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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Release Day Blitz- LIKE NEVER AND ALWAYS by Ann Aguirre With An Excerpt & Kindle Oasis Giveaway!

I am so excited that LIKE NEVER AND ALWAYS by Ann Aguirre is available now and that I get to share the news!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Ann Aguirre, be sure to check out all the details below.
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a Kindle Oasis & 5 finished copies of the book, courtesy of Ann 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:
Author: Ann Aguirre
Pub. Date: July 17, 2018
Publisher: Tor Teen
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 336
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooksTBD

On a hot summer night, a screech of brakes and shattering glass changes two lives forever.

Liv wakes in the hospital, confused when they call her Morgan. She assumes it’s a case of mistaken identity, yet when the bandages come off, it’s not her face in the mirror anymore. It’s her best friend Morgan’s.

Morgan always seemed to have the perfect life, yet Liv must navigate endlessly disturbing secrets of the criminal and murderous variety—and a romance that feels like a betrayal. Torn between the boy she loved as Liv and the boy she’s grown to love as Morgan, Liv still has to survive Morgan’s last request.


“Just let this be the second secret you keep for me,” I say then. “Thanks for not telling Nathan, by the way.”

Clay leans his arm along the door frame, tilting his head slightly out the open window as if he needs the air. “You couldn’t pay me to talk to that jackass lately.”

“You two fighting?”

“No. He’s just . . . Nathan.” He hesitates. “I wasn’t going to tell you this . . .”

“What?” Anything that could divert me from my precarious situation, even momentarily, seems like a welcome distraction.

“He brought a girl home last night.” From his tone he expects this to destroy me.

And sure, there’s a twinge because before, I thought Nathan and I had a soul-deep connection. Fact is, he’s a little immature, a lot selfish, and I just never noticed. They say love is blind, but I’d say that infatuation is blind, and love is tolerant. When you really love someone, it’s not that you can’t see the flaws; you’re just willing to forgive them.
Belatedly I realize he’s expecting a reply. “I’m not surprised. Nathan is used to getting what he wants just like you’re using to giving things up. Oh, I was going to ask him to drop this off, but since you’re here . . .” I fish in my backpack for his hoodie.

Yes, I’ve been carrying it for like four days. First I hesitated to wash it, but I didn’t want to be a sad girl who’s still smelling her ex’s clothes a month later. Then I didn’t return it because that felt like final acceptance, —superstitious, I know. Over is over, and random articles of clothing don’t change anything.

“You didn’t need to bother with that. I’ve had it forever.”

“All the more reason for you to have it back,” I say.

“Do you need to be this cool about everything?” he bursts out. “I know you have to be scared and hurt—”

“Yeah, I am, all those things. And yes, I have to be this way, or I can’t function. Why are you even here anyway?” The pain and frustration cracks my voice, and I really wish I was anywhere else.

“Because I’m worried about you.”

“Then stop. I accepted your decision, now respect mine. It’ll be easier if I don’t have to see you.”

His jaw clenches, showing the force he’s exerting to bite back whatever he wants to say.

Finally he just takes his hoodie but he pauses with his hand on the door. “You know you can call me, right? Even if we’re not together, I’d never let anyone hurt you. One call and I’m there.”

My heart feels like it’ll crack in two, but I’m resolute; I have to be. “I already deleted your number.”

About Ann:

Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. She likes books, emo music, and action movies. She writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens.

Giveaway Details:

1 winner will win a Kindle Oasis, US Only.
5 winners will win a finished copy of LIKE NEVER AND ALWAYS, US Only.

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Release Day Blitz- LETTING GO OF GRAVITY by Meg Leder With A Giveaway!

I am so excited that LETTING GO OF GRAVITY by Meg Leder is available now and that I get to share the news!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Meg Leder, be sure to check out all the details below.
This blitz also includes a giveaway for 3 finished copies of the book, courtesy of Simon Pulse 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:
Author: Meg Leder
Pub. Date: July 17, 2018
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 432
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooksTBD
Twins Parker and Charlie are polar opposites.

