Monday, November 12, 2018

Blog Tour: Love Like Sky

Book Tour

Title: Love Like Sky

Author: Leslie C. Youngblood

Pub. Date: November 6, 2018

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 304

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“Brims with charm and compassion.”

Vashti Harrison, New York Times best-selling author of Little Leaders 

Synopsis:

Title: Love Like Sky

Author: Leslie C. Youngblood

Pub. Date: November 6, 2018

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 304

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“Brims with charm and compassion.”

Vashti Harrison, New York Times best-selling author of Little Leaders 

Synopsis: “Love ain’t like that.”

“How is it then?” Peaches asked, turning on her stomach to face me. 

“It’s like sky. If you keep driving and driving, gas will run out, right?” 

“That’s why we gotta go to the gas station.”

“Yep. But have you ever seen the sky run out? No matter how far we go?” 

“No, when we look up, there it is.”

“Well that’s the kind of love Daddy and Mama got for us, Peaches–love like sky.”

“It never ends?” 

“Never.”


G-baby and her younger sister, Peaches, are still getting used to their “blended-up” family. They live with Mama and Frank out in the suburbs, and they haven’t seen their real daddy much since he married Millicent. G-baby misses her best friend back in Atlanta, and is crushed that her glamorous new stepsister, Tangie, wants nothing to do with her.

G-baby is so preoccupied with earning Tangie’s approval that she isn’t there for her own little sister when she needs her most. Peaches gets sick-really sick. Suddenly, Mama and Daddy are arguing like they did before the divorce, and even the doctors at the hospital don’t know how to help Peaches get better.

It’s up to G-baby to put things right. She knows Peaches can be strong again if she can only see that their family’s love for her really is like sky.


LOVE LIKE SKY by Leslie Youngblood

Excerpts for Blog Tour

Page 19 – 21 (369 words)

“Do you think Daddy still loves us?”

Now I felt really guilty for talking about Daddy to Mama.

“You just asked me that a little while ago.”

“No, I didn’t. I asked did you still love Daddy. That ain’t the same.”

“Well, the answer is the same. Of course Daddy still loves us.”

“How I know you’re not lying?”

“What Mama say about that word?”

“Sorry . . . You might been fibbin’ or telling a story. Like you were telling Tangie that Mama had braids, ’member?”

“Yes, I remember.”

“Mama don’t like her hair braided because she said they pull her brains out.”

“She don’t say that.”

“Well, something like that.”

“I’m trying to get Tangie to like us, so I was fibbin’ to be nice. That’s okay sometimes.”

“Like when someone gives us a Christmas present we don’t like and we have to say we do?”

“Yeah, that’s close. But I don’t have to fib about Daddy. We talked to him a few days ago, right?”

“It was eight. I counted backwards.”

I sighed. “Okay, eight. That’s not that long.”

“Yeah. But he got a new wife.”

“I know. We were flower girls, just like at Mama’s wedding. That means he loves us, too.”

She took a deep breath. “What if he runs out of love? You know, give it all away to her and don’t have none left for us?”

“That won’t happen, Peaches.”

“How you know?”

“’Cause love don’t run out like that.”

“Like what?”

“Like gasoline. Love ain’t like that.”

“How is it then?” she asked, turning on her stomach to face me.

I’d been working on that question since she asked me the first time, and I still was tuning up my answer.

“Well?” Peaches nudged.

“It’s like sky. If you keep driving and driving, gas will run out, right?”

“That’s why we gotta go to the gas station.” She flung her covers back and jumped into my bed.

“Yep. But have you ever seen the sky run out? No matter how far we go?”

“No, when we look up, there it is.”

“Well, that’s the kind of love Daddy and Mama have for us, Peaches—love like sky.”

“It never ends?”

“Never.”


Leslie C. Youngblood received an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A former assistant professor of creative writing at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, she has lectured at Mississippi State University, UNC-Greensboro, and the University of Ghana at Legon. She began her undergraduate degree at Morris Brown College and completed her bachelor’s at Georgia State University. After graduation, she served as a columnist and assistant editor for Atlanta Tribune: The Magazine.

She’s been awarded a host of writing honors including a 2014 Yaddo’s Elizabeth Ames Residency, the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Prize, a Hurston Wright Fellowship, and the Room of Her Own Foundation’s 2009 Orlando Short Story Prize. She received funding to attend the Norman Mailer Writers’ Colony in 2011. Her short story, “Poor Girls’ Palace,” was published in the winter 2009 edition of the Indiana Review, as well as Kwelijournal, 2014.

In 2010 she won the Go On Girl! Book Club Aspiring Writer Award. In 2016 she landed a two-book publishing deal with Disney-Hyperion for her Middle-Grade novel, LOVE LIKE SKY (Nov.6). She often teaches creative writing classes at Rochester, New York’s literary center, Writers & Books.

