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Review

Wow! What a steamy ride! This was anything but a boring book and I greatly appreciated that. It made me wish I didn’t have to work, sleep, or interact with other people so I could just sit and read this beauty. This was my first Leigh James book and I can assure you that it won’t be my last. I loved the writing style, the characters, everything. Her words pulled me in from the beginning and never let me go until the last page.

Now while this is labeled “book #2” in the series, this could be read as a standalone. I had not read the first book and was able to follow with no problems. Everything was explained well enough that I felt like I was reading a brand new book. This story is told in dual POVs and I believe that really helped this move along as well as it did. I still feel the characters were well developed and they grew as the story moved along. That’s always nice and refreshing in any story.

I really don’t want to give too much away but know this was all I wanted and more. I will give the small disclaimer that if you are looking for more realism in your story, this may not be the one for you. This was packed full of excitement, suspense, and enough computer talk to make you feel like an expert when you’re done.

Please, add this to your TBR and give it a try. The delicious scenes and hot moments will not disappoint.

AUTHOR INFORMATION:

Leigh James is an author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She is a vocal lover of strapping alpha males in movies, books and real life, which makes her three kids roll their eyes and makes her husband feel appreciated.

When she’s not writing, you can usually find her reading or watching Outlander, Game of Thrones, and Vikings (see penchant for alpha males, above). She has a degree in journalism from the University of New Hampshire, which is good for deadlines and word counts, and a law degree from Suffolk University with a Concentration in High Technology Law, which is helpful when writing about sexy tech billionaires with legal woes.

For more information about Leigh, please visit her website, “Like” Leigh on Facebook and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Goodreads. Join Leigh’s newsletter to be the first to hear about upcoming releases. She’s loves hearing from her readers. Email her directly at leighjames@leighjamesbooks.com.

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ILLUMINAE Paperback Blog Tour & Review

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Title: ILLUMINAE

Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Pub. Date: April 25, 2017

Publisher: Ember

Pages: 624

Formats: Paperback

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It certainly filled the Battlestar Galactica-shaped hole in my heart.- –Victoria Aveyard, bestselling author of The Red Queen

Read the New York Times bestselling blockbuster that critics are calling -out-of-this-world awesome.- The first in an epic sci-fi series unlike anything else out there.

Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the worst thing she’d ever been through. That was before her planet was invaded. Now, with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating craft, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But the warship could be the least of their problems. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their biggest threat; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady plunges into a web of data hacking to get to the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: Ezra.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents–including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more–Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Brace yourself, because you’re about to be immersed in a mindscape that you’ll never want to leave.- –Marie Lu, author of the bestselling Legend series


Prepare yourselves for Illuminae.- –EW.com


You’re not in for an ordinary novel experience. . . .- –Bustle.com


A truly interactive experience. . . . A fantastically fun ride.- –MTV.com

 

Don’t miss the rest of the series!

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My Original Review:

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How does one properly review this KICK ASS book? HOW?

Let me make this brief: The illegal Kerenza colony is attached by BeiTech and two teens, Kady and Ezra, find themselves in serious danger while fighting to stay alive. They are aboard a spaceship that is supposed to take them to safety, but they end up trying to outrun the Lincoln, a BeiTech spaceship that is clearly set on destroying them. As if that wasn’t enough, the main ship’s AI system becomes damaged and becomes… deranged. Crazy, if you will. But just to add a cherry to the top of this sundae, while trying to outrun an enemy space ship and outwit the current ship’s crazy AI system, there is a deadly plague aboard the ship that threatens to whip out all human life. No pressure, right?

THIS. BOOK. This book blew my freaking mind. GONE. *POOF* It is a 600 page book that I tore through in no time. It is so action packed and suspenseful that you cannot put it down. It is told in such a unique way that the reader (YOU) have to keep going. It is told through emails, chat logs, memos, transcripted video surveillance, official debreifs, and more. It is so completely originally told that it actually makes the story better. (PSSST: there are even sections told from the AI’s POV!)

I cannot even start to talk about development of characters because Ezra and Kady simply do what needs to be done. They are two kickass, badass characters that bite the bullet and throw themselves totally in harm’s way to try to save everyone. It does not take long to get to know the characters when the book starts and soon you feel as if you are on the ship with them. You truly feel as if you are taking the journey with these two and it is mind blowing. So many twists and turns that will keep you guessing!

