Battle of the Bullies by Fenyx Blue Tour and Giveaway

09 Jun, 2021 by in ya 1 comment

 

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the BATTLE OF THE BULLIES by Fenyx Blue Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours.

 

About the Book:

Title: BATTLE OF THE BULLIES

Author: Fenyx Blue

Pub. Date: October 28, 2020

Publisher: Wisdom Works

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 313

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindle, TBD, Bookshop.org

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Ebony, Eris, and Emani Robertson have been through so much more than most high school freshmen. When they were younger, they survived a school shooting that killed their friend and left their oldest sister unable to speak. After giving homeschooling a try, they enroll in a promising new academy, hoping for the best.The Robertsons soon discover, however, that their new classmates are anything but kind. A mysterious group of bullies known as the Dimes rules the hallways and spreads fear everywhere they go. All three sisters end up being targets of the gang and have to find a way to defend themselves.The triplets couldn’t be more different, but their loyalty to each other and to their school never fails. Along with diverse group of friends, the Robertsons do everything they can to uncover the identity of the Dimes and restore order to the school.As if their lives weren’t complicated enough, they also get sucked in to a much bigger game—discovering who was responsible for the attack on their old school. Can they bring down the Dimes and bring the murderer to justice, all while trying to make it through ninth grade?

Praise for BATTLE OF THE BULLIES:
“Bullying is a topic that needs to continue to be discussed, and I’m so happy to see these types of stories being written. This was an interesting mix of high school drama, bullying, and sisterly relationships.”―
She Just Loves Books


“As someone who dealt with many bullies in school, I was a little nervous about reading this, but knew I needed to. I honestly wish I’d been able to read this book back then. It might be a young adult book, but it has a depth and complexity to it that I wasn’t expecting. Bullies, racism, friendship, love, and family populate this story. I highly recommend this to any teens struggling with bullies and to anyone who has dealt with them in the past.” ―Goodreads Review

“Tackling violence in schools is a challenge, but Battle of the Bullies does so with strong, optimistic characters that embrace life a refuse to take a back seat in conflict.” ―A Dream Within A Dream

 

Review: Battle of the Bullies characters are new to their school and refuse to back down under threats or intimidation. Sisters take on school sports, school government and a gang called the dimes head on. I loved that they had concrete ideas like cameras in the bus, accomodations for disabled students and learning the school’s anti-bullying policy. Hopefully, students and readers will glean some of the bravery the sisters and their circle of friends show in standing up against fear of retaliation. Content: There are definite triggers for bullying, harrassment and peer verbal abuse.

About Fenyx Blue:

If author Fenyx Blue actually had a tattoo, it would be a heart. Ms. Blue has written every book with love. Blue is a teacher, coach, mentor, and motivational speaker focused on women and youth empowerment. She has written a young adult novel about bullying entitled Who Failed Johnny?, a poetry book about purpose named The Blue Ink Movement, and a children’s book about the power of a solid father daughter relationship called Worth the Weight.

Fenyx believes in service to the community. After being chosen as teacher of the year for her school district, she continued to mentor teenagers and facilitate discussions about controversial topics like drugs, sex, violence, cyberbullying and mental health. She has been a guest poet for several women’s retreats and workshops and loves the energy she receives from a live audience.

Throughout her years as an educator and youth ministry leader, Blue created Team Bully-Free Forever, a poetry team for her school, and a mentoring group called D.I.V.A.S to address the needs of young people. She is dedicated to teaching the next generation to follow their dreams and feels it is her mission to equip them for the future. Ms. Fenyx Blue is a proud mother of three beautiful children who inspire her to write each day.

You can follow Ms. Fenyx Blue @FenyxBlueInk on Instagram and Youtube.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will win a $10 Amazon GC, International.