Where Charlie is fearless, Parker is careful.

Charlie is confident while Parker aims to please.

Charlie is outgoing and outspoken; Parker is introverted and reserved.

And of course, there’s the one other major difference: Charlie got leukemia. Parker didn’t.

But now that Charlie is officially in remission, life couldn’t be going better for Parker. She’s landed a prestigious summer internship at the hospital and is headed to Harvard in the fall to study pediatric oncology—which is why the anxiety she’s felt since her Harvard acceptance is so unsettling. And it doesn’t help that her relationship with Charlie has been on the rocks since his diagnosis.

Enter Finn, a boy who’s been leaving strange graffiti messages all over town. Parker can’t stop thinking about those messages, or about Finn, who makes her feel free for the first time: free to doubt, free to make mistakes, and free to confront the truth that Parker has been hiding from for a long time.

That she keeps trying to save Charlie, when the person who really needs saving is herself. 

A gorgeous, sad, funny, and wise book about letting go and finding your place in the world. Meg Leder has written a story about a brother and sister that will break your heart and have you whispering 'I got you' long after you've closed the book." –Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces

“For readers who love and appreciate a good coming-of-age story, a realistic romance, and a novel where every character gets to be a hero.” –Kirkus

“A poignant and carefully crafted story….  A compelling coming-of-age novel sure to appeal to those who love realistic fiction.” –School Library Journal

“Effectively shows how illness affects families and how a person can get stuck acting out a persona and end up knowing very little about herself.” –Publishers Weekly

About Meg:

Meg Leder is the author of Letting Go of Gravity and The Museum of Heartbreak, and the coauthor of books including The Happy Book and The Book of Me. A former bookseller and teacher, she currently works as a book editor in New York City. She spends her free time reading, looking for street art, and people watching. She lives in Brooklyn with her cat Tim Riggins.

Giveaway Details:

3 winners will win a finished copy of LETTING GO OF GRAVITY, US Only.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Blog Tour: A COWBOY'S SWEETHEART by Crista McHugh An Interview & Giveaway

Hey everyone! I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the blog tour for A COWBOY'S SWEETHEART by Crista McHugh ! 

I have an interview with Crista to share with you today! And make sure to enter the giveaway below!

Haven't heard of A COWBOY'S SWEETHEART? Check it out!

Title: A COWBOY'S SWEETHEART (Rodeo Academy #1)
Author: Crista McHugh
Pub. Date: June 25, 2018
Publisher: Crista McHugh
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 164
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooksTBD 
Pampered New York Socialite and dressage rider, Kensington Pope, has been exiled by her jet-setting parents to her aunt’s Rodeo Academy in Wyoming. She wants nothing to do with the rough and tumble students there, especially one particularly handsome cowboy, Javier. But she won’t be there for long. She has a plan in place to break out after her next international competition.

Javier Cruz takes one look at the spoiled city girl and instantly dismisses her. The school of tough knocks has already educated him on what the important things in life are, and he has bigger things on his plate. He’s counting down the days until his eighteenth birthday when he can pull his younger siblings from the foster care program and reunite his family. But as he gets to know Kensi, he sees a kindred spirit and discovers there’s more to her than meets the eye. 

Kensi begins to question her desire to flee the ranch as her relationship to Javier deepens and she learns the importance of family. But when he discovers her escape plan, will he be able to trust her again? And when tragedy comes to the ranch, will Kensi be able to step up and take her place in the family?

Now on to the interview!

Hey Crista! First I want to say welcome to Two Chicks on Books I’m so happy you could stop by for a chat! A COWBOY'S SWEETHEART sounds absolutely fantastic and I can’t wait for everyone to read it!

For the readers: can you give us a little info about A COWBOY'S SWEETHEART and the characters?

