Hinder Book Tour: Review and Giveaway

HINDER

 

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About the Book:

HinderCoverConceptTitle: HINDER

Author: Kristin Ping

Pub. Date: May 15, 2018

Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing

Pages: 443

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooksKoboGoogle Play Books

 

Ethan Sutcliff seems like a normal seventeen-year-old—at least that’s what he’s trying to portray. In a secret society run by the Supernaturals, Ethan is what witches call a Bender. Benders are Witches’ Guardians, who are able to control a witches’ ability, bend it, or move it away from harming humans. In Ethan’s case, he is able to bend the Earth element. But at the age of fifteen, he lost all connection to it, and the reasons behind it could only mean one of two things: His Wielder is either dead, or hiding out somewhere.
Alex Burgendorf has been living in her aunt’s locket for the past sixteen years with her mother—a Fire Wielder, and her father—a Water Wielder. For sixteen years, her parents vowed to protect her, and they have, as she is the last Earth wielding witch. However, time is running out. Alex must find her Bender, or the fate of the Supernaturals might be at stake.

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Review:

This will be a down and dirty review as I am going to keep spoilers removed. Just know that no matter what, this was a fun read.

I liked this more than I thought I would. I felt it was geared towards older YA readers and some NA readers, but it was still good. I’m always open to new and unique stories and this one fit the bill. The idea of magic wielders and benders sounded like so much fun! All of the characters felt very well rounded, developed, and wonderfully complex. I connected with them right away and that made me enjoy the story so much more. The plot was action packed and moved quickly. It felt like a non-stop ride! This was such a visual story that it held my attention the entire time. The ending did set up perfect for book 2 so I’m anxious to see how everything plays out and develops.

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About Kristin:

Kristin

 

Kristin resides in South Africa with her husband, two beautiful girls and two bulldogs that tries to eat her house. She has been writing for the past eight years and her first debut novel, Hinder: A Bender’s novel will be published 2018 by Fire Quill Publishing. When she isn’t writing, she is spending her time with her family, or trying to teach her two bulldogs to not eat her house.

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Giveaway Details:

 

Want to win a Mac. Every two to three months, Kristin Ping is giving away a mac, all you have to do is subscribe to her newsletter, confirm to the confirmation email that will either be in your inbox or spam, and open the letter. Find the secret facebook group, join and enter the giveaway. It’s as easy as that. We even give you extra entries by inviting your friends to subscribe too. We already gave away the first laptop.

There are two ways to do this.

 

  1. Follow by filling in this doc. https://goo.gl/forms/ENPbGUh8IiawMoVy1
  2. Go to http://www.authorkristinping.com and wait for the pop up to subscribe.

 

Pre Order Giveaway:

 

PRE ORDER HINDER FOR 99c. Yes, you’ve heard right. The pre order special is 99c only. The price will go up to 2.99 in it’s first month, think of it as a release day blitz, and from the second month it will go up to it’s normal price of 4.99c. So it’s a major deal of getting the pre-order for just 99c. GRAB YOUR COPY NOW AND CLAIM YOUR GIFT: CROWS OF WINTER.

 

Crows of Winter Pre Order Prize

CROWS OF WINTER is a bundle of three stories. Two of them were exclusively written for Hinder Pre-Orde drive. They will not be up for purchasing.

Lucian’s Ascension written by Adrienne Woods, Venom, a Novelette also by Adrienne Woods and introduction short story of Guardian of Monsters written by Kristin Ping.

 

You will need to fill in this form in order to claim your free gift.

http://www.subscribepage.com/u4n4w1

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Tour Schedule:

 

Week One:

1/1/2018- Book-o-Craze – Review

1/2/2018- Darque Dreamer Reads– Review

1/3/2018- Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review

1/4/2018- Jen Brown Writes– Review

1/5/2018- Book Huntress’ World– Review

 

Week Two:

1/8/2018- Books and Ladders– Review

1/9/2018- Fire and Ice– Review

1/10/2018- Jrsbookreviews– Review

1/11/2018- The Inked In Book Blog– Review

1/12/2018- A Gingerly Review– Review

 

Week Three:

1/15/2018- Hooked To Books– Excerpt

1/16/2018- Pervy Ladies Books Review

1/17/2018- books are love– Review

1/18/2018- Literary Musings– Excerpt

1/19/2018- Hauntedbybooks13– Review

 