1 winner will win a $10 Starbucks GC, International.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

5/17/2021

Drunk On Pop

Excerpt

5/18/2021

Jill Piscitello

Excerpt

5/19/2021

YA Books Central

Pre-made Guest Post

5/20/2021

Living in a Bookworld

Pre-made Guest Post

5/21/2021

Rajiv’s Reviews

Review

5/22/2021

BookHounds YA

Interview

 Week Two:

5/23/2021

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt

5/24/2021

Haunted By Books

Review

5/25/2021

Lifestyle of Me

Review

5/26/2021

The Reading Wordsmith

Review

5/27/2021

Lady Hawkeye

Pre-made Guest Post

5/28/2021

Fyrekatz Blog

Review

5/29/2021

Chrikaru Reads

Review

 Week Three:

5/30/2021

Midnightbooklover

IG Spotlight

5/31/2021

whatissheupto

Review

6/1/2021

Diary Of A Bookgirl

Review

6/2/2021

Here’s to Happy Endings

Review

6/3/2021

Jenguerdy

Review

6/4/2021

Momfluenster

Review

6/5/2021

Jaime’s World

Excerpt

Week Four:

6/6/2021

The Keysmash Blog

Review

6/7/2021

Musing of Souls

Review

6/8/2021

Amani’s Reviews

Review

6/9/2021

Fire & Ice

Review

6/10/2021

two points of interest

Review

6/11/2021

@pagesofyellow

Review


Living Scriptures Line Upon Line and Free Month Giveaway

08 Jun, 2021 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

LIVING SCRIPTURES ANNOUNCES SEASON TWO OF ‘LINE UPON LINE’

-Animated series augments the ‘Come Follow Me’ curriculum –

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Living Scriptures, the well-known producer and distributor of animated, scripture-based stories, recently announced its popular animated series ‘Line Upon Line’ is in production on its second season. ‘Line Upon Line’ was produced a resource for families in teaching The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ‘Come Follow Me’ at-home gospel study curriculum. The Utah Film Commission recently awarded Living Scriptures a Community Film Incentive Program grant to help support the production. 

“We are truly grateful to the Utah Film Commission for their support of our first original production, ‘Line Upon Line,’” said Matt Brown, CEO of Living Scriptures. “It’s a dream come true for Living Scriptures to again be producing animation, especially using local artists, here from Utah. Our state has such amazing artistic talent, and we are thrilled to be growing our talent locally. Our new and veteran animators and illustrators absolutely love this project, and assuredly it will continue to be our most watched series.”

Season one of ‘Line Upon Line’ has become the most viewed series on the Living Scriptures streaming service which has experienced unprecedented growth. Its streaming service has grown by nearly 60 percent over the past few months and is now available on eight different streaming devices and services, including Roku, Chromecast, AppleTV, Kindle Fire, FireTV, Android, and more. 

“Now, more than ever, it is crucial to keep our home centered in Jesus Christ,” stated Brown. “And our mission is to fortify your home in Jesus Christ through fun and uplifting movies and shows, as well as help people of all ages study and understand the Scriptures.” 

Living Scriptures adds new content weekly, including animated scripture stories, Latter-day Saint produced comedies and dramas, church-produced documentaries, inspirational films, values-based children’s shows and much more. It currently offers over 1,000 titles, including family-friendly films, videos and other content – both produced by Living Scriptures and by other media producers. As part of its mission, Living Scriptures is always searching for filmmakers to support in producing and marketing family-friendly content.  

ABOUT LIVING SCRIPTURES

Living Scriptures is a small, privately owned Utah corporation situated at the base of the lovely Wasatch front of the Rocky Mountains, across from Ogden’s Weber State University. Living Scriptures Streaming is dedicated to bringing you uplifting family media you can watch anywhere, anytime. We invite you to learn more about our mission and our company.

CFM Family Home Evening Lessons: (https://www.livingscriptures.com/fhe-lessons/)”These lessons are perfect for Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, or to recap the following Sunday. Or use portions of the lesson throughout the week to enhance your family scripture study.”

