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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!


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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?

Twitter

Favorite Superhero?

Carol Danvers (aka Capt. Marvel)

Favorite TV show?

I’m really enjoying Orville at the moment.

Sweet or Salty?

Salty

Any Phobias?

Stingrays

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
FREE ON KINDLE UNLIMITED!!!

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.
a Rafflecopter giveaway




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

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Friday, June 29, 2018

Release Day Blitz- MISTAKE OF MAGIC by Alex Lidell With An Excerpt & Giveaway!



I am so excited that MISTAKE OF MAGIC by Alex Lidell is available now and that I get to share the news!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Alex Lidell, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a Signed copy of the book, notebook, & swag, US Only and 3 eBooks of MISTAKE OF MAGIC, International, courtesy of Alex 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: 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

FREE ON KINDLE UNLIMITED!!!

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.

About Book 1:

Title: POWER OF FIVE
Author: Alex Lidell
Pub. Date: May 4, 2018
Publisher: Danger Bearing Press
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 312
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon


Four elite fae warriors. One mortal female. A magical bond they can’t allowor resist. 

Orphaned and sold to a harsh master, Lera’s life is about mucking stalls, avoiding her master’s advances, and steering clear of the mystical forest separating the mortal and fae worlds. Only fools venture into the immortal realms, and only dark rumors come out... Until four powerful fae warriors appear at Lera’s barn. 

River, Coal, Tye, and Shade have waited a decade for their new fifth to be chosen, the wounds from their quint brother’s loss still raw. But the magic has played a cruel trick, bonding the four immortal warriors to... a female. A mortal female. 

Distractingly beautiful and dangerously frail, Lera can only be one thing
a mistake. Yet as the males bring Lera back to the fae lands to sever the bond, they discover that she holds more power over their souls than is safe for anyone... especially for Lera herself. 

Power of Five is a full-length reverse-harem fantasy novel. 

Excerpt:
Four hours and then we’ll be there. Asking the Elders Council to accept our oath as a quint. My chest tightens, nausea shifting my stomach. If the rest of the Elders Council is anything like Klarissa- the gorgeous, manipulative viper who tried to have me killed- then the five of us are walking into a predator’s open maw.  

I’d expected that the decision to remain a quint would bring a calm finality with it. The knot on a braid’s end. It didn’t. If anything the knot is at the braid’s beginning, with the weave still to come. With snags to be untangled along the way.
My head spins as Shade reluctantly sets me on my feet, the enormity of the past quarter hour hitting me as brightly as the light. What in the bloody stars have I done, swearing to be a warrior that I can never become? A shiver runs down my spine. What if we never leave the Citadel, the males trapped here like caged animals because of me?

My body begs me to defend it. Something inside me rises to answer the plea, the sensation so native that I know the something inside me is mine- and yet I”m just as certain that I’ve never felt it before. Don’t even know what it is.


It’s all for me, I realize. The males’ willingness to endure humiliations that should be hundreds of years behind them. To drop to their knees on the hard council floor and accept runes that trap them in a place they despise. My throat constricts, a sense of belonging, of fierce connection, filling my soul. I don’t know how I can ever repay the four warriors for the gift, but I will.



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.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Blog Tour- BRIGHT WE BURN by Kiersten White An Interview & A Giveaway!


Hey everyone! I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the blog tour for BRIGHT WE BURN by Kiersten White! 

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


Haven't heard of BRIGHT WE BURN? Check it out!




Title: BRIGHT WE BURN
Author: Kiersten White
Pub. Date: July 10, 2018
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 416
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonAudibleB&NiBooksTBD
Haunted by the sacrifices he made in Constantinople, Radu is called back to the new capital. Mehmed is building an empire, becoming the sultan his people need. But Mehmed has a secret: as emperor, he is more powerful than ever . . . and desperately lonely. Does this mean Radu can finally have more with Mehmed . . . and would he even want it? 

Lada's rule of absolute justice has created a Wallachia free of crime. But Lada won't rest until everyone knows that her country's borders are inviolable. Determined to send a message of defiance, she has the bodies of Mehmed's peace envoy delivered to him, leaving Radu and Mehmed with no choice. If Lada is allowed to continue, only death will prosper. They must go to war against the girl prince. 

But Mehmed knows that he loves her. He understands her. She must lose to him so he can keep her safe. Radu alone fears that they are underestimating his sister's indomitable will. Only by destroying everything that came before--including her relationships--can Lada truly build the country she wants. 

Claim the throne. Demand the crown. Rule the world.

Now on to the interview!

Hi Kiersten! First I want to say welcome back to Two Chicks on Books! BRIGHT WE BURN was absolutely fantastic and I can’t wait for everyone to read it! And am so happy that you could stop by for a visit!