A Cowboy’s Sweetheart is a classic fish out of water/opposites attract romance. Spoiled city girl, Kensington Pope, gets sent to her aunt’s rodeo academy in Wyoming for the summer and falls in love with a handsome young cowboy with a dark past, Javier. Despite their differences, they find they have more in common than they first realize, and their friendship blossoms into something more.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on YA Sci-Fi that’s about a group of female fighter pilots.

Were any of the characters in the book inspired by people from your real life?

I went to school with girls like Kensi, so it was easy for me to draw on their self-absorbed mask hiding neglectful parents. But mostly, I try to mix different people up when I create a character.

Who was your favorite character to write? What about your least favorite?

I loved writing Javier because he’s so angsty. Sierra was a little harder to write because she’s so happy and bubbly.

What is your favorite passage/scene in A COWBOY'S SWEETHEART?

I really enjoyed the first kiss scene because it shows that Kensi cares about someone other than herself and that Javier is finally letting down his walls to let someone into his life.

What kind of research did you have to do for the story?

I spent way too much time watching dressage videos on this book, but they were mesmerizing, and it helped me understand why Kensi would love it so much.

Who is your ultimate book boyfriend?

That’s a tough question because I’ll have to admit that I fall in love with my heroes has I write them. But outside my books, I’d have to say Ash from the Iron Fey series.

What inspired you to write this series?

I knew several people who went to college on rodeo scholarships, and I wanted to write a series viewing the rodeo world through their eager young eyes rather than the busted up bronco rider or the weary bull rider that we see in adult western romances.

Lightening Round Questions

What are you reading right now? Or what do you have on your TBR that you’re dying to read?

I just finished Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova, and I LOVED it! Right now, I’m reading Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath.

What Hogwarts House would the Sorting Hat place you in?

Gryffindor (or to be more precise, A Gryffin-Claw). At Ilvermorny -  Horned Serpent.

Twitter or Facebook?


Favorite Superhero?

Carol Danvers (aka Capt. Marvel)

Favorite TV show?

I’m really enjoying Orville at the moment.

Sweet or Salty?


Any Phobias?


Song you can’t get enough of right now?

“Say Amen” by Panic! At the Disco

Summer Movie you’re most looking forward to?

Antman and the Wasp

Thanks so much Crista for answering my questions! I can’t wait for everyone to read A COWBOY'S SWEETHEART! 

About Crista:
Crista McHugh is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY BESTSELLING author of fantasy and romance with heroines who are smart, sexy, and anything but ordinary. She also writes fantasy with a little less kissing and bit more action (outside the bedroom) as C. A. McHugh.
Growing up in small town Alabama, Crista relied on story-telling as a natural way for her to pass the time and keep her two younger sisters entertained.

She currently lives in the Tesla-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and two children, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician on the occassional weekend.

Just for laughs, here are some of the jobs she’s had in the past to pay the bills: barista, bartender, sommelier, stagehand, actress, morgue attendant, and autopsy assistant.

And she’s also a recovering LARPer. (She blames it on her crazy college days)

Find Crista online at:

Giveaway Details:

1 winner will win a Kindle Fire 7, US Only.
1 winner will win a $20 Amazon GC, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:
6/25/2018- Bubbly BooksReview
6/25/2018- Sophie Reads YAReview

6/26/2018- Never Too Many To ReadGuest Post
6/26/2018- Cindy's Love of BooksReview

6/27/2018- Here's to Happy EndingsExcerpt
6/27/2018- StoreyBook ReviewsSpotlight

6/28/2018- A Gingerly ReviewExcerpt
6/28/2018- BookHounds YAInterview

6/29/2018- Demi ReadsReview
6/29/2018- The Cozy Reading CornerExcerpt

Week Two:
7/2/2018- Books & Other PursuitsReview
7/2/2018- The Phantom ParagrapherReview

7/3/2018- Books a Plenty Book ReviewsSpotlight
7/3/2018- ParajunkeeExcerpt

7/4/2018- books are loveReview
7/4/2018- underneath the coversExcerpt

7/5/2018- Two Chicks on BooksInterview

7/6/2018- The Reading LifeSpotlight
7/6/2018- Jaime's WorldSpotlight

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Blog Tour- MISTAKE OF MAGIC By Alex Lidell With An Excerpt & Giveaway!

