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BRAVELY by Maggie Stiefvater Tour and Giveaway

09 May, 2022 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

Fire and Ice is happy to be hosting a spot on the BRAVELY by Maggie Stiefvater Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours.

 

About The Book:

Title: BRAVELY

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Pub. Date: May 3, 2022

Publisher: Disney Press

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 384

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, Audible, B&NiBooks, KoboTBD, Bookshop.org

What if you had one year to save everything you loved?

ONE PRINCESS. Merida of DunBroch needs a change. She loves her family—jovial King Fergus, proper Queen Elinor, the mischievous triplets— and her peaceful kingdom. But she’s frustrated by its sluggishness; each day, the same. Merida longs for adventure, purpose, challenge – maybe even, someday, love.

TWO GODS. But the fiery Princess never expects her disquiet to manifest by way of Feradach, an uncanny supernatural being tasked with rooting out rot and stagnation, who appears in DunBroch on Christmas Eve with the intent to demolish the realm – and everyone within. Only the intervention of the Cailleach, an ancient entity of creation, gives Merida a shred of hope: convince her family to change within the year – or suffer the eternal consequences.

THREE VOYAGES. Under the watchful eyes of the gods, Merida leads a series of epic journeys to kingdoms near and far in an attempt to inspire revolution within her family. But in her efforts to save those she loves from ruin, has Merida lost sight of the Clan member grown most stagnant of all – herself?

FOUR SEASONS TO SAVE DUNBROCH – OR SEE IT DESTROYED, FOREVER. 

 

 

About Maggie Stiefvater:

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Raven Cycle, the Shiver trilogy, and other novels for young and adult readers. She is also an artist, an auto enthusiast, and a bagpiper. She lives on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley with her husband, two children, and an assortment of fainting goats.

 

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon | BookBub

 




Giveaway Details:

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

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

5/1/2022

The Reading Devil

Review/IG Post

5/2/2022

YABooksCentral

Excerpt

5/3/2022

Nonbinary Knight Reads

Review/IG Post/TikTok Post

5/4/2022

Kait Plus Books

Review/IG Post/TikTok Post

5/5/2022

A Court of Coffee and Books

Review/IG Post

5/6/2022

@jael_and_jenessa_reads

Review/IG Post

5/7/2022

ChristenKrumm

Review/IG Post

Week Two:

5/8/2022

Nagma | TakeALookAtMyBookshelf

IG Review

5/9/2022

Fire and Ice

Review

5/10/2022

onemoreexclamation

Review/IG Post

5/11/2022

Quill Tree Fox

Review/IG Post

5/12/2022

My Fictional Oasis

Review/IG Post

5/13/2022

Lisa Loves Literature

Review/IG Post

5/14/2022

@coffeesipsandreads

IG Review

Week Three:

5/15/2022

Mallory Books

Review/IG Post

5/16/2022

BookHounds YA

Review/IG Post

5/17/2022

History from a Woman’s Perspective

Review

5/18/2022

Pages_and_Procrastinaton

Review/IG Post

5/19/2022

A Bookish Dream

Review/IG Post

5/20/2022

A Backwards Story

Review/IG Post

5/21/2022

Karen Dee’s Book Reviews

IG Review

Week Four:

5/22/2022

@drewsim12

IG Review/TikTok Post

5/23/2022

@thebookishfoxwitch

IG Review

5/24/2022

Momfluenster

IG Review

5/25/2022

The Momma Spot

Review/IG Post

5/26/2022

onemused

IG Review

5/27/2022

Nerdophiles

Review

5/28/2022

zaineylaney

Review/IG Post/TikTok Post

Week Five:

5/29/2022

@lexijava

Review/IG Post

5/30/2022

The Bookwyrm’s Den

Review

5/31/2022

The Clever Reader

Review/IG Post


DUBLIN INK by Sienna Blake Tour and Giveaway

09 May, 2022 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the DUBLIN INK by Sienna Blake Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: DUBLIN INK (Dublin Ink, #1)

Author: Sienna Blake

Pub. Date: May 5, 2022

Publisher: SB Publishing

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 395

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle

Grab this hot gritty romance at this special release price!

Grumpy bad boy tattoo artist, Conor Mac Haol, doesn’t trust anyone. Least of all the new juvie apprenticing at his beloved Dublin Ink as part of her probation.
She is way too pretty and way, way too young.

Coming from a broken home, Aurnia has had to grow up faster than most girls. She doesn’t need anyone telling her what to do.
Least of all Conor, her new (very hot, very muscled, very tattooed and very, very rude) boss who obviously hates her.

But Aurnia’s troubles reminds Conor too much of his dark past. He becomes obsessed with keeping her safe. Keeping her protected.
Even from him.
Especially from him.

Soon sparks and insults turn into broken rules and forbidden moments—until one final mistake seals their fate.