The way the pages are presented are what helps set this book apart from the rest of sci-fi books. As I mentioned, most of the story is told from files, emails, IMs, etc. But some of the pages are maps of pilot’s flight journeys, or pictures written in ASCII (google that if you don’t know what it is… it’s so cool!), or text looped over the pages to represent when the AI was talking. My words are not doing this justice but I hope you can sense the passion I trying to express. It is amazing beyond what I am able to properly convey.

I do not believe there are enough descriptive and good words in the English language to properly describe how much I loved this book (or maybe I lack the right words). This book is so full of everything unique, awesome, and edgy that when you finish, you sit the book down and let out a single whisper: “wow”. The authors took a risk with this book and it paid off a million times over because it was done perfectly. All of the stars in the sky are given to this book because it is amazing and everything else positive that I am not able to say.

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About Amie & Jay: 

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Amie Kaufman is the New York Times bestselling co-author of These Broken Stars and This Shattered World, and Illuminae, the first in a new series starting in 2015. She writes science fiction and fantasy for teens, and her favourite procrastination techniques involve chocolate, baking, sailing, excellent books and TV, plotting and executing overseas travel, and napping.

She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband, their rescue dog, and her considerable library. She is represented by Tracey Adams of Adams Literary.

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Jay Kristoff is the award-winning author of THE LOTUS WAR trilogy, a Japanese-inspired steampunk fantasy. Part 3, ENDSINGER, is out now. He’s also co-author of the upcoming ILLUMINAE (with Amie Kaufman), a YA Sci-Fi… thing, to be released by Knopf/Random House in 2015, and NEVERNIGHT, the first part of a new fantasy trilogy kicking off in 2016.

Jay is 6’7 and has approximately 13380 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.

He does not believe in happy endings.

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a paperback of ILLUMINAE, US Only.

 

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

4/24/2017- A Gingerly Review– Re-Post-Review

4/25/2017- Adventures of a Book Junkie– Interview

4/26/2017- Mary Had a Little Book Blog–  Blogger Content

4/27/2017- YA and Wine– Review

4/28/2017-Such a Novel Idea– Review

Week Two:

5/1/2017- YA Bibliophile– Interview

5/2/2017- Owl Always Be Reading– Re-Post-Review

5/3/2017- Book Briefs– Review

5/4/2017- BookHounds YA– Re-Post Review or Blogger Content

5/5/2017- Novel Novice Interview

Week Three:

5/8/2017- Page Turners Blog– Re-Post Review or Blogger Content

5/9/2017- YA Books Central Interview

5/10/2017- Lisa Loves Literature– Review

5/11/2017- Two Chicks on Books Interview

5/12/2017- Tales of the Ravenous Reader– Re-Post Review or Blogger Content

 

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Relaunch Blitz: Sara Ney’s KISS AND MAKE UP Series

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We are so thrilled to share the details about Sara Ney’s KISS AND MAKE UP series, which is officially relaunching today with stunning new covers! You can read all three books in this YA/NA series for free with Kindle Unlimited now – check out the covers below and pick them up today!

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About KISSING IN CARS (Kiss and Make Up, Book 1)

This novel, along with all others in this series, is a standalone with no cliffhanger. You’re welcome.

WILL SHE, OR WON’T SHE…

Studious and (mostly) sensible, the only thing Molly Wakefield wants to do is get through Senior Year and graduate. Well, that and hit the beach in her spare time. Okay, fine – and go shopping every once in a while for a new dress… (and who could blame her?)

And things are going according to plan – until the day she spies Weston McGrath, handsome star athlete and scholar, spying on her in study hall.

A tad creepy? Maybe.

Thrilling? Absolutely.

You see, Weston McGrath happens to be one guy no one can get close to.

Despite her best efforts to avoid it (because let’s face it – the guy isn’t exactly “boyfriend material”) Molly and Weston form a friendship.

And more….

Sort of.

But it’s a friendship that comes with a price – because Weston just cannot seem to stop screwing things up. Or saying all the wrong things. Possibly in that order…

And who has time for an 18 year old “fixer-upper” that should know better?

Not Molly.

Or does she?

Note: This YA book is intended for 17+ due to the vulgar language used by its male characters (and occasionally the females as well, even though they’re too lady like to do it throughout the entire book). Some adult sexual situations that steam up a few car windows. This title is approx. 63,000 words.