Review

Our family has been streaming Living Scriptures over the last month and has enjoyed the variety of Come Follow Me Resources, especially the animated options. For our Preschooler, we have used Owlegories and Latter Day Kids videos. We also watch the weekly news reels offered by Living Scriptures to catch the latest updates around the globe. Highly recommended to augment study and for clean entertainment options!

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Bound By A Ring and A Secret by Jennifer Faye Tour and Giveaway

07 Jun, 2021 by in Uncategorized 1 comment

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Bound by a Ring and a Secret
(Wedding Bells at Lake Como #1)
By Jennifer Faye
Contemporary Romance
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 175 Pages
May 25, 2021 by Harlequin Romance

A mistaken identity…
…a proposal that changes everything!

Photographer Gianna is done with men. Retreating to her villa on the shore of Lake Como, Gianna is stunned to find gorgeous Dario renting her house! When Dario is mistaken for her long-gone fiancé, they realize a fake engagement could solve problems for them both. Pretending to be in love should be easy, but what happens when very real feelings start to grow?

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About the Author


Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards.


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Review

The first thing I noticed about this book was the design. In print, it is a pocket sized, larger print format with a bright cover and flexible pages. I loved reading the smaller book as it was easy to hold and turn the pages. Simple choice by the publisher which made it fun! The content makes this one an unforgettable summer read set in an Italian villa. Two main characters show their points of view. Gianna is exhausted from camping in tents and roughing it as a film crew member for a movie star who is high maintenance and has just dumped her. She shows up to her town to be greeted by a dog she doesn’t know, but who seems to know her house. Dario is a business executive helping to run his family business, trying to break away on a writer’s retreat in a rented villa. All he wants is some peace and quiet to crank out book two in a best selling series, but gets much more than he bargained for.

I couldn’t put this one down! There is so much spunk in the storyline. Dario’s business reminded me of Shilling or McCormick spices in the U.S. and the inner working put some achievement oriented distance in his familial relationships. Gianna is patient as he cranks past writer’s block. Bound by a Ring and a Promise hooked me fro the first page and makes a wonderful escape. Thanks to the author and publisher for the complimentary copy and my first read of Summer!

Content: Fade to black love scene, mention of sex.

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CURSE OF THE SPECTER QUEEN by Jenny Elder Moke Tour and Giveaway

01 Jun, 2021 by in Uncategorized 1 comment

Fire and Ice is hosting today’s stop on the CURSE OF THE SPECTER QUEEN by  Jenny Elder Moke Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours.

 

About the Book:

Title: CURSE OF THE SPECTER QUEEN (A Samantha Knox Novel Volume 1)

Author: Jenny Elder Moke

Pub. Date: June 1, 2021

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 352

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindle, AudibleB&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org

A female Indiana Jones meets Tomb Raider when Samantha Knox receives a mysterious field diary and finds herself thrust into a treacherous plot. After stealing a car and jumping on a train, chased by a group of dangerous pursuers, Sam finds out what’s so special about this book: it contains a cipher that leads to a cursed jade statue that could put an end to all mankind.

MAY THE HAZEL BRING YOU WISDOM AND THE ASPEN GUIDE AND PROTECT YOU…

Samantha Knox put away her childish fantasies of archaeological adventure the day her father didn’t return home from the Great War, retreating to the safety of the antique bookshop where she works. But when a mysterious package arrives with a damaged diary inside, Sam’s peaceful life is obliterated. Ruthless men intent on reclaiming the diary are after Sam, setting her and her best friend, along with her childhood crush, on a high-stakes adventure that lands them in the green hills outside Dublin, Ireland. Here they discover an ancient order with a dark purpose – to perform an occult ritual that will raise the Specter Queen, the Celtic goddess of vengeance and death, to bring about a war unlike any the world has ever seen. To stop them, Sam must solve a deviously complex cipher – one that will lead her on a treasure hunt to discover the ancient relic at the heart of the ritual: a bowl carved from the tree of life. Will she find the bowl and stop the curse of the Specter Queen, or will the ancient order bring about the end of the world?