Week Four:

1/22/2018- A Reader’s Life– Review

1/23/2018- Wishful Endings– Excerpt

1/24/2018- SimplyAllyTea– Review

1/25/2018- Dani Reviews Things– Review

1/26/2018- A Dream Within A Dream– Excerpt

 

Week Five:

1/29/2018- Blushing Bibliophile– Review

1/30/2018- BookHounds YA– Review

1/31/2018- Abooktropolis– Review

 

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Rockstar Book Tours Presents – HER DEBT Cover Reveal

 

Today Rebel Rose and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for HER DEBT, which releases March 6, 2018! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card!
On to the reveal! 
 
 
Title: HER DEBT (Lock and Key Series Book 1)
Author: Rebel Rose
Pub. Date: March 6, 2018
Publisher: Scarlet House Novels
Formats: eBook
Pages: 256
My entire world changed the second that I saw her in my casino.
 She’s a professional gambler. And a cheat. A damn good one… but not good enough. And now she owes a debt to me. A debt that only her body can repay.
I’m restless with lust and need and desire for this thing of beauty not in my possession. My mind and cock are obsessed with her.
 When I spank her for the first time, I know that I’m right.
She is the one.
The woman that I’m going to break. The woman that I’m going to train for only my particular tastes. I’m going to shatter her into a million pieces and then rebuild her into everything that I want and need and desire in…
 My next submissive.
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Rebel Rose is a decadently dark romance author living in the beautiful city of New Orleans. She prefers anti-heroes over Prince Charmings and often uses her own sexual experiences in her novels.
She can typically be found somewhere in the French Quarter enjoying a cup of
coffee while people watching.
Keep up to date with Rebel Rose at:
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Batman: Nightwalker Tour – Review and Giveaway!

BATMAN

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About the Book:

https_blueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.comuploadscardimage536788388e5437-27b0-46a0-a2c7-760161a7b92dTitle: BATMAN: NIGHTWALKER (DC Icons #2)

Author: Marie Lu

Pub. Date: January 2, 2018

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Pages: 272

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonAudibleB&NiBooksTBD

 

Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city’s elites are being executed as their mansions’ security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family’s fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he’s forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city’s most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce’s only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

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Review:

Hot on the heels of the amazing Wonder Woman: Warbringer is the latest, and probably the hottest, superhero: Batman. Well… more like the origin of Batman, aka Bruce Wayne.

I loved reading the backstory of Bruce Wayne. We all know the history of Bruce’s parents, the fortune, Wayne Enterprises, and the like because it has been redone in Hollywood more times than I can count. But this…. this my lovelies, is something more. Bruce is a billionaire teenager that is doing billionaire teenager things. Bruce gets into trouble, is sentenced for his “crime”, and finds himself mixed up with some bad people. Well… in true Batman style, he pursues the bad guys. What more can a Marie Lu and Batman lover want?

A lot of other reviews will criticize the lack of character development but given that this is such a short book, I cannot figure out what they are getting at. Bruce is already a developed character and developed teenager. He is confident in a way few people will ever achieve. He is heavily trained and smart as a whip. The character of Bruce/Batman will forever be naive when it comes to a pretty face. That does happen in this story so I don’t fault Lu or anyone for that. That is simply a known fault of the character.

What this story does have is a ton of action and a non-stop roller coaster of emotion. My number one complaint is that the book is too short. I mean, really short — 272 pages to be exact. I felt like I was missing part of the book but alas, it really is less than 300 pages. Le sigh

Regardless, this story was the total package for me. I loved it and would happily read it again, after I scream from the rooftops that everyone needs to read it.

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About Marie:

Marie

Marie Lu is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Legend trilogy and The Young Elites trilogy. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, working for Disney Interactive Studios as a Flash artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing Assassin’s Creed, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California (see above: traffic), with one husband, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.

Website | Tumblr | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram |Pinterest | Goodreads

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of BATMAN: NIGHTWALKER, US Only.

