The She-Wolf of Kanta – Excerpt and Giveaway!

THE SHE WOLF OF KANTA

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THE SHE-WOLF OF KANTA Digital Assets

SWOC_72dpi-701x1024Title: THE SHE-WOLF OF KANTA

Author: Marlena Frank

Pub. Date: April 17, 2018

Publisher: Legion Imprint of Radiant Crown Publishing

Formats: Paperback, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 256

Find it: AmazonB&NiBooksGoodreads

 

“A pair of yellow eyes caught the moonlight and locked onto hers.”
Mercy has always dreamed of becoming a werewolf trapper like her father. In Kanta, one must learn how to survive one way or another. A dark-skinned, blue-eyed young beauty, Mercy understands that she brings out the beast in monsters and men. When a routine werewolf delivery turns into a vicious assault from a pair of human traffickers, Mercy’s life changes forever. Somehow she must endure in a dangerous city where women and werewolves are hunted.

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Excerpt:

Mercy meets her first werewolf in the wild, much to her dismay.

– Marlena

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The crickets were deafening as moonlight streamed down through the branches. Mercy’s pulse rang in her ears and her entire body was tense. Her left calf kept cramping up, but she ignored it. A moment’s delay when the beast showed its face could mean a gory death. She couldn’t fail tonight, not after months of practice. Behind her she knew Father was watching, and she wondered if he felt as nervous. The forest was deceptively peaceful, but Father said they were close, and that if she remembered her training, she could hear them, too.

She got into position in the middle of the clearing with her foot poised above the pedal switch. She tried to calm her mind and focus. The clamor of crickets surrounded them, but that was merely wrapping the noises beneath. She tried to listen closer. She heard an owl in a tree, her father’s raspy breaths, and the heavy, padding paws of the beast stalking her. Her mouth was dry and her body began to tremble. Father had said she would panic, that it was a normal reaction to facing one in the wild for the first time. That was the deciding moment, he had said. She needed to keep control of herself, but that was so much easier when she knew they weren’t near, when she knew it was safe.

Then she saw it. Through a thick patch of bushes, a pair of yellow eyes caught the moonlight and locked on to hers. Mercy froze. It was said when you looked into a werewolf’s eyes, you felt how easy it would be to become its prey. Facing one required both a strong mind and a strong body. It was as much a mind game as a physical one, and never had Mercy felt so small and insignificant. She had a very sensible and primal urge to run away. There was no way to prepare for that moment, Father had told her. That was the gamble of going trapping to begin with, whether or not you would be able to contain the urge to flee. She felt her legs shake but forced herself to stay rooted to the spot. If she ran, both she and her father could be torn apart.

When the werewolf lunged forward, the only thing Mercy could think of was how big it was.

 

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About Marlena:

marlena_profilepicture_smallI write about strange creatures. Typically they shouldn’t exist, or they have bled through from a different reality, or they’re pretending to be a crying baby in a crib. Sometimes that lands my stories in horror and other times in fantasy, but there’s always an air of strangeness to my tales. If you want to get a better feel for what I’m talking about, check out a few clips or read a few drabbles.

My work has appeared in a spattering of short story collections, but I do have a few novellas and novels in the pipeline. Other than talking about writing, I also talk about cryptozoologywerewolveswildlife conservation, and of course kitties. I’ve also been known to nerd out about Batman and The Hobbit, and have recently discovered the cracktastic fun of Black Butler cosplay, so there will likely be more of these incidents.

By day I work as a web developer, so I’ll occasionally talk about web issues like finding the right theme.