Indiana Jones gets a refresh with this female-driven mystery adventure, set in the 1920s, full of ciphers, ancient relics, and heart-stopping action – the first in a brand-new series!

Advance praise for CURSE OF THE SPECTER QUEEN:
“Pure fun from start to finish. Curse of the Specter Queen is a delightful historical romp, riddled with cryptic puzzles, hints of romance, and an adventurous cast of characters. An ideal escape for fans of curses, magic, and mystery.”—Stephanie Garber, #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Caravel series

“This lush, high-stakes, adventure tale has it all—a rollicking plot, a sweet slow burn of a romance, and a heroine on an epic journey filled with ciphers, curses, and twists that kept me guessing at every turn. A delightful read from start to finish, Curse of the Specter Queen is one of my new favorites.”—Alyson Noël, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Immortals 

“Apocalyptic curses, blood-chilling demons, and a centuries-old treasure hunt with a brilliant bookish heroine. Curse of the Spector Queen had me feverishly turning pages until I finally arrived at the epic conclusion.”—Livia Blackburne, New York Times best-selling author of Rosemarked and Midnight Thief

 


About  Jenny Elder Moke:

Jenny Elder Moke writes young adult fiction in an attempt to recapture the shining infinity of youth. She worked for several years at an independent publisher in Austin, TX before realizing she would rather write the manuscripts than read them. She is a member of the Texas Writer’s League and has studied children’s writing with Liz Garton Scanlon. She was a finalist in the Austin Film Festival Fiction Podcast Competition in 2017 for her podcast script, Target. When she is not writing, she’s gathering story ideas from her daily adventures with her two irredeemable rapscallions and honing her ninja skills as a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Jenny lives in Denver, CO with her husband and two children.

 

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of CURSE OF THE SPECTER QUEEN, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

6/1/2021

Fire and Ice

Excerpt

6/2/2021

Lisa Loves Literature

Review

6/3/2021

YA Books Central

Excerpt

6/4/2021

Jazzy Book Reviews

Excerpt

6/5/2021

Rajiv’s Reviews

Review

Week Two:

6/6/2021

The Reading Wordsmith

Review

6/7/2021

Kait Plus Books

Excerpt

6/8/2021

A Court of Coffee and Books

Review

6/9/2021

The Bookwyrm’s Den

Review

6/10/2021

Stuck in the Stacks

Review

6/11/2021

Do You Dog-ear?

Review

6/12/2021

Christen Krumm

Review

Week Three:

6/13/2021

What A Nerd Girl Says

Review

6/14/2021

Nay’s Pink Bookshelf

Review

6/15/2021

Thindbooks Blog

Review

6/16/2021

History from a Woman’s Perspective

Review

6/17/2021

Emelie’s Books

Review

6/18/2021

Eli to the nth

Review

6/19/2021

@fictitious.fox

Review

Week Four:

6/20/2021

Books Are Magic Too

Review

6/21/2021

Star-Crossed Book Blog

Review

6/22/2021

Book-Keeping

Review

6/23/2021

The Momma Spot

Review

6/24/2021

The Book View

Review

6/25/2021

Momfluenster

Review

6/26/2021

onemused

Review

Week Five:

6/27/2021

Book Briefs

Review

6/28/2021

Always Me

Review

6/29/2021

The Book Review Crew

Review

6/30/2021

celiamcmahonreads

Review

 


