Friday, August 31, 2018

Cover Reveal: Malice

Malice
Genre: YA Sci-fi/Paranormal/Mystery & Suspense
Release Date: February 5th 2019
Entangled Teen
Summary:
What I know: a boy in my class will one day wipe out two-thirds of the population with a virus.
What I don’t know: who he is.
In a race against the clock, I not only have to figure out his identity, but I’ll have to outwit a voice from the future telling me to kill him. Because I’m starting to realize no one is telling the truth. But how can I play chess with someone who already knows the outcome of my every move? Someone so filled with malice they’ve lost all hope in humanity? Well, I’ll just have to find a way—because now they’ve drawn a target on the only boy I’ve ever loved…

About the Author

Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B., and received her J.D. at Yale Law School.

 

Pintip’s novel FORGET TOMORROW won the 2016 RWA RITA® for Best First Book, and SEIZE TODAY won the 2018 RITA for Best Young Adult Romance. Her books have been translated into four languages, and they have been nominated for the following awards: the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire; the Japanese Sakura Medal; the MASL Truman Award; the Tome Society It list; and the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her other titles include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, THE DARKEST LIE, GIRL ON THE VERGE, and the upcoming STAR-CROSSED and MALICE.
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Thursday, August 30, 2018

New Release: Stealing Tranquility

I am so excited that STEALING TRANQUILITY by J.L. Weil is available now and that I get
to share the news!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by
Author J.L. Weil, be sure to check out all the details below.
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a $10 Amazon
Gift Card, International, courtesy of J.L. and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d
like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.
About the Book:

Title: STEALING
TRANQUILITY Reverse Harem (Dragon Descendants Book 1)
Author: J.L. Weil
Pub. Date: August 30, 2018
Publisher: Dark Magick Publishing, LLC
Formats: eBook
Pages: 180
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon
Get ready to meet Jase, Kieran, Zade, and Issik, the last dragon
descendants.
Olivia Campbell’s life gets turned
upside down when her mother suddenly passes away. Left with only a stepdad who
despises her, she turns to the streets. Penniless and alone in the Chicago
winter, how much worse can it get?
She is about to find out.
A chance encounter with a stranger who
has the most breathtaking violet eyes changes her world. Just a warm smile and
a quick flash of dimples is all that it takes to capture her interest in Jase
Dior. Olivia wonders if her luck has finally returned.
She soon finds out that Jase collects
things—pretty girls to be precise. A glimpse of her sultry honey hair in an
alley excites him. He must have her. And he isn’t taking no for an answer.
Jase sweeps Olivia off the streets to
the Veil Isles—a mystical and hidden land uncharted by any mortal and ruled by
the only dragon coven left in the world.
What the hell did she get herself into?
Four dragons. 
One headstrong heroine.
And a reverse-harem fantasy romance that could change the fate of
a dying race. 
Stealing Tranquility will transport fans of Twilight, A Shade of
Vampire, and Shadowhunters to an enchanted world unlike any other. Prepare for
a unique spin on the lore you love—and an adventure that is as thrilling as it
is unexpected. 