  

Rafflecopter link:

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

1/1/2018- Pen and Parchment– Review

1/2/2018- Margie’s Must Reads– Review

1/3/2018- YA Book Nerd– Review

1/4/2018- Mary Had a Little Book Blog– Review

1/5/2018- A Gingerly Review– Review

 

Week Two:

1/8/2018- YA Bibliophile– Review

1/9/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

1/10/2018- The Young Folks– Review

1/11/2018- The Book Nut– Review

1/12/2018- The Wanderlust Reader– Review

 

Week Three:

1/15/2018- Tales of the Ravenous Reader– Excerpt

1/16/2018- a GREAT read– Review

1/17/2018- BookHounds YA– Review

1/18/2018- Icey Books– Review

1/19/2018- Ex Libris– Review

 

Week Four:

1/22/2018- Brittany’s Book Rambles– Excerpt

1/23/2018- Seeing Double In Neverland– Review

1/24/2018- Brooke- Reports– Review

1/25/2018- Nerdophiles- Review

1/26/2018- Novel Novice– Excerpt

 

Week Five:

1/29/2018- YA Books Central– Review

1/30/2018- Bookish In Bed– Review

1/31/2018- Book Briefs– Review

 

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MAD MAGIC Blog Tour – Review and Giveaway!

MAD MAGIC

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About the Book:

IMG_6193Title: MAD MAGIC

Author: Nicole Conway

Pub. Date: November 14, 2017

Publisher: Month9Books

Pages: 300

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooksTBD

 

Mad Magic is a beautifully dark and rich Young Adult fantasy from Nicole Conway, bestselling author of the Dragonrider Chronicles.

Josie Barton is a high school student living in terror. Invisible creatures torment her everywhere she goes, constantly getting her into trouble at school, and even haunting her apartment. But just when Josie thinks things couldn’t get any worse… she meets the guy from across the hall.

Zeph Clemmont is a changeling with enemies in all the worst places, fighting to undo a curse that threatens to end his life. Survival means he will have to swallow his pride and trust Josie with all his darkest secrets.

With the help of a gun-slinging shaman and the enigmatic Prince of Nightmares, Zeph and Josie are only a heartbeat away from defeating one of the most diabolical faerie villains their world has ever known.

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Review:

This book pleasantly surprised me! This story was packed full of romance, danger, evil villains, magic (so much magic…), and attractive fae. I’m quickly finding my place in the fantasy-reading population and therefore found myself enjoying this more than I thought I would.

I really liked the characters and felt they were very well developed and complex. Josie, the protagonist, was living a life where she was constantly getting in trouble for things that either were not her fault or out of her control. She lived in a world where she was being tormented by invisible creatures. Things went sideways when she met Zeph, the handsome bad boy across the hall from her haunted apartment. Zeph is the typical swagger filled handsome dreamboat dripping with “I’m nothing but trouble” from every inch of him. Did that stop Josie? NOPE. These two were so much fun to read! Josie tried to ignore her feelings for Zeph but when his secret was revealed, everything just got more complicated. Things get more complicated when Eldrick is introduced into the story. Eldrick was your standard swoon-worthy tall drink of water with just enough mystery to make a girl forget who she is. The adventure that lies ahead of these three is one you just have to read for yourself. With the help of Zeph and Eldrick, Josie discovered who she was supposed to be and her place in her crazy life.

There was not a moment of this story where I was bored or skimming just to finish. This held my attention and left me wanting more from this author. There is a huge battle at the end that let my head spinning, but know it was in a good way.

I’m trying so hard not to give anything away! Keeping spoilers out of this review is tough, let me tell you. Please add this to your TBR if it isn’t already there. Great characters, engaging plot, and twists & turns everywhere. It really is a must read for fantasy lovers.

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About Nicole:

NicoleConwayPhoto-300x204My name is Ashley “Nicole” Conway. I’m originally from North Alabama and attended Auburn University where I earned a BA in English with a concentration in Classics & Mythology. I’m happily married and have one son, Ethan.  I also have a cat, Mr. Darcy, and a dog named Phoebe.

Writing has been a passion of mine since childhood, and to be able to do it as a full-time career is something I take as a great blessing and honor. My heart is in children’s literature, specifically middle-grade and young adult fantasy. I’m best known for my MG/YA fantasy series THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, which is published by Month9Books. The second series, THE DRAGONRIDER LEGACY, just launched this fall!

My other works in include MAD MAGIC (2017), THE DISTANCE BETWEEN STARS (2017), SCALES (tbd), and SHATTERBEAST (tbd).

I am represented by Fran Black of Literary Counsel.

Look for my books on Amazon.com and at your local Barnes & Noble Bookstores!

