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Friday, 19 January 2018

Book Blitz & Giveaway - On the Edge by Dani Collins

On the Edge
(Blue Spruce Lodge, #1)
Author: Dani Collins
Published by: Tule Publishing
Publication Date: January 16th, 2018
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
When Glory Cormer’s father introduces her to ‘their’ new business partner, she’s appalled. Viking-like Rolf Johansson exudes the same alpha-intimidation that jocks used to torment her through high school. After nursing her mother the last several years, she’s trying to break out of her shell and secretly pursue a writing career, but Rolf insists she go through with the rotten deal her father struck with his brother to renovate an old chalet.

Rolf envisions this mountain as a world-class resort for elite athletes and other jet setters. As a downhill champion and owner of a world-renowned sports equipment empire, he knows what it takes to get what he wants. Nothing will stop him, especially not a hotheaded wallflower who turns the ice in his veins to lava.

Bonus Story! This book contains Glory’s novella Blessed Winter, a no-room-at-the-inn Christmas romance.

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Thursday, 18 January 2018

Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway - Stolen Secrets by L.B. Schulman



Stolen Secrets 
Author: L.B. Schulman
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7th and up
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press (September 19, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1629797227
ISBN-13: 978-1629797229

Book Description:
After an abrupt move across the country to San Francisco, sixteen-year-old Livvy discovers a grandmother who she believed was dead. Suffering from Alzheimer’s, Adelle shouts out startling details, mistakes her own name, and seems to relive moments that may have taken place in a concentration camp. When Livvy and her new friend Franklin D. find journal entries from the Holocaust in Adelle’s home, Livvy begins to suspect that her grandmother may have a shocking link to a notable figure Anne Frank.

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Book Blast & Giveaway - Ellie, Engineer by Jackson Pearce



Ellie, Engineer 
Author: Jackson Pearce
Age Range: 8 - 12 years
Grade Level: 3 - 7
Series: Ellie, Engineer
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (January 16, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1681195194
ISBN-13: 978-1681195193

Book Description:
The hilarious and smart start of a series about a girl who loves to build—STEM-powered, creative fun for girls.

Ellie is an engineer. With a tool belt strapped over her favorite skirt (who says you can’t wear a dress and have two kinds of screwdrivers handy, just in case?), she invents and builds amazing creations in her backyard workshop. Together with her best friend Kit, Ellie can make anything. As Kit’s birthday nears, Ellie doesn’t know what gift to make until the girls overhear Kit’s mom talking about her present—the dog Kit always wanted! Ellie plans to make an amazing doghouse, but her plans grow so elaborate that she has to enlist help from the neighbor boys and crafty girls, even though the two groups don’t get along. Will Ellie be able to pull off her biggest project yet?

Illustrated with Ellie’s sketches and plans, and including backmatter with how-tos, this is full of engineering fun!

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Heir of Zion (The Zion Series, Book 2) by Brittany Lewis

Heir of Zion
(The Zion Series, Book 2)
Author: Brittany Lewis
Genre: YA Christian Fiction
Publication Date: September 1st, 2017

Book Description:
Michael felt like his life ended the day his family left. In a way, it did. While he struggled to remain composed when he was in the company of others, he allowed his thoughts and anxieties to consume him when he was alone. Though the life that he had always known had ended, a new one quickly emerged, one that had been suppressed by the Elders for far too long. While Michael struggled to wrap his brain around the information he was learning about his true identity and the community he had grown up in, his heart continuously pulled him toward a young girl and his new found romance, while it simultaneously ached for the family he lost.

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MY REVIEW

Heir of Zion was much more engaging a read than its predecessor. In this book, we get to follow Michael's journey as he tries to adapt to a life without his family while at the same time learning about a family secret he had no knowledge of. Feeling both torn about his family's departure and determined to remain strong and be a proactive member of his community, he's left feeling uncertain about his future. Will he choose to remain at Zion or will he follow his family's path and escape the confines of his oppressive community?

I really enjoyed the sequel, a lot more than I thought I would. I engaged with the characters a lot more, though I would have liked them to have been a little more developed. There was a stronger sense of struggle in this book. The readers really get to feel Michael's turmoil. He's a likeable and relatable character. At just 17, and having his twin sister and his parents leave the only place they've called home, Michael Martin is left feeling ostracised by his family and his community. The people of Zion are forbidden to mention Michael's family, as if they no longer exist. Michael cannot understand how they could just up and leave him, and worse, he can't vent his frustrations in fear of further isolating himself. Deciding to repress his feelings, Michael sets his sight on gaining a high position in the church. When the Chief Elder of Zion learns of this, he decides it's time to tell Michael the truth about his heritage. As it turns out, Michael isn't who he thought he was nor is his family who he thought they were. Having discovered that his whole life has been a lie, Michael starts to feel as though he doesn't belong anywhere. To add insult to injury, he starts to learn the truth about Zion that makes him wonder whether or not he should to remain at Zion. Was Katie and his parents right in leaving when they did?