Born in Bogalusa, Louisiana, and raised in Rochester, New York, she’s fortunate to have a family of natural storytellers and a circle of supportive and family and friends.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

11/5/2018- BookHounds YA– Excerpt

11/6/2018- Beagles & Books– Review

11/7/2018- YA Books Central– Excerpt

11/8/2018- Do You Dog-ear?– Review

11/9/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

Week Two:

11/12/2018- Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review

11/13/2018- Texan Holly Reads– Review

11/14/2018- Utopia State of Mind– Review

11/15/2018- Novel Novice– Excerpt

11/16/2018- Such a Novel Idea– Review


 

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Blitz: Celestia

Celestia
Yumoyori Wilson
(Unicorn Blessed Chronicles #4)
Publication date: November 11th 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance

The Darkness is always portrayed as evil, but what if the Darkness simply wants to be accepted like any other element? To be…good and save humans and shifters alike?

Celestia Rainbow goes from the lands of the living to another realm far darker and more depressing than she’d ever imagined. Not only does she have to accept the darkness inside her, she must now change her perspective and realize that there are two sides to every tale.

Without her men and family to assist, it’s time for Odion to help Celestia find the real truth of who she is – or inevitably, who they all were in the past. A journey into the Dark World opens a door of memories and delivers all the answers she needs to be the unicorn shifter she was destined to be.

Time is running out as dimensions across the galaxies are being overtaken by the Darkness. It’s up to Aslan’s Elite Unicorn Shifter to use everything she’s discovered, reunite with her lovers, family, and trusty familiar, and save the world as they know it before it’s engulfed in black.

Will she be able to find her rainbow crown and fulfill the true prophecy she was destined to achieve? Only one way to find out.

CELESTIA 4 is a new REVERSE HAREM, paranormal series. Recommended for 18+ audiences, containing mature sexual content, violence and strong language.

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Author Bio:

Yumoyori Wilson is from Toronto, Ontario. She’s a Full-time author who loves to write many different genres. On her down time, she bothers her Mom and likes to drink bubbletea while reading and playing video games.

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Blitz: Jaws of the Wolf

Jaws of the Wolf
Charlotte Jardine
(The Visigoth Chronicles, #1)
Publication date: October 30th 2018
Genres: Historical, Romance, Young Adult

He’s her father’s slave. She’s promised to another. But war changes everything.

Tervingi Territory, 376 AD. Gelvira dreams of becoming a powerful jeweler. But the arrogant son of a tribal elder wants her for a wife instead. After a Hun raid sends her people into exile, her chance to master the ancient secrets of her craft are stripped away…

Adafuns yearns to become a great warrior and win Gelvira’s affection. But as a slave in her father’s service, he has little chance of either. Captured and carried off by the Huns, Adafuns’ dream of being a warrior could come true… at the cost of losing Gelvira forever.

With her people starving, marrying the tribal elder’s spoiled son may be Gelvira’s only hope to save her family. Will Adafuns reunite with the exiles in time to free Gelvira from her loathsome vows?

Jaws of the Wolf is the exciting first novel in the epic Visigoth Chronicles series of YA adventures. If you like strong heroines, thrilling action, and rich historical detail, you’ll love Charlotte Jardine’s page-turning saga.

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EXCERPT:

After the meeting broke up, Gelvira sat by the fire, mulling over everything she’d heard. The wood creaked as someone sat beside her. Their reiks’ son, Widin. She scowled. She wasn’t in the mood to talk to him. Not after the way he’d treated Pa.

“It must be a lot to take in,” Widin said. “Most of the men will be riding to war. Sorry, not to war. To rebuild old Roman fortifications.” His face darkened and he compressed his lips.

“Did you come to Erdeu to round up warriors in Lord Angmar’s name?” Gelvira asked.

He smiled. “Also to see you.”

She glanced around. Praise the Great Mother, Ma hadn’t heard. She’d be planning their wedding feast.

Widin motioned toward her amulet. “This is new. Did you make it?”

She nodded. “After the raid. I worked on it in the evenings, to take my mind off the Huns.” There was no way she’d tell him its purpose.

He traced the outline of the wolf. “I would have thought flowers or birds more appropriate for a maiden?”

A shiver ran through her. A wrongness. Then heat flared from the metal.

Widin snatched his hand back. “It … burnt me. Was it made using the Becoming One?”

“Yes,” she replied, head spinning with excitement. Had her amulet really done that?

He scowled. “Our people are under attack. You shouldn’t be wasting your time making baubles.”

“It’s a practice piece,” she replied, biting down on her anger. “Master Raginmar used it to teach me the rudiments of the Becoming One.”

“Ah, I see.” Widin’s black look faded. “You must make me something useful, once you’ve mastered the art. I’ll need the gods’ aid far more than you, safe behind your palisade.” He wound his fingers through hers and pulled them against his chest.

Ma noticed the gesture, and beamed.

“If it wasn’t for the Huns, I’d marry you before summer’s end,” he said, leaning close so his breath brushed her skin. “My father would prefer I took a wife who brings more political advantage. He doesn’t see it, but you’ve much in your favour: you’re well born, brave, and quite lovely to look at. And your jewellery will bring me renown, now you’re learning the Becoming One.”