 

 

About Sienna Blake:

Sienna Blake is a dirty girl, a wordspinner of smexy love stories and an Amazon Top 20 & USA Today Bestselling Author.

She lives in Dublin, Ireland, where she enjoys reading, keeping fit and adding to her personal harem of Irish hotties 

 

Sign up for Sienna’s Newsletter & get a FREE eBook!

 

Website | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok | Goodreads | Amazon | BookBub

 

Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a $25 Amazon GC, International.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

5/2/2022

Wottaread Blog

Guest Post

5/2/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Excerpt

5/3/2022

Lady Hawkeye

Excerpt/IG Post

5/3/2022

Sadie’s Spotlight

Guest Post/IG Post

5/4/2022

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt

5/4/2022

@jaimerockstarbooktours

IG Post

5/5/2022

Rajiv’s Reviews

Review/IG Post

5/5/2022

BookHounds YA

Excerpt/IG Post

5/6/2022

Writer of Wrongs

Excerpt

5/6/2022

Nagma | TakeALookAtMyBookshelf

Review/IG Post

Week Two:

5/9/2022

Fire and Ice

Review

5/9/2022

My Fictional Oasis

Review/IG Post

5/10/2022

One More Exclamation

Review/IG Post

5/10/2022

A Bookish Dream

Review/IG Post

5/11/2022

Fyrekatz Blog

Review/IG Post

5/11/2022

Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Review

5/12/2022

Emmiepooh2

Review/IG Post

5/12/2022

More Books Please blog

Review/IG Post

5/13/2022

@jypsylynn

Review/IG Post

5/13/2022

@enjoyingbooksagain

Review


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BALLAD & DAGGER by Daniel José Older Tour

08 May, 2022 by in Uncategorized 1 comment

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the BALLAD & DAGGER by Daniel José Older Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: BALLAD & DAGGER (Outlaw Saints #1)

Author: Daniel José Older

Pub. Date: May 3, 2022

Publisher: Rick Riordan Presents

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 384

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, Audible, B&NiBooks, KoboTBD, Bookshop.org

Best-selling author Rick Riordan presents Daniel José Older’s music-and-magic-filled YA urban fantasy about two teens who discover each other and their powers during a political battle within a unique diaspora community.

Almost sixteen years ago, Mateo Matisse’s island homeland disappeared into the sea. Weary and hopeless, the survivors of San Madrigal’s sinking escaped to New York.

While the rest of his tight-knit Brooklyn diaspora community dreams of someday finding a way back home, Mateo–now a high school junior and piano prodigy living with his two aunts (one who’s alive, the other not so much)–is focused on one thing: getting the attention of locally-grown musical legend Gerval. Mateo finally gets his chance on the night of the Grand Fete, an annual party celebrating the blended culture of pirates, Cuban Santeros, and Sephardic Jews that created San Madrigal all those centuries ago.

But the evil that sank their island has finally caught up with them, and on the night of the celebration, Mateo’s life is forever changed when he witnesses a brutal murder by a person he thought he knew.

Suddenly Mateo is thrust into an ancient battle that spans years and oceans. Deadly secrets are unraveled and Mateo awakens a power within himself–a power that not only links him to the killer but could also hold the key to unlocking the dark mystery behind his lost homeland.

From the author of the award-winning Shadowshaper Cypher series comes the first novel in the Outlaw Saints duology–a brilliant story that will transport readers to a world where magic, myth, and gods reign over the streets of Brooklyn.

 

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About Daniel José Older:

Daniel José Older is a New York Times best-selling author and story architect. He has published fourteen novels and numerous short stories and essays, and he is a regular comics writer for Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures and Marvel. He won the International Latino Book Award and has been a finalist for the Kirkus Prize, the Mythopoeic Award, the Locus Award, the Andre Norton Award, and the World Fantasy Award. You can find his thoughts on writing, read dispatches from his decade-long career as an NYC paramedic, and hear his music at http://danieljoseolder.net, as well as on YouTube, @djolder on Twitter, @danieljose1 on Instagram, and @danieljoseolder on TikTok. He and his family live in New Orleans.

 

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | TikTok | Goodreads | Amazon | BookBub

 

Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of BALLAD & DAGGER, US Only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

5/1/2022

YABooksCentral

Excerpt

5/2/2022

celiamcmahonreads

Excerpt/IG Post

5/3/2022

Rajiv’s Reviews

Review/IG Post

5/4/2022

Emmiepooh2

IG Review

5/5/2022

@bujos_n_books

IG Review

5/6/2022

The Book View

Review/IG Post

5/7/2022

Nagma | TakeALookAtMyBookshelf

IG Review

Week Two:

5/8/2022

Fire and Ice

Review

5/9/2022

Library of Alexandria Archives

Review/IG Post

5/10/2022

Book-Keeping

Review/IG Post

5/11/2022

Pages_and_Procrastinaton

Review/IG Post

5/12/2022

@drewsim12

IG Review/TikTok Post

5/13/2022

A Court of Coffee and Books

Review/IG Post

5/14/2022

Karen Dee’s Book Reviews

IG Review

Week Three:

5/15/2022

The Momma Spot

Review/IG Post

5/16/2022

Bri’s Bookish

IG Review

5/17/2022

A Backwards Story

Review/IG Post

5/18/2022

The Clever Reader

Review/IG Post

5/19/2022

Lifestyle of Me

Review

5/20/2022

laura’s bookish corner

Review/IG Post

5/21/2022

zaineylaney

Review/IG Post/TikTok Post

Week Four:

5/22/2022

BookHounds YA

Review/IG Post

5/23/2022

Nerdophiles

Review

5/24/2022

The Bookwyrm’s Den

Review

5/25/2022

Cocoa With Books

Review/IG Post

5/26/2022

wilted pages

Review/IG Post/TikTok Post

5/27/2022

@lexijava

Review/IG Post

5/28/2022

two points of interest

Review

Week Five:

5/29/2022

The Real World According To Sam

Review/IG Post

5/30/2022

GivernyReads

Review/IG Post

5/31/2022

Kait Plus Books

Review/IG Post/TikTok Post


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Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner Book Tour

06 May, 2022 by in Uncategorized 1 comment

Title: Bloomsbury Girls: A Novel

Author: Natalie Jenner

Genre: Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction

Publisher: ‎St. Martin’s Press (May 17, 2022)

Length: (368) pages

Format: Hardcover, eBook, & audiobook 

ISBN: 978-1250276698

Tour Dates: May 2-29, 2022

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Natalie Jenner, the internationally bestselling author of The Jane Austen Society, returns with a compelling and heartwarming story of post-war London, a century-old bookstore, and three women determined to find their way in a fast-changing world in Bloomsbury Girls.

Bloomsbury Books is an old-fashioned new and rare bookstore that has persisted and resisted change for a hundred years, run by men and guided by the general manager’s unbreakable fifty-one rules. But in 1950, the world is changing, especially the world of books and publishing, and at Bloomsbury Books, the girls in the shop have plans:

Vivien Lowry: Single since her aristocratic fiancé was killed in action during World War II, the brilliant and stylish Vivien has a long list of grievances–most of them well justified and the biggest of which is Alec McDonough, the Head of Fiction.

Grace Perkins: Married with two sons, she’s been working to support the family following her husband’s breakdown in the aftermath of the war. Torn between duty to her family and dreams of her own.

Evie Stone: In the first class of female students from Cambridge permitted to earn a degree, Evie was denied an academic position in favor of her less accomplished male rival. Now she’s working at Bloomsbury Books while she plans to remake her own future.

As they interact with various literary figures of the time–Daphne Du Maurier, Ellen Doubleday, Sonia Blair (widow of George Orwell), Samuel Beckett, Peggy Guggenheim, and others–these three women with their complex web of relationships, goals and dreams are all working to plot out a future that is richer and more rewarding than anything society will allow.

BOOK TRAILER

AUDIOBOOK

Narrated by esteemed stage and screen actress Juliet Stevenson, enjoy the full unabridged edition of Bloomsbury Girls. “Stevenson delivers the satisfying triumph at the end with perfect polish.” —AudioFile Magazine

AUDIOBOOK EXCERPT 

ADVANCE PRAISE

“Jenner follows The Jane Austen Society (2020) with another top-notch reading experience, using the same deft hand at creating complex, emotionally engaging characters [against] a backdrop chock-full of factual historical information… Fans of Christina Baker Kline, Kate Quinn and Pam Jenoff [will] appreciate this gem.” —Booklist (starred review)

“An illuminating yarn… Fans of emotional historical fiction will be charmed.” —Publishers Weekly

“Bloomsbury Girls is an immersive tale of three women determined to forge their own paths in 1950s London. Jenner has proven to be a master at spinning charming, earnest characters and paints a vivid picture of postwar England. I wanted to stay lost in her world forever!” —Stephanie Wrobel, internationally bestselling author of Darling Rose Gold

“Bloomsbury Girls is a book lover’s dream, one of those rare reads that elicits a sense of book-ish wistfulness and nostalgia. Jenner has created a colorful cast of characters in a story about friendship, perseverance, and the ways that determined women can band together in a man’s world. You’re in for a treat.” —Sarah Penner, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Apothecary

“In a London still reeling from the ravages of World War II and the changes war has brought to English society, three young women take their futures into their own hands. With Bloomsbury Girls, Natalie Jenner has penned a timely and beautiful ode to ambition, friendship, bookshops, and the written word.” —Janet Skeslien Charles, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Library