With all the revelations that Michael discovers, he thinks up a plan to change the way Zion functions. First, he has to get the people of Zion to follow him in making their community a better place. The story certainly depicts a totalitarian society that controls and brainwashes the populace to adhere to its system, so Michael has quite a mission ahead of him.

I found the story rather intriguing. I admire Michael's strength and his ability to keep fighting even when it seems there's nothing left to fight for. There were still head hopping issues present and a lot of repetition to contend with but the heart of the story won me over. I am definitely looking forward to seeing how Michael's and Katie's journeys interlink in the next book.

VERDICT


Award: Silver
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Source: Review copy via author

Cover Reveal - Covet by Micalea Smeltzer


Covet
(Enchanted #2)
Author: Micalea Smeltzer
Publication Date: TBA
Genre: YA Fantasy

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Blog Tour Spotlight & Giveaway - Storm Crossed by Dani Harper



Storm Crossed
Grim Series
Book 4
Author: Dani Harper
Release Date: January 9, 2018
Publisher: Montlake Romance
ISBN-10: 1503948943
ISBN-13: 978-1503948945

Book Description:
The latest stand-alone novel in Dani Harper’s Grim Series will delight old and new fans alike, transporting them to the ancient fae realm beneath the modern human world, where magic rules and menace abounds . . .

Heir to a noble fae house, Trahern is forced to watch helplessly as his twin brother is cruelly changed into a grim—a death dog—as punishment for falling in love with the wrong person. Trahern doesn’t believe love exists, but he will do anything to keep his brother alive—even join the Wild Hunt and ride the night skies of the human world.

Lissy Santiago-Callahan believes in love but has no time for it. She’s busy juggling her career as an academic and her home life as a single mom to a young son with Asperger’s. Her hectic life in sleepy Eastern Washington is made even more chaotic with the sudden arrival of a demanding fae and his unusual “dog.”

Mortal and immortal have nothing in common, and the attraction between Lissy and Trahern surprises them both. But when their desire places Lissy and her child in the path of a deadly faery feud, will the connection last, or will their separate worlds prove too great a divide?

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Cover Reveal - Touch by Camille Picott


Touch
(Sulan, Episode 4)
Author: Camille Picott
Publication Date: February 1st, 2018
Genre: YA Cyberpunk / Dystopian

Monday, 15 January 2018

Blog Tour Spotlight - Along Came Jones by Victoria Bernadine



Along Came Jones
Author: Victoria Bernadine 
Publisher: Love of Words Publishing 
Pages: 324
Genre: Chick Lit/Contemporary Fiction

Book Description: 
Benjamin Ferrin Macon-Jones has it all: a luxurious lifestyle in Toronto and the love of an intelligent, ambitious woman…until that same woman refuses his marriage proposal, tells him he’s a detriment to her career, and leaves him. Unable to deal with his cantankerous family trying to be supportive, he quietly slips away into the Canadian countryside.

Lou Upjohn has problems of her own. She’s a recluse and agoraphobic, staying safely within the walls of her ancestral home in small town Saskatchewan and depending on Ike, her best and only friend, to deal with the outside world. Only Ike’s just married another woman and now he’s moving to Vancouver. Before he leaves, he hires the new guy in town, Ferrin Jones, to run her errands and do her yard work. Lou isn’t happy, but even she has to admit the stranger looks mildly interesting.

Both their lives could be changed forever if she only has the courage to open the door.

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Sunday, 14 January 2018

Blog Tour Promo & Giveaway - Breaking Down My Walls by Anne Marie Citro



Breaking Down My Walls
Author: Anne Marie Citro
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Date Published: November 30, 2017

Book Description:
After the torment of her childhood, Taya believes in love for everyone … except herself. Some things can’t be untaught.

Beautiful and tough, yet the most private woman anyone has ever met, Taya knows everyone has a past, yet she doesn’t share hers. Her past must remain behind her for her sanity and so the only man she has ever loved will move on with someone who hasn’t been destroyed by those who were supposed to protect her.

Then a threat has her past storming back in and taking over.

After looking into the big, baby blue eyes of the deranged little orphan who was dragged, kicking and screaming, into his home, Levi is determined to be the boy who will teach Taya that not every offered hand will betray her.

