ACADEMY OF THE ELITES Blog Tour: Spotlight and Giveaway

About the Book

Title: ACADEMY OF THE ELITES (Untamed Magic #1)

Author: Alexis Calder

Pub. Date: October 1, 2019

Publisher: Alexis Calder

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 139

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

My name is Raven Winters and I’m a mage. Who the hell knew? 

When I somehow summon fire in an act of self defense, I’m given two choices by the magic cops: attend some stuck-up magic school, or go to magic jail. 

Well, shit. There go my plans for the next year. Apparently, I have Untamed Magic, whatever the hell that means. And I’ve got a year to get it under control at this magic academy that’s basically a finishing school for the elite. Everyone here is somebody important. And rich. Except for me. 

Which paints quite the target on my back. Being the token poor kid is bad enough. Throw in that I somehow form a mating bond with four of the school’s most eligible bachelors. Oh yeah, and add in the fact that someone is trying to kill me. FML.

Scroll up and one-click this steamy, action packed reverse harem romance. 

Upcoming Release Dates for Academy of Elites:

Untamed Magic: October 1, 2019

Broken Magic: November 2019

Fated Magic: December 2019

Publisher’s Note: Academy of the Elites is a reverse harem fantasy series meant for mature readers who want action, magic, and steam.

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About Alexis:

Alexis Calder writes sassy heroines and sexy heroes with a sprinkle of sarcasm. She lives in the Rockies and drinks far too much coffee and just the right amount of wine.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card, International.

Rafflecopter link:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/e2389ba2985/?

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Blog Tour Schedule:

Week One:

9/30/2019- BookHounds YA Excerpt

9/30/2019- Wonder StruckReview

10/1/2019- Satisfaction for Insatiable ReadersExcerpt

10/1/2019- Lifestyle of MeReview

10/2/2019- A Gingerly ReviewReview

10/2/2019- Polish & PaperbacksReview

10/3/2019- Fire and Ice Review

10/3/2019- A Bookish DreamReview

10/4/2019- Read. Eat. Love.Review

10/4/2019- BookriotReview

Week Two:

10/7/2019- Smada’s Book SmackReview

10/7/2019- book briefsReview

10/8/2019- Sophie Reads YAReview

10/8/2019- Shelf-RatedReview

10/9/2019- Novel NoviceExcerpt

10/9/2019- Fyrekatz BlogReview

10/10/2019- Books a Plenty Book ReviewsReview

10/10/2019- EatingbetweenthelinesINCReview

10/11/2019- Writer of WrongsReview

10/11/2019- Books_andPoetriiExcerpt 

THE FIRE KEEPER Blog Tour: Spotlight and Giveaway

About the Book

Title: THE FIRE KEEPER

Author: J.C. Cervantes, Irvin Rodriguez (Illustrations)

Pub. Date: September 3, 2019

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion, Rick Riordan Presents

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 432

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindle, Audible, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD

Zane Obispo’s new life on a beautiful secluded tropical island, complete with his family and closest friends, should be perfect. But he can’t control his newfound fire skills yet (inherited from his father, the Maya god Hurakan); there’s a painful rift between him and his dog ever since she became a hell hound; and he doesn’t know what to do with his feelings for Brooks. One day he discovers that by writing the book about his misadventures with the Maya gods, he unintentionally put other godborn children at risk. Unless Zane can find the godborns before the gods do, they will be killed. To make matters worse, Zane learns that Hurakan is scheduled to be executed. Zane knows he must rescue him, no matter the cost. Can he accomplish both tasks without the gods detecting him, or will he end up a permanent resident of the underworld?

In this cleverly plotted sequel to The Storm Runner, the gang is back together again with spirited new characters, sneaky gods, unlikely alliances, and secrets darker than Zane could ever have imagined. Secrets that will change him forever.

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About J.C.:

J.C. Cervantes is the New York Times best-selling author of The Storm Runner, The Fire Keeper, and Tortilla Sun. Her books have appeared on national lists, including the American Booksellers Association New Voices, Barnes and Noble’s Best Young Reader Books, and Favorite MG Science Fiction/Fantasy Top Ten Books, as well as Amazon’s Best Books of the Month. She has earned multiple awards and recognitions, including the New Mexico Book Award, and the Zia Book Award.

J.C. lives in New Mexico (otherwise known as the Land of Enchantment) can read, write, and talk backwards, always roots for the underdog, and believes in magic.

Her work is represented by Holly Root at Root Literary.

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE FIRE KEEPER, US Only.

Rafflecopter link:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/e2389ba2993/?

