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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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.

 

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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

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooksTBD

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)

Find Crista online at:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon Author Page

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Giveaway Details:

 1 winner will win a Kindle Fire 7, US Only.

1 winner will win a $20 Amazon GC, US Only.

 Rafflecopter link:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/e2389ba2770/?

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

6/25/2018- Bubbly Books– Review

6/25/2018- Sophie Reads YA– Review

 

6/26/2018- Never Too Many To Read– Guest Post

6/26/2018- Cindy’s Love of Books– Review

 

6/27/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings– Excerpt

6/27/2018- StoreyBook Reviews– Spotlight

 

6/28/2018- A Gingerly Review– Excerpt

6/28/2018- BookHounds YA– Interview

 

6/29/2018- Demi Reads– Review

6/29/2018- The Cozy Reading Corner– Excerpt

 

Week Two:

7/2/2018- Books & Other Pursuits– Review

7/2/2018- The Phantom Paragrapher– Review

 

7/3/2018- Books a Plenty Book Reviews– Spotlight

7/3/2018- Parajunkee– Excerpt

 

7/4/2018- books are love– Review

7/4/2018- underneath the covers– Excerpt

 

7/5/2018- Two Chicks on Books– Interview

 

7/6/2018- The Reading Life– Spotlight

7/6/2018- Jaime’s World– Spotlight

 

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Neverworld Wake Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

NEVERWORLD WAKE (1)

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Neverworld WakeTitle: NEVERWORLD WAKE

Author: Marisha Pessl

Pub. Date: June 5, 2018

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 336

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonAudibleB&NiBooksTBD

Once upon a time, back at Darrow-Harker School, Beatrice Hartley and her six best friends were the cool kids, the beautiful ones. Then the shocking death of Jim—their creative genius and Beatrice’s boyfriend—changed everything.

One year after graduation, Beatrice is returning to Wincroft—the seaside estate where they spent so many nights sharing secrets, crushes, plans to change the world—hoping she’ll get to the bottom of the dark questions gnawing at her about Jim’s death. But as the night plays out in a haze of stilted jokes and unfathomable silence, Beatrice senses she’s never going to know what really happened.

Then a mysterious man knocks on the door. Blithely, he announces the impossible: time for them has become stuck, snagged on a splinter that can only be removed if the former friends make the harshest of decisions. Now Beatrice has one last shot at answers–and at life.

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Review:

I thought I was ready for this book but I was wrong. I never anticipated the direction this story would go. Everything about this story was fast paced, thrilling, and had me on the edge of my seat. Please go into this story blind knowing nothing more than the blurb above, that way you will be pleasantly surprised by what unfolds before you.

It must be know that the real twist, the real surprise comes at the end so don’t say you weren’t warned.

Gosh, writing a review without giving anything away is TOUGH. Here is what you need to know: get this book. Now.

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About Marisha:

MarishaMarisha Pessl grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, and now lives in New York City. Special Topics in Calamity Physics, her debut novel, was a bestseller in both hardcover and paperback. It won the 2006 John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize (now the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize), and was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review. Her new novel, Night Film, comes out August 20, 2013.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Tumblr | Goodreads
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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of NEVERWORLD WAKE, US Only.

Rafflecopter Link:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/e2389ba2754/?

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

6/1/2018- YA Books Central– Excerpt

 

Week Two:

6/4/2018- Two Chicks on Books– Excerpt

6/5/2018- Bookish Lifestyle– Review

6/6/2018- Tea With Mermaids Review

6/7/2018- Trendy Simple Life– Review

6/8/2018- A Dream Within A Dream– Review

 

Week Three:

6/11/2018- Books Coffee and Repeat– Review

6/12/2018- Nerdophiles– Review

6/13/2018- Life of a Literary Nerd– Review

6/14/2018- Jena Brown Writes– Review

6/15/2018- Once Upon a Twilight– Review

 

Week Four:

6/18/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

6/19/2018- Book-Keeping– Review

6/20/2018- A Gingerly Review– Review

6/21/2018- Cindy’s Love of Books– Review

6/22/2018- RhythmicBooktrovert– Review

 

Week Five:

6/25/2018- BookHounds YA– Review

6/26/2018- Under the Book Cover– Review

6/27/2018- Smada’s Book Smack– Review

6/28/2018- Hauntedbybooks– Review

6/29/2018- The Cover Contessa– Excerpt

 

 

 

 

Between The Sea And Stars: Release Week Blitz

I am so excited that BETWEEN THE SEA AND STARS by Chantal Gadoury is available now and that I get to share the news!
 