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Giveaway Details:

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

 Rafflecopter Link:

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

4/9/2018- BookHounds– Interview

4/10/2018- Twinning for Books– Review

4/11/2018- What A Nerd Girl Says– Guest Post

4/12/2018- The Life Stories– Review

4/13/2018- A Gingerly Review– Excerpt

 

Week Two:

4/16/2018- Jena Brown Writes– Review

4/17/2018- Confessions of a YA Reader– Excerpt

4/18/2018- Fantasy Book Critic– Interview

4/19/2018- Reese’s Reviews– Review

4/20/2018- Novel Novice– Guest Post

 

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Electric Gardens Book Tour: Excerpt and Giveaway

ELECTRIC GARDENS

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About The Book:

electric-gardens newTitle: ELECTRIC GARDENS

Author: M. Black

Pub. Date: March 15, 2018

Publisher: CREATIVIA

Pages: 332

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Find it: Goodreads

 

In our future, robots known as Tins keep us protected from the floods, fires and diseases of the outside in what are called Compounds. But when the Tins become more our masters than protectors, humans rebel. Lexi019 is turning eighteen, and will then be sent into what Tins call the Electric Gardens. Since no one ever returns from the Electric Gardens, Lexi019 is desperate to escape. With her best friend Kyle53 and his sister, the three of them find an unlikely friendship that helps them escape. But not everything is what it seems in this Robotic Dystopia, and soon Lexi019 will be faced with hard decisions she never anticipated. Join Lexi019 and Klye53 in this four part Robotic Dystopia set in a future that could one day be our own.

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Excerpt:

“COME ON, LEXI, SPILL it.” He leans into my ear.

 

I say in a hushed voice. “I…I’ve just been trying to get that vent to stay on the wall.”

 

He rolls his eyes, his nose touching mine. He practically lips his words, his voice is so low. “No way, the vents are on tight, secured by Tins. They’d never leave them like that. You did that.”

 

I can almost touch his lips, and before we’re scanned for our body heat being too close, I pull away, but keep my volume low. “It’s nothing, Kyle. Leave it.”

 

He grins, his lips still in lip-sync mode. “You’re crawling through them, aren’t you?”

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About M. Black:

AmiM.Black is Ami Blackwelder and writes for the brand ENTER TOMORROW. She is a Montessori teacher, helps the deaf and hard of hearing, is an avid Pescetarian, believer in animal rights and wildlife conservation, and a lover of books. she is the author of the never-before-seen-concept Animal Graph, and dubs herself the ‘Robot Girl’ since many of her stories revolve around robots and A.I. She has a Siamese cat names LOTUS from Thailand when she was an educator there and he show sup in all her robot books. She adopted a cat named Ash in the States who also shows up in all of her robot books. She loves reading on Kindle Unlimited and only buys paperback. She enjoys many vegetarian dishes like veggie lasagna and four bean chili. She also likes watching movies, gardening, the beach, and hanging out with friends. Of course most of the time you will find her at home, pounding away at her computer.

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Giveaway Details: International

1 winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card.

 

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

3/19/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings– Excerpt

3/20/2018- BookHounds YA– Guest Post

3/21/2018- hauntedbybooks13– Spotlight

3/22/2018- Lisa Loves Literature– Excerpt

3/23/2018- Page Turners Blog– Excerpt

 

Week Two:

3/26/2018- A Dream Within A Dream– Excerpt

3/27/2018- Wonder Struck– Excerpt

3/28/2018- A Gingerly Review– Excerpt

3/29/2018- Owl Always Be Reading– Interview

3/30/2018- Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review

 

 

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Our Dark Stars Book Tour: Review and Giveaway

OUR DARK STARS

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About The Book:

unnamed (1)Title: OUR DARK STARS

Author: Audrey Grey and Krystal Wade

Pub. Date: March 6, 2018

Publisher: Blaze Publishing, LLC

Pages: 316

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Find it: AmazonB&NiBooksTBDGoodreads

 

While she sleeps, the whole universe changes.
Princess Talia Starchaser has it all. Wealth. Status. Adoring citizens. But on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, she’s forced to publicly betray her best friend, a companion mock she’s had since birth, setting events into motion that lead to the destruction of the humans, and the princess floating through space, a remnant of a time when humans ruled over droids.
One hundred years later, half-mock captain Will Perrault and his ragtag crew discover a device floating in space. When a very human Talia emerges from its depths, Will suspects she’s the key to buying his way back into the regiment he once commanded against the last remaining rebel humans—and the ruling mock queen’s good graces.
Both Talia and Will would rather get space-tossed than trust one another, but with the queen’s forces chasing them across the galaxy and the fate of both worlds hanging in the balance, they’ll forge the unlikeliest of alliances to survive.

