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Monday, 23 October 2017

Blog Tour Promo & Giveaway - Eight Days on Planet Earth by Cat Jordan



Eight Days on Planet Earth
Author:
Cat Jordan
Genre: YA Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: November 7th, 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen

Book Description:
A heart-wrenching romance full of twists that are sure to bring tears to readers’ eyes, from Cat Jordan, author of The Leaving Season.

How long does it take to travel twenty light years to Earth?

How long does it take to fall in love?

To the universe, eight days is a mere blip, but to Matty Jones, it may be just enough time to change his life.

On the hot summer day Matty’s dad leaves for good, a strange girl suddenly appears in the empty field next to the Jones farm—the very field in rural Pennsylvania where a spaceship supposedly landed fifty years ago. She is uniquely beautiful, sweet, and smart, and she tells Matty she’s waiting for herspaceship to pick her up and return her to her home planet. Of course she is.

Matty has heard a million impossible UFO stories for each of his seventeen years: the conspiracy theories, the wild rumors, the crazy belief in life beyond the stars. When he was a kid, he and his dad searched the skies and studied the constellations. But all of that is behind him. Dad’s gone—but now there’s Priya. She must be crazy…right?

As Matty unravels the mystery of the girl in the field, he realizes there is far more to her than he first imagined. And if he can learn to believe in what he can’t see: the universe, aliens…love…then maybe the impossible is possible, after all.

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34323009-eight-days-on-planet-earth

Blog Tour Spotlight - Abuse of Discretion by Pamela Samuels Young

Abuse of Discretion
Dre Thomas Series, Book 3
Author: Pamela Samuels Young
Genre: Mystery / Thriller

Book Description:
A Kid’s Curiosity … A Parent’s Nightmare The award-winning author of Anybody’s Daughter is back with an addictive courtroom drama that gives readers a shocking look inside the juvenile criminal justice system. Graylin Alexander is a model fourteen-year-old. When his adolescent curiosity gets the best of him, Graylin finds himself embroiled in a sexting scandal that threatens to ruin his life. Jenny Ungerman, the attorney hired to defend Graylin, is smart, confident and committed. She isn’t thrilled, however, when ex-prosecutor Angela Evans joins Graylin’s defense team. The two women instantly butt heads. Can they put aside their differences long enough to ensure Graylin gets justice? Unbeknownst to Angela, her boyfriend Dre is wrestling with his own drama. Someone from his past wants him dead. For Dre, his response is simple—kill or be killed.

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36271855-abuse-of-discretion

Book Blitz & Giveaway - The Night Realm by Annette Marie


The Night Realm
(Spell Weaver #1)
Author: Annette Marie
Published by: Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.
Publication Date: October 20th, 2017
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy

Book Description:
Clio would love nothing more than to go home. But as the illegitimate daughter of the nymph king, she’s stuck in the human world, exiled until she can earn a place in the royal family. Then her half-bother offers her a chance to prove herself. All she has to do is acquire some magic … by stealing it from the most dangerous spell weavers in the Underworld.

Lyre prefers to go unnoticed, which is a tricky objective for an incubus. He can’t hide his looks or his coveted spell weaving skills, but he’s learned to mask his true intentions. As an unwilling pawn of the tyrannical Hades family, he stays alive by keeping one step ahead of his masters.

Now he’s been assigned to watch over a visitor from the Overworld—one who’s definitely hiding something. And with her unholy talent for triggering chaos and catastrophe, his job just keeps getting more perilous. Clearly, she’ll never survive this world.

The thing is, he’s no longer sure he can survive it either.

On Sale for 99c

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34944353-the-night-realm

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway - Avenging Kiss by Karen Tjebben



Avenging Kiss
Author: Karen Tjebben
Genre: Psychological Romance / Suspense
Date Published: December 2016
 
Book Description:
Some sins cannot be forgiven. Those must be avenged.