“You honour me,” Gelvira replied, lowering her eyes so he couldn’t see her dismay. Marry him after the way he’d behaved? She couldn’t bear the thought. “As you said, you’re a warrior. You must deal with the raiders first. At times like these, marriage must wait.”

For one terrible moment, she felt almost grateful to the Huns.


Author Bio:

Charlotte Jardine writes Historical Fiction, Contemporary Romance and Romantic Adventure. Her books feature courageous heroines, big-hearted heroes, adventure and love.

Her love of history came from reading the adventures of Asterix and Tintin at a young age and continued into adult life, when she studied Classics and Roman History to postgraduate level at university.

While working as a desk slave by day, she spends her evenings escaping into other worlds via her writing.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Blog Tour: TWILIGHT OF THE ELVES

About the Book:

Title: TWILIGHT OF THE ELVES (The Adventurers Guild #2)

Author: Zack Loran Clark & Nick Eliopulos

Pub. Date: November 13, 2018

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 384

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I should probably start at the beginning, Zed wrote, when things first went wrong?
Zed, Brock, and their friends may have saved Freestone from destruction, but the fight against the Dangers is far from over. No one knows what to expect next from the dark power that forced the elves to abandon their city. And the influx of elf refugees in Freestone strains resources and brews resentment among the townspeople. Things have shifted between best friends Zed and Brock, as well, with their friendship crumbling under the weight of the secrets they’re keeping from each other.

When tensions reach an all-time high, Queen Me’Shala, leader of the elves, approaches the Adventurers Guild with a mission. She wants a small group of adventurers to go behind the king’s back on a covert mission to save her city, and Zed, Brock, Liza, Jett, Micah, and their elven friend Fel join the quest. To face a powerful form of magic thought to be extinct, the adventurers will have to learn how to rely on each other and fight harder than ever before.

Don’t miss this second installment of Zack Loran Clark and Nicholas Eliopulos’s Adventurers Guild trilogy, where the stakes are raised, the action is breathless, and the dangers will stop even the bravest of hearts.

REVIEW

*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

Another exciting middle-grade read! I’d heard of the first book in this series when it was released last year, but hadn’t heard much about it after that. I was excited to get the chance to read this second book in the series, and I recommend it for middle-grade readers who enjoy a good fantasy adventure!

Book One:

Title: THE ADVENTURER’S GUILD (The Adventurers Guild #)

Author: Zack Loran Clark & Nick Eliopulos

Pub. Date: October 3, 2017

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Pages: 320

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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Few ever asked to join the Adventurers Guild . . . Their members often died young.
In one of the last cities standing after the world fell to monsters, best friends Zed Kagari and Brock Dunderfel have high hopes for the future. Zed desperately wishes to join the ranks of the Mages Guild, where his status as Freestone’s only half elf might finally be an asset. Brock, the roguishly charming son of merchants, is confident he’ll be welcomed into the ranks of the Merchants Guild.
But just as it seems the boys’ dreams have come true, their lives take a startling turn . . . and they find themselves members of the perilous Adventurers Guild.
Led by the fearsome Alabasel Frond, the guild acts as the last line of defense against the Dangers-hungry, unnatural beasts from otherworldly planes. And when the boys uncover a conspiracy that threatens all of Freestone, Zed, Brock, and their new allies-including Liza, a fierce noble, and Jett, a brave dwarf-must prove their worth once and for all.
This start of a thrilling new series by talented duo Zack Loran Clark and Nick Eliopulos is sure to be a hit with readers who like their fantasies clever and action-packed, with a dash of snark.

About Zack & Nick:

ZACK LORAN CLARK and NICK ELIOPULOS grew up in Florida and now live in New York. Best friends, they get together to play Dungeons & Dragons every week. Zack fervently hopes that magic is real; Nick desperately hopes that monsters are not. The Adventurers Guild is their first novel.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

11/5/2018- Feed Your Fiction Addiction– Review

11/6/2018- BookHounds YA– Spotlight

11/7/2018- Bri’s Book Nook– Review

11/8/2018- Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review

11/9/2018- Books a Plenty Book Reviews– Review

Week Two:

11/12/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

11/13/2018- Oh Hey! Books.– Review

11/14/2018- Texan Holly Reads– Spotlight

11/15/2018- Do You Dog-ear?– Review

11/16/2018- Two Points of Interest– Review

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Sunday’s Spotlight: The Starless Sea

42730332The Starless Sea

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a strange book hidden in the library stacks. As he turns the pages, entranced by tales of lovelorn prisoners, key collectors, and nameless acolytes, he reads something strange: a story from his own childhood. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, Zachary uncovers a series of clues — a bee, a key, and a sword — that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to a subterranean library, hidden far below the surface of the earth.

What Zachary finds in this curious place is more than just a buried home for books and their guardians — it is a place of lost cities and seas, lovers who pass notes under doors and across time, and of stories whispered by the dead. Zachary learns of those who have sacrificed much to protect this realm, relinquishing their sight and their tongues to preserve this archive, and also those who are intent on its destruction. Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose — in both the mysterious book and in his own life.