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Review:

I’ve been on a sci-fi kick lately and this one is now in my coveted Top List! What an action packed thrill ride that made me sad when it was over.

The main thing that stood out to me about this was the characters, particularly with the way they were introduced. Grey and Wade made the introductions feel fluid. I cannot say that about a lot of stories I’ve read, especially sci-fi. Usually character introductions within a space story can be choppy at best, but not here. I will say that while I enjoyed the heck out of this story, it was not without some flaws, which is normal, right? I wish the side characters had a wee bit more face time and were flushed out a little more but that wasn’t a strong enough factor to make me dislike the story at all. It’s just an observation and I may be alone with that.

The plot, pacing, and story itself is wonderfully packed into a mere 300 pages. It can be considered short for a story like this but Grey and Wade did a great job of making those 300 pages count! And rest assured that there is no instalove so WOOHOO to that! {insert happy dance here} The only small thing I would say is that I could have handled the story if it had been a wee bit longer only to help develop the story and characters a smidge more. Bottom line though, this was a great read. I really enjoyed it and believe people should add this to their TBR now.

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About Audrey:

AudreyHi! I’m an award winning and USA Today bestselling author of several books, including the Moonbeam Children’s Award bronze finalist, SHADOW FALL. I live in the charming state of Oklahoma with my crew: one husband, two little people, four mischievous dogs, and one poor cat. You can usually find me hiding out in my office from said crew, surrounded by books and sipping kombucha while dreaming up wondrous worlds for my characters to live in.

In between the chaos—What’s for dinner? Stop pinching your sister! Homework! Dishes!— and my writing, I make time for various projects. An admitted paintaholic, I’ve painted, sprayed or transformed nearly every piece of my house at least once. I even painted my husband’s beloved fabric chair. Oops!

I thrive on creation: starting from an idea, a blank canvas, or perhaps an outdated room, and using my imagination to create something new and emotionally engaging that’s all my own. But stories have always been my first love. Weaving together complex worlds full of flawed, conflicted characters allows me to express myself in a way I could never do otherwise.

I started creating stories during the sweltering Oklahoma summers spent laboring in my father’s wheat fields. Alone and bored, I dreamed up wild fables of vampires (the Anne Rice kind), cave men, and love-torn ghosts. By college my tales had grown more persistent, and I started to actually write them down.

Now, fiction is my life, and I look forward to sharing my characters and their stories with all of you.

 

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About Krystal:

KrystalI’m happily married to the love of my life (don’t gag) and raising three beautiful children in the gorgeous state of Virginia. We live just outside Washington, D.C., and every day I wake up to find myself stuck in traffic trying to get there.

The horrid commute gives me plenty of time to zone out and think about my characters in full, brilliant details (I’m a safe driver; don’t worry). Stories give me a way to forget about the sometimes smelly strangers sitting next to me on the fifty mile trek into town (I pick up hitchhikers every day. True story. Check out http://www.slug-lines.com if you don’t believe me).

I’ve been a part of organized hitchhiking for nearly fifteen years, but that’s just one small aspect of my oh-so-large life. When I’m not working, commuting, or chasing after my three children (four if you count the man), you can usually find me outside talking to my chickens like they’re the cutest things in the world (they are), or training my amazing dogs how to herd said chickens (which they love), or curled up on the sofa with a good book (why can’t that be 100% of the time?).

I hope you love my stories (or just like them a little; that would be okay, too). And I hope that one day you find your passion, because there’s nothing in life better than doing what you love while surrounded by people you love.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a $30 Amazon GC and a hardcover copy of Cinder, US Only.