Read KISSING IN CARS for free with Kindle Unlimited!

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About HE KISSED ME FIRST (Kiss and Make Up, Book 2)

This novel, along with all others in this series, is a standalone with no cliffhanger. You’re welcome.

HE SAID…

“Trust me – If there’s one thing I’m not attracted to, it’s the shrieking, overly-dramatic shrew that’s taken over my sister’s apartment. And what is up with her hair? I know what I want; an easy, uncomplicated lay – and Cecelia Carter sure as shit isn’t one. But I never could resist a challenge, and vow to wipe that condescending grin off her pretty face. Aw, shit. Did I just call her pretty..?” – Matthew Wakefield

SHE SAID…

“Trust me – If there’s one thing I’m not attracted to, it’s an arrogant, selfish and foul-mouth hockey player. I know what I want; someone who’s good for my body and soul and makes me laugh – and Matthew Wakefield isn’t any of those things. I cannot stand the sight of him; I mean, what a jackass. If I refuse to give him anything but sass and sarcasm, it’s only because he deserves it…” – Cecelia Carter

This book is intended for those 17 and older. If you’re offended by cursing (particularly “F” bombs), sarcasm, sexual situations and Alpha Male jackasses – this book is not for you…

Read HE KISSED ME FIRST for free with Kindle Unlimited!

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About A KISS LIKE THIS (Kiss and Make Up, Book 3)

This novel, along with all others in this series, is a standalone with no cliffhanger. You’re welcome.

ABIGAIL DARLINGTON IS AWKWARD…

She will never be “that” girl. You know the one: that girl on campus, confident in her own skin. Always saying the right things. Putting herself out there. Knows how to talk to a guy without stammering.

Nope. Shy but clever, and easily embarrassed, Abby is fine being the wallflower in her circle of outgoing, beautiful friends; she would rather read about a sexy book boyfriend than actually have a live, breathing one.

…BUT CALEB LOCKHART IS WORSE.

Star goaltender for the University’s hockey team, Caleb is quiet and broody, preferring the solitude of his orderly, regimented life. He doesn’t like, or need people—and plans to keep it that way. One more year left of hockey and he’ll be long gone.

AWKWARD NEVER LOOKED SO GOOD. Both their lives change the day that Abigail falls for Caleb. Well, falls directly on top of him, to be accurate. Because sometimes we don’t settle into love.

We fall there.

WARNING: This book contains cursing, and LOTS of it. It also has sex, uncomfortable and often awkward situations. Not to mention, the secondary characters say some really inappropriate s**t. Not intended for readers under 17

Read A KISS LIKE THIS for free with Kindle Unlimited!

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About Sara Ney

Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.

She lives with her husband, children, and her ridiculously large dog.

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Review of all books

Kissing in Cars (Kiss and Make Up #1)

This book was such a fun way to start this series! They all are stand-alone books but together they give you the bigger picture, and I appreciate that. The protagonist, Molly, was such a spitfire that I immediately liked her. She didn’t put up with crap from anyone but at the same time had a huge heart and wanted to help as many people as she could. She certainly wasn’t afraid to stand up for what she believed. Weston, the love interest, was more swoon-worthy than I was expecting. Yes, he was a jock with the attitude to match, but I quickly realized it was just a front. Molly and Weston together were amazing to read. I believed their chemistry and wanted more of them.

I do feel the ending was a tad rushed but it didn’t damper my overall enjoyment of this first book in the series.

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He Kissed Me First (Kiss and Make Up #2)

Book 2 in the series involves two new characters: Cece and Matthew, Molly’s brother. The way these two characters meet is nothing short of hilarious! I won’t give anything away so you’ll have to read to find out what I’m talking about!

I always enjoy new characters in series but Cece did drive me batty at times. She was so indecisive and at times felt like she wanted everything to just fall into her lap the easy way. Then she would throw a fit when it didn’t. Matthew was really the star of this book. He carried it all the way to the end and for that I adore him.  He did have his moments of being an absolute jerk, but that’s to be expected. Do not go into this believing he is a saint.

The banter and relationship between these two characters was brilliant. This series has never failed to make me literally laugh out loud with laughter! It made me wish I was friends in real life with this group of people. This series never failed to make me smile and appreciate a good story. Sara has done such a great job of writing an overall good book.

