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Friday, November 16, 2018

Blog Tour- RELEASING THE DRAGON by K.L. Bone With Teasers & A Giveaway!



I am happy to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for RELEASING THE DRAGON by K.L. Bone! I have an excerpt to share with you today check it out and enter to win the giveaway below!

About The Book:



Title: RELEASING THE DRAGON (The Flames of Kalleen #2)
Author: K.L. Bone
Pub. Date: October 25, 2018
Publisher: K.L. Bone
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 214
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&N


7,000 years ago, an Amethystine dragon fell in love with a Kalleen princess, and nearly uncovered an unholy truth. As a consequence, to protect the status quo, the Amethystine were banished from the kingdom, their very existence wiped from the epics of history. 

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Plagued by inescapable nightmares, Amelia wonders if the unknown dragon in her dreams, whose boundless fury destroys all she loves, is a glimpse of an ancient past
or uncertain future? 

Despite her fears, the newly crowned Dragon Queen must find the courage to face the kingdom’s darkest secrets. Evil truths that those who prefer the old ways, especially the temple’s powerful leaders, will go to any length to keep in eternal shadow. 


Standing steadfast by her side, Amelia's Captain Gwain, and newfound love Conner, strive to assist her. In their quest to forge a new kingdom, one free from oppression of those not blessed with a dragon form, Amelia delves deeper into the temple’s corruption and uncovers the horrors wrought upon her kingdom’s children in the name of control and power. A necessary task, for a better future, but her revelations could spark a civil war between the temples’ devoted followers and those sworn to the royal dragon bloodline.

About Book 1:


Title: EMBRACING THE DRAGON (The Flames of Kalleen #1)
Author: K.L. Bone
Pub. Date: August 2018
Publisher: K.L. Bone
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 354
Find it: GoodreadsAmazoniBooks


Can a human heart withstand the flames of a dragon’s soul? 
For centuries, the dragons of Kalleen have ruled the skies. Blessed by the goddess of fire, those born of her power are destined to exist within two worlds, while fully belonging to neither.
As the youngest daughter of the dragon queen, Amelia has always been torn between her humanity and winged form. In meeting Stephen, she found a blossoming love that gave her hope of finding balance.
A dream destroyed when her sister, and future queen, sets her sights upon the same man.
Forced from her lover’s side, Amelia embraces a self-imposed exile, taking refuge in the northern mountains. In this new life of solitude, she banishes painful memories by retreating to her dragon form, sheltering the wounded girl within.
Yet it is an isolation that cannot last, as the new dragon queen’s cruelty bears down upon the kingdom, allowing an ancient enemy to rise. Drawn from her banishment by the pleas of friends, Amelia must choose. Will she embrace the destructive beast within? Or draw upon the frail humanity that lingers dimly in her soul, in a desperate attempt to help her people, and mend a broken heart?


Now on to the excerpts!









About K.L:
K.L. Bone is a bestselling author of dark fantasy and paranormal romance. Her works include the bestselling Black Rose Guard dark fantasy series. The bestselling Flames of Kalleen paranormal romance series. The Rise of the Temple Gods fantasy series. And a stand-alone science fiction novel, The Indoctrination.

Bone has a master’s degree in modern literary cultures and is working toward her PhD. She wrote her first short story at the age of fifteen and grew up with an equally great love of both classical literature and speculative fiction. Bone has spent the last few years as a bit of a world traveler, living in California, London, and most recently, Dublin. When not immersed in words, of her own creation or studies, you’ll find her traveling to mythical sites and Game of Thrones filming locations.


Giveaway Details:


1 winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card, International.

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Tour Schedule:
Week One:
11/5/2018- Writer of WrongsExcerpt
11/6/2018- Adventures Thru WonderlandReview
11/7/2018- The Cozy Reading CornerExcerpt
11/8/2018- Viviana MacKadeExcerpt
11/9/2018- JB's Bookworms with Brandy MulderExcerpt

Week Two:
11/12/2018- Oh Hey! Books.Excerpt
11/13/2018- Loie DunnReview
11/14/2018- A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt
11/15/2018- BookHoundsExcerpt
11/16/2018- Two Chicks on BooksExcerpt

Release Week Blitz- BOUND BY SECRET by Elena Lawson With An Excerpt & Giveaway!