Hey everyone! I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the blog tour for MISTAKE OF MAGIC By Alex Lidell ! 

I have an excerpt to share with you today! And make sure to enter the giveaway below!

Haven't heard of MISTAKE OF MAGIC? Check it out!

Title: MISTAKE OF MAGIC (Power Of Five #2)
Author: Alex Lidell
Pub. Date: June 29, 2018
Publisher: Danger Bearing Press
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 193
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

Three trials stand between Lera and exile. Unless the training kills her first.

Quint magic has never chosen a human before, and the Elders Council is convinced Lera is a mistake. 

When the quint refuses to be cleaved apart, the enraged elders give them a choice: exile from Lunos or demotion to the lowest of trainees. Subject again to the humiliations and deadly trials they endured centuries ago, the males now face a new challenge—training Lera to survive. 

River, Shade, Coal, and Tye will do whatever it takes to keep Lera safe. But Lera will do whatever she must to keep them together—even if it means putting herself in mortal danger.
Now on to the excerpt!

What made the lass unique lay somewhere in her soul and made her gaze at the world with eyes full of wonder and questions. Maybe Lera’s mortality had something to do with it, the way she lived every moment and made those around her want to live it with her.

“Of course, River,” Lera said in a too-sweet voice that woke every fiber in Tye’s body to yet another realization. Last time the quint was at the Citadel, Tye and his elastic relationship with the law was River’s greatest challenge to conquer. This time, that mantel would be going to someone else.

The tiger paws the sand and snarls, the feral predator taking over Tye’s fae senses. But he is still there, my Tye. I can feel his essence, thriving and pulsing behind the teeth and snarls. He won’t hurt me. I know it in my soul, even as my common sense protests. The tiger standing before us, ready to rip River into shreds, will not harm me.

Tye tips his head, his red hair swinging. “Do you deserve punishment instead of a reward?” His mouth pulls into a feral grin, his canines glistening in the setting sun. “I think something can be arranged.”

About Alex:
Alex Lidell is the Amazon Breakout Novel Awards finalist author of THE CADET OF TILDOR (Penguin, 2013). She is an avid horseback rider, a (bad) hockey player, and an ice-cream addict. Born in Russia, Alex learned English in elementary school, where a thoughtful librarian placed a copy of Tamora Pierce’s ALANNA in Alex’s hands. In addition to becoming the first English book Alex read for fun, ALANNA started Alex’s life long love for YA fantasy books. Alex is represented by Leigh Feldman of Leigh Feldman Literary. She lives in Washington, DC.

Join Alex's newsletter for news, bonus content and sneak peeks: www.subscribepage.com/TIDES

Giveaway Details:

1 winner will win a Signed copy of the book, notebook, & swag, US Only.

3 winners will win an eBook of MISTAKE OF MAGIC, International.
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Tour Schedule:

Week One:
7/2/2018- RH WhyChooseReview
7/2/2018- Book BriefsReview

7/3/2018- Love in a time of FeminismReview
7/3/2018- BookHoundsExcerpt

7/4/2018- Bri's Book NookReview
7/4/2018- Two Chicks on BooksExcerpt

7/5/2018- Books a Plenty Book ReviewsReview
7/5/2018- Book-o-CrazeReview

7/6/2018- Simply Daniel RadcliffeReview
7/6/2018- The Booknerd DragonReview

Week Two:
7/9/2018- Smada's Book SmackReview
7/9/2018- ParajunkeeReview

7/10/2018- Adventures Thru WonderlandReview

7/11/2018- Book-KeepingReview
7/11/2018- Fall Into BooksExcerpt

7/12/2018- books are loveReview
7/12/2018- K.L. Knovitzke AuthorExcerpt

7/13/2018- The Hermit LibrarianExcerpt
7/13/2018- Wishful EndingsExcerpt

Grab the first book in the series!

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