When Aditya Chopra stumbled upon the decimated camp, she vowed to hunt down the men who killed her sister. The stench of burnt flesh and the taste of death in the air haunt her dreams and power her lust for vengeance. She will show no mercy.

The men of Savage Security served their country. They’d done their time in the sandbox and now enjoy their peaceful lives in the States, far from the death and mayhem of war. Will living in peace blind them to the dangerous threat that’s poised to strike?

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33819881-avenging-kiss

Blog Tour Excerpt - The Book Knights by J.G. McKenney



The Book Knights
Author:
J.G. McKenney
Genre: YA Fantasy
Date Published: July 5, 2017

Book Description:
When her parents are condemned to death by Morgan Fay for the crime of reading, Arti Penderhagen becomes a fugitive. Hunted by Mordred, the sadistic police captain who recites poetry to enhance his physical strength, Arti escapes to the Isle of Avalon, a sanctuary for outlaws. There she meets an old librarian named Merl who tells her about the Grail Tome, an ancient book in Morgan Fay's possession that can alter the course of history. Can Arti steal the book in time to save her family?

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BOOK REVIEW: Evan Wood by Sara Dalton

Evan Wood
Author: Sara Dalton
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
Romance was not part of Amelia's plan, until she came face to face with Evan Wood.

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34937794-evan-wood


MY REVIEW

It's been a few years since I first read Evan Wood, and I'd forgotten how most of the story went, but I definitely remember liking this one, and thankfully, that hasn't changed. This book has many ingredients: love and romance, fun and laughter and undoubtedly sadness and pain. While I did see places where the grammar could be tightened or the plot could be developed further so we can understand why characters reacted a certain way or understand the choices they made, I did find the story compelling, particularly Amelia's and Evan's personal struggles.

College student Amelia Graham has been longing after the handsome chap who rides the bus with her every morning, so when she goes on a blind date and discovers she's been set up with her dream guy, she is delighted. Unfortunately, Mr. Handsome (Evan Wood) isn't quite as charming as she'd imagined him to be. Quite the contrary, he's an arrogant, egotistical jerk. Still, Amelia finds herself being drawn into his world and it's not long before she unearths the true reason behind his behaviour, and it's quite a heartbreaking tale, one Amelia isn't sure she can handle. Having some skeletons in her own closet, she doesn't quite know how to deal with Evan's revelation, especially since her problems could have a detrimental effect on his health. As Amelia and Evan try to make their relationship work, they face many trials and tribulations that ultimately results in a shocking ending.

Evan Wood unravels a story of blossoming romance amid certain tragedy. The story deals with some serious issues (health concerns, domestic violence etc) that gave it more substance than the blossoming love story between Amelia and Evan, and I appreciated the way the subject matter were dealt with. The secondary characters weren't as developed as I would have liked them to be, but they did leave an impression on me, which was good enough. The story did start to feel a little rushed after Amelia discovered Evan's secret and the grammatical errors were very noticeable, which I had a problem with from time to time. I enjoyed the chemistry between Amelia and Evan, but, at times, their personalities suited that of younger characters, definitely younger than they are portrayed to be. Prior to re-reading the book, I had totally forgotten the ages of these characters, and based on the earlier chapters, I thought they were secondary school (high school) students. This wasn't an issue for me. I just thought I was reading a young adult novel as opposed to a new adult novel for the first half of the book.

Overall, it was a good and enjoyable read.

VERDICT



Award: Silver
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Source: Own copy

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Wicked Fallout by Kelly Charron


Wicked Fallout
(Pretty Wicked #2)
Author: Kelly Charron
Publication Date: July 17th, 2017
Genre: Adult Thriller 

Book Description:
“Wicked Fallout is a twisty cat and mouse psychological thriller that will keep you turning pages right up to the unexpected end. A creepy mix of horror and psychological insight, Charron takes you into the mind of a killer and doesn’t let go.”
~Eileen Cook, Author of WITH MALICE
 

Convicted of six murders when she was just fifteen, the notorious Ryann Wilkanson hasn’t been able to act on her darkest, deadliest urges for twelve years. She’s exhausted her appeals and has little hope of ever getting out of prison and back to hunting.