“In post-war London, Bloomsbury Books survived The Blitz until Vivien Lowry, Grace Perkins, and Evie Stone set off their own bomb on the stuffy all-male management. What ensues is the most delightful, witty, and endearing story you will read this year. Natalie Jenner, bestselling author of The Jane Austen Society, proves that she was not a one hit wonder. Like Austen, her second book is even better than the first.” —Laurel Ann Nattress, editor of Jane Austen Made Me Do It  

PURCHASE LINKS

PRINT & DIGITAL BOOK

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | BOOK DEPOSITORY | BOOKSHOP | GOODREADS | BOOKBUB

AUDIOBOOK

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | BOOK DEPOSITORY | BOOKSHOP | GOODREADS

A MESSAGE FROM AUTHOR NATALIE JENNER

Dear readers, I am immensely grateful for the outpouring of affection that so many of you have expressed for my debut novel The Jane Austen Society and its eight main characters. When I wrote its epilogue (in one go and without ever changing a word), I wanted to give each of Adam, Mimi, Dr. Gray, Adeline, Yardley, Frances, Evie and Andrew the happy Austenesque ending they each deserved. But I could not let go of servant girl Evie Stone, the youngest and only character inspired by real life (my mother, who had to leave school at age fourteen, and my daughter, who does eighteenth-century research for a university professor and his team). Bloomsbury Girls continues Evie’s adventures into a 1950s London bookshop where there is a battle of the sexes raging between the male managers and the female staff, who decide to pull together their smarts, connections, and limited resources to take over the shop and make it their own. There are dozens of new characters in Bloomsbury Girls from several different countries, and audiobook narration was going to require a female voice of the highest training and caliber. When I learned that British stage and screen actress Juliet Stevenson, CBE, had agreed to narrate, I knew that my story could not be in better hands, and I so hope you enjoy reading or listening to it. Warmest regards, Natalie

AUTHOR BIO

Natalie Jenner is the author of the instant international bestseller The Jane Austen Society and Bloomsbury Girls. A Goodreads Choice Award runner-up for historical fiction and finalist for best debut novel, The Jane Austen Society was a USA Today and #1 national bestseller and has been sold for translation in twenty countries. Born in England and raised in Canada, Natalie has been a corporate lawyer, career coach and, most recently, an independent bookstore owner in Oakville, Ontario, where she lives with her family and two rescue dogs. Visit her website to learn more.

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Review

Bloomsbury Girls is an intimate look inside a London bookstore. The daily comings and goings of famous authors, American customers, and elite society. Three women are set to make their mark in the workplace of the 50’s, typically dominate by men. They must overcome prejudice, rude interactions and insinuations of crime. One has lost her fiance to war,another is unable to gain a prestigious position in the academic world, and another is a wife and mother. When their general manager Mr. Dutton suffers an epileptic seizure, the bookstore employees are shuffled into new positions.

I listened to the audio book via Netgalley’s shelf app. The narration was a bit slow for my taste, so I upped it to 1.5 speed. I’m so glad for this feature! It was a pleasant way to pass the day. English accents, rich characters with quirks and the building of a publishing empire. Historical fiction set in postwar England for lovers of all things bookish. Thanks to Netgalley and Austenprose PR for the complimentary audio book for review!

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The Murder of Mr. Wickham by Claudia Gray Book Tour

05 May, 2022 by in Uncategorized 1 comment

Title: The Murder of Mr. Wickham

Author: Claudia Gray

Genre: Historical Mystery, Cozy Mystery, Austenesque

Publisher: ‎Vintage (May 3, 2022)

Length: (400) pages

Format: Trade paperback, eBook, & audiobook 

ISBN: 978-0593313817

BOOK DESCRIPTION

A summer house party turns into a thrilling whodunit when Jane Austen’s Mr. Wickham—one of literature’s most notorious villains—meets a sudden and suspicious end in this brilliantly imagined mystery featuring Austen’s leading literary characters.

The happily married Mr. Knightley and Emma are throwing a party at their country estate, bringing together distant relatives and new acquaintances—characters beloved by Jane Austen fans. Definitely not invited is Mr. Wickham, whose latest financial scheme has netted him an even broader array of enemies. As tempers flare and secrets are revealed, it’s clear that everyone would be happier if Mr. Wickham got his comeuppance. Yet they’re all shocked when Wickham turns up murdered—except, of course, for the killer hidden in their midst.

Nearly everyone at the house party is a suspect, so it falls to the party’s two youngest guests to solve the mystery: Juliet Tilney, the smart and resourceful daughter of Catherine and Henry, eager for adventure beyond Northanger Abbey; and Jonathan Darcy, the Darcys’ eldest son, whose adherence to propriety makes his father seem almost relaxed. In this tantalizing fusion of Austen and Christie, from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray, the unlikely pair must put aside their own poor first impressions and uncover the guilty party—before an innocent person is sentenced to hang. 

