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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Scavenger Hunt- THE LAST MAGICIAN by Lisa Maxwell Meet Viola & Enter The Giveaway!


Hey everyone! I am thrilled to be hosting as part of the official street team for Lisa Maxwell's THE LAST MAGICIAN!!! For the rest of April 8 bloggers including myself will be posting quizzes, excerpts, character descriptions, etc. During the  next few weeks there will be clues in some of the posts for you to enter into a rafflecopter for extra entries in the giveaway! 

This week you get to meet the characters in the book so make sure to go to all the blogs! All sites this week have a special number in their post make sure to add up all the numbers for your special entry this week! And don't forget to share on social media using the #TheLastMagician hashtag!


Haven't heard of THE LAST MAGICIAN? Check it out!

Title: THE LAST MAGICIAN
Author: Lisa Maxwell
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Pages: 512
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Formats: Hardcover & eBook
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | iBooks
Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she's been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta's training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

Join The Devil's Own Street Team!

Are you are a reader or blogger interested in being a part of The Devil's Own, a group of readers who will compete with one another to win exclusive swag and prizes as we spread the word about THE LAST MAGICIAN?

If you're interested in being contacted in April, fill out this FORM!

Meet Viola!




Name:
Viola Vaccarelli

Background:
I came to this country from Italia when I was just a little girl. My family, they protected me from the dangerous of this city. For a long time I didn’t know anything but our own tenement house, and the short block it sat on. I didn’t see nobody but others from my own town. For a long time, I was a good daughter, a good girl who did everything they expected of me. But when my brother started making a name for himself, he thought it was my duty to help him. I didn’t want that life. Let’s just say I’m not so good any more.

Likes:
A knife so sharp it can split a hair. The smell of bread baking in Tilly’s kitchen. Knowing that my brother can’t touch me as long as I’m with Dolph’s crew.

Dislikes:
The men who come to the Strega and think that they have some right to my attentionor my body. Anyone who gets in my way.

Role/Talent:
Dolph calls me his assassin, but I’ll tell you, the truth is more complicated. Still, I can hit any mark at any distance with my blade, Libitina, and I never miss. Never. They say that I can stop a beating heart without touching a personThey are not wrong.

Motto:
Choose your sins wisely, so you know the penance is worthwhile.


Scavenger Hunt # 13


About Lisa:

Lisa Maxwell is the author of Sweet Unrest, Gathering Deep, Unhooked, & The Last Magician (Simon Pulse, Spring 2017). When she's not writing books, she's an English professor at a local college. She lives near DC with her very patient husband and two not-so patient boys.








Giveaway Details:


2 winners will receive a signed/personalized ARC’s of THE LAST MAGICIAN, US Only.
a Rafflecopter giveaway




Hunt Bloggers: Check these blogs from 4/10-4/30 for scavenger hunt clues & awesome posts!
Novel Novice

Release Day Celebration- THE SKY THRONE by Chris Ledbetter With An Excerpt & Giveaway!


I am so excited that THE SKY THRONE by Chris Ledbetter is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Chris Ledbetter, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a 1 month subscription to Owl Crate courtesy of Month9Books and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


Haven't heard of THE SKY THRONE? Check it out!


Title: THE SKY THRONE
Author: Chris Ledbetter
Pub. Date: April 18, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books
Format: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 292
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | TBD | iBooks
Duality dwells at every turn, and an adolescent Zeus will learn that all too well when Hyperion attacks his family on Crete.

When the dust settles, his mother is unconscious and his best friend left for dead.


Stacking epic insult upon fatal injury, Zeus discovers the woman who raised him is not his biological mother. But to ensure her safety while she recovers, a heavy-hearted Zeus leaves her behind to seek answers at Mount Olympus Preparatory Academia.


Zeus embarks on a quest to discover who ordered the attack on his home, avenge the death of his friend, and find his birth mother. When some of his new schoolmates vanish, Zeus's quest is turned upside down, and the only way to make things right is to access the power of The Sky Throne, confront a most dangerous enemy, and take his life back.


On his way to becoming king of the Greek gods, Zeus will learn to seize power, neutralize his enemies, and fall in love.



"Destined to have a sequel or two, young teens will appreciate the story, and teachers will appreciate that it instructs readers about the pantheon of gods."--Kevin Beach, VOYA Magazine



Exclusive Excerpt

The Oceanids descended upon the campus from their barracks like a wave crashing against the shore. Telesto, the most beautiful sea nymph by several stadia, smiled at me for the first time since I’d been going to the school. Okay, it wasn’t a full smile. The corner of her lip twitched upward as she flipped her wavy, aquamarine hair over her shoulder and glanced past me. But that counts, right?

I backhanded Anytos in the chest. “You saw that. That’s my opening. If I don’t make my move, she’ll be gone to the upper school next year.”

“Pssht, she is beyond the Mediterranean beautiful. Completely unattainable.”

“Did you see that come hither stare she flashed me?”

“Looked more like indigestion.”