Until a media-hungry legal team mounts a campaign to do the impossible—get her immediately released with a commuted sentence.

Forensic psychiatrist Nancy Clafin has mere weeks to evaluate Ryann’s current mental state against her grisly past to determine if she’s changed. But under the shadow of her own questionable history, it’s not easy to separate her personal life from her professional duty.

At least that’s what Ryann is counting on.

Behind the cold steel doors of a Colorado maximum-security prison, will Nancy find a cold-blooded killer or a newly redeemed woman determined to right her past wrongs?

**This novel can be enjoyed as a standalone or as part of the Pretty Wicked series.

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35634045-wicked-fallout?ac=1&from_search=true

Book Blitz & Giveaway - The Canary Club by Sherry D. Ficklin


The Canary Club
Author: Sherry D. Ficklin
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication Date: October 16th, 2017
Genre: YA Historical Romance

Book Description:
“Bad Luck” Benny is a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. Recently released from jail, he has vowed to keep his head down and stay out of trouble. But he also needs to care for his ailing sister and the rest of his struggling family, and he’ll do anything to make that happen—even if it means taking a position with a notorious crime boss. He soon finds himself in over his head—and worse still—falling for the one dame on earth he should be staying away from.

Masie is the daughter of a wealthy gangster with the voice of an angel and gun smoke in her veins. Strong-willed but trapped in a life she never wanted, she dreams of flying free from the politics and manipulation of her father. A pawn in her family’s fight for control of the city, and with a killer hot on her heels, she turns to the one person who just might be able to spring her from her gilded cage. But Masie is no angel, and her own dark secrets may come back to burn them both.

Two worlds collide in this compelling story of star-crossed lovers in gritty prohibition-era New York.

Perfect for fans of Beatriz Williams’ A CERTAIN AGE or Libba Bray’s THE DIVINERS, THE CANARY CLUB by Sherry D. Ficklin will entice Historical Romance fans of all ages. This Gatsby-era tale filled with dazzling speakeasies, vicious shoot-outs, gritty gangsters, and iridescent ingenues has also been compared to the television series Z: THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING and BOARDWALK EMPIRE.

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34514453-the-canary-club

Friday, 20 October 2017

Blog Tour Promo & Giveaway - Hunter's Moon by Tess Grant

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Hunter's Moon
Author: Tess Grant
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: January 17th, 2017
Books We Love Ltd.

Book Description:
Kitty Irish has heard all the rumors swirling around Daniel Phinney. Most of them involve a gun, a flask, and a temper. One chance encounter with the WWII veteran over a grisly find in the woods pulls the cover off the dark secrets of their small town, and Kitty is drawn into an unlikely partnership.

Armed with an antique rifle and a handful of homemade silver bullets, the two form an efficient team. Unfortunately, their game is werewolf hunting, and disaster is only a bite away.

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33952043-hunter-s-moon?from_search=true

Blog Tour Excerpt - Web of Lies by JG Sumner



Web of Lies
Author:
JG Sumner
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Date Published: August 8, 2017
Publisher: Limitless Publishing

Book Description:
My​ ​perfect​ ​life​ ​is​ ​falling​ ​apart.  My​ ​wife​ ​is​ ​leaving​ ​me,​ ​and​ ​I’m​ ​fighting​ ​for​ ​our​ ​marriage,​ ​our​ ​kids—for​ ​her.​ ​Then​ ​she​ ​walks​ ​through the​ ​door,​ ​and​ ​everything​ ​changes. Beautiful,​ ​sweet​ ​Beth.​ ​She’s​ ​much​ ​too​ ​young,​ ​but​ ​I​ ​can’t​ ​stay​ ​away.  Despite​ ​our​ ​secrecy,​ ​someone​ ​knows.​ ​They’re​ ​using​ ​the​ ​information​ ​to​ ​destroy​ ​me.​ ​It’s​ ​not​ ​a​ ​matter of​ ​if​ ​my​ ​marriage​ ​will​ ​survive,​ ​or​ ​if​ ​I’ll​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​find​ ​happiness​ ​with​ ​my​ ​new​ ​love…it’s​ ​a​ ​matter surviving​ ​at​ ​all. I​ ​have​ ​to​ ​unravel​ ​this​ ​web​ ​of​ ​lies​ ​before​ ​it’s​ ​too​ ​late.