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Giveaway Details:

 

1 winner will win a $10 Amazon Gift Card, US Only.

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

Rafflecopter link:

 http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/e2389ba2680/?

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Tour Schedule:

 

Week One:

1/1/2018- BookHounds YA– Interview

1/1/2018- Confessions of a YA Reader– Review

 

1/2/2018- Wandering Bark Books– Excerpt

1/2/2018- A Gingerly Review– Review

 

1/3/2018- Lost in Ever After– Interview

1/3/2018- Two Chicks on Books– Interview

 

1/4/2018- Book Briefs– Review

1/4/2018- Ikram Reads A Lot– Review

 

1/5/2018-  Books and Ladders Review

1/5/2018- Rambling Reviews– Review

 

1/6/2018- Just Commonly– Review

 

Week Two:

1/8/2018- Once Upon a Twilight– Excerpt

1/8/2018- Step Into A Book World– Review

 

1/9/2018- Blushing Bibliophile– Review

1/9/2018- Book-Keeping Review

 

1/10/2018- Novel Novice– Guest Post

1/10/2018- Pervy Ladies Books– Review

 

1/11/2018- My Crea Bookish Kingdom– Review

1/11/2018- The Book Recluse Review– Review

 

1/12/2018- Owl Always Be Reading– Excerpt

1/12/2018- Abooktropolis– Review

 

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The History Maker: Book tour – Excerpt and Giveaway

THE HISTORY MAKER

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About the Book:

The History Maker - Eamonn HicksonTitle: THE HISTORY MAKER

Author: Eamonn Hickson

Pub. Date: December 4, 2017

Publisher: Eamonn Hickson

Pages: 303

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

 

Memories are our greatest link to the past. They are what we create in the present, and they can guide us in the future. Memories can define us.

Adam Fletcher has none.

A crippling car accident has pressed reset on Adam’s life, leaving the young man broken and lost. Britney, the woman who claims to be his best friend, tries to bring him back to society, while hiding the truth about her involvement in the crash.

Starting from scratch, Adam tries to make new memories. But, what use are memories if they are constructed from lies?

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Excerpt:

He had seen a young woman in the doorway, speaking to the man who claimed to be his father. He had watched them embrace, seen the distress etched on their faces, apparently sorrow poured out for him and his current predicament.

Nothing registered.

The young woman stepped into the ward and walked to him, struggling to keep her eyes steady. Flowers were clenched tightly in her grasp, slender fingers curled around the ribbon-tied stems. Her small but defined frame moved delicately past the other patients in the ICU, as if careful not to upset anyone. A nurse at the window drew across the curtain, dimming the dazzling sun that bounded off the tiled floor. A sympathetic smile sneaked onto his guest’s face as she approached the bedside.

“Hi, Adam,” she said delicately. Her face changed, her forehead creased as she leaned closer. “Can you remember me?”

He knew his face told the whole story. She placed the yellow flowers on a nearby locker and sat on the bed. He, Adam—it felt so wrong to refer to himself by an alien name, as if referring in the third person—did not feel a need to explain himself; he was the injured party. His eyes scanned her face, his brain worked overtime to make a link with the past. The white skin, the blue eyes and the blonde curly hair that draped over a black t-shirt. Knowing it was far from a one-way exam, Adam watched his guest stare at his forehead—there must be something? Her inquisitive eyes darted over him and to the tubes connected to his arms.

Reaching for his hand, she whispered, “Britney. My name is Britney.” A struggle to recognise a hand, her hand, an attempt to make a connection between her soft skin and his. Again, there was nothing. He leaned back in the bed and stared at the ceiling. Drawing his hands close to his face, Adam looked at the drips connected to his veins.

“How did I get here?” Britney hesitated for a moment before shaking her head.

“I don’t think it’s my place to tell you that.”

“Are you not my friend?”

“Of course I am!”

“What will it matter if you, claiming to be my friend, tell me, or some people, claiming to be my parents, tell me?” he sighed, “either way, I don’t know any of you.”

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About Eamonn:

EamonnEamonn Hickson is an Irish author. He released his first novel, The History Maker, in December 2012.

He has undertaken a number of creative writing, and writing for print courses recently.

His second novel, Angel of Death, was released in December 2013.

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Giveaway Details:

 

1 winner will receive a finished copy of THE HISTORY MAKER, International.