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A Kiss Like This (Kiss and Make Up #3)

Knowing this was the last book in the series brought a slight tear to my eye. I read all of these books back to back so I felt connected to these characters, as if they were my own friends. It was sad to see their stories come to an end.

This was the story of Abby and Caleb. Abby was introduced earlier in the series and she was not a nice person. I wasn’t sure I was going to like her in her own story but I wanted to give her a chance. She is very prim & proper, one for rules, and slightly stuck up. She sounds like a peach, right? The more her story went on and she was the protagonist, the more she started to make me laugh. It really was a good story! In comes Caleb. Que all of the swoony feels when it comes to Caleb. Do not let his shy and quiet side deceive you! He is not always so shy and reserved. He quickly became the character I wanted to read more about.

This, like the other books, had a nice pace and moved along keeping my interest peaked. I couldn’t put the books down, I just had to know what was going to happen. The ending on this book though…. it felt a little rushed. It also did not feel like the series actually ended. So … perhaps there could someday in the future be a fourth book? Maybe? A girl can wish, right?

 

 

Overall, I really did enjoy this entire series! I enjoyed the development of the characters and the way the story continued on. Now I did leave my reviews slightly vague and open so I wouldn’t give anything away.  I want you to be curious enough to pick up the books! If you do, come back and let me know what you thought of the stories!

 

huge thank you to Inkslinger for letting me be a part of this tour!

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Hear The Wolves: Book Tour and Excerpt

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Title: HEAR THE WOLVES

Author: Victoria Scott

Pub. Date: March 28, 2017

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Pages: 240

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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It’s survival of the strongest in a contemporary, girl-versus-wild middle-grade debut from Fire & Flood author Victoria Scott!

Sloan is a hunter.

So she shouldn’t be afraid of anything. But ever since her mom left the family and she lost hearing in one ear in a blizzard, it’s been hard to talk to people, and near-impossible to go anywhere or do anything without her dad or big sister within eyesight — it makes her too scared to be on her own.

When they leave her home alone for what should only be two nights, she’s already panicked. Then the snow starts falling and doesn’t stop. One of her neighbors is hurt in an accident. And the few people still left in Rusic need to make it to the river and the boat that’s tied there — their only way to get to a doctor from their isolated Alaska town.

But the woods are icy cold, and the wolves are hungry. Sloan and her group are running out of food, out of energy, and out of time. That’s when the wolves start hunting them . . .

 

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Fear explodes in my belly as I tear across the cabin floors, checking absurd places for my father and sister. My fingers and toes grow numb, and my breathing comes faster until the walls of our home bow inward. Though my lungs heave in and out, I’m suffocating.

“Dad?” I say, voice wobbly.

Tears sting my eyes as my footsteps grow frantic. “Maren?” I say, as if declaring my sister’s name will force her to appear. “Dad!”

When I hear a sound that must be them, I race to the front of the house. The knob is cold in my palm as I throw open the door. Icy air slaps me in the face, reddening my cheeks. My brain buzzes as I search the world outside. I see snow falling, snow whirling, snow covering everything in sight, but I do not see Dad.

I slam the door as a fresh bolt of anxiety shoots through me, my heart pounding against my rib cage. He couldn’t have left me behind. Not after my mother took that honor first. After everyone left me for five days to fend for myself.

Sloan, you know where we keep the extra ammo?

I drop my head into my hands and pull in three shaky breaths. My mind replays my sister’s frown, my father saying he had packing left to do, not us.

So he got tired of my neediness, did he? Decided it was time to cast his broken bird from the nest?

I grab our radio and hurl it across the room. It crashes against the wall and clatters to the floor. I open my mouth to scream, but a whimper comes out instead. I hate the both of them. Hate them for leaving me. Hate myself for needing their presence.

It’s only after I bend down to grab the radio that I see the note on top of the kitchen table. He must have slipped it underneath the radio so the wind from the door wouldn’t take it.

I lift it up and read—

Sloan,

We’ll be back tomorrow. I knew you didn’t want to go, and thought this could be a good chance for you to remember that you’re perfectly capable without your sister or me nearby. This will be good for you. You’re braver than you think.

The words are perfectly legible in my dad’s handwriting, but I can scarcely read them for the tears in my eyes. He really did it. He really left me.