ADVANCE PRAISE

“Had Jane Austen sat down to write a country house murder mystery, this is exactly the book she would have written. Devotees of Austen’s timeless novels will get the greatest possible pleasure from this wonderful book. Immense fun and beautifully observed. Delicious!” —Alexander McCall Smith

“What a splendid conceit! . . . Gray provides plenty of backstory and enough depth to her characters that even those who mix up their Pride and Prejudice with their Sense and Sensibility will delight in the Agatha Christie–style mystery. . . . There’s so much fun to be had in this reimagined Austen world—and the mystery is so strong—that one can only hope, dear reader, that more books will follow.” —Ilene Cooper, Booklist (starred review) 

“[An] enchanting mystery. . . . Gray perfectly captures the personalities of Austen’s beloved characters. This is a real treat for Austenites.” —Publishers Weekly

“Who would NOT want to read a book in which one of literature’s most notorious rakes meets his final demise? . . . A delightful Agatha Christie meets Jane Austen romp.” —Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

PURCHASE LINKS

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | BOOK DEPOSITORY | BOOKSHOP | GOODREADS | BOOKBUB

AUTHOR BIO

Claudia Gray is the pseudonym of Amy Vincent. She is the writer of multiple young adult novels, including the Evernight series, the Firebird trilogy, and the Constellation trilogy. In addition, she’s written several Star Wars novels, such as Lost Stars and Bloodline. She makes her home in New Orleans with her husband Paul and assorted small dogs. 

WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM | BOOKBUB | GOODREADS

Review

Fans of Jane Austen will enjoy following the lives of the characters as they grow into marriage and family. Mr. Darcy, Mr, Wickham, the Knightleys are all included in the lineup. The Knightleys are hosting a house party with bachelors and debutantes as well as married guests. Claudia Gray fleshes out each character and their interactions, inner thoughts in varying perspectives. Each carries their own story line. Pride and Prejudice meets Clue in a whodunnit mystery. Readers will have to tease out motive, inner conflict and marital strife.

I enjoyed hearing from all of our beloved literary heroes and villains. In the beginning it took me a bit to sort out who is who and what is what, but things smooth out as the story develops. It is interesting to trace their lives forward to see how relationships evolve over time. Atmospheric tension and conflict with an air of mystery spur on the slow moving plot. Readers of Emma and Austen will love this! Thank you to the author, publisher and AustenPR for the complimentary copy of The Murder of Mr. Wickham for the tour.

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Star Wars Queen’s Hope by E.K. Johnston Tour and Giveaway

28 Apr, 2022 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the STAR WARS: QUEEN’S HOPE by E.K. Johnston Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: STAR WARS: QUEEN’S HOPE (Star Wars Disney Canon Novel)

Author: E.K. Johnston

Pub. Date: April 5, 2022

Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 352

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, Audible, B&NiBooks, KoboTBD, Bookshop.org

A peace-loving senator faces a time of war in another thrilling Padmé Amidala adventure from the author of the New York Times best-sellers Queen’s Peril and Queen’s Shadow!

Padmé is adjusting to being a wartime senator during the Clone Wars. Her secret husband, Anakin Skywalker, is off fighting the war, and excels at being a wartime Jedi. In contrast, when Padmé gets the opportunity to see the casualties on the war-torn front lines, she is horrified. The stakes have never been higher for the galaxy, or for the newly-married couple.

Meanwhile, with Padmé on a secret mission, her handmaiden Sabé steps into the role of Senator Amidala, something no handmaiden has done for an extended period of time. While in the Senate, Sabé is equally horrified by the machinations that happen there. She comes face to face with a gut-wrenching decision as she realizes that she cannot fight a war this way, not even for Padmé.

And Chancellor Palpatine hovers over it all, manipulating the players to his own ends…

 

REVIEW: Having watched all of the Star Wars films multiple times, reading YA literature that supports the main storyline was a new experience. I enjoyed hearing the backstory behind Padme and her handmaidens as well as the political machinations of Palpatine’s puppets. In this installment, Padme and Anakin are on the verge of marriage, which must be done secretly. Her handmaiden must take over for her in the Senate and their world is on the verge of the Clone Wars. There are all of the characters Star Wars fans will recognize as well as rich world building and slowly developing side plots which add to the original storyline. While this book was outside of my typical reading selections, I found the world immersive and it added to my experience with a well known movie series. It was well written and the political intrigue as well as believable characters make this a rich supplement for fans of Princess Leia. Thanks to Rockstar Book Tours and the publisher foe the copy as a part of the official book tour. Put this canon on your to be read list!

 

About E.K. Johnston:


E.K. Johnston had several jobs and one vocation before she became a published writer. If she’s learned anything, it’s that things turn out weird sometimes, and there’s not a lot you can do about it. Well, that and how to muscle through awkward fanfic because it’s about a pairing she likes.You can follow her on Twitter (@ek_johnston) to learn more about Alderaanian political theory than you really need to know, on Tumblr (ekjohnston) if you’re just here for the pretty pictures, or online at ekjohnston.ca.