Excerpt


Chapter One
Sam let the first door chime go unanswered, occupied as she was with the stack of delicate books cradled in her arms. The second chime earned a grunt of displeasure from her as she scanned the shelves for the first edition of John Locke’s An Essay Concerning Human Understanding she had repaired last week. She spotted it, tucked safely between Kant and Machiavelli. The third chime rang so insistently that she tipped the book forward too hard and it dropped to the floor with an ominous crack.
“Oh dear,” she said, crouching down to retrieve the book. “Mr. Locke, I apologize. And I swear to you if it’s the butcher’s boys again, I will take the broad side of his cleaver to their rear ends myself.”
The spine appeared unmarred, which was more than Sam could say for her disposition as she stacked the book on top of the others and jostled to a standing position. She tottered to the front of the shop and set them down on the desk. In the window stood the rounded figure of Clement’s postman, his face pressed to the glass and obscuring the gold lettering across the door. She checked off each book on her inventory list, letting him freeze in the early January snows of rural Illinois, before crossing to the door and unlocking it. A blast of cold drove it open like an unwanted guest.
“Yes, Georgie, what is it you need?” she asked, shivering back from the chill.
“Got your mail,” Georgie huffed, bustling past her to drop his sack on the desk. He trod in drifts of snow across her pristine carpet and she swept the more offensive piles back out the door as she swung it shut.
“That’s why I had the package drop put in, Georgie,” Sam said.
“So you can leave them in a protected box without them getting soaked by the melting snow you’re tracking in.”
“It’s colder than a brass toilet seat in the arctic out there,” Georgie replied, leaning against his mailbag like he planned to stay. He peered into the stacks behind Sam. “It’s toasty in here, though. Must be nice for you, being tucked up in this place all day.”
“We keep the temperature stable for the books,” Sam said, her patient tone fraying at the edges. She had plenty to do before her long walk home in that same snow, and she couldn’t do it as long as Georgie was here chewing the cud. “Extreme heat and cold damage the leather. You said you had my mail?”
“Oh, sure.” Georgie ducked his head into the thick canvas sack. “Couple of these are too big, wouldn’t fit through the slot.”
Sam was sure his bell ringing had far more to do with the warm interior of the shop than with any oversize packages, but it was too late for that. Here he was already, invading her space and upending the careful equilibrium she maintained. He didn’t care that there was the rest of the inventory list to get to, plus the packages to prepare and send to Mr. Peltingham in London and Mr. Burnham in Oslo, never mind the repairs to the copy of Medieval Remedies for Cistercian Monks they had received at the shop last week. She didn’t have time for Georgie Heath and the trail of muddy snow he dragged everywhere.
He pulled a small collection of boxes from his sack—none of them, as Sam suspected, too large for the mail slot—with an exotic array of stamps across the front. Sam’s heart rate picked up when she spotted Mr. Studen’s scrawled handwriting. He always had the best finds in Paris. She grabbed her letter opener and sliced through the thick paper.
“Books,” Georgie said, in the same tone his father used when talking about the neighbor’s marauding hogs. “Always books, isn’t it?”
“Yes,” Sam said with a happy little sigh, extracting Mr. Studen’s letter along with his latest find. “We are a bookshop, Georgie.”
Oh, clever Mr. Studen. She smiled at the first few lines of introduction, a jumble of letters and pictographic marks. He’d sent her another cryptogram, with a small note dashed at the top that read I’m sure to stump you this time.
He wasn’t, but she appreciated the challenge.
Georgie gave a snort. “I don’t know what we need with a bookshop here in Clement, anyhow. We’ve already got a library.”
“A collection of old family bibles does not count as a library,” Sam said, reaching for a pencil and paper. It looked to be a straightforward monoalphabetic cipher despite the distraction of the pictographic marks, but she didn’t want to underestimate Mr. Studen so quickly.
Georgie shrugged. “I was happy enough to give that stuff up the second I walked out of Mrs. Iris’s schoolroom for good.”
“Madame Iris,” Sam corrected.
“Madame,” Georgie said in a gross mockery of the French madame’s accent. “Pa says a book is only good for propping open a door or knocking a fella out.”
“Well I would expect no less from the man who led a town-wide protest when Mr. Steeling hired a Frenchwoman to teach at the schoolhouse,” Sam murmured, making a list of the most frequent letter appearances and the most common letter groupings in the cipher. Georgie craned his neck around, squinting at Mr. Studen’s neat handwriting.
“What is that?” he asked. “Some kind of gibberish?”
“It’s a cipher,” Sam said. “A code. It’s meant to keep a message hidden.”