 

Rafflecopter Link:

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

3/19/2018- Books at Dawn– Excerpt

3/19/2018- What A Nerd Girl Says– Review

 

3/20/2018- Emily Reads Everything– Review

3/20/2018- Darque Dreamer Reads– Review

 

3/21/2018- F A N N A Interview

3/21/2018- Twirling Book Princess– Review

 

3/22/2018- The Desert Bibliophile– Review

3/22/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

 

3/23/2018- BookHounds– Interview

3/23/2018- Sincerely Karen Jo– Review

 

Week Two:

3/26/2018- Wonder Struck– Excerpt

3/26/2018- Dani Reviews Things– Review

 

3/27/2018- Sweet Southern Home– Excerpt

3/27/2018- Smada’s Book Smack– Review

 

3/28/2018- Lisa Loves Literature– Interview

3/28/2018- A Gingerly Review– Review

 

3/29/2018- Novel Novice– Guest Post

3/29/2018- Twinning for Books– Review

 

3/30/2018- The Cover Contessa Interview

3/30/2018- I Heart Romance & YA– Review

 

 

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In Her Skin Book Tour: Review and Giveaway

IN HER SKIN

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About The Book:

IHS_CVR_NEW_FINALTitle: IN HER SKIN

Author: Kim Savage

Pub. Date: March 27, 2018

Publisher: FSG

Pages: 304

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Find it: AmazonAudibleB&NiBooksTBDGoodreads

 

Sixteen-year-old con artist Jo Chastain is about to take on the biggest heist of her life: impersonating a missing girl. Life on the streets of Boston these past few years hasn’t been easy, and Jo is hoping to cash in on a little safety, a little security. She finds her opportunity in the Lovecrafts, a wealthy family with ties to the unsolved disappearance of Vivienne Weir, who vanished when she was nine.
When Jo takes on Vivi’s identity and stages the girl’s miraculous return, the Lovecrafts welcome her back with open arms. They give her everything she could want: love, money, and proximity to their intoxicating and unpredictable daughter, Temple. But nothing is as it seems in the Lovecraft household—and some secrets refuse to stay buried. As hidden crimes come to the surface, and lines of deception begin to blur, Jo must choose to either hold onto an illusion of safety, or escape the danger around her before it’s too late.

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Review:

I thought I was prepared for this book but I wasn’t. This was dark in the best way possible. It was such a creepy, stay with me long after I finished the book, had me thinking about it for days kind of good dark story.

The overall tone of the story is what has really stayed with me. It had a wonderfully complex mystery that kept me guessing until the very end. The writing style was brilliant and fluid. I believe that gave the characters a bit of a flawed reality to them. It felt like I would meet characters like this in real life, or at least stalk them from afar because I was that invested in their story. 😉

Reviewing a book without giving anything away is HARD. I just want everyone to know that everything about this story was so well done. The pacing was excellent, the characters were rich and well developed, the plot itself was marvelous. My only complaint is that I read it too quickly and it was over before I realized it. Even the setting was full of detail and immersive! I felt as if I was actually walking through Boston while the story moved along. But remember  – this is not a walking tour of Boston book, dark things hid around every corner. Dark and seedy things that nobody would want to witness in the light of day.

I highly recommend everyone read this book! It is deliciously dark and disturbing, but Savage will make you beg for more. She’s evil like that. Please, add this to your TBR now.

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About Kim:

KimI was born and raised in Massachusetts, on the South Shore, which sounds beachy, even luxe. Think Winnebagos and chicken coops. My three brothers, 16, 10, and 8 years older, were teens by the time I became a person. Happiest around adults, who often forgot I was there, I spent days eavesdropping on gossipy moms in lawn chairs and nights listening under the table during tipsy Scrabble parties.

My dad read to me nightly. Eventually and early, I read to myself, everywhere. On top of an enormous freezer chest stuffed with meat. On drives until I grew nauseous. In bed until my eyes gave out. I read anything I could get my hands on. V.C. Andrews and Dickens. Black Beauty and the Bible. The Economist. Madeline L’Engle and Margaret Atwood. National Geographic.

I got a bachelor’s degree in English from Stonehill College and a Master’s in Journalism from Northeastern University. For a while, I worked as a business journalist. Instead of waiting for the Federal Reserve to release the Beige Book, I pitched story ideas along the lines of “Stigmatized Properties: When Murder Kills Property Values”. You see where things were headed.

Today, I live with my family northwest of Boston in a town a lot like Shiverton, near the real Fells reservation of AFTER THE WOODS. Born with dysgeographica—I’m directionally challenged—the fear of getting lost in that lovely, dark forest lives close to my skin.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of IN HER SKIN and BEAUTIFUL BROKEN GIRLS, US Only.