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/1/2019- A Backwards StoryReview

10/2/2019- A Gingerly ReviewReview

10/3/2019- Lifestyle of MeReview

10/4/2019- Caffeine and CompositionReview

Week Two:

10/7/2019- Polish & PaperbacksReview

10/8/2019- fictitious.foxReview

10/9/2019- Riddle’s ReviewsReview

10/10/2019- Read. Eat. Love.Review

10/11/2019- A Bookish DreamReview

Week Three:

10/14/2019- Novel NoviceExcerpt

10/15/2019- book briefsReview

10/16/2019- Wonder StruckReview

10/17/2019- PopTheButterfly Reads Review

10/18/2019- Fyrekatz BlogReview

Week Four:

10/21/2019- Feed Your Fiction AddictionReview

10/22/2019- BookHounds YAReview

10/23/2019- The Layaway DragonReview

10/24/2019- Savings in SecondsReview

10/25/2019- Kait Plus BooksReview

Week Five:

10/28/2019- Do You Dog-ear?Review

10/29/2019- dwantstoreadReview

10/30/2019- That Georgia GypsyReview

10/31/2019- Little Red Reads- Review

THE LIGHT: HOUSTON TEXAS Blog Tour: Excerpt & Giveaway

Title: THE LIGHT: HOUSTON TEXAS

Author: Joe M. Solomon

Pub. Date: June 11, 2019

Publisher: NES Publishing

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 538

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooksKobo

March Madness has begun and college basketball playoffs are heating up, not that Robert Walker—a graduate student from Texas—particularly cares. He has decided to skip classes for the day, sleep in, and get some rest. Unfortunately, a brief spat on the phone with his fiancée makes that impossible. Hoping to take his mind off of it, he scans through TV channels in search of entertainment and instead finds one news report after another that warns of violence erupting in the streets.

People are randomly and savagely attacking one another all along the East Coast from Maine to Florida. Some speculate it may be related to strange lights that have appeared in the sky above the outbreaks. Before any solid conclusions can be drawn, however, the brutality spreads, sweeping across the country until it hits Houston, then proceeds on to the West Coast. Robert, a handful of classmates, and a few others manage to survive the first wave and find themselves in the midst of civilization’s blackest hour, surrounded by pandemonium, bloodshed, and masses of people who have been stripped of their humanity. Hours later, as those strange lights continue to dominate the sky, the vicious horde undergoes a new transformation.

There is no escaping the horror. Unable to reach his fiancée by phone, Robert sets out to find her, joined by a small ensemble of fellow survivors. The thirty-five miles they must cover are fraught with danger, and their terror grows with each step they take as they witness the genesis of a new Earth. Can they find a way to stop it? Will they even survive it? 

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Excerpt:

Puffy house shoes. “Ma,” Robert said, then raised the phone to his ear. “Ma, what’s going on?” Static swelled over the line. “Hello? Ma? Ma!”

“I’m here, Bobby,” Ms. Walker said, barely audible above the static. The alarm and urgency infusing her voice frightened him more than everything that had happened thus far.

“We have to get outta here!” Alex shouted.

“Quiet!” he shouted back at her. Then, in a calm voice, he said to his mother, “Talk to me.”

“My father called from Chapel Hill—”

Static.

“—that people had gone mad, killing each—”

Static.

“He said it was happening all along the East Coast. The news didn’t know what—”

Static.

“The president was attacked by two of his own Secret Ser—”

Static.

“He—”

Static.

“—beating him and—”

Static.

“—if he’s alive or dead.”

“We have to go,” Big Walt said and hurried to the window to survey the area. “I think we can make it if we go now. Right now!”

Robert raised a hand and motioned for Big Walt to stop speaking for a minute.

Alex moved to stand in front of the door and curled both hands into fists. Kicking off her house shoes, she bounced like a boxer waiting for her moment to knock out an opponent.

Static.

“—ad,” she said softly. “Robert.” Her voice rose a bit.

“What happened, Ma?” Robert asked as he placed an index finger in his other ear.

Big Walt unlocked the window and raised it to its full height. He looked toward the sky. “Humph.”

“Ma, I can’t hear—” He broke off. “Wait. Big Walt, what are you doing?”

“I have to live, my friend,” Walt said. “Good luck.” He pushed the screen outward with both hands, letting it fall into the flowerbed four feet beneath the window. In one fluid motion, Big Walt dove outside.

Alex glanced over one shoulder. “Where’s Big Walt?” She dashed over to the window with Robert on her heels.