The last word she said pointedly, looking up at the intrusion of his person on her space. If Georgie noticed her intention—which Sam was positive he did not—he didn’t do anything to resolve it. Instead he scooted in closer, wrinkling up his nose like his father’s prize hog.
“Well, how do you know what it says?” Georgie asked.
“You need a key,” Sam murmured, writing out a few attempts at the letters she thought she might have deduced.
“Do you have the key?”
“No.”
“Well then how do you know what it says?”
Sam let out a sigh. “I don’t, Georgie. Not yet. I have to decrypt it, which would be much easier to do without so much distracting chatter.”
Georgie rocked back. “I get it, this is like those things you and Jo and Bennett used to do, out at the Manor, right? Those treasure hunts you’d make up.”
“We didn’t make them up, Mr. Steeling did,” Sam said, setting down her pencil and folding the letter closed along with her deciphering attempts, away from Georgie’s prying eyes. “And I haven’t done those in years, not since we were children.”
Georgie shrugged. “Maybe you and Joana can put one up now that she’s in Clement again.”
Sam drew back. “Jo’s in town?”
“Yeah, didn’t you know it? I figured she would have come to see you straightaway. You were the only one she ever bothered with. Maybe she’s too good for you now, too, after being at that fancy academy in Chicago.”
Joana Steeling was back in Clement and she hadn’t come to see Sam. So, she was still mad about the fight. Sam had tried so many times to explain why she couldn’t go to the academy with Joana—first in person, and after Joana left, through half-finished letters—but Joana couldn’t understand. It was so easy for her, the heiress of the Steeling fortune, to spend late nights in shady speakeasies flirting with the boys, getting into and out of trouble. But Sam could never live like that. Most likely Joana had found her people at Marquart Academy. It didn’t surprise her that Joana had moved on, but it did surprise her how much it hurt hearing about it from Georgie Heath.
“If you see Jo, tell her we’re out at the old barn most nights, me and Pete and the gang,” Georgie said, oblivious to Sam’s discomfort. “They might have those swanky speakeasies up in Chicago, but nobody’s calling the G-men on us. We do what we want, all night if we want it.”
“Sounds a dream,” Sam said tiredly. “But I’ve got work to do, if there’s nothing else.”
“Oh, right, got your newspaper here,” he said, ducking back into the bag and pulling out a copy of the Chicago Daily News. Sam’s attention snagged on a small headline tucked into the right corner of the front page: TUT OPERATIONS RESUMED.
“The curse of the mummy has been lifted,” she murmured, leaning closer to read the rest of the article.
“Are they still writing about that thing?” Georgie asked, glancing at the paper. “The grave or whatever?”
“Yes, they’re still writing about the tomb of Tutankhamen,” Sam said dryly. “It’s the greatest archaeological discovery of our time.”
Georgie waved her off. “I don’t see any point in all that old stuff, who cares? They’re all dead anyway.”
Sam had no intention of explaining the historical significance of Howard Carter’s recent discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb. No one in Clement would understand, except her boss, Mr. Steeling. He shared Sam’s fascination with all things ancient and lost. He spent much of his time traveling overseas to exotic places like Greece to join archaeological excavations. Places she would only ever read about in the Daily News. She snapped the paper closed and placed it on the desk, looking at Georgie expectantly.
“Well, I suppose that’s all,” Georgie said, gazing forlornly out at the brutal white of the main street of Clement.
“Yes, well, enjoy your evening in the barn with the other boys,” Sam said, picking up his sack and putting it on his shoulder, using the movement to push the rest of him toward the front door. They both squinted against the cold wind that burst through the opening.
“All right, all right, I’m off,” Georgie said, the winter wind turning him chapped and irritable again. “You tell Jo—”
“Will do, thank you, Georgie,” Sam said, swinging the door shut and throwing the dead bolt.
She took a deep, cleansing breath of the temperature-controlled interior of the store, the soft scent of the oiled leather covers restoring her sense of self, before turning her attention to the stack of recent arrivals. Her eagerness to discover new friends outweighed her obligation to the packaging list or the pang in her gut about Joana returning home and not coming to see her.
She had just begun to sort the packages when a smaller one slipped out from the press of the others, the paper soiled and the corner torn away. It looked as if it had been through a monsoon, the writing so faded it was a wonder Georgie had known where to deliver it at all. And judging by the various interpretations of the address scribbled across the front, she wasn’t sure the bookshop had been the package’s first delivery attempt. How long had it been in the system, knocked from one place to the other, before it got to her? There was no return address. She held it up, a small puff of dry earth sifting onto the desk.