 

Website | Twitter | Instagram | TikTok | Tumblr | Goodreads | Amazon | BookBub

 

Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of STAR WARS: QUEEN’S HOPE, US Only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

4/1/2022

Writer of Wrongs

Excerpt

4/2/2022

Kait Plus Books

Excerpt/IG Post

Week Two:

4/3/2022

BookHounds YA

Excerpt/IG Post

4/4/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Excerpt

4/5/2022

Sadie’s Spotlight

Excerpt/IG Post

4/6/2022

The Girl Who Reads

Review/IG Post

4/7/2022

Emmiepooh2

Review

4/8/2022

Lifestyle of Me

Review

4/9/2022

YABooksCentral

Excerpt

Week Three:

4/10/2022

Dorky Girl and Skeletor

Excerpt

4/11/2022

Lady Hawkeye

Excerpt/IG Post

4/12/2022

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt

4/13/2022

@coffeesipsandreads

Review/IG Post

4/14/2022

Nerdophiles

Review

4/15/2022

onemoreexclamation

Review/IG Post

4/16/2022

BETTER_0FF_READ

IG Spotlight

Week Four:

4/17/2022

SJ_Bookshelf

Review

4/18/2022

Rajiv’s Reviews

Review/IG Post

4/19/2022

Two Points of Interest

Review

4/20/2022

Living in a Bookworld

Excerpt

4/21/2022

Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews

Review

4/22/2022

@enjoyingbooksagain

Review

4/23/2022

@the.page.sage

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4/26/2022

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The Rancher’s Wyoming Twins by Virginia McCullough Tour and Giveaway

25 Apr, 2022 by in Uncategorized 1 comment

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

The Rancher’s Wyoming Twins
(Back to Adelaide Creek #1)
By Virginia McCullough
Clean Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
March 29, 2022 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Her worst enemy…
Could bring her heart home

Heather Stanhope wants to despise the man who now owns the ranch her family lost. But Matt Burton is raising his late sister’s adorable twins, loves horses, and is known for his loyalty and honesty. Sneaking into Adelaide Creek for her friend’s wedding, Heather hopes to avoid Matt, but fate and family have them crossing paths. Heather knows falling for Matt means risking her heart, but it’s a risk she can’t resist.

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About the Author


Born and raised in Chicago, Virginia McCullough has been lucky enough to develop her writing career in many locations, including the coast of Maine, the mountains of North Carolina, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and currently, Northeast Wisconsin. She started her career in nonfiction, first writing articles and then books as a ghostwriter and coauthor. She’s written more than 100 books for physicians, business owners, professional speakers and many others with information to share or a story to tell.

Virginia’s books feature characters who could be your neighbors and friends. They come in all ages and struggle with everyday life issues in small-town environments that almost always include water—oceans, lakes, or rivers. The mother of two grown children, you’ll find Virginia with her nose a book, walking on trails or her neighborhood street, or she may be packing her bag to take off for her next adventure. And she’s always working on another story about hope, healing, and second chances.


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Kiara Fights Back by Marilyn Kaye Tour and Giveaway

15 Apr, 2022 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

Fire and Ice is hosting a spot on the KIARA FIGHTS BACK by Marilyn Kaye Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours.

 

About The Book:

Title: KIARA FIGHTS BACK (Spyglass Sisterhood #3)

Author: Marilyn Kaye

Pub. Date: April 5, 2022

Publisher: Holiday House

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 208

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, Audible, B&NiBooks, KoboTBD, Bookshop.org

A secret bully and a chance to bring him to justice. Can Kiara and the Spyglass Sisterhood deliver?

Kiara, traditionally a loner, doesn’t hesitate to say exactly what’s on her mind. But she’s found good friends among the Spyglass Sisterhood members who appreciate her keen observations and incredible smarts.

When a fellow classmate starts to get bullied online, Kiara is determined not only to find the perpetrator(s), but also to bring them to justice. To do that, she’ll need help from her friends and from the Sisterhood’s magical spyglass to gather evidence and put the pieces together.

The best-selling author behind the Gifted series and the Replica books, Marilyn Kaye delivers a story filled with light magic and heart in this third book in the Spyglass Sisterhood series. Centered on four best friends–Ellie, Kiara, Rachel, and Alyssa–and a magic spyglass that reveals people’s feelings, the Spyglass Sisterhood series mixes classic friendship themes with fresh conversations on community and responsibility. Each girl takes a turn at the spyglass, confronting fears and sticking up for her peers. 


Grab the first 2 books in the SPYGLASS SISTERHOOD series now!