 

Rafflecopter Link:

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

3/19/2018- Bookhounds YA– Interview

3/19/2018- Hauntedbybooks13– Review

 

3/20/2018- Falling For YA– Excerpt

3/20/2018- A Gingerly Review– Review

 

3/21/2018- Dani Reviews Things– Interview

3/21/2018- Book-Keeping– Review

 

3/22/2018- Nerdophiles– Review

3/22/2018- JustAddAWord– Review

 

3/23/2018- Literary Meanderings– Interview

3/23/2018- The Desert Bibliophile– Review

 

Week Two:

3/26/2018- Pretty Deadly Reviews– Excerpt

3/26/2018- Riddle’s Reviews– Review

 

3/27/2018- Feed Your Fiction Addiction– Review

3/27/2018- Smada’s Book Smack– Review

 

3/28/2018- Storybook slayers– Excerpt

3/28/2018- Twinning for Books– Review

 

3/29/2018- Rainy Day Reviews– Review

3/29/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

 

3/30/2018- Bibliobibuli YA– Interview

3/30/2018- FICTION FARE– Review

 

 

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Full Fusion Book Tour: Review and Giveaway

FULL FUSION

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About The Book:

fullfusionfinalTitle: FULL FUSION (The Fusion Series Volume 1)

Author: NJ Damschroder

Pub. Date: June 4, 2014

Publisher: Dragonsoul YA

Pages: 322

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Find it: AmazonB&NiBooksTBDGoodreads

Eighteen-year-old Roxie Sebastian lives a charmed life, and she knows it. Too bad she can’t feel it.

All her life, she’s felt disconnected from the world around her. Everything changes just before graduation, when she’s drawn to an eerie, brilliant light-which narrowly misses her as it blows up her friend Lincoln’s car. Clearly someone’s after Roxie, and finally Lincoln tells her the truth: He and Roxie are angels, beings from another dimension, and that light is her soul, separated from her human body in a traumatic birth.

Once a skeptical Roxie rules out the other possibilities-like Lincoln created this delusion to escape his abusive father-she accepts her gut-deep knowledge of the truth. But someone has been screwing with her light, using it to commit crimes, and their actions are about to cause irreparable damage to two worlds: the one she lives in, and the one she can’t remember.

Aided by her best friend Jordan, her boyfriend Tucker, and Lincoln, Roxie tracks down the criminal and uncovers many more secrets not only of her past, but of the history of their race on Earth. And then Roxie faces a horrible dilemma-the only way she can stop them from ripping apart both worlds is to fuse with her light…which could be tainted by the evil with which it was used.

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Review:

This book surprised in me one of the best ways. Even though this book came out a few years ago, it still reads as if it is a new publication. I may struggle with my review as I tend to do when I like books.

The main thing I enjoyed about this story were the characters. They all felt developed and wonderfully flawed. I won’t like, I didn’t like Roxie in the beginning as she felt like a spoiled brat but she changed as the story progressed. She had a bit of a reality check that brought her back to reality and she began to humble a lot. That is when I started to really like her. The rest of the characters really helped to round out the story – Jordan, Lincoln, and Tucker. The interaction between all of these friends was a lot of fun to read.

The plot of the story itself was rather fascinating to me. I’ve been trying to read more books like this because I find they are better than I could have imagined. I love stories that deal with good vs evil and this was a good story. This was also a fast paced story that never slowed down. I was totally invested the entire time. I had to know what was going on and where Roxie’s race of people came from.

I am trying SO HARD not to give much away in my review so it’s short this time. Bottom line – give this book a try! Add it to your TBR or borrow from library/buy a copy. This is a good read that will make you want to jump into book 2, so have that ready.

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About NJ:

NatalieNatalie J. Damschroder is an award-winning author of contemporary and paranormal romance, with an emphasis on romantic adventure. She has had 24 novels, 7 novellas, and 16 short stories published by several publishers, most recently with Soul Mate Publishing, Entangled Publishing, and Carina Press. She recently debuted her Fusion Series, a young adult paranormal adventure series, with Full Fusion, as NJ Damschroder. Learn more about those books here.