 

 

About Victoria

unnamed (2)Victoria Scott is the author of eight novels including Titans, Fire & Flood, Salt & Stone, the Dante Walker trilogy, Hear the Wolves (March 2017), and Violet Grenade (May 2017). She is published by Scholastic and Entangled Teen, and is represented by Sara Crowe of Pippin Properties.

Victoria’s latest novel, Titans, received two starred reviews, and Fire & Flood has been selected as a 2017 Spirit of Texas Reading Program book. Victoria’s novels have been bought and translated in fourteen foreign markets. The author currently resides in Philadelphia, and loves hearing from her readers.

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of HEAR THE WOLVES, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

 

Week One:

3/20/2017- YA Books Central Interview

3/21/2017- Just Commonly– Review

3/22/2017- Falling For YA– Guest Post

3/23/2017- MEREADALOT– Review

3/24/2017- BookHounds YA– Interview

Week Two:

3/27/2017- A Backwards Story– Review

3/28/2017- A Gingerly Review– Excerpt

3/29/2017- Book Briefs– Review

3/30/2017- Mundie Moms– Interview

3/31/2017- Library of a Book Witch– Review

Caraval Book Tour: Meet and Greet with Stephanie Garber

I had plans to be in New Orleans for a work conference and was not really looking forward to being in the city with so much downtime (I didn’t plan to hang out with coworkers after the meeting was over). I wasn’t sure what to do so I reached out to the Twitter community and asked if anyone wanted to meet up. The amazing Kristina (@gone_pecan) told me that Stephanie Garber would be at Octavia Books signing her debut Caraval on Valentine’s Day!  I cannot properly put into words how excited I was because the bookshop was only a 20 minute car ride away!! As soon as my meeting let out for the day I could not change and get over there fast enough. There was a severe storm that was just hitting the city but that was not going to stop me (it turns out it wasn’t nearly as bad as weathermen predicted it to be…). Octavia Books wass adorable. What an amazing indie bookshop! I wish I had more time to wander and lose myself in the shelves.

The area where Stephanie would be speaking was quaint and perfect. The seats filled up quickly. You could feel the excitement in the air because Caraval is nothing short of amazing and a breath-taking adventure. Everyone wanted to hear Stephanie talk to us about her inspiration for the story, her struggles getting published early on, how many books she actually wrote before her first one sold, and so much more!

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Here Stephanie is reading a section of Caraval:

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She is so outgoing and full of energy that I just wanted to hang out with her and chat. The signing line was easy going and we all were there to have a good time. Nobody was in a rush and that left time to chat with others. I ended up chatting with the shop owner who was the sweetest, most outgoing person! She makes me love indie bookstores even more. 🙂 I was also able to chat with a fellow book lover. We shared stories of books, book subscription services, and bloggers at conventions (like BEA). These events are usually so much more than meeting an author. Don’t get me wrong! Being able to meet a favorite author is always over the moon amazing but so is socializing with fellow booklovers. ❤

When I tell you Stephanie was adorable, I mean… just look.

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And to make my night EVEN BETTER – I won the Caraval goodie bag! I must have had all of the book fairies using their luck to help me win. This bag is just awesome. There is the branded Caraval bag, Caraval map (!!), Caraval map pencils (!!!), a necklace, and a notepad.

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Now here is a fun (or creepy?) story that happened during this event. When I sat down with the crowd, I noticed the lady beside me was someone I had seen before. She was someone I had met before but I couldn’t remember exactly who she was. But no matter what – I knew she was an author. We talked about our Hogwarts Houses (we are both Gryffindor!), if we were doing anything for Valentine’s Day, good books we have read, just being casual and friendly. I struggled to put a name to her face so I did what any good book lover would do – I went to Twitter.

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I wasn’t good with describing what the author looked like so what did I do? I was that creeper person who tried to sneak photos…. Guys, I am usually pretty ninja with my photo abilities but this time I was not. I am so very sure I was painfully obvious. Want proof?

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TOLD YOU. Look at that side eye.

I found out after the event that I was sitting next to CLAUDIA GRAY. THAT’S RIGHT. THE Claudia Gray.

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Claudia, I am so very sorry for creeping. I am really a pretty cool person. I’m not weird or someone to be concerned about. Please don’t hold this against me.

Have you had an embarrassing encounter with an author? Share with me so I don’t feel so bad about what I did.