 Rafflecopter link:

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Tour Schedule:

 

12/18/2017- Am Kinda Busy Reading– Review

12/18/2017- Rattle the Stars– Spotlight

 

12/19/2017- Abooktropolis– Review

12/19/2017- Rainy Day Reviews– Guest Post

 

12/20/2017- Le Petit Photograph– Review

12/20/2017- A Gingerly Review– Excerpt

 

12/21/2017- The Book Recluse Review– Spotlight

12/21/2017- La libreria di Beppe– Guest Post

 

12/22/2017- Pooled Ink– Spotlight

12/22/2017- BookHounds– Excerpt

 

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EVER THE BRAVE: Release Blitz, Excerpt, and Giveaway!

 

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I am so excited that EVER THE BRAVE by Erin Summerill is available now and that I get to share the news!

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

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a 3 finished copies of the book courtesy of Erin, HMH, Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

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About The Book:

 

9780544664463_hresTitle: EVER THE BRAVE (Clash of Kingdoms #2)

Author: Erin Summerill

Pub. Date: December 5, 2017

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Pages: 464

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Find it: AmazonB&NiBooksTBDGoodreads

Ever the Divided. Ever the Feared. Ever the Brave.

After saving King Aodren with her newfound Channeler powers, Britta only wants to live a peaceful life in her childhood home. Unfortunately, saving the King has created a tether between them she cannot sever, no matter how much she’d like to, and now he’s insisting on making her a noble lady. And there are those who want to use Britta’s power for evil designs. If Britta cannot find a way to harness her new magical ability, her life—as well as her country—may be lost.

The stakes are higher than ever in the sequel to Ever the Hunted, as Britta struggles to protect her kingdom and her heart.

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Excerpt:

The king and his men ride away into the Ever Woods.

Gillian sweeps in, face beaming. I want to shake her shoulders and erase that smile. I slam the door.

“You look murderous.” Gillian spins around, her skirts swishing against the stone.

“I am.”

A blink. “You don’t like the dresses?”

“Really? You’ve been living with me for a month.”

“Right. So they’re not your usual choice, but they’re variety. Something different form brown trousers.

“They’re for the Royal Winter Feast Ball. He wants to sprinkle royal dust on me and make me noble.”

Gillian presses her hands to her cheeks and pretends to swoon.

“Stop it,” I snap.

She flounces into the bedroom and lifts a rose dress from the bed. That grin. Seeds. She’s as mad as the King Aodren.

The pull to the king, still taut in my chest, halves my attention from her squealing prattle. I press my palm to my sternum. I’d give anything to be free of him. To be able to live in peace on Papa’s land. But I don’t know how to break the bond.

If Enat were still alive — the thought flattens me — she’d know what to do. She’d tell me how to free myself from King Aodren. He’s been gone for five minutes, and I can still pick out his location in the Ever Woods.

I pound my fist on the door. I have to figure out a way to rid myself of the bond. I have to.

Gillian jerks to a stop. “It’s not the end of the world.”

I start to respond, but an answering rush of something strange and shuddery slips under the surface of my skin. I lurch, cradling my suddenly clammy hand, eyeing Gillian, then the door with growing alarm. Unease spreads from the top of my head to my heels, a drop of poison fanning through a jar of ale.

I’ve felt this way before.

“What is it?” Gillian’s fists crinkle a rose-colored gown. Breath suddenly short, I yank the door open and stare deep into the Evers. The breeze’s icy fingers caress my face. There’s nothing to see, but something is very wrong.

“The king.”

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About Erin:

ErinErin Summerill was born in England. After spending years bouncing between Air Force bases in Hawaii, England, and California, her family settled in Utah, where Erin graduated with a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. She had aspirations to write the next great American novel, but writing proved tougher than she first thought. So she grabbed a Nikon and became a professional photographer while crafting manuscript after manuscript. The scenic detour of shooting weddings across the United States, as well as internationally, provided world-building inspiration. It gave her the vision to draft her debut YA fantasy, EVER THE HUNTED. Now when she isn’t writing, or shooting a wedding, she’s chasing her four kids, two dogs, one cat, and five chickens. This could be why she downs massive amounts of Coke Zero and Hot tamales.

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Giveaway Details:

 3 winners will receive a finished copy of EVER THE BRAVE, US Only.

Ends December 12th midnight EST.