Natalie grew up in Massachusetts, and loves the New England Patriots more than anything. (Except her family. And writing and reading. And popcorn.) When she’s not writing, she does freelance editing and proofreading. She and her husband have two grown daughters, one of whom is also a novelist. (The other one prefers math. Smart kid. Practical.)

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Giveaway Details:

Giveaway3 winners will receive a Box Set of the FULL FUSION Series, US Only.

 

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

3/19/2018- Caffeine And Composition– Interview

3/19/2018- A Gingerly Review– Review

 

3/20/2018- Twirling Book Princess– Excerpt

3/20/2018- The Underground– Review

 

3/21/2018- Elley the Book Otter– Guest Post

3/21/2018- Wonder Struck– Review

 

3/22/2018- Am Kinda Busy Reading- Review

3/22/2018- Two Chicks on Books– Guest Post

 

3/23/2018- BookHounds YA– Interview

3/23/2018- two points of interest– Review

 

Week Two:

3/26/2018- Always Me– Excerpt

3/26/2018- RhythmicBooktrovert– Review

 

3/27/2018-Smada’s Book SmackReview

3/27/2018- Wonder Struck– Excerpt

 

3/28/2018- books are love– Excerpt

3/28/2018- Ginger Mom and the Kindle Quest- Review

 

3/29/2018- Reading for the Stars and Moon- Review

3/29/2018- A Dream Within A Dream– Excerpt

 

3/30/2018- Paulette’s Papers– Excerpt

3/30/2018- Diary of an Avid Reader– Review

 

 

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Lost Crow Conspiracy Book Tour: Review and Giveaway

LOST CROW CONSPIRACY

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About the Book:

Lost Crow CoverTitle: LOST CROW CONSPIRACY (Blood Rose Rebellion, Book 2)

Author: Rosalyn Eves

Pub. Date: March 27, 2018

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Pages: 464

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Find it: AmazonB&NiBooksTBDGoodreads

 

Sixteen-year old Anna Arden was once just the magically barren girl from an elite Luminate family. Now she has broken the Binding—and Praetheria, the creatures held captive by the spell, wreak havoc across Europe. Lower-class citizens have access to magic for the first time, while other Luminates lose theirs forever. Austria and Hungary are at odds once more.

Anna Arden did not know breaking the Binding would break the world.

Anna thought the Praetheria were on her side, content and grateful to be free from the Binding. She thought her cousin Matyas’s blood sacrifice to the disarm the spell would bring peace, equality, justice. She thought her future looked like a society that would let her love a Romani boy, Gabor.

But with the Monarchy breathing down her neck and the Praetheria intimidating her at every turn, it seems the conspiracies have only just begun.

As threat of war sweeps the region, Anna quickly discovers she can’t solve everything on her own. Now there’s only one other person who might be able to save the country before war breaks out. The one person Anna was sure she’d never see again. A bandit. A fellow outlaw. A man known as the King of Crows. Matyas.

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Final Blood Rose coverTitle: BLOOD ROSE REBELLION (Blood Rose Rebellion, Book 1)

Author: Rosalyn Eves

Pub. Date: March 28, 2017

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Pages: 416

Formats: Hardcover, eBook audiobook

Find it: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooksAudibleGoodreads

 

The thrilling first book in a YA fantasy trilogy for fans of Red Queen. In a world where social prestige derives from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place.

Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.

Her life might well be over.

In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome Romani Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.

As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and Romanies, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.

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Review:

If you have read a series before, you know how difficult it can be to review the second book. You have to wonder ahead of time if it is going to fall into the dreaded ‘second book syndrome’ or if it will really feel like a filler book. While I struggled with the first book, I can say that book 2 was better. I felt the writing style, plot, pacing, and development improved from book 1. There were still some slow moments but it overall felt better than Blood Rose Rebellion.

Lost Crow Conspiracy continued to follow Anna, the protagonist of the series. One big takeaway from her adventure and journey through this book is that she really believed her actions were going to cause huge change, as she is an idealist, but that was not the case. While she usually had the best of intentions, her actions caused her to miss her mark. She was still rather naive and believed everything everyone told her, regardless if the reader (me & you) knew it would be a bad idea. As much as it pained me to follow a character like Anna, I was still vested in her journey and wanted to see where it went.