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Chantal Gadoury, be sure to check out all the details below. 
 
This blitz also includes a pre-order giveaway courtesy of Chantal. So if you’d like a
chance to win, check out the giveaway info below.
About The Book:

Title: BETWEEN THE SEA AND STARS 
Author: Chantal Gadoury
Pub. Date: June 19, 2018
Publisher: The Parliament House 
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: ?
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooks
A Legend, A Magical Shell  A Girl Who Dreamed Of Something More… 

Lena, a Merrow girl, lives in the Skagerrak sea with her father, Carrick and her brother, Javelin who tells her of the legend of the Merrow Queen murdered by her human lover when greed takes over. But what’s worth spilling the queen’s blood? Gifted from Poseidon, himself, a magic shell gives any human the ability to control both land and sea. 

When Javelin is called to join a clan of Merrow soldiers bent on protecting their waters from human invasion, Lena resists Merrow law and ventures to the shore with no choice but to swim to land. 

With newfound legs, Lena is whisked away on a new adventure with new friends and new trouble. Everyone seems to want something from her as intrigue lurks around every corner. 

Trying her best to hide who she is and remain safe from the dangers of the human world, will Lena finally find where she belongs, or will she be swept into a strong and stormy current by lust, greed, and jealousy?

Excerpt:
“Tell me the legend of the Skagerrak queen.”
 
Javelin lifted a brow. “It’s hardly a legend, Lena,” he said. “It’s
barely been a decade.” His voice was easy, unbothered by the possibility of
being overheard. They were alone in this place. There was no need to whisper or
scold or shush. Still, he groaned. “I’ve told that one a thousand times. You
should know it by heart. Aren’t you tired of it yet?”
 
“Come on,” Lena urged him. “It’s my favorite. Tell me again.”
 
He rolled his eyes, but his mouth curved into a grin. “Fine.” His scooped
a clam shell out of the sand and began sliding the sharp side of a rock against
its grain. “The queen fell in love with a human man,” he began, his strong
fingers holding the clam firmly in place. “Every full moon, she used her magic
to travel ashore to see him.”
 
Lena settled onto her elbows, relishing the smooth sound of her brother’s
voice as he recited the tale. 
A dreamy smile spread over her lips.
 
“I wonder how she met him,” she murmured softly, tilting her chin up and
letting her lashes flutter shut.
 
“Likely the same way any merrow meets a human,” Javelin teased.
“Shipwrecked during one of Poseidon’s storms. She should have drowned him
immediately.”
 
“But she couldn’t!” Lena’s eyes pinged open. “For he was devilishly
handsome, even soaking wet. The most handsome man she’d ever seen.”
 
“Devilish is right,” Javelin allowed. “Whether he was handsome or not,
I’ll let your imagination decide.”
 
“Oh, he was.” Lena was smiling widely now. “He was, perhaps, the most
beautiful human man in existence, and desperately enraptured by the queen. Each
full moon, he waited for her, pacing the beach like a madman. And when she
would emerge from the sea, he’d run hip-deep to meet her, unable to spend one
more moment apart. He’d wrap his muscular arms around her—”
 
“For Poseidon’s sake, Lena.”
 
“And they’d dance together,” she pressed on, giggling, “as only humans
can do. They’d dance and dance the hours away, bathed in starlight, humming
songs into one another’s ears.”
 
“Until one night. . .” Javelin prompted smugly, and Lena rolled her eyes.
 
“Until one night,” she sighed, “something overcame the queen’s lover.
Greed.”
 
“Human greed,” Javelin corrected. “Human nature. It was only a matter of
time.”
 
She glared at him, but didn’t interrupt as he continued. This was the
best and the worst part of the tale, and Javelin—damn him, was good at telling
it. And he knew.
 