Thanks for having me!

For the readers: can you tell us a little bit recap of the events leading up to BRIGHT WE BURN and the characters?

While Radu ended up finding a home amidst their Ottoman captors, Lada never abandoned her love of Wallachia and her desire to return and rule it. Binding them both are their complicated feelings for Mehmed, their only childhood friend, now the Sultan and conqueror of Constantinople. With Lada struggling to solidify control of Wallachia and Radu reeling from the repercussions of his actions as a spy behind the walls of Constantinople, they navigate increasingly impossible choices as they face just how far they’re willing to go to reshape the world around themselves.

What are you working on now?

I really miss Lada and Radu, but it’s been fun to live in new worlds after spending so much time in the 15th century! I have a Frankenstein retelling, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein, coming out September 25th, a Buffy the Vampire Slayer spinoff series starting with Slayer, out January 8th, and a new secret trilogy coming fall 2019! So, basically what I’m saying is I haven’t been working at all, just lounging by the pool and sleeping a lot.

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

I really loved writing Nazira and Nicolae. They were two side characters who each demanded more time on page and I never minded giving it to them. But also I loved writing anyone who challenged Lada. And of course I adore my brutal, vicious, relentlessly ambitious Lada and my tender, yearning, and searching Radu. I traveled so many years and pages with all these characters that I actually don’t have a least favorite!

What is your favorite passage/scene in BRIGHT WE BURN?

The very last line gets me every time. It was so satisfying for me as a writer, and I hope it’s satisfying for the readers who have come on this journey with me.

What kind of research did you have to do for this leg of the series?

With Bright We Burn, I did a tremendous amount of research on the Ottoman attack against Wallachia and the events around it. The creepiest research I had to do, though, focused on the transportation, storage, and display of a tremendous number of

Well. You’ll see.

Who is your ultimate book boyfriend?

I prefer polyamory when it comes to fictional crushes.

What inspired you to write YA?

It was the type of writing I had the most fun reading, so naturally I gravitated to it for writing. I also really adore readers who love YA. Teens and adults alike have so much joy in reading, and are willing to read so widely!

Lightning 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 Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor, and it was stunningly good. Of course. I also can’t wait for Alex London’s Black Wings Beating to come out so I can shove it in everyone’s faces. It’s fun and fresh and contains really fraught, twisted sibling dynamics, so, right up my ally!

What Hogwarts House would the Sorting Hat place you in?

As an eleven-year-old, Ravenclaw. As an adult, Slytherin.

Twitter or Facebook?

Twitter.

Favorite Superhero?

Teenage girls.

Favorite TV show?

Aggretsuko.

Sweet or Salty?

You’d never know it by reading my books, but sweet.

Any Phobias?

Mold and raw meat.

Song you can’t get enough of right now?

Snow Patrol just released their first album in seven years, and I’m loving Life on Earth.

Summer Movie you’re most looking forward to?

Honestly, I was most excited for the new season of Queer Eye!


Thanks so much Kiersten for answering my questions! I can’t wait for everyone to read BRIGHT WE BURN!



About Kiersten:

Kiersten White is the NYT bestselling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy, the Mind Games series, Illusions of Fate, The Chaos of Stars, In the Shadows with artist Jim Di Bartolo, and the upcoming historical reimagining, And I Darken. She has one tall husband and three small children and lives near the ocean, where her life is perfectly normal. Visit her at www.kierstenwhite.com.







Giveaway Details:

3 Winners will receive a finished copy of BRIGHT WE BURN, US Only.
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Tour Schedule:


Week One:
6/25/2018- Here's to Happy EndingsReview- Books 1 & 2
6/26/2018- Pandora's BooksExcerpt
6/27/2018- Two Chicks on BooksInterview
6/28/2018- Jena Brown WritesReview
6/29/2018- The Hermit LibrarianInterview

Week Two:
7/2/2018- The Desert BibliophileReview
7/3/2018- PaperTrailYAReview
7/4/2018- Wonder StruckReview
7/5/2018- The Pages In-BetweenReview
7/6/2018- Beware Of The ReaderReview

Week Three:
7/9/2018- Lisa Loves Literature- Review
7/10/2018- Omg Books and More BooksReview
7/11/2018- RhythmicbooktrovertReview
7/12/2018- Wishful EndingsReview
7/13/2018- A Dream Within A DreamReview

Week Four:
7/16/2018- The Clever ReaderReview
7/17/2018- Under the Book CoverReview
7/18/2018- mall3tg1rlReview
7/19/2018- The Book NutReview
7/20/2018- lori's Little House of ReviewsReview

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