“What a terrible journey you’ve been through,” she tutted. “Let’s get you fixed up.”
She carried the package to the repair room in the back. The work lamp there glowing a bluish white. A humidifier hummed beside it, giving the occasional ping in the relative silence. She sat at the worktable and opened the package. A little avalanche of dust and desiccated plant parts came sliding out along with the enclosed item.
The book was small, barely larger than her hand, the cover in such disrepair that Sam feared it would disintegrate if she so much as gave it a stern look. She had seen plenty of books in a variety of conditions since she started working at Steeling’s Rare Antiquities, but this had to be the worst state of deterioration she’d ever witnessed. It looked as if the book had been buried in someone’s back field and dug up by a stray goat.
“Who would do such a thing to you?” she wondered, her chest aching at the violence the book had encountered on its journey. “Well, whatever ills have befallen you, you’re safe here now.”
There was nothing in the package to indicate where it had come from, no letter of provenance or introduction from a buyer explaining what the book was or why they had sent it. The mystery of it had her pulling out her tools, for the moment abandoning the other new arrivals. She took her brush and went to work, tilting it up to sweep softly along the outside edges, collecting a tidy pile of earth and sediment.
Already she knew it would need a rest in the humidifier to loosen up the pages and hopefully restore the faded writing within. Once she had sufficiently cleaned the outside, she began her preliminary inspection of the interior. The pages were so waterlogged she could hardly pry them apart, but with the aid of a scalpel and a level of patience bordering on stubbornness, she managed to loosen one enough to pull it open.
The writing was, as she suspected, faded and illegible in many places, but that wasn’t what drew her attention to the book. It was the hasty sketch of a cat on the open page, the graphite strokes thick and dark and tearing through the paper in some places. She could even see smudges where the lead must have broken. Whoever drew this cat must have had very strong feelings about it.
Except that, the longer she stared at the image, the less it actually looked like a cat. At least, not like any ordinary house cat. The proportions were all wrong—the ears too sharp and pointed, almost like horns; the jaw too long and narrow, more fitted to a dog. And then there were the eyes. They were nothing more than blank page, but the longer she stared, the more they seemed to burn, two desolate holes radiating a promise of danger. Awareness prickled down her legs and across her arms, as if a wayward slip of icy January wind had found its way into the shop. But it wasn’t the wind. It was the way the cat kept staring, even when she slid the book aside. Those sightless eyes were on her, always on her, and in a fit of fear she slammed the cover shut.
“Don’t be such a fool,” Sam muttered, though she made no attempt to open it again. “It’s only an old book. What’s the harm?”
Georgie was putting her on. He must be. This was exactly the kind of prank he and Pete and the other boys would pull back in Madame Iris’s schoolroom. Leaving notes with rude poems, knowing she would mistake them for clues to a new treasure hunt at Steeling Manor, the hunts Mr. Steeling created for his children and Sam. They must be bored to tears after the last snowstorm, getting pickled out there in his father’s barn every night. They were probably watching through the front window, waiting to see her come tearing out of there screaming.
But there was nothing at the door save the whistle of the winter wind and the last rays of a dying sun. The darkness looming outside made the malevolence emanating from the book so much worse, and Sam was acutely aware of how alone she was just then. She hovered in the doorway of the workroom, not wanting to come any closer to the odd little book.
“What are you?” she whispered.
But whatever secrets the book had, it held them as tightly as the dust wedged into its pages. Sam chewed at one corner of her lip, weighing her options. She could try to chase down Georgie, force the book back on him, and make him deliver it out to Steeling Manor. But the shop was the last stop on his route; he was probably halfway back to the barn by now, and halfway into a flask of his awful bathtub gin. The boy could be surprisingly agile when getting away from work. She could leave it until the next time Mr. Steeling came by to check on the new arrivals, but that could be weeks from now and Sam didn’t want it hanging around.
No, there was nothing for it. She would have to deliver it to Steeling Manor herself. Which meant facing her fears, and potentially her former best friend.
“Oh, Sammy girl, what have you gotten yourself into?” she sighed, tucking the book into her satchel and pulling the strap across her chest like a battle shield.