“That night, the queen swam toward the surface, impatient as ever she
was. Ready to be rid of her tail. Ready to be human again. Her magic was a gift
from Poseidon himself, contained in a delicate shell which she wore around her
neck on a gold chain. It gave her the ability to explore the shore, and to
control the storms and seas.”
 
Lena leaned in.
 
“As she swam, the queen began to change. Faint sobs faltered over her
blue-scaled lips—cries of pain, lost to the rushing lull of the waves and the
urgent beating of her fins. Swiftly, her tail separated into two perfectly
shaped legs, and she rose out of the sea.”
 
“Don’t leave out the good parts,” Lena whispered. She knew her brother
would skim over the romance just to annoy her.
 
Javelin gave her a pointed look. Then he grinned. “The moon was high that
night,” he said, lowering his voice to a hush for effect. “The land was
illuminated by an eerie, silver glow. Beneath its light, the queen’s new flesh
was creamy and soft. Her hair became one with the wind, and her body shivered
against a violent, uproarious breeze. Perhaps it was a warning from the gods,
but the queen didn’t see it as such. The human lands were cold, suffering a
new, frigid season, but her heart remained warm. She smiled, though her
transition had been agony, when she heard the sound of water splashing and saw
her beloved moving toward her through the shallows.
 
“She sang his name as he brushed chaste kisses against her neck, and
relaxed fully against him, trusting him completely. She was blind to the wicked
yearning which had wrapped around his heart. Which made his body tense, which
crushed his lungs till he could hardly breathe. He wanted her shell, for he’d
discovered what powers were locked inside that delicate charm. Powers gifted to
whomsoever possessed it. His fingers dipped to her throat, caressing the shell
which had allowed her to return to him, again and again. The queen eyed him
strangely, and he dropped his hands to her waist, tugging her against him,
kissing her deeply.”
 
Lena sighed, and Javelin smirked.
 
“She was a fool,” he said.
 
“She was in love,” Lena amended.
 
“She was both,” he conceded. “And that foolish love consumed her.
Deceived her. Seduced her. Clouded her eyes, so love was all she could see. But
that fateful eve, her beloved’s affection was not what it seemed. He’d seduced
himself too, with all the prospects of what might be. His own love had been
replaced by a lust for riches unknown. For control of the land and sea.”
 
Lena winced, for she knew what came next.
 
“He pressed his mouth against the queen’s skin, whispering sweet words,
distracting her. She was smiling as he sent a knife into her back. Smiling,
even as her eyes went wide with shock.”
 
Lena shuddered, picturing it. A joyful mouth, frozen in place. Bulging,
horrified eyes going dim.
 
“The queen’s lover twisted his blade, releasing her cold merrow blood to
the sand. He reached for the shell, yanking on its golden chain. But in the
last throes of breath, the queen resisted him and threw the shell into the
crashing waves, bidding Poseidon to wash it away.
 
“With a promised curse on his lips, her lover trailed back into the
night, determined to one day possess the world between the sea and stars, and
all who dwell beneath the earth, in the ocean’s depths. Our people.” He glanced
sidelong at Lena, his meaning clear. “The merrows.”
 
“And the queen. . .” Lena murmured, though she already knew how the tale
would end.
 
“He left her to dissolve into sea foam. She was washed away forever by
the waves.”
 
Lena released a long breath and gazed at her hands, trying to imagine
what it would be like to watch herself slowly disappear; what heartache and
betrayal the queen must have felt in her last moments. She knew this was a
gruesome tale, but a part of her thought the better parts, the magic and
romance, were worth the gruesome bits.
 
“What do you think it would be like, to walk?” she wondered aloud. “Would
it be like having two tails?”
 
“I don’t know,” Javelin chuckled. “I suppose it might be.”
 
“Where do you think the shell is now?”
 
Javelin shrugged. From a stony shelf above his head, he retrieved a slim,
wooden railing he’d found in a ship a few days before and carefully tied his
sharpened clamshell to its jagged end.
Lena smiled, realizing he’d made her a hunting spear.
 
“Poseidon is said to have hidden the shell before the human lover, or any
human, could steal it. It could be anywhere.”
 