Big Walt ran toward the parking lot where a female student had rammed her car into the automatic gate. With tight fists, two male students beat on the semiconscious woman. Her tired sobs and weak battle against the duo proved fruitless.

Bellowing a war cry, Big Walt struck both students with his fists and knocked them backward. They looked like the crooks in the old Batman TV show when they tumbled almost exaggeratedly over the curb.

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About Joe: (No author Photo)

Joe Solomon earned both master’s and doctoral degrees from Rice University and is a writer, a director, an independent filmmaker, and a composer.  His first novel—a supernatural thriller entitled The Darkness: Giger, Texas—reached #2 on Amazon’s Best Seller list and is available in paperback, ebook, and audiobook. His next novel—The Light: Houston, Texas—will release June 11, 2019. He has also completed a collection of short stories that arose from the macabre and will release next year.

An award-winning screenwriter, Joe has completed seventeen screenplays and nine stage plays. He has also been very active in the independent film industry, directing four short films, one feature film (post production), and six music videos. His screenplays have won Best Screenplay at the Mediterranean Film Festival (Cannes, France), been Official Selections at the Beverly Hills Film Festival, been a Finalist in the American Movie Awards, won the Final Draft Screenwriters Award, won the Screenwriting Showcase Award, reached the Second Round in The Sundance Feature Film Program, and been a Finalist in the Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition. His music videos have won Best Music Video at the Honolulu Film Awards, the Silver Remi Award for Creative Excellence at the WorldFest Houston International Film Festival, won the Maple Leaf Award at the Canada International Film Festival, been an Official Selection of the International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema—Milan, been an Official Selection of the Switzerland International Film Festival, won Best Director—Music Video in the Honolulu Film Awards, and been a Finalist in the American Movie Awards. They have also been Official Selections of many additional international film festivals.

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Giveaway Details:

4 lucky winners will receive a $20 Amazon Gift Card, International.

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Giveaway Link:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/e2389ba2946/?

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

6/4/2019- BookHounds– Interview

6/5/2019- Book Sniffers Anonymous– Excerpt

6/6/2019- Simply Daniel Radcliffe– Review

6/7/2019- Tyto Forest– Excerpt

Week Two:

6/10/2019- fictitious.fox– Review

6/11/2019- Lifestyle of Me– Review

6/12/2019- The Tired Buyer– Interview

6/13/2019- Burgandy Ice– Excerpt

6/14/2019- Two Chicks on Books Interview

Week Three:

6/17/2019- Pacific Northwest Bookworm– Review

6/18/2019- A Dream Within A Dream– Excerpt

6/19/2019- Owl Always Be Reading– Guest Post

6/20/2019- Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review

6/21/2019- Bookbriefs– Review

Week Four:

6/24/2019- Smada’s Book Smack– Spotlight

6/25/2019- Don’t Judge, Read– Interview

6/26/2019- KayBee’s Bookshelf, A Literary Blog– Spotlight

6/27/2019- A Gingerly Review– Review

6/28/2019- PopTheButterfly Reads– Review

Week Five:

7/1/2019- Reads & Reviews– Review

7/2/2019- Jaime’s World– Excerpt

BLASTAWAY by Melissa Landers Release Day Blitz



I am so excited that BLASTAWAY by Melissa Landers is available now and that I get to share the news!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Melissa Landers, be sure to check out all the details below.
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a finished copy of the book, US Only, courtesy of Disney-Hyperion and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About the Book:
Title: BLASTAWAY
Author: Melissa Landers
Pub. Date: July 9,2019
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 304

Kyler Centaurus isn’t your typical runaway. All he wanted was a quick trip to the legendary Fasti Sun Festival. Who wouldn’t want to see new stars being born? Um, try Kyler’s entire family. They couldn’t care less about mind-blowing wonders of science.

When an accidental launch sequence ends with Kyler hurtling through space on the family cruiser, the thrill of freedom is cut short by two space pirates determined to steal his ship. Not happening!

Luckily, Kyler bumps into Fig, a savvy young Wanderer who makes a living by blowing up asteroids. She could really use a ride to Earth and Kyler could really use a hand with the pirates.

But when Kyler learns the truth about Fig’s mission, the two must put aside their differences long enough to stop the threat of astronomical proportions racing towards Earth.


Exclusive Excerpt!

At some point, I must have fallen asleep.

I say that for two reasons. First, my chin was wet with drool, and I hardly ever slobber on myself when I’m awake. And second, I was no longer on Earth.