 

 

About Marilyn Kaye:

Marilyn Kaye is the author of over 100 books for young readers, including the Gifted and Replica series. Born in New Britain, Connecticut, she grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned a master’s degree in library science at Emory University and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Chicago. Kaye also taught children’s literature at St. John’s University for over twenty years. She lives in Paris, France.

 

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1 winner will receive a finished copy of KIARA FIGHTS BACK, US Only.

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Week One:

4/4/2022

Kait Plus Books

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4/4/2022

BookHounds YA

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4/5/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

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4/5/2022

Lady Hawkeye

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4/6/2022

For the Love of KidLit

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4/6/2022

YABooksCentral

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4/7/2022

Two Chicks on Books

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4/7/2022

@jaimerockstarbooktours

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4/8/2022

Jazzy Book Reviews

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4/8/2022

Wottaread

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Week Two:

4/11/2022

More Books Please blog

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4/11/2022

One More Exclamation

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4/12/2022

Rajiv’s Reviews

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4/12/2022

Two Points of Interest

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4/13/2022

@coffeesipsandreads

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4/13/2022

Pages & Paws

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4/14/2022

Ravenz Reviewz

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4/14/2022

Nerdophiles

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4/15/2022

The Momma Spot

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4/15/2022

Fire and Ice

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Review

Kiara and the Spyglass Sisterhood are at it again. This time their spyglass is seeing others’ feelings and insecurities, which come to fruition in the case of one of their classmates. Their group doesn’t typically participate in any of the school clubs or groups. They don’t use social media. Leader Kiara isn’t afraid to speak her mind and say it like it is. But, someone at their school is being bullied online via a new app. The Spyglass Sisterhood is determined to stop it.

A fun middle grade read about taking a stand and pulling together as friends and allies. Installment three in the series teaches about the harm that can come from improperly using social media and the power of words. It highlights the difference one person can make in defending another.

Thanks to Rockstar Book Tours and Holiday House for the complimentary copy for the book tour.

Content and trigger warning: bullying, same sex parents.

Blade of Ash by C.F.E. Black Tour

14 Apr, 2022 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

Blade of Ash by C.F.E. Black Tour

Blade of Ash

on January 25th 2022
Format: Hardcover
four-stars
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The only way to beat death is to chase it.

Newly crowned, Red blames one person for his father’s murder: the secret sorceress sworn to protect the king.

Alyana Barron, Royal Sorcerer to the throne of Tandera, fears her magic is weakening.

When Red is cursed, his life entwines with Aly’s in ways neither of them expected. Together, they chase after a cure that will heal the king and restore her magic, but the closer they get to a cure, the nearer they step toward death, for the path to the cure is as dangerous as the curse itself.

Blade of Ash is the first in a new, epic YA fantasy series perfect for fans of enemies-to-lovers romance packed full of royal intrigue, legends, and plenty of ballgowns. If you like female bodyguards and forced proximity with life-and-death stakes... this story is for you!

Review

Red has inherited the kingdom after his father is killed by a curse. His royal protector Aly has remained invisible in his life until now, and Red feels she is to blame. There are new responsibilities to take on, the king and sorceress are grieving, and both of their magic seems to be weakening. The source of the magic is a truthwell. Lies and distorted truth weakens the power while truth feeds it. I loved this unique system. There were several moments through the storyline where both Red and Aly have to learn to put aside what their brain is telling them to instead rely on hope, and on the magic they can strengthen by working together.

Blade of Ash is a clean YA fantasy adventure with an underlying theme of putting aside fear and relying on another. There were moments in the world building that reminded me of the Shadow and Bone trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I’m a fan and now that I know there’s a prequel, as well as a series, there’s more to add to my pile of future reads. This is a series I will be watching as it has a positive message and a wonderful set of strong characters.

Thanks to Prism Book Tours and the author for the complimentary copy for the tour.

Content: clean, mild violence, grief

About the Author

C. F. E. Black loves to get swept away in books, both reading and writing them. When she’s not writing or chasing her son, she’s teaching high schoolers and trying her best to be a light in their lives. She lives in beautiful north Alabama with her superhero husband, sons, and fur-family. Connect with her and find free stories at http://www.cfeblack.com.

A MOST UNUSUAL DUKE by Susanna Allen Tour and Giveaway

12 Apr, 2022 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

Fire and Ice is hosting a spot on the A MOST UNUSUAL DUKE by Susanna Allen Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours.

 

About The Book:

Title: A MOST UNUSUAL DUKE (Shapeshifters of the Beau Monde #2)

Author: Susanna Allen

Pub. Date: December 28, 2021

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca

Formats: Paperback, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 288

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, Audible, B&NiBooks, KoboTBD, Bookshop.org

Bridgerton meets Werewolves Within in this sparkling shapeshifter Regency romance mixed with humor, steamy chemistry, and fantasy.