I am so excited that BOUND BY SECRET by Elena Lawson is available now and that I get to share the news!

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

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a finished copy of book 1 in the series and $10 GC courtesy of Elena 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: BOUND BY SECRET (The Queen's Consorts #2)
Author: Elena Lawson
Pub. Date: November 16, 2018
Publisher: Elena Lawson
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 221
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

I'll be the first to admit it...my rise to power hasn't gone entirely as planned.

I'm still getting over Thana's betrayal and the news of the Mad King when a long-lost war hero reappears at court. He's beguiled the nobles, but I'm not so easily swayed or quick to trust.

At least amidst all the chaos has been one constant; my males. They've been there at every turn, and I'm falling deeper in love with them every day.

But the secrets are starting to pile up and weigh on all of us. Our forbidden romance and the matter of my multiple graces being the least of them...so why do I feel like the secrets others are hiding could be even more destructive than my own?

My males would give their lives to protect me, but I don't think they realize how much I'd sacrifice to ensure that never happens.



BOUND BY SECRET is the second installment in The Queen's Consorts series, a medium-burn reverse harem fantasy romance!

#WhyChoose


About Book 1:

Title: CLAIMED BY NIGHT (The Queen's Consorts #1)
Author: Elena Lawson
Pub. Date: July 26, 2018
Publisher: Elena Lawson
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 714
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

Trapped on an island, Liana’s life has been a boring montage of skipping stones and listening to lectures, waiting for her mother to die.

Now the wait is over. The Queen of the Night Court has been assassinated, and the ship has arrived to ferry Liana back to her birthplace and claim her throne.

But not everyone at Court wants Liana to rule.

To make matters worse, she worries her ancestors haven’t graced her with magic, and an ungraced Queen could never keep her crown. Overwhelmed and filled with self-doubt, Liana finds solace and protection in the arms of four Fae warriors.

Charming, devoted, and maddeningly eager to please—it’s clear the males crave more than just royal favor. They want her… and they’ll do whatever it takes to keep her safe.

Can Liana’s warriors help her claim her rightful place as Queen, or will she fall to the denizens of Night?


*CLAIMED BY NIGHT is the first book in a new reverse harem fantasy series featuring four irresistible Fae warriors and a Queen on the verge of becoming legend. Intended for Mature YA and up.

Excerpt:

If only he’d take off that ridiculous armored vest, I’d have a full view of his perfectly sculpted chest. But then, I don’t think we’d be playing chess anymore—at least, not the kind you played on a checkered board.

I swallowed back the hint of warmth spreading through me at the thought of Kade bared before me, swallowing air in a way I hoped he wouldn’t notice. I watched him consider the chess pieces before him, and I knew from where he looked what he would do, but it would be his end, he just didn’t know it yet.

Kade clenched his jaw, reaching out to move his bishop into the perfect place for me to check his king.

“I wouldn’t,” I warned, and he groaned in frustration, placing the bishop back to where it had been.

His shoulders relaxed as he realized once again that no matter where he moved, I would end the game within two turns. “You are maddening, you know that?”

I barked a laugh, “And you’re just mad you got beat by a female—sorry, that you keep getting beat by a female.”

Kade’s lips shifted into a coy smile. “One of these days, I will win. You’ll see.”

I put the pieces back into formation, “I doubt it.”

He chuckled low, standing from the armchair to stretch out his stiff muscles, “Oh, do you?”

“I do.”

“How about a deal then, since you’re so cocky?”

I considered what he could be after but could only think of one thing. Heat pooled between my thighs.

“If I win,” he said, his voice taking on a husky tone that vibrated through the air, settling over my skin like a warm blanket after coming in from the cold, “If I win, I get you.”

My lips were suddenly dry. I licked them. Kade growled in response to the gesture. When I didn’t answer right away, he added, “You don’t have to agree, if you don’t want to. I enjoy playing with you whether or not there’s a reward.” He winked.

He really had no idea, did he? How badly I wanted him. If I was being honest, how badly I wanted all my men. Alaric, the contemplative. Tiernan, the lionheart. Finn, the scholar. And Kade, the flame. They were all pieces to my broken puzzle of a self. Bits of my soul I lost along the road to finding my crown and accepting my duty.