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*Recommended for ages 17+ due to language and sexual content
Excerpt:
Zade moved so he stood just slightly in
front of me as if protecting me. Odd. Did I need protection from Jase? “Just
making sure our little gem doesn’t get herself in trouble.” Zade cocked his
head to the side. “Isn’t that what we agreed on?”
The tranquility-breathing dragon stood
inside the arched doorway, glaring at Zade with a mean scowl—his eyes so dark
they almost appeared black. “Yes, but that doesn’t include you seducing her.”
“Since when do you meddle in my
extracurricular activities?” Zade challenged him, with an edge to his voice.
It was my turn to frown. I was no one’s
extracurricular activity.
A growl rose up in Jase’s throat. He
stormed to where Zade and I where awkwardly standing. “She’s off limits.”
Golden God’s lips formed into a tight
line. “You forget, Jase, you’re not king. There is no single ruler of the Veil
anymore.”
Things had escalated quickly, and I
didn’t want these two going into the dragon ring over me. “Hey!” I yelled,
stepping between the two. Not the brightest of ideas, but at the moment, it was
all I could think to do. I didn’t want blood spilled over me.
A muscle began to thump in Jase’s jaw.
“Keep your lips off her.”
Spreading my arms out wide between them,
my hands flattened on their chests. “Okay. First off, I can kiss whomever I
want.”
Jase’s glower deepened.
I rolled my eyes. This was ridiculous.
Framing Jase’s face with both of my hands, I rose up on my toes and planted one
on him, just to prove a point. The joke was on me.
The moment our lips met, all annoyance
vanished from within me. My eyes fluttered closed as I fell into the blissful
storm that was all Jase. His lips were soft… and skilled, expertly moving over
mine. His hands came up to cup either side of my cheeks, and he deepened what
was supposed to be a peck. My mouth opened, letting him in, and a purr sounded
at the back of my throat as his tongue swept inside.
I’d never been kissed like this
before—so passionately and fervently. My fingers bunched his shirt, holding him
in place just in case he got any ideas about pulling away. I wasn’t done yet.
Honestly, I never wanted to stop kissing Jase Dior.
Zade cleared his throat behind us. How
had I forgotten about him? Jase pulled back, his breath as ragged as mine.
I glanced up into his eyes, seeing the
violet in them glowing brightly. “There. Are you satisfied?” I rasped,
swallowing a knot of yearning. No more kissing dragons.
“Not nearly.” Jase’s head dipped as if
he was going to take possession of my lips again.
My hand pressed against his chest,
keeping him just out of reach. “Oh, no. I think I’ve kissed enough dragons
today.” I could barely believe I had locked lips with two of them within
minutes of each other.
What is wrong with me?

About Jennifer:

 

USA TODAY Bestselling author J.L. Weil lives in Illinois where she writes
Teen & New Adult Paranormal Romances about spunky, smart mouth girls who
always wind up in dire situations. For every sassy girl, there is an equally
mouthwatering, overprotective guy. Of course, there is lots of kissing. And
stuff.
An admitted addict to Love Pink clothes, raspberry mochas from Starbucks,
and Jensen Ackles. She loves gushing about books and Supernatural with her
readers.
She is the author of the International Bestselling Raven & Divisa
series.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

My…Wednesday?

Hello again! I know I haven’t posted much, and haven’t posted any updated or My Monday posts in over two weeks… Well, there is a reason for that. One, in the last two weeks I finished my final days of jury duty, and I don’t have to worry about it for at least 2 years.

Also, my birthday was last week, (Aug 21). I didn’t really get to celebrate much, but I did have cake with my mom, grandma, and my brother and sister. Mom plans to take me to Steak & Shake when we can go, but I have to wait.

I am also working on planning where I will be living and working, and maybe even the chance of returning to college next fall. The biggest thing is, it’s looking less and less likely that I will be able to return to living with my grandma, and she’s having more and more trouble living alone, and needs help and medical advice, and since I don’t have a car, I’m unable to take her to the dr. or help her pay bills. My mom normally does that, but she also has health problems, and really needs me to start helping out more.

So, the plan is to help my grandma find a place closer to my mom, and for me to start driving, and maybe get a car next spring so I can start helping out more. I have a long way to go, but things are looking up, and I’m hopeful that this is the right path.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Sunday’s Spotlight: The Forgotten Royal

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The Forgotten Royal: A Reverse Harem Urban Fantasy

(Annabelle’s Harem #1)

One woman, three men — and the fate of a war-torn world that rests on their shoulders.

Annabelle has always been happy with her quiet, normal life. Like most people in Elderan, extreme poverty is all Annabelle has ever known. After humans seized power from the witches 100 years ago, Elderan collapsed along with the witches’ reign — but Annabelle has everything she needs in her boyfriend and parents.

Until one day she doesn’t.

When Annabelle’s parents are mysteriously murdered, she finds herself barely able to keep it together — and it only gets worse when a wolf shifter named Angelo arrives and explains to her that she’s not nearly as normal as she once thought.

Annabelle is a witch, the last of her kind, and it’s her destiny to help return Elderan to its former glory. But how can she focus on saving her entire country when she’s coming apart at the seams? How can she trust Angelo and his pack mates, Lio and Rhyion?

…and how can she keep herself from falling in love with them?

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Saturday’s Weekly Recap: Aug 25, 2018

Wow, its been a whole year since I did one of these! This is a post I enjoyed writing last year that just gives a quick summary of my weekly progress.

Books I read last week:

The Boy Who Asked Why

Post Highlights from last week:

Cover Reveal: Undefined

New Release: Moira Ashe: Kindred Spirits

Blog Tour: Unleashed

Blog Tour: Lux

KidLitExchange Review: Bhimrao Ambedkar: The Boy Who Asked Why?