 

Rafflecopter Link:

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ANGEL OF DEATH Book Tour: Interview and Giveaway

ANGEL OF DEATH (1)

 

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About the Book:

Angel of Death - CoverTitle: ANGEL OF DEATH

Author: Eamonn Hickson

Pub. Date: December 4, 2017

Publisher: Eamonn Hickson

Pages: 338

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Find it: Goodreads, Amazon

 

Tormented by dreams and visions from an early age, Emily Dunhurst battled her way through childhood, missed the excitement of teenage years, yet still managed to arrive in her twenties with some shard of sanity.
But, when the Angel of Death appears at her grandmother’s bedside, Emily’s world is remolded in pain and worry. Her ability to see otherworldly creatures is the only way to stop the Creator’s Servant—and save her family.
However, Emily soon finds out that angels are hard to stop.

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Interview

Can you tell us one random fact about yourself that usually surprises others?

This surprises everyone! I set two official Guinness World Records: The Longest Journey Reversing a Tractor and Trailer (17.3 kilometers) and The Most Squats in 1 Minute While Carrying a 40lb Backpack (57). The first one (2014) was inspired by my farming background, and the second was related to another passion of mine: keeping fit (2016). Both have since been beaten, but it was nice to be the current holder for a while.

 

Do you read much, and if so, who are your favorite authors?

I read all the time—you’ve no choice if you want to become a great writer. I’ve a soft spot for Dan Brown even though he’s not the most fantastic writer of all time. It’s more of a guilty pleasure. In recent months I’ve found myself delving into the classics. Edgar Allan Poe’s work has struck a chord with me and I’m now working through a few of his better known pieces. Also, as I’m an Irishman, James Joyce is never far away. I can re-read The Dead (especially the ending pages) and never get bored. My favorite book of all time is Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, even though I’m not a huge fan of his other work. Albert Camus’ The Stranger is a book I re-read every now and again, and I find something different with each reading.

 

Were there alternate endings you considered, or did you know where the story was headed?

I knew from the outset the general line the story was to take. However, as I got closer to the end, I had a change of heart. I decided to write the original ending and see how it ‘felt’. When that was done, I rewrote the final chapters with the ending that had drifted to my mind during the writing process. Then, after a few weeks of letting both endings stew, I re-read them both. It killed me, but there was a clear winner: the original ending was miles ahead. How did I know? It was simple; the original ending—the one that made it into the final draft—left me a little heartbroken. I found out that day that authors and writers are not creators, but storytellers. The story ‘exists’ somewhere and it’s our duty to grasp it, translate it into combinations of letters and words, and put it down on paper. And should we try to alter it to suit ourselves, it’ll fit as snugly with us (and the reader) as a pair of two left shoes.

 

Did you celebrate when you found out your novel was being published? If so, how?

I’m quite boring in that regard. My celebration comprised staring at a proof copy for about an hour and then going for too many drinks (Irish affliction!). However, my celebration is ongoing; I bask in silent moments of pride every now and again.

 

What would you like readers to take away from your story?

I’m not an author who wants to impose their way of thinking on the reader. If each reader had a moment—be it two or three seconds—where something that I wrote made them question an aspect of their lives, then it’s mission accomplished. Even if the reader disagrees with what my characters think, do or feel, it’s still a success. Why do we read? Is it not to experience something other than what we’re currently experiencing? If words that I (some random author in Ireland) arranged can make readers in different parts of the world feel something to break them from their own reality for even a moment, that’s incredible.

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About Eamonn:

Eamonn

Eamonn Hickson is an Irish author. He released his first novel, The History Maker, in December 2012.

He has undertaken a number of creative writing, and writing for print courses recently.

His second novel, Angel of Death, was released in December 2013.

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Tour Schedule:

 

12/4/2017- Am Kinda Busy Reading– Review

12/4/2017- A Gingerly Review– Interview

 

12/5/2017- Jena Brown Writes– Review

12/5/2017- BookHounds– Guest Post

 

12/6/2017- Bookalicious– Review

12/6/2017- Owl Always Be Reading– Excerpt

 

12/7/2017- Stuffed Shelves– Review

12/7/2017- Confessions of a YA Reader– Guest Post

 

12/8/2017- Abooktropolis– Review

12/8/2017- Tales of the Ravenous Reader– Excerpt

 

 

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