I needed them to feel whole.

“I accept the challenge,” I said to Kade, rising to meet his wide-eyed gleaming stare, “But you have your work cut out for you, Kade.”

A delicious, slow smirk spread over his lips, crinkling the tan skin around his honey-amber eyes. His gaze roved along my frame, taking in my neck, my breasts, the curves of my waist and hips, setting on a spot somewhere just below my navel.

Swallowing, I offered him my hand, but not as his queen, as his equal. As a man does another man when a bargain has been struck. His smile faltered, replaced with an earnest respect. He put his hand in mine and shook it, once, hard, before he pulled me against his warm, solid chest.

About Elena:

Elena lives in a small town in Canada with her family. She writes reverse harem fantasy romance stories full of feisty heroines, unforgettable heroes and spellbinding romance. When she comes out of her writing cave, she can be found obsessively rearranging her bookshelves, drinking wine somewhere sunny, or cooking overly fancy meals for her family and friends.

#WhyChoose

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Giveaway Details: All International
1 Winner will receive a signed paperback of book 1 CLAIMED BY NIGHT, and a $10 gift card, International.

Ends on November 30th at Midnight EST!



Thursday, November 15, 2018

Release Day Blitz- BLURRED LINES by Lauren Layne Book Game on The Chapters Interactive App & A Giveaway!




Lauren Layne has partnered with Chapters App to bring her amazing romance books to the video game world.


Lauren’s books start coming out in the app today with the release of Blurred Lines. Watch the book trailer! 


Chapters is an app you can download in your phone’s app store for free. You can play your favorite books and make choices affecting how the characters react to the situations you’ve already read about!

To celebrate Lauren Layne’s upcoming release schedule in Chapters five winners will win 100 gems of in game currency to buy outfits and look super hot for your dates with the boys you love.

Just download the app using the links below and comment your email on this post that you downloaded the app. Someone from Chapters will email you and talk you through getting your gems!

Download Links:

This winter there are five more books being released and a ton more in the new year!

v  Blurred Lines: 11/15 (Love Unexpectedly 1)
v  Walk of Shame: 11/19 (Love Unexpectedly 4)
v  After the Kiss: 11/21 (Sex, Love, & Stiletto 1)
v  Only With You: 12/13 (The Best Mistake 1)
v  Good Girl: 12/20 (Love Unexpectedly 2)
v  Irresistibly Yours: 1/21 (Oxford 1)

What do you think about video games made from books?




Giveaway Details: All International
20 Winners will receive 100 Coins for use in the Chapters App, International.
Ends on November 23rd at Midnight EST!


Monday, November 12, 2018

Exclusive Cover Reveal- NAVIGATING THE STARS by Maria V. Snyder With A Giveaway!



Hey everyone! I am sooooo freaking excited about this!!! I am helping Maria V. Snyder reveal the cover for her new YA Sci-Fi Book NAVIGATING THE STARS today! It's absolutely gorgeous and I adore her and her books! Check it out and make sure to enter to win a copy of NAVIGATING THE STARS when it comes out in December!

Now on to the reveal!





Title: NAVIGATING THE STARS
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Publication Date: December 1, 2018
Publisher: NAVIGATING THE STARS
Pages: 464
Find it: Goodreads


Navigating the Stars is the first book in a new science fiction series. 

Terra Cotta Warriors have been discovered on other planets in the Milky Way Galaxy. And Lyra Daniels' parents are the archaeological Experts (yes with a capital E) on the Warriors and have dragged her to the various planets to study them despite the time dilation causing havoc with her social life. 

When one of the many Warrior planets goes silent, and looters attack her research base, Lyra becomes involved in discovering why the Warriors were placed on these planets. And, more importantly, by who.


About Maria:

Maria V. Snyder changed from being a meteorologist to a novelist in 1995, when she began writing to keep her sanity while raising two children. Since then, she has published numerous freelance articles in magazines and newspapers, and teaches fiction-writing classes at the local college and area libraries. The classes give her the wonderful opportunity to encourage fellow writers, and to keep improving her craft.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Maria always had a fascination with big storms. Dreaming of chasing tornados, Maria earned a bachelors of science degree in meteorology at Penn State University. But she discovered, much to her chagrin, that forecasting the weather wasn't one of her skills. In order to chase tornados you had to predict where they might form. Creating fantasy worlds where she has complete control of the weather was more agreeable to her.