New Release: Renegade

Cover Reveal: Dream Keeper

Sunday’s Spotlight: Trial of Three

What I am currently reading:

ARC* Two Dark Reigns  (Three Dark Crowns #3) by Kendare Blake

 

This is what I plan to read, but posts and books that are planned are all subject to change. I also won’t list reviews in the planned posts, since I never know when I have going to have time to write them. I usually write a few at a time, so it gets squeezed in when every I get the chance. The exception is for a book I received from the author, publisher, or other site in exchange for a review, those I usually write ahead and schedule for a time agreed on by the requester, usually on or around the publish date, this is especially true if the book is an ARC from NetGalley, Edelweiss, or similar source.
I will mark books that were requested or suggested in exchange for a review with *

Friday, August 24, 2018

Cover Reveal: Undefined

Today is the cover reveal for Jessica Ruddick’s latest book, the first in a new YA Paranormal Romance series: Undefined!

Undefined
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Summary:
Sophie loves being an elemental. Being able to bend the natural world to her will is thrilling, even if the need for secrecy is putting a cramp in her dating life. Lately, though, her powers have been growing, making it difficult to resist the heady temptation to use her gifts.
Trying to balance the elemental world with having a normal life is tough enough without her overbearing, way-too-perfect, and way-too-good-looking guardian Aidan watching—and judging—her every move. The trouble is she’s not sure where she fits in and she’s sure as heck not ready to conform to stringent elemental rules.
But when secrets about her life are revealed and outside forces threaten everything Sophie holds dear, she must embrace who she is or risk losing it all.
 
About the Author
Jessica Ruddick is a 2014 Golden Heart finalist for her new adult novel, Letting Go, which was inspired by her own college experiences. She lives in Virginia and is married to her college sweetheart—their first date was a fraternity toga party (and nothing inspires love like a toga, right?). When she doesn’t have her nose in a book or her hands on a keyboard, she can be found wrangling her two rambunctious sons, taming two rowdy but lovable rescue dogs, and battling the herd of dust bunnies that has taken up residence in her home. To learn more about Jessica, please visit her website at www.jessicaruddick.com.
 


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Thursday, August 23, 2018

New Release: Moira Ashe: Kindred Spirits

Moira Ashe: Kindred Spirits by [Bertram, Brendon]

Title: Moira Ashe: Kindred Spirits
Author: Brendon Bertram
Series: Moira Ashe #2

Exposed, Moira Ashe flees to the city of Trident Bay seeking passage out of the city. Denied by every ship in port, her salvation comes from Caspian, hero, chieftain and business leader. He promises to get her out of the country, but only if she can slay the legendary Terror of Trident Bay.

Moira’s hunt goes awry as she is caught in the city’s power struggle, a peasant uprising and romance, all while she races to leaves Fotland’s shores before word reaches the city about her identity.

Blog Tour: Unleashed

Title: UNLEASHED

Author: Bella Jacobs

Pub. Date: August 17, 2018

Publisher: Bella Jacobs Books

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 298

Find it: Goodreads

One woman on the run. Four dangerously sexy bodyguards. And a war brewing that will change the shifter world forever…

I’m living on borrowed time, fighting for survival against a deadly new virus that has no cure and a cult doing its best to brainwash me. But when a mysterious note shows up on my windowsill one night, its chilling message–Run, Wren–launches me out of the frying pan and into the fire.

Within hours, everything I thought I knew about my life, my family, and my origins is obliterated, and I’m racking up enemies at an alarming rate. Between the cult I’ve just escaped, a violent shifter faction out for my blood, and an ancient evil who eats “chosen ones” like me for breakfast, my last hope is to join forces with four dangerous-looking men who claim they were sent to guard my life.

Luke, a werewolf with a rap sheet. Creedence, a lynx shifter who never met a mark he couldn’t con. Kite, a bear kin with a mean right hook and heart of gold. And Dust, my childhood best friend and dude voted least likely to be a secret shape-shifting griffin.

But are these men really what they seem?

Or are my alpha guardians hiding a secret agenda of their own?

I’m not sure, but one thing is for certain—choosing the right allies will mean the difference between life and death. For me, and everyone I love.