The Duke said he’d never get married…

The Prince Regent insists his cousin and fellow bear shifter, Arthur Humphries, the Duke of Osborn, take a mate to ensure the continuation of their species. After all, Arthur is an Alpha, so he must set a good example. The duke would very much prefer to continue his comfortable bachelor lifestyle, but the Prince Regent is not a bear to be poked.

Beatrice, the widowed Marchioness of Castleton, is in possession of a powerful secret. She knows all about Shifters, her horrible late husband being one of them. At any moment, Beatrice could reveal the secrets of the Prince and those like him—unless the Prince can make sure she marries another Shifter.

A marriage between the Duke of Osborn and Beatrice is far from ideal for either one, but at least they won’t fall in love…right?

Witty, fantastical, and entirely unique, A Most Unusual Duke is perfect for readers looking for:

• A delicious Regency romp with a paranormal twist
• A devilishly handsome Alpha hero
• A marriage of convenience
• A magical world to sink your teeth into

Reviews:

“Allen continues to make this unusual genre mash-up sing.” ― Publishers Weekly

“Susanna Allen Writer’s writing is SO GOOD. It sucked me right in. I think you’ll love it, too.”- Julia Quinn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Bridgerton series.

 


Grab all 3 books in the Shapeshifters of the Beau Monde series now!

 

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REVIEW: A Most Unusual Duke is book two in the Shapeshifters of the Beau Monde Series. Arthur Humphries, the Duke of Osborn is a cantankerous shifter who gets called in to court by the Regent, his cousin Georgie. Also present is a widow, the Marchioness of Castleton. She has been under the protection of the Regent for knowing too much about the customs and brand of species which rules the Beau Mode. The Duke of Osborn and Beatrice are forced into a union to strengthen and continue the line. Neither ever planned to marry, both are adverse to the arrangement, but the Duke needs financial and emotional backing and Beatrice needs protection. A mash up of Regency era romance and paranormal shapeshifters, this book is unique. The pacing is a bit slow and the language formal, so it takes some getting used to. There’s also a complicated secret structure to the animal society and flowery prose, so pacing doesn’t pick up until about three quarters fo the way though the book. When it finally does, I enjoyed the relationship between the two main characters. I wish Beatrice were a little bit less frosty and more playful. She comes across as competent and independent, which is fantastic, but it makes her seem older and cold as her character later arcs toward a carefree woman in love. I liked the the book addresses familial loyalty, especially the scenes where the surrounding Dukes and the Regent come together to fight a threat to their lineage. I also enjoyed the little bits and pieces we see of the Duke of Osborn’s true personality. When he shifts into his bear, hesitancy fades away. I’m glad the roaming extended family moves in and adds snippets of humor. Unlike anything I’ve recently read! Thanks Sourcebooks Casablanca for the complimentary advanced reading copy for review.

 

About Susanna Allen:

Susanna Allen…

… moved to Ireland for twelve months — in 1998. Having gained a Master of Philosophy in Irish Theatre Studies from the Samuel Beckett Centre, Trinity College, she embarked on a career in theatre criticism, eventually moving into feature writing on all things cultural, as well as lifestyle-oriented subjects for major Irish titles across newsprint and magazines. 

Writing as Susan Conley, she is the author of Drama Queen and The Fidelity Project, both published by Headline UK, and the soon-to-be republished That

Magic Mischief. Her memoir, Many Brave Fools: A Story of Addiction, Dysfunction, Codependency… and Horses is published by Trafalgar Square Books and recounts the growth and insights she acquired after having taken up horse riding as an adult, post-divorce.

Susan is living her life by the three Rs: reading, writing and horseback riding, and can generally be found on her sofa with her e-reader; gazing out a window and thinking about made-up people; or cantering around in circles. She loves every minute of it!

 

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Giveaway Details:

2 winners will receive a finished copy of A MOST UNUSUAL DUKE, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

4/4/2022

Books a Plenty Book Reviews

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4/4/2022

Fyrekatz Blog

Review

4/5/2022

The Reading Devil

Guest Post/IG Post

4/5/2022

More Books Please blog

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4/6/2022

@theheavycrownreads

Review

4/6/2022

BookHounds

Guest Post/IG Post

4/7/2022

A Court of Coffee and Books

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4/7/2022

Sadie’s Spotlight

Excerpt/IG Post

4/8/2022

Owl Abridged

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4/8/2022

Angel’s Guilty Pleasures

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Week Two:

4/11/2022

Quill Tree Fox

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4/11/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

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4/12/2022

Nagma | TakeALookAtMyBookshelf

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4/12/2022

Fire and Ice

Review

4/13/2022

Eli to the nth

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4/13/2022

Two Points of Interest

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4/14/2022

The Momma Spot

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4/14/2022

@jypsylynn

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4/15/2022

onemused

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4/15/2022

Rajiv’s Reviews

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