Maria's research on food-tasting methods with an expert chocolate taster, her husband, turned out to be a delicious bonus while writing Poison Study.

Maria has a brown belt in Isshinryu Karate, and enjoys playing volleyball and the cello. Traveling in general and via cruise ship in particular are her biggest distractions from writing. Maria has traveled to Belize, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean and through the Panama Canal.

Maria lives with her husband, son, daughter and yellow lab, Hazelnut, in Pennsylvania where she is at work on more LUNA novels. She is also pursuing a master's degree in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University.




Where you can find Maria:


1 winner will receive a paperback of NAVIGATING THE STARS(will be shipped in late December), US Only.



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Friday, November 9, 2018

Blog Tour- WEST by Edith Pattou With an Excerpt & Giveaway!



I am happy to be hosting a stop on the blog tour for WEST by Edith Pattou! I have an excerpt to share with you today check it out and enter to win the giveaway below!

About The Book:



Title: WEST (East #2)
Author: Edith Pattou
Pub. Date: October 23, 2018
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 528
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonAudible,  B&NiBooksTBD



In the sequel to the beloved high fantasy East, Rose sets off on a perilous journey to find her true love when he goes missing in a thrilling tale of danger, magic, adventure, and revenge.


When Rose first met Charles, he was trapped in the form of a white bear. To rescue him, Rose traveled to the land that lay east of the sun and west of the moon to defeat the evil Troll Queen. Now Rose has found her happily-ever-after with Charles
until a sudden storm destroys his ship and he is presumed dead. But Rose doesnt believe the shipwreck was an act of nature, nor does she believe Charles is truly dead. Something much more sinister is at work. With mysterious and unstoppable forces threatening the lives of the people she loves, Rose must once again set off on a perilous journey. And this time, the fate of the entire world is at stake. 


Now on to the excerpt!


Rose
“’Tis a north wind,” came a voice beside me.
“Is it?” I said.
“Yes,” said Sib, “with a bit of west mixed in.”
I turned to smile at Sib, who had come to stand beside me at the ship’s railing. Sib was one of the socalled softskin servants who had escaped Niflheim after the destruction of the Troll Queen’s ice palace. Three years had passed since she came to live with Charles and me in Fransk.
We had become fast friends, and in many ways, I was closer to her than to any of my siblings, except my brother Neddy, of course. Her true name was Sibhoirdeas, but she said that most who had known her called her Sib.
“That’s Neddy’s direction,” I said with a smile. “Northwest.”
Sib returned my smile, for she knew all about the unusual birth direction superstition of my mother’s family that had been so much a part of my growing up in Njord, that the direction a woman faced when giving birth shaped the personality of the child. My mother never wanted a northfacing bairn, who would be wild and headstrong with a love for adventuring, but that’s exactly what I had been. Mother, however, had refused to accept this and was determined that I should be an eastborn child. I didnt learn of my true north nature until I was older.
“This northwest wind suits you,” Sib said. “Though perhaps not as well as a pure north wind.
But you look happy, Rose.”
I nodded. It was our sixth day on the ship called Guillemot,  which was taking us to Trondheim. It was my first visit home since Winn’s birth and only the second since Charles and I had been married.
“I will be seeing my family soon,” I said. “And Winn will meet his grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins.”
I smiled down on the sleeping face of my bairn, who was swaddled in a sling over my shoulders. It still made me catch my breath, looking at those almost translucent eyelids lined with golden lashes.
I gazed out over the expanse of Njordsjoen again. It was choppy, a deep blue almost to blackness, but this too made me catch my breath. The open sea. How I had missed it, the salty wind in my face, the call of the gulls.
These past three years had been happy ones for my white bear and me, carving out a life for ourselves in Fransk. Yet there were moments now and then when that old restlessness would overtake me, and I would be driven to strap on my boots and go wandering through the countryside.
Charles understood. “If it wasn’t for your wild nature, I would still be a white bear. Or worse,”
he once said to me, when I had finished apologizing for being gone overlong.
Even after the birth of Winn, my white bear accepted my wanderlust. He would just brush my forehead with his lips and say, “Off with you.”
I loved our bairn with all my heart, knew from the moment I kissed that wrinkled, damp face for the first time that I would have given my life for him. But at the same time, it was perhaps the hardest test I had ever faced, balancing my wild, northern nature with that love. Because that is the truth of a bairn, that they need you, body and soul, and I was tethered to him in a way I had never known.
Charles felt the same way, but for him being tethered was exactly what he wanted. Having roots, a home he could call his own, after almost one hundred and fifty years of roaming the world as a white bear, was all the happiness he desired.
It was odd, I suppose, that I still sometimes called him White Bear, but I did. Charles didn’t come easily to my tongue. It was as if that person taken from his life by the Troll Queen so long ago was something of a stranger to me, and in some deep down way, I would always think of him as a white bear.
I would occasionally slip. The first time I actually called him White Bear after we were wed, he flinched. But then he smiled.
“So be it,” he said, pulling me to him. “After all, it was as a white bear that I first loved you.”
“And I you,” I whispered into his shoulder.
I’m embarrassed to say, however, that most often I called him such things as “my love” and
“dear.” Hardly words I would ever have imagined myself saying back when I was young and wild, climbing trees and falling into ponds.
Sib broke into my thoughts, telling me that she had just checked on Estelle and that the herbal remedies Sib had given her had done nothing to relieve the girl’s seasickness.
“Poor Estelle,” I said. And indeed Estelle had had a rough time this past year. When her mother, Sofi, had died unexpectedly of a wasting sickness, there were no relatives left to care for her, her uncle Serge having emigrated to Spania. Charles and I were happy to bring her into our family. We loved her dearly, and she was a resilient girl. Still, the loss of her mother had been hard.