“You are as wrong as you are false. Cover my back. I’m moving in.”

I crossed the courtyard in a flash and caught Telesto’s arm as she reached the weather-beaten front door to the main school hall.

“Telesto, you look as if the sun radiates from you.”

She paused and leaned back against the doorframe. “You’re just saying that because I wore my yellow tunic today.”

“You shine with such brilliance; you should wear yellow every day.”

She folded a strand or two of stunning teal hair behind her ear and twirled the ends. “But what happens when I wear my purple tunic?”

“A tunic hasn’t been invented that could dampen your beauty.”

She giggled and turned away from me for a moment. “Zeus, is it?”

I nodded, surprised she even knew my name.

“You’re the one who pulled that massive prank on my mother, Headmaster Tethys, aren’t you?”

Oh, that’s how she knew me. Not invisible after all. I bowed. “I am him. He is me. One and the same.”

“Crazy. She was so mad.” She shook her head, stifling a smile.

“As far as I can tell, language arts must be your favorite subject. Your tongue is spectacularly sharp-witted.”

“Not really. But I am feeling a little inspired right now.”

Several strands of her hair fell to cover half her face. “Are you going to the bonfire at the beach tomorrow night?”

“I wasn’t invite—”

Several of Telesto’s broad-shouldered, dark-haired brothers bumped into me from behind. “Those are uncharted waters, boy. Careful now,” One of them called over his shoulder. Those were the first words they’d ever spoken to me. Telesto rolled her eyes. “Pay them no mind. They’re harmless. You were saying?”

“Those bonfires are an Oceanids and Potamoi thing? It’s kind of a secret club that you have to be born into, right? Being brothers and sisters, children of Headmasters Okeanos and Tethys… young water deities in training… masters of rivers and streams…”

“I guess. But you should come out any way. It’s all night, under the stars. Eating, drinking, stargazing… What’s better than that?”

Gazing into her mesmerizing, iridescent eyes, my mouth fired before I could stop it. “Kissing you under the stars. That’s better.”

“Sprint much? You’re a fast mover.”

“I just go after what I want.”



“Well … ” A pink tint rose on her high cheek bones. “We shall see. But first you have to show up.” 

Her lips twitched gain. “I have to go to class. See you tomorrow?” She disappeared inside the school hall.







About Chris: 

Chris Ledbetter grew up in Durham, NC before moving to Charlottesville, VA in 11th grade. After high school, he attended Hampton University where he promptly “walked-on” to the best drum line in the conference without any prior percussion experience. He carried the bass drum for four years, something his back is not very happy about now.

After a change of heart and major, he enrolled in Old Dominion University and earned his degree in Business Administration. He’s worked in various managerial and marketing capacities throughout his life. He taught high school for six years in Culpeper, VA, and also coached football.

He has walked the streets of Los Angeles and New York City, waded in the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and climbed Diamond Head crater on Hawaii and rang in the New Year in Tokyo, Japan. But he dreams of one day visiting Greece and Italy.





Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a 1 month subscription to Owl Crate, US Only.



a Rafflecopter giveaway






Friday, April 14, 2017

Blog Tour- BLACKSOULS by Nicole Castroman An Interview & Giveaway!


Hey everyone! I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the blog tour for BLACKSOULS by Nicole Castroman!! I freaking LOVED this book! I have an interview with Nicole to share with you today! And make sure to enter the giveaway below!


Haven't heard of BLACKSOULS? Check it out!

Title: BLACKSOULS
Author: Nicole Castroman
Pub. Date: April 11, 2017
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 400
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard.

Edward “Teach” Drummond is setting sail to the Caribbean as first mate on the most celebrated merchant ship in the British fleet—until he rebels against his captain. Mutiny is a capital offense and Teach knows it could cost him his life, but he believes it worth the risk in order to save his crew from the attacking Spanish ships.

Sailing on the same blue waters, Anne barely avoids the Spanish attack, making it safely to Nassau. But lawless criminals, corrupt politics, and dangerous intentions fill the crowded streets of this Caribbean port. Soon, Anne discovers that the man entrusted to keep the peace is quite possibly the most treacherous of them all—and he just happens to hold Teach’s fate in his terrifying hands.

Life and death hang in the balance when Teach and Anne are given a dangerous mission. It’s a mission that will test their love, loyalty and devotion, forcing them down a path neither one could have ever imagined.


Now on to the interview!


Hi Nicole! First I want to say welcome back to Two Chicks on Books! I freaking LOVED BLACKHEARTS & BALCKSOULS and I know my readers will as well, and am so happy that you could stop by for a visit!

Thanks so much for having me!!!

For the readers: can you tell us a little bit of a recap of BLACKHEARTS and the characters and what we can expect in BLACKSOULS?