I sat bolt upright and stared out the window as distant stars whizzed past in a blur. There were no planets in sight, and judging by the swirling purple nebula ahead of me, this wasn’t the way to Nana’s house. I checked the navigation screen and felt my mouth drop open. The flashing beacon that represented my ship was halfway between Earth and Fasti.

(So you see, it is totally possible to steal a spaceship on accident.)

I guess my hand hit the EXECUTE button when I fell asleep. And because it would take just as long for me to turn around and go home as it would to finish my journey, it made sense to keep going, right? Either way, my parents would ground me into the afterlife, so I might as well earn the sentence, right?

Right.

An electric thrill rushed through my veins when I thought about the possibilities that lay ahead of me. Anything could happen on this trip. Literally anything. I could discover a brand-new element. Or meet a secret race of aliens. Or invent a new energy source. Or eat so much chocolate that I puked. Either way, I had complete freedom to make this journey into whatever I wanted, and once I realized that, there was no freaking way I could turn back. It was like the universe had dropped a gift in my lap, a gift I had no intention of returning.    

I wiped the drool off my chin and smiled.

“Hold onto your stars, Fasti. Here I come.”

About Melissa:


Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her kids. She lives just outside Cincinnati in the town of Loveland, “Sweetheart of Ohio.”










Giveaway Details:

1 winner will win a finished copy of BLASTAWAY, US Only.




Queen of Ruin Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

About the Book:

Title: QUEEN OF RUIN (Grace and Fury #2)

Author: Tracy Banghart

Pub. Date: July 2, 2019

Publisher: Little, Brown Books For Young Readers

Formats: Hardcover,  eBook, audiobook

Pages: 336

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindleAudibleB&NiBooksKoboTBD

A fierce sequel full of sisterhood, heart pounding action, betrayal, and intrigue in the royal court in a series that “breathes new life into the feminist story of oppression and resistance” (Publisher’s Weekly).

Banished by Asa at the end of Grace and Fury, Nomi and Malachi find themselves powerless and headed towards their all-but-certain deaths. Now that Asa sits on the throne, he will stop at nothing to make sure Malachi never sets foot in the palace again. Their only hope is to find Nomi’s sister, Serina, on the prison island of Mount Ruin. But when Nomi and Malachi arrive, it is not the island of conquered, broken women that they expected. It is an island in the grip of revolution, and Serina–polite, submissive Serina–is its leader.

Betrayal, grief, and violence have changed both sisters, and the women of Mount Ruin have their sights set on revenge beyond the confines of their island prison. They plan to sweep across the entire kingdom, issuing in a new age of freedom for all. But first they’ll have to get rid of Asa, and only Nomi knows how.

Separated once again, this time by choice, Nomi and Serina must forge their own paths as they aim to tear down the world they know, and build something better in its place.

The stakes are higher and the battles bolder in Tracy Banghart’s unputdownable sequel to Grace and Fury.

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Review:

I’m going to make this a down and dirty review because I really want you to pick up the book. 🙂

This book ROCKED with Girl Power! and it had me pumped! Nomi and Serina really found themselves in this sequel and I was here for it. I loved them in the first book and loved them harder in the second. They found had their character arc and discovered what they were capable of and who they were supposed to be. It was nothing short of amazing.

The second half of the book was so action packed that it went by quickly. So quickly, in fact, that I would have liked a minor/short epilogue chapter to give me ultimate closure on the characters I’d bonded with over the two books.

This book was full of all of the ships: sister relationships and love relationships. I wanted all of the ships! The way the sister relationship was written was brilliant. This wasn’t the Katniss/Prim type of relationship where one always needed to be protected. Both girls were strong, fierce, and a force to be reckoned with. The romance ships were also really good, but I’m not going to spoil anything for you.

I cannot get over how many feels I have for this book. It was just as good as the first book and I hope you read it, if you haven’t already.

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About Book 1:

Title: GRACE AND FURY (Grace And Fury #1)

Author: Tracy Banghart

Pub. Date: July 31, 2018

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 320

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, AudibleB&NiBooks, KoboTBD

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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About 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 QUEEN OF RUIN, US Only.

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Rafflecopter link:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/e2389ba2950/?

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

7/1/2019- Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews– Review

7/2/2019- PopTheButterfly Reads– Review

7/3/2019- Jena Brown Writes– Review

7/4/2019- What A Nerd Girl Says– Review

7/5/2019- It Starts at Midnight– Review

Week Two:

7/8/2019- Do You Dog-ear?– Review

7/9/2019- A Gingerly Review– Review

7/10/2019- Smada’s Book Smack– Review

7/11/2019- Starlight-Reads– Review

7/12/2019- Books Coffee and Repeat– Review