We thought a journey to Njord would be a welcome distraction, and because she had always longed to see the world, Estelle was thrilled at the prospect. Until we boarded the Guillemot. With the first roll of the ship, she had been laid low by seasickness.






About Edith:
Edith Pattou is the author of Ghosting, a contemporary novel for young adults, told in free verse. She also wrote three award-winning fantasy novels for young adults East, a retelling of the Norwegian folk tale "East of the Sun and West of the Moon," and the two Songs of Eirren, Heros Song and Fire Arrow. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling picture book, Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden.

She was born in Evanston, Illinois, grew up in Winnetka, and was a teenager in the city of Chicago where she attended Francis W. Parker School. She completed her B.A. at Scripps College in Claremont, California where she won the Crombie Allen Award for creative writing. She later completed a Masters degree in English Literature at Claremont Graduate School, followed by a Masters of Library and Information Science at UCLA.

She has worked for a medical association, a clothing boutique, a recording studio, the Playboy Foundation, a public television station, a school library, two public libraries, two advertising agencies, and two bookstores.

She has lived in Chicago, Los Angeles, Denver, Durham, NC, Cambridge, England, Stockholm, Sweden, and currently resides with her husband, Charles, in Columbus, Ohio.



Giveaway Details:

3 Winners will receive a finished copy of WEST, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:
10/15/2018- RhythmicbooktrovertReview
10/16/2018- A Backwards StoryInterview
10/17/2018- Forever Lost in LiteratureReview
10/18/2018- Mythical BooksExcerpt
10/19/2018- Patriotic BookaholicExcerpt

Week Two:
10/22/2018- Read. Eat. Love.- Review
10/23/2018- Dani Reviews ThingsExcerpt
10/24/2018- Adventures and ReadingReview
10/25/2018- BookHounds YA- Interview
10/26/2018- Jena Brown WritesReview

Week Three:
10/29/2018- Ace ReadsExcerpt
10/30/2018- Novel NoviceExcerpt
10/31/2018- All the Ups and DownsExcerpt
11/1/2018- Rockin' Book Reviews- Review
11/2/2018- Paws and PaperbacksReview

Week Four:
11/5/2018- Smada's Book SmackReview
11/6/2018- if the book will be too difficultExcerpt
11/7/2018- Vesper DreamsExcerpt
11/8/2018- Oh Hey! Books.Review
11/9/2018- Two Chicks on BooksExcerpt

Make sure to grab book 1!

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