Playful and gorgeous, Levi’s first passion is the girl who consumes his heart. His second is serving his country, following in his father’s footsteps. When Levi is deployed overseas, he encourages Taya to spread her wings and pursue her dreams, hoping she will come back to her roots and the man who is waiting for her.

Levi is mistaken.

Taya can’t change who she is and has built a life for herself far away from the only man she will ever love.

Can Levi convince Taya their relationship is worth the fight? Can he force her to overcome her fears and let him in completely? Can Levi prove his love is the freedom she has been searching for?

Levi allowed Taya to control their relationship in the past, but now things have changed. He is taking control back, with or without her consent.

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Saturday, 13 January 2018

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Magic Runes by Devyn Jayse

Magic Runes
(Magic Runes #1)
Author: Devyn Jayse
Publication date: November 28th, 2017
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy

Book Description:
Meet Carmen Rebello – Rune Witch, owner of the best magic store in Barcelona, and black sheep of her family. 

When Carmen successfully removes a spell from a bewitched human, she never thought she would get ensnared in an ongoing Supernatural Bureau of Investigation case. Her life is already complicated by trying to stay hidden from her powerful family members, Carmen can’t afford the attention of joining the investigation but the SBI insist on her involvement. Add an annoying (but hot) SBI agent and her life is getting more difficult by the day. Can she help the SBI without exposing her identity?

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Friday, 12 January 2018

Blog Tour Spotlight & Giveaway - Secret: At HL Woods by DK Davis



Secret: At HL Woods
The Secret Series
Book 2
Author: DK Davis
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publisher: BWL Publishing, Inc.
Date of Publication: December 15, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-77362-990-2
ISBN: 978-1-77362-989-6
ISBN: 978-1-77362-988-9 print
ASIN: B077ZT2H5V
Number of pages: print book - 199
Word Count: 60,200 words
Cover Artist: Michelle Lee

Tagline: A high school ghost-seer, an all-star jock, and a bully, cross paths, sparks spew, and lives change…

Series Tagline: A series of secrets, invisible yet glaring, and most include a supernatural spin, like an unwelcomed sensation sparking every nerve ending.

Book Description:
Bri, a seventeen-year-old ghost-seer, keeps her ability under wraps at the new school until a murdered couple from the 60’s asks for help.

Kyle, a high school jock, realizes the new girl lives next door; she’s crazy cute, goth-odd, and too convenient to ignore.

Max, Kyle’s best friend, only sees Bri as a wicked threat.

Luke, Bri’s gay best friend, moves in for the summer, escaping his abusive father.
Paths cross, sparks spew…will anyone remain the same after?

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Book Blast & Giveaway - The Last Thing She Ever Did by Gregg Olsen



The Last Thing She Ever Did
Author: Gregg Olsen
Paperback: 380 pages
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (January 1, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1542046424
ISBN-13: 978-1542046428

Book Description:
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author comes a psychological thriller exploring the things we dare to do when no one is looking . . .

The community along Oregon’s Deschutes River is one of successful careers and perfect families. For years, up-and-comers Liz and Owen have admired their good friends and neighbors, Carole and David. They appear to have it all—security, happiness, and a beautiful young son, Charlie.

Then Charlie vanishes without a trace, and all that seemed safe is shattered by a tragedy that is incomprehensible—except to Liz.

It took one fleeting moment for her to change the lives of everyone she loves—a heartrending accident that can’t be undone. Neither can the second-worst mistake of her life: concealing it. As two marriages crack and buckle in grief and fear, Liz retreats into her own dark place of guilt, escalating paranoia—and betrayals even she can’t imagine. Because there’s another good neighbor who has his own secrets, his own pain, and his own reasons for watching Liz’s every move.

And only he knows that the mystery of the missing boy on the Deschutes River is far from over.

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Thursday, 11 January 2018

Blog Tour Spotlight - The Adventures of Mitee Mite Series by David John



The Adventures of Mitee Mite Series
Author: David John
Publisher: Mitee Mite
Pages: 120 pages total in series
Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Book Description: 
Building on a desire to teach children about time, shapes, measurements, and money, author David John created THE ADVENTURES OF MITEE MITE series. In the same way that many of us learned our ABCs, the book and app (available on Google Play and iTunes) collection helps young readers learn how many seconds are in a minute, the number of sides different shapes contain, and more, using a catchy tune that captures their attention and motivates learning.