I really am trying not to give too much away. This book did surprised me with additional POV chapters – and I won’t tell you who, you’ll have to read to find out! The author did a good job of asking some thought-provoking questions and the book left me intrigued as to what book 3 will have in store. I’m curious enough to pick it up and finish the series. Do remember that this is not a high-fantasy book so there are not a lot of epic magic battles with dragons and such, but it is a rather enjoyable read.

 

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About Rosalyn:

RosalynRosalyn Eves grew up in the Rocky Mountains, dividing her time between reading books and bossing her siblings into performing her dramatic scripts. As an adult, the telling and reading of stories is still one of her favorite things to do. When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys spending time with her chemistry professor husband and three children, watching British period pieces, or hiking through the splendid landscape of southern Utah, where she lives. She dislikes housework on principle.

She has a PhD in English from Penn State, which means she also endeavors to inspire college students with a love for the English language. Sometimes it even works.

Rosalyn is represented by Josh Adams of Adams literary.

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Giveaway Details:

Giveaway

3 winners will receive a signed finished copy of LOST CROW CONSPIRACY & A Magnet, US Only.

Rafflecopter code:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/e2389ba2705/?

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Tour Schedule:

 

Week One:

3/5/2018- YA Books Central Interview

3/6/2018- FICTION FARE– Review

3/7/2018- Owl Always Be Reading– Excerpt

3/8/2018- YA and Wine– Review

3/9/2018- A Dream Within A Dream– Excerpt

 

Week Two:

3/12/2018- The Book Nut– Review

3/13/2018- A Gingerly Review– Review

3/14/2018- Book Briefs– Review

3/15/2018- Two Chicks on Books– Guest Post

3/16/2018- Fiktshun– Review

 

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Spiritwoman Book Tour: Excerpt and Giveaway

SPIRIT WOMAN

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unnamedAbout The Book:

Title: SPIRIT WOMAN

Author: Zara Quentin

Pub. Date: January 30, 2018

Publisher: Zara Quentin

Pages: 355

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Find it: AmazonB&NiBooksGoodreads

 

A missing dragon. A friend in mortal danger. A young woman’s quest to save them both…
Jade Gariq is wanted for treason. After narrowly escaping death at the hands of her uncle, she’s hiding in the Premyan jungle. Separated from her mother and brothers, at least she’s safe and alive—for now. But when a friend falls suddenly ill, and her fate is linked to the mysterious disappearance of a Dragon-God, Jade cannot hide any longer.
Sent beyond the Portal, Jade is not the only one searching for the Dragon-God. She faces invisible cities, a criminal underworld, and an old enemy disguised as a friend. To make matters worse, she’s a wanted criminal with a reward out for her capture. It will take all of Jade’s determination to pursue her quest. Can she evade her enemies and find the Dragon-God before death claims her friend?
Spirit Woman is the second book in the Airwoman series. If you like being immersed in captivating worlds, compelling characters, and a dash of romance, then you’ll love the latest in Zara Quentin’s action-packed adventures.
Buy Spirit Woman today, and let your imagination soar!

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Title: AIRWOMAN

A4 Airwoman CoverAuthor: Zara Quentin

Pub. Date: October 25, 2016

Publisher: Zara Quentin

Pages: 316

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Find it: AmazonAmazon UKAmazon Australia , KoboSmashowrdsB&NiBooksTBDGoodreads

 

A father murdered by magic. A daughter’s cosmic quest for clues could make her the next victim…

 

Jade Gariq dreams of a new calling. While she wishes she could join the elite force that protects her home world from interdimensional threats, she’s stuck working for the family business. But everything changes when her father is found dead with traces of magic on him… magic that should only belong to the mythical Dragon-Gods…

 

To uncover the mystery behind her father’s murder, Jade must follow the clues to an uncharted world. Beyond the portal, treacherous jungles, surprising betrayals, and a killer bent on tying up loose ends stand in her way of the truth. It’ll take every ounce of Jade’s cunning to solve her father’s death, but can she avoid his fate?