Of course! BLACKHEARTS is the story of how Anne and Teach meet. Anne is a maid in the Drummond household. She's the daughter of an English merchant and a cook. Edward "Teach" Drummond has just returned home from a year at sea and he meets Anne while she's working in his father's house. And their lives are forever changed. :)

While BLACKHEARTS was entirely landlocked, BLACKSOULS is a lot more swashbuckling and takes place in the West Indies. Anne and Teach have definitely left "high society" behind when they arrive in the pirate port of Nassau.

I know we discussed this last year when S&S hadn’t acquired the sequel but is there a possibility of a book 3? I needs more Teach and Anne!

I certainly hope so!

So we finally get to meet some pirates! Woot! Are any of them real pirates or did you make them up to fit the story?

All of the pirates in BLACKSOULS are fictional. Definitely figments of my imagination. And they were so fun to write!

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

I love all of my characters, but I'm partial to Anne. And now Reva. :) My least favorite are the villains in this one. I didn't even try to make them redeemable. They're just evil.

What is your favorite passage/scene in BLACKSOULS?

I still love when Anne and Teach have screen time together. Those will always be my favorites.

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

I read the works of Frederick Douglass and his experiences as a slave, which I think should be required reading in all high schools. Too much of our nation's history is whitewashed. I wanted to be as truthful and respectful of Anne's narrative as I could be. I also read SUGAR IN THE BLOOD by Andrea Stuart. She's the descendant of a plantation owner and a slave and this book details the harsh realities of Caribbean slavery and sugar production.

What inspired you to write YA?

Why not write YA? :) Young adults are often more open-minded than adults when it comes to storytelling. 

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 Kasie West's BY YOUR SIDE, which I adored.

What Hogwarts House would the Sorting Hat place you in?

Ravenclaw!

Twitter or Facebook?

Instagram ;)

Favorite Superhero?

Oh, good one. I'm going to have to go with Captain America. I was an extra in Captain America: Civil War (not a short answer, but it's the truth)

Favorite TV show?

Project Runway

Sweet or Salty?

Salty

Any Phobias?

Claustrophobia

Song you can’t get enough of right now?

Shape of You by Ed Sheeran

Upcoming Movie you’re most looking forward to?

The next Star Wars movie



Thanks so much Nicole for answering my questions!  



About Nicole:
Nicole was lucky enough to come with her very own best friend...she has a twin sister who can read her mind and finish her sentences for her. 

At the age of 13, she went to Europe for the first time and it changed her life. She loves learning about different people, languages and cultures and speaks fluent German. She knows enough Spanish to get herself into trouble and can still read the Cyrillic alphabet from when she studied Russian.

She received her B.A. from Brigham Young University and has lived in Germany, Austria and two different places called Georgia. One is located on the Black Sea. The other is the state of Georgia where she now lives with her handsome husband and two beautiful children who continue to amaze her.



Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a signed finished copy of BLACKSOULS, US Only.


a Rafflecopter giveaway




Tour Schedule:

Week One:
4/10/2017- FiktshunGuest Post
4/11/2017- a GREAT readReview
4/12/2017- Adventures of a Book JunkieInterview
4/13/2017- The Cover ContessaReview
4/14/2017- Two Chicks on BooksInterview

Week Two:
4/17/2017- YA Book MadnessReview
4/18/2017- Good Choice ReadingGuest Post
4/19/2017-Mundie Moms-  Review
4/20/2017- YA Books CentralInterview
4/21/2017- Seeing Double In Neverland-Review 

Grab book 1 now!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Quiz- THE LAST MAGICIAN by Lisa Maxwell & A Giveaway!


Hey everyone! I am thrilled to be hosting as part of the official street team for Lisa Maxwell's THE LAST MAGICIAN!!! For the rest of April 8 bloggers including myself will be posting quizzes, excerpts, character descriptions, etc. During the  next few weeks there will be clues in some of the posts for you to enter into a rafflecopter for extra entries in the giveaway! There's no clues this week just some fun quizzes! Take the quiz and make sure to share your results on social media using the #TheLastMagician hashtag!


Haven't heard of THE LAST MAGICIAN? Check it out!

Title: THE LAST MAGICIAN
Author: Lisa Maxwell
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Pages: 512
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Formats: Hardcover & eBook
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | iBooks
Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she's been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta's training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

Join The Devil's Own Street Team!

Are you are a reader or blogger interested in being a part of The Devil's Own, a group of readers who will compete with one another to win exclusive swag and prizes as we spread the word about THE LAST MAGICIAN?

If you're interested in being contacted in April, fill out the form below!


Take the Quiz!


What’s your job?




About Lisa:

Lisa Maxwell is the author of Sweet Unrest, Gathering Deep, Unhooked, & The Last Magician (Simon Pulse, Spring 2017). When she's not writing books, she's an English professor at a local college. She lives near DC with her very patient husband and two not-so patient boys.








Giveaway Details:


2 winners will receive a signed/personalized ARC’s of THE LAST MAGICIAN, US Only.
a Rafflecopter giveaway




Hunt Bloggers: Check these blogs from 4/10-4/30 for scavenger hunt clues & awesome posts!
Novel Novice
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