“If you could go to the surface, would you?”
 
Javelin pinched his lips together and didn’t speak. It was a silent
reprimand. He knew how Lena longed to break through the waves, to see the human
world with her own eyes, to know the uses of all the odd objects they’d
collected over the years. But the laws of the sea were strict, and the king’s
leniency had all but vanished in recent years.
 
Any merrow caught peeking at the shore was punished. Some were even
struck down by Poseidon and reduced to sea foam, just like the queen.
 
“This is where we belong, Lena,” Javelin said softly, firmly.
 
“But how do you know?” She swirled upright and swam along the edge of the
grotto, brushing her fingertips over cups and spoons and heaps of sodden
fabric. Over small chests and tarnished, palm-sized figurines and other
mysterious, unnamed things. “Haven’t you ever wondered what it would be like,
to live on the land? To live among them? To be one of them?”
 
“Not as much as you have, I can see.”
 
She groaned, and sank to her brother’s side, resting her head on his
shoulder. “It can’t be as bad as everyone believes. Humans can’t all be the
same. We’re not all the same,” she reasoned quietly.

About Chantal:

 

Amazon Best Selling Author, Chantal Gadoury, is a 2011 graduate from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing. Since graduation, she has published “The Songs in Our Hearts” with 48Fourteen Publishing, and “Allerleirauh” with Parliament House Press, with future titles to follow. Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues with that love of writing today. Writing novels for Chantal has become a life-long dream come true! When she’s not writing, she enjoys painting, drinking lots of DD Iced Coffee, and watching Disney classics. Chantal lives in Muncy, Pennsylvania with her Mom, sister and furry-‘brother’ (aka, puppy) Taran.
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Cinderella’s Inferno Blog Tour – Excerpt and Giveaway

CINDERELLA'S INFERNO

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Cinderella'sInferno coverTitle: CINDERELLA’S INFERNO (Cinderella, Necromancer #2)

Author: F.M. Boughan

Pub. Date: May 28, 2018

Publisher: Month9Books

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Pages: 324

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Purity cannot abide the darkness.
It’s been two years since Ellison defeated her stepsisters and sent her evil stepmother back into the Abyss.

Though she’s learning to control her dark magic and has spent time traveling with Prince William and bringing peace to the kingdom, one fact remains. She is a necromancer and he is a paladin of light. And so, the king refuses to give his blessing for them to marry.

To appease his father, William has begun to avoid her. But when even her younger brother Edward grows distant, Ellison learns her mother’s spirit has been visiting Edward in secret, threatening to overwhelm him with her own loneliness and longing. When Ellison accidentally touches her mother’s spirit, her tainted touch condemns her mother’s spirit to eternal damnation.

Ellison resolves to descend into hell to save her mother’s soul and bring her physical body back to the world of the living. William hopes this good deed will bring Ellison into favor and finally allow them to be wed.

But the journey through hell is fraught with peril. Temptations abound and the demons Ellison sent back to the Abyss are thirsty for revenge.

Evil cannot be defeated without sacrifice—but when that sacrifice means choosing between the ones Ellison loves and her very own life, how far is she willing to go to make her family whole again?

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Excerpt from Chapter 4, “The Damning”

 

I crouched beside the iron gate, peering above the branches of a roughly trimmed hedge to watch Edward’s hand reach toward our mother as she, too, extended hers to him. I hoped for a word of joy or encouragement that Edward might pass on to Father and me. Or, better still, a reason for her absence. I didn’t need to touch her, I would not inflict purposeful pain, but did she truly believe otherwise? Perhaps she recalled that moment two years prior when we’d reached for each other—how angry, black scabs had formed over her luminescent spirit flesh when we’d made contact. I still heard her cries of pain, recalling easily the way my skin had burned at her touch. Did she fear I would reach for her again, that I would cause her purity to fester? Was that why she’d stayed away?

Anger flared in my belly and unbalanced my deep crouch. My toe caught on the front of my skirt and I toppled forward to land directly in front of the closed gate. No longer hidden by the hedge, I held a quiet hope that the fumble had gone unnoticed. But when I glanced up to regard my family, Edward gaped as though he had forgotten my presence at all, and my mother—oh, my dear and most precious mother—was not pleased to see me. If she had any reaction at all, I might have called it … anger. Or was it blame?