 

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RockStar Book Tours: The Alchemists of Loom Tour (Excerpt)

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About the Book:
unnamed-8Title: THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM
Author: Elise Kova
Pub. Date: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Keymaster Press
Pages: 380
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
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Her vengeance. His vision.

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.

When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.

He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.

EXCERPT

 

Yveun Dono grew more impatient by the hour, and Leona couldn’t really blame him. She turned her head and looked into the room beyond—his drawing room. The King sat atop a raised dais. Behind him was an identical circle embellished with a gold band and even more circles ringed in gold. He looked as though he sat atop the earth, and the moons and suns rose at his back. Her King could pass for part divine.

“You seem cheerful,” his voice rumbled from across the room out to the wide railing Leona had made her perch.

“Dono?” She sat straighter, draping her legs on the inside of the balcony.

“You’re not one often caught smiling to herself.”

Leona pressed her fingertips into her cheeks, catching the offending emotion spread across her lips. Thankfully, it was just the two of them present, and she had no secrets from her sovereign. “I was thinking that it is a lovely evening.”

The King paused, looking out over the veranda where Leona sat. He considered the sunset as though he hadn’t even noticed the passage of time over the past few hours. His face relaxed, just a fraction. There were only a handful of people Leona suspected would notice the subtle shift in his brow that occurred when the King transitioned from their supreme leader to just a man.

“I suppose it is a nice evening.”

Leona averted her eyes, focusing on the horizon once more. Her magic flowed hot through her veins at the King’s agreement; it churned in delight, sparking against his as he suddenly appeared at her side. He moved as effortlessly as the wind, as soft footed as starlight.

Her eyelids felt heavy as he ran a claw up the line of her spine. They were so close she could feel the air shifting from the movement, a hair’s width from her flesh. He still withheld his touch from her. They were nothing. But he was her everything—and what made them dangerous was that he knew it. His breath was warm on her cheek, the only thing he let touch her skin as his face hovered over her shoulder.

She waited for him to say something more. The silence held ciphers of truths that lingered between them, written in a script that neither knew yet how to decipher. This would not be the moment they were given sound.

Yveun Dono pulled away and returned to his desk. Leona continued to stare at the horizon. Neither said anything further until night had begun to overtake the sky.

 

Praise For THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM:
“A heart-stopping adventure! Elise Kova reaches new heights with this fast-paced triumph of steampunk, fantasy, and a touch of romance. The Alchemists of Loom is a must-read!”
– DANIELLE L. JENSEN, USA Today bestselling author of the Malediction Trilogy

“Prepare to have your mind blown. THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM is the perfect mashup of genres, with a killer heroine, fiery romance, and friendships that run as deep as blood.”
– LINDSAY CUMMINGS, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Zenith and The Murder Complex

“A new favorite. Kova has created a world of contrasts that I can assure you, is like none you have read before.”
– MEG MCGORRY, N3rdbomber

“Reading THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM was like curling up with a favorite fantasy classic. Yet what truly transported me was the brilliant twists and layers that make this story totally unique, totally fresh.”
– SUSAN DENNARD, New York Times bestselling author of the Witchlands series

“The Alchemists of Loom is bloody, epic, and brimming with violence. Elise Kova gives fantasy, and steampunk fans, two whole new worlds to delight over as new characters strike out in an adventure sure to leave readers reeling for more. The cast of characters takes readers into a darker realm where no one is pure, everyone has an agenda, and, sometimes, the best friends one can have can be formed between enemies”
– RACHEL E. CARTER, bestselling author of The Black Mage

 

About Elise:
unnamed-9Elise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she is not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air Awakens Series as well as the upcoming Loom Saga (Keymaster, 2017).

 

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a signed finished copy of THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM, International.

3 winner will receive THE ALCHEMISTS OF LOOM Swag Packs, International.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

1/2/2017- Beyond the Book Reviews– Interview

1/3/2017- Emily Reads Everything– Review

1/4/2017- Once Upon A Twilight– Excerpt

1/5/2017- NovelKnight– Review

1/6/2017- Two Chicks on Books– Interview

 

Week Two:

1/9/2017- Zach’s YA Reviews– Review

1/10/2017- A Gingerly Review– Excerpt

1/11/2017- Always Me– Review

1/12/2017- BookHounds YA Interview

1/13/2017- Lost in Ever After– Review