 

Airwoman is a high-flying YA fantasy novel set in a stunning new Dragonverse. If you like fascinating worlds, memorable characters, and a dash of romance, then you’ll love Zara Quentin’s action-packed adventure.

Buy Airwoman today to let your imagination take flight!

For a free preview of Airwoman, find it at: http://www.zaraquentin.com/

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Excerpt:

The water was like ink in the fading light, and Jade could see nothing but the dark expanse beneath her. She hoped the Myr female hadn’t been badly hurt and had retreated to safety, despite the bindings around her wrists and ankles. Jade stood cautiously, wary of the rocking of the boat but driven to return to the relative safety of the Traveller Base before the darkness was complete. She stretched out her wings, about to leap into the sky, when a hiss behind her made her spin around.

The Myr female loomed next to the boat; her head and shoulders were above the water line. Her round eyes stared without blinking, and her sharp teeth were bared in a snarl.

“Why did you help me?” she rasped. The last of the light reflected off her wet scales, making her glitter like a statue inlaid with silver.

Jade stared. Wasn’t it obvious? “They were going to hurt you,” Jade said.

“Your kind are violent and cruel,” the female replied. “You kill because you can.”

“We’re not all like that,” Jade insisted.

The female regarded her for a moment without saying anything.

“Are you all right?” Jade broke the silence. “Do you need me to cut the bonds free? I have a knife.”

“And I have many knives.” The Myr ran a tongue over her dagger-like teeth before holding up her hands to show they were already freed.

“Good,” Jade said, spreading her wings again. “Well, then I shall return to—“

“You helped me,” the female said, cocking her head to one side, puzzled. “I am in your debt.”

“No, it’s—“

“I am Alyss.” The female threw something, sending it soaring in an arc towards Jade, who caught it.

“If you ever need anything, show this to any of my people and they will help you,” Alyss said. Jade turned the polished shell over in her hand as she looked at it. The shell was oval-shaped and curved like a shallow bowl. The exterior surface was rough to the touch and grey-blue in colour. Inside, the shell was pink and smooth, except where small ridges had been carved into an asymmetrical pattern.

“What is—” Jade started, but when she looked to where Alyss had been a moment ago, there were only faint ripples on the surface. She stared, but there was no other sign of her. Jade fixed the shell to her neck chain, and it clinked against her other charms. Then she launched herself in the air to hurry back to the base.

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About Zara:

Zara bio picZara Quentin is the author of Airwoman, the first book in the Airwoman series. She was raised in Adelaide, Australia, with one younger sister. Zara grew up with a strong sense of adventure, which she inherited from her parents, who took her and her sister on trips to the United States, Europe, and Asia.

 

She also inherited a love of reading from her mother. Throughout her childhood she explored fictional places through books, and in particular, through fantasy novels. She’d turn the black and white text on the page into the colourful worlds of her imagination.

 

After graduating from high school, Zara studied at the University of Adelaide and has lived in France, London, and Auckland, New Zealand. She is always determined to fit in as much travel as possible, spending time in Europe, the United States, southern Africa, Morocco, Peru, the Pacific and south-east Asia.

Zara now resides in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three children. She is currently working on the next instalment in the Airwoman series.

 Find Zara:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon

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Giveaway Details:

Your chance to win one of 2 x US $25 book vouchers for your preferred ebook retailer.

Giveaway Link:

https://zaraquentin.com/win-book-voucher/

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

3/5/2018- Bookhounds Interview

3/5/2018- My Creatively Random Life– Review

3/6/2018- Daily Waffle– Excerpt

3/7/2018- Maddie.TV– Guest Post

3/8/2018- La libreria di Beppe– Spotlight

3/9/2018- A Gingerly Review– Excerpt

3/9/2018- Two Chicks on Books– Guest Post

 

Week Two:

3/12/2018- Blushing Bibliophile– Review

3/12/2018- Hot Town Cool Girl Interview

3/13/2018- jrsbookreviews– Excerpt

3/13/2018-Jaime’s World– Spotlight

3/14/2018- Don’t Judge, Read– Excerpt

3/14/2018- lori’s little house of reviews– Review

3/15/2018- Sincerely Karen Jo– Spotlight

3/16/2018- A Dream Within A Dream– Excerpt

 

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