“Ella, go back,” Edward pleaded.

“Mother, please,” I breathed. She didn’t speak to me but the air around her shimmering form darkened. The dulled brightness of her spirit dimmed further, and I stared in alarm as I rose to my feet.

“No, Ella. Go.” Edward took a step toward me as I found myself pressed into the iron gate. My trembling fingers caught the latch and raised it. My mother’s spirit, faded and stark, lifted her palms toward me—not beckoning, but forbidding.

“Why don’t you want me?” My voice cracked, and I choked on the words as I stepped through onto hallowed ground. “Why doesn’t anyone want me?”
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CinderellaNecromancerTitle: CINDERELLA NECROMANCER

Author: F.M. Boughan

Pub. Date: September 5, 2017

Publisher: Month9Books, LLC

Pages: 324

Formats: Paperback, eBook

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CINDERELLA,NECROMANCER is CHIME meets ANNA, DRESSED IN BLOOD and was inspired by a real medieval grimoire of necromancy from 15th-century Germany.

Ellison lost her mother at an early age. But since then, her father has found love again. He’s happy and doesn’t quite notice that Ellison does not get along with his new wife or her mean daughters.

When Ellison discovers a necromantic tome while traveling the secret passages of her father’s mansion, she wonders if it could be the key to her freedom.

Until then, she must master her dark new power, even as her stepmother makes her a servant in her own home. And when her younger brother falls incurably ill, Ellison will do anything to ease his pain, including falling prey to her stepmother and stepsisters’ every whim and fancy.

Stumbling into a chance meeting of Prince William during a secret visit to her mother’s grave feels like a trick of fate when her stepmother refuses to allow Ellison to attend a palace festival.

But what if Ellison could see the kind and handsome prince once more? What if she could attend the festival? What if she could have everything she ever wanted and deserved by conjuring spirits to take revenge on her cruel stepmother?

As Ellison’s power grows, she loses control over the evil spirits meant to do her bidding. And as they begin to exert their own power over Ellison, she will have to decide whether it is she or her stepmother who is the true monster.

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About F.M. Boughan:

FaithF.M. Boughan is a bibliophile, a writer, and an unabashed parrot enthusiast. She can often be found writing in local coffee shops, namely because it’s hard to concentrate with a cat lying on the keyboard and a small, colorful parrot screaming into her ear. Her work is somewhat dark, somewhat violent, somewhat hopeful, and always contains a hint of magic.

You can follow Faith on Twitter (@FaithBoughan) for plenty of flailing about food (she likes to cook!), TV shows (she watches too many), and world dance (did you know she’s been performing & instructing in Bollywood-style dance for over 8 years?).

Or catch her on Facebook where she just might post pictures of her adorable cat & bird… among other things.

F.M. Boughan is represented by Bill Contardi of Brandt & Hochman.

 

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

6/11/2018- Dorky Girl and Skeletor– Excerpt

6/11/2018- Writer of Wrongs– Review

 

6/12/2018- Book Briefs– Interview

6/12/2018- Book-o-Craze– Spotlight

 

6/13/2018- For the Lover of Books– Review

6/13/2018- Books a Plenty Book Reviews– Spotlight

 

6/14/2018- Lauren is Reading– Review

6/14/2018- A Gingerly Review– Excerpt

 

6/15/2018- Book-Keeping– Guest Post

6/15/2018- RhythmicBooktrovert– Spotlight

 

Week Two:

6/18/2018- Zach’s YA Reviews– Review

6/18/2018- Rattle the Stars– Spotlight

 

6/19/2018- Bluestocking Bookworm– Review

6/19/2018- A Dream Within A Dream– Excerpt

 

6/20/2018- books are love– Review

6/20/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings– Excerpt

 

6/21/2018- Blushing Bibliophile– Review

6/21/2018- Two Chicks on Books– Interview

 

6/22/2018- Bookroomreviews– Guest Post

6/22/2018- Tales of the Ravenous Reader– Guest Post

 

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