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Book Blitz - The Funeral Flower by Michelle Jester



The Funeral Flower
Author
: Michelle Jester
Genre: NA Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: June 20th 2017

Book Description:
Devastated by the death of her grandfather, six-year-old Kelly Rodgers barely manages to cope with the profound loss. Already facing issues at school, she finds herself spiraling deeper into despair, when a fateful interaction through the fence in her backyard gives her hope. In the years following, Kelly realizes that life’s tragedies can be dealt with through acceptance; until another series of agonizing events leaves her heart in pieces.

Finding herself thrown into new surroundings, Kelly embraces her life and resolves to never fall in love. That decision is easy to keep until her junior year when she is drawn by an unavoidable attraction to the new guy, tormented James Delaney. The moment he looks up at her and smiles, her body betrays her. And he notices. She is determined to avoid him, but soon Kelly is forced to face the inevitable truth: She doesn’t want to avoid James... and he won’t let her.

Even though tragedy always follows love.

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Due to critical subject matter recommended for Ages 17+


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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35278739-the-funeral-flower

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Blog Tour Spotlight & Giveaway - Deep in the Hollow by Brandy Nacole



Deep in the Hollow
Chindi Series
Brandy Nacole
Genre: Paranormal
Publisher: Brandy Nacole
Date of Publication: September 15, 2016
ASIN: B014U7BMU0
Number of pages: 232
Word Count: 80,000
Cover Artist: The Book Cover Machine

Tagline: Greed has a price, and the dead do not always rest.

Book Description:
Let me share some wisdom with you. There is evil in this world we cannot see, not because it is hidden from us, but because our minds refuse to accept its existence. But once we are able to get past what everyone says should not be, it becomes our responsibility to stop the evil we now see.

This insight wasn’t given to me until a year after I lost the most important person in my life: Bryce Rowan. Now, after another death at the same spot where he died—the overlook, where the mysterious lights dance amongst the trees—I begin to wonder if they were accidents after all.

Lucky for me, I’m not the only curious one in town. Cooper, a ghost hunter (aka chaser), and his sister Jada have moved to town and are starting to ask questions.

But the more we find out about this town and the people who live here, people who I have known my whole life, the more I begin to think there are those who would rather keep the evil secret, even if it means we will never be safe, and that more will die.

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Blog Tour Spotlight & Giveaway - Monsterland by Michael Okon



MONSTERLAND
Author
: Michael Okon
Publisher: Wordfire Press
Pages: 232
Genre: Monsters

Book Description:
Welcome to Monsterland—the scariest place on Earth.

The last couple years of high school have not been fun for Wyatt Baldwin. His parents divorce, then his dad mysteriously dies. He’s not exactly comfortable with his new stepfather, Carter White, either. An on-going debate with his best friends Howard Drucker and Melvin over which monster is superior has gotten stale. He’d much rather spend his days with beautiful and popular Jade. However, she’s dating the brash high-school quarterback Nolan, and Wyatt thinks he doesn’t stand a chance.

But everything changes when Wyatt and his friends are invited to attend the grand opening of Monsterland, a groundbreaking theme park where guests can rock out with vampires at Vampire Village, be chased by actual werewolves on the Werewolf River Run, and walk among the dead in Zombieville.

With real werewolves, vampires and zombies as the main attractions, what could possibly go wrong?