Focusing on children from age 3 to 11 years old, THE ADVENTURES OF MITEE MITE book and app series offers its readers a dynamic female superhero, Mitee Mite, as their guide through the often tricky terrain involved with mastering time, shapes, measurements, and money. In her matching red cape and boots, Mitee Mite, accompanied by her alarm clock sidekick, Terry the Ticker, activates her superpowers by using her manners, respecting others, and accurately answering questions in the games she encounters during her adventures.

The five books in THE ADVENTURES OF MITEE MITE book and app series include The Time Frame Game and The Time Frame Game Advanced, which break down seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, and years to teach readers the fundamentals of time. The Measuring Game explores the components of feet, yards, and miles, as well as cups, pints, quarts, and gallons. Mitee Mite teaches kids about currency in The Money Game and dives into a colorful world of triangles, squares, hexagons, and more in The Shape Game. The companion song for this series (available at www.miteemite.com) helps kinds absorb the skills in an enjoyable and interactive way.
The idea for THE ADVENTURES OF MITEE MITE book and app series came about when David was faced with a dire challenge. “One day as I was babysitting my friends’ children, and not having any idea what to do, I made up fun games to help them learn,” David revealed. The goal of the series is to expose children to a variety of lessons in a manner that is fun, relatable, and memorable. David says, “Mitee Mite was created to help give children a head start on the basics of time, measurements, shapes, and money.”

David’s daughter, whom he calls his “Little Mite,” is the inspiration for the main character and the themes of the series. David’s desire to teach his daughter the basic skills featured in THE ADVENTURES OF MITEE MITE book and app series has expanded into the goal of sharing these lessons with other children through his “You Buy, They Read” program. “We plan to give away one book for every one bought to kids in need.” In addition, David will donate $1 for every $2 of the gross sales of apps to teachers “who are going into their own pockets to buy supplies.”

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About the Author
David John is the author of The Adventures of Mitee Mite book and app series. The series follows the adventures of superhero Mitee Mite and her sidekick, Terry the Ticker. The five titles in the series are The Time Frame Game (Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-9860919-0-2; Softcover ISBN: 978-0-9860919-6-4), The Measuring Game (Softcover ISBN: 978-0-9860919-2-6), The Money Game (Softcover ISBN: 978-0-9860919-4-0), The Shape Game (Softcover ISBN: 978-0-9860919-3-3), and The Time Frame Game Advanced (Softcover ISBN: 978-0-9860919-5-7). Complementary apps for each book are available on Google Play and iTunes.  The companion song is available at the website:  www.miteemite.com.

David lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with his wife and daughter. He enjoys spending time with his family, playing hockey, and creating new stories for The Adventures of Mitee Mite book and app series.

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Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway - Unconditionally (Contract Killers #2) by Erin Lyon



Unconditionally
(Contract Killers #2)
Author: Erin Lyon
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Forge Books (January 9, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0765386127
ISBN-13: 978-0765386120

Book Description:
In a world where marriage doesn’t exist—only seven-year contracts—you don’t marry, you sign. You don’t divorce, you breach. And sometimes, you just expire.

In this hilarious conclusion to Erin Lyon's I Love You Subject to the Following Terms and Conditions, Kate has accepted a job practicing signing law, the one type of law she swore she'd never do - especially since what she thought was her very own happily ever after turned into just another expired contract. But between Kate's embarrassing penchant for running into exes in court, clients determined to use her as their very own therapist, and a couple having a knock-down, drag-out over the custody of the family guinea pig, at least the job's never boring.

But while Kate finally has a handle on her career, her love life is still, well, complicated. The former love of her life, Jonathan, wants her back. Her current main squeeze, Dave, wants to take things to the next level, but she still can't shake her wolf-in-sheep's-clothing vibe about him. And then there's Adam, her mad crush who really wants to be her friend. So, to sum up, one questionable ex, one player with a capital "P," and one guy who's kind of stolen her heart even though she's in the friend zone. This should be a piece of cake. 

Unconditionally is both a sweet and sexy romantic comedy and a hilariously relatable look at finding happiness where you least expect it.

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Blog Tour Spotlight - Double Take by Abby Bardi



Double Take
Author: Abby Bardi
Publisher: Harper Collins Impulse
Pages: 186
Genre: Mystery

Book Description:
Set in Chicago, 1975, Double Take is the story of artsy Rachel Cochrane, who returns from college with no job and confronts the recent death of Bando, one of her best friends. When she runs into Joey, a mutual friend, their conversations take them back into their shared past and to the revelation that Bando may have been murdered. To find out who murdered him, Rachel is forced to revisit her stormy 1960s adolescence, a journey that brings her into contact with her old friends, her old self, and danger.

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