UNLEASHED is book one in the Dark Moon Shifter’s series. It is a true reverse harem featuring one woman and her four mates.

 

Review: I loved reading this book! I’m picky about PNRs and feel most of them are pretty much the same (I also feel this way about Contemporary Romances 😅) so I was pleased to find this one is a breath of fresh air! It also takes a post-apocalyptic sci-fi  take on urban fantasy. The characters were fun and realistic, and the romance was steamy!

Blog Tour: Lux

Lux
The Veritas Series Book 1
by MJ Vieira
Genre: Dark Fantasy, Paranormal
After being found, inexplicably, standing over a brutal scene involving a
pair of recent murder victims, Jade comes to in a hospital with
limited memories. Labeled as paranoid by the seedy medical team and
locked up, she seems more a victim than a deviant. Promptly drugged
and plunged into sleep, she is submerged into a chronic dreamland
that seems controlled by another, she soon gives in to a lavish life
with a Malum who seems all too eager to see to her every desire. She
awakes in yet another reality with no memories of her past, or even
herself. Something is making her forget… and just like that she
steps into her new life.
Malum is deeply in love with Jade and is only agenda is to give her the
world… Or so he claims. Blindly followed by his people, the Luxans,
he works tirelessly to keep them safe from the Rebels, with Jade by
his side. Surely his motives are pure… yet, the more time Jade
spends with him, the further she seems to fall from herself.
All the while, Jade is plagued by vivid dreams of another life… one she
struggles to understand while Malum works to make her forget. As Jade
struggles to hold onto her soul and discover her past, Malum seeks to
possess all that she is.
Review: I really enjoyed reading this! The characters are all complex and unique, and the plot and story are well told. I really enjoyed reading Jade’s story, and seeing her grow and mature as a character. I hope there are more books in this series soon!
MJ Vieira resides in Southern Maine with her husband, Alan, son, AJ, and
their St. Bernard, Roxy. As a child, she traveled around the state
with her parents, seeing the vast history the New England state had
to offer as well as touring the nation while showing her American
Quarter Horse. While traveling, she read many of the great authors of
the time including JRR Tolkien, Stephen King, CS Lewis and Ann Rice.
It is these writers combined with power of music, mainly hard rock
and folk, MJ draws her inspiration.
In between writing, MJ enjoys reading, collecting music and attending
concerts. Lux is the first installment in the Veritas series which is
MJ’s first published work.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

KidLitExchange Review: Bhimrao Ambedkar: The Boy Who Asked Why?

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Bhimrao Ambedkar: The Boy Who Asked Why

by Sowmya Rajendran (Author),
Satwik Gade (Illustrator)
Why do I have to sit separately in a corner of the classroom? Why can’t I drink water from the tap like other children? Why do the teachers never touch my books?

The ‘whys’ shout louder in little Bhim’s head as he grows up, trailed constantly by the monster of untouchability. They catapult him into a lifetime of struggle for equality. They shape the remarkable ideas that are the cornerstone of the Indian Constitution, which he drafted as India’s first Law Minister.

The Boy Who Asked Why follows the life of an extraordinary man, ‘Babasaheb’ Bhimrao Ambedkar, who energised the struggle against caste prejudice. His fiery speeches and writings urged Dalits to protest against the inhumanity they suffered, and continue to suffer. This straightforward telling, visualised with quirky imagination, brings to children a man whose story will raise their awareness of discrimination — leading them, perhaps, to ask their own whys.

*I received a digital copy of this book as part of the KidLitExchange. This does not affect my review.*

Wow! I love children’s books where both parent and child learns something, and this book about a well known name in India’s history is introduced to readers around the world. I have never heard of Bhimrao Ambedkar, and I’m sure many others haven’t either, but I’m so glad to see the change one person could bring about, and that there is good in the world. It is a great resource for teachers, librarians, and parents!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

New Release: Renegade

I am so excited that RENEGADE by Mallory McCartney is available now and that I get to
share the news!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful
book by Author Mallory McCartney, be sure to check out all the details below.
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a copy
of the eBook courtesy of Mallory and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a
chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

Title: RENEGADE (Black
Dawn 0.5)