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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway - The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz


The Midnight Dance
Author: Nikki Katz
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: October 17th, 2017
Genre: YA Contemporary

Book Description:
When the music stops, the dance begins. Seventeen-year-old Penny is a lead dancer at the Grande Teatro, a finishing school where she and eleven other young women are training to become the finest ballerinas in Italy. Tucked deep into the woods, the school is overseen by the mysterious and handsome young Master who keeps the girls ensconced in the estate – and in the only life Penny has never known.

But when flashes of memories, memories of a life very different from the one she thinks she’s been leading, start to appear, Penny begins to question the Grand Teatro and the motivations of the Master. With a kind and attractive kitchen boy, Cricket, at her side, Penny vows to escape the confines of her school and the strict rules that dictate every step she takes. But at every turn, the Master finds a way to stop her, and Penny must find a way to escape the school and uncover the secrets of her past before it’s too late.

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30128124-the-midnight-dance?ac=1&from_search=true

Blog Tour Spotlight - Stairway to Paradise by Nadia Natali



Stairway to Paradise: Growing up Gershwin
Author:
Nadia Natali
Publisher: RareBird Books
Pages: 304
Genre: Memoir

Book Description:
Growing up as Frankie Gershwin's daughter, the sister of George and Ira Gershwin, was quite a challenge. I didn't have the perspective to realize that so much unhappiness in a family was out of the ordinary. But I knew something was off. My mother was often depressed and my father was tyrannical and scary, one never knew when he would blow up. I learned early on that I had to be the cheery one, the one to fix the problems. Both sides of my family were famous; the Gershwin side and my father who invented color film. But even though there was more than enough recognition, money and parties I understood that wasn't what made people happy.

As a young adult adrift and depressed I broke from that unsatisfactory life by marrying Enrico Natali, a photographer, deeply immersed in his own questions about life. We moved into the wilderness away from what we considered as the dysfunction of society. That’s when we discovered that life had other kinds of challenges: flood, fire, rattlesnakes, mountain lions and bears. We lived in a teepee for more than four years while building a house. Curiously my mother never commented on my life choice. She must have realized on some level that her own life was less than satisfactory.

Enrico had developed a serious meditation practice that had become a kind of ground for him. As for me I danced. Understanding the somatic, the inner body experience, became my way to shift the inner story.

We raised and homeschooled our three children. I taught them to read, Enrico taught them math. The kids ran free, happy, always engaged, making things, and discovering. We were so sure we were doing the right thing. However, we didn't have a clue how they would make the transition to the so-called ‘real world’. The children thrived until they became teenagers. They then wanted out. Everything fell apart for them and for Enrico and me. Our lives were turned upside down, our paradise lost. There was tragedy: our son lost his life while attempting to cross our river during a fierce storm. Later I was further challenged by advanced breast cancer.

It was during these times that I delved deeply into the somatic recesses of myself. I began to find my own voice, a long learning process. I emerged with a profound trust in my own authority. It became clear that everyone has to find his or her way through layers of inauthenticity, where a deep knowing can develop. And I came to see that is the best anyone can offer to the world.

Enrico and I still live in the wilds of the Lost Padres National Forest, a paradise with many steps going up and down, a life I would not change.

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Book Blast & Giveaway - Black Moon Rising (The Library #2) by D.J. MacHale

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Black Moon Rising
(The Library #2)
Author:
D.J. MacHale
Age Range: 8 - 12 years
Grade Level: 3 - 7
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (October 3, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1101932570
ISBN-13: 978-1101932575

Book Description:
The next fast-paced, thrilling adventure from bestselling author D. J. MacHale! Check out a book and fall under its spell . . . literally.

Marcus is an agent of the Library--a place filled with tales that don't have an ending. Mysteries that won't be solved until Marcus and his friends Theo and Lu step in to finish them. Before it's too late.

Because mysterious accidents are disturbing a middle school in Massachusetts. Windows shatter for no reason. Bleachers collapse at a pep rally. Most of the students think they're just having a string of bad luck, but Marcus suspects something a lot more dangerous. Something like witchcraft. When the black moon rises, this story must come to an end . . . one way or another.


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