Author: Mallory McCartney
Pub. Date: July 3, 2018
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Formats: eBook
Pages: 250
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon
“The time for Kiero’s reign in prosperity is
over.”
Six years before the Black Dawn Rebellion, Adair
Stratton and Emory Fae are following in their parent’s footsteps and living at
The Academy, a home for those who are gifted.  The pressure to uphold the
future of their parent’s dream falls on them. An outcast and feared by most,
Adair longs to break away from the expectations dictating his future. Even if
Emory tries to make him see differently. An unexpected group of friends keep
him there, but as whispers of unexplained disappearances start reaching from the
capital, Adair starts to doubt The Academy is all it seems.
An unexpected visit ignites new tensions as the
roguish king from across the Black Sea, Tadeas Maher of the Shattered Isles,
and his heir, Marquis Maher sail to Kiero. Notorious for their pirating and
wrath- for the first time in years, they demand the Fae’s listen to their
proposition for a new treaty, holding the news of Nei’s father’s abrupt death
over them. Caught in the middle of politics- Adair and Emory, with the help of
their best friends Brokk and Memphis search for the one thing that matters
most- finding out the truth.
In this gripping prequel to Black Dawn, their
world is tipped upside down as unlikely alliances are made. War ravages through
Kiero and is torn apart by acclaimed Kings. Through the throes of betrayal,
lies, hidden magic and love, Adair is faced with a life changing decision- to
fight or to bow to the darkness within him.

Title: BLACK DAWN (Black Dawn #1)

Author: Mallory McCartney
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Pages: 352
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: Amazon, B&N, Goodreads
Emory Fae enjoys
leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome
soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked
away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world
of Kiero, and bringing Emory back she will discover she is the long lost heir
to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic
role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.
With both men being
darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long
dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans,
love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.
Some things are better
left in the shadows.
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Exhaling, the prince took him off guard as he lifted his eyebrow. “What I
don’t understand is how the Faes have achieved such loyalty. What did they do?”

He chewed his bottom lip as he hopped over a fallen tree
trunk. He looked to Marquis. “They were the dreamers in a time when culture,
creativity, and equality were being butchered. The Academy was the foundation
of that dream, for desolates, for the people with weaker abilities. For
everyone. The people of Kiero followed Roque because they can’t fear him, they
can only admire him. How brave he was for standing up to his father, for
breaking free of his reign to start his own.”

Marquis chewed his lip. “It sounds like you have a different
opinion of him.”

He threw out his hands. “I was born at the Academy. Raised
in the Academy. Who am I to doubt the intentions of the Faes? They are
practically family.”

Shrugging, Marquis cooed, “Sometimes it is the ones closest
to us that betray us first.”

About Mallory:

 

Mallory
McCartney currently lives in Sarnia, Ontario with her husband and their three
dachshunds Link, Lola and Leonard. When she isn’t working on her next novel or
reading, she can be found day dreaming about fantasy worlds and hiking. Other
favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and
seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.


















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Cover Reveal: Dream Keeper

Dream Keeper
Genre: YA Dark Fantasy
Release Date: January 29th 2019
The Parliament House
Summary:
The Sandman is seventeen-year-old Nora’s closest friend and best-kept secret. He has to be, if she doesn’t want a one-way ticket back to the psychiatrist. It took her too long to learn not to mention the hooded figure in her dreams to her mother, who still watches Nora as if she’ll crack. So when Nora’s friends start mysteriously dying gruesome deaths in their sleep, she isn’t altogether surprised when the police direct their suspicion at her. The Sandman is the only one she can turn to for answers. But the truth might be more than she bargained for…
For the last five years, the Sandman has spent every night protecting Nora. When he hid the secret to the Nightmare Lord’s escape inside her dreams, he never expected to fall in love with her. Neither did he think his nemesis would find her so quickly, but there’s no mistaking his cruel handiwork. The Nightmare Lord is tired of playing by the rules and will do anything to release his deadly nightmares into the world, even if that means tormenting Nora until she breaks.
When the Nightmare Lord kidnaps Nora’s sister, Nora must enter enemy territory to save her. The Sandman is determined to help, but if Nora isn’t careful, she could lose even more than her family to the darkness.
 
About the Author
Amber R. Duell was born and raised in a small town in Central New York. While it will always be home, she’s spent the last six years living in Germany and Maine as a military wife where the next step is always an adventure.

When Amber isn’t writing, she’s wrangling her two young sons. She is a lover of history, a fan of snowboarding, and a travel enthusiast. In her downtime, she can be found curling up with a good book and a cat or two.
For more information, visit www.amberrduell.com.
 
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