ON THE WAY TO BIRDLAND by Frank Morelli Tour and Giveaway

31 May, 2021 by in Uncategorized 1 comment

 

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the ON THE WAY TO BIRDLAND by Frank Morelli Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About the Book:

Title: ON THE WAY TO BIRDLAND

Author: Frank Morelli

Pub. Date: June 8, 2021

Publisher: Fish Out of Water Books

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 300

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, B&N, TBD, Bookshop.org

Self-proclaimed teenage philosopher Cordell Wheaton lives in a sleepy, southern town where nothing ever happens; not since his hero, jazz musician John Coltrane, left some seventy years earlier to “follow the sound.” Cordy’s life has been unraveling since the night his father and his brother, Travis, exploded on each other. The night Travis’s addiction transformed him from budding musician into something entirely different. The night Travis took his saxophone and disappeared. When Cordy’s father falls ill, the sixteen-year-old vows to reunite the Wheaton family. He embarks on a modern-day odyssey with forty bucks in his pocket and a dream to find his brother and convince him to be Travis again—by taking him to a show at Birdland Jazz Club in New York City, and reminding him of the common bonds they share with their legendary hero. Cordy’s journey is soon haunted by ghostly visions, traumatic dreams, and disembodied voices that echo through his mind. He starts to wonder if the voices are those of the fates, guiding him toward his destiny—or if he’s losing his grip on reality.

Praise for ON THE WAY TO BIRDLAND:
“Engrossing story and sympathetic characters. Morelli…makes it worth the trip.”—Booklist

“With a haunting secret, a brave journey and fascinating characters, On the Way to Birdland will remind readers that when you take a giant step into the unfamiliar, you might just find yourself.” —Joelle Charbonneau, New York Times Best Selling author of VERIFY and DISCLOSE

On the Way to Birdland is a work of tremendous heart.  It sings with the joys and pains of family, hope, and impossible dreams.  A must read for everyone trying to find their way back to what matters most.”—Adrienne Kisner, Author of DEAR RACHEL MADDOW, THE CONFUSION OF LAUREL GRAHAM, and SIX ANGRY GIRLS

“Listening to and believing in our fears keeps away from a life we wish for. On the Way to Birdland shows us what’s possible when we listen to something else.”—Angelo Surmelis, author of THE DANGEROUS ART OF BLENDING IN

“With balance, beats, and rhythm, this heartfelt coming-of-age story is bridged together like a Coltrane riff under Frank Morelli’s skillful hand. ON THE WAY TO BIRDLAND and its cast of diverse, fully fleshed-out characters are now included among My Favorite Things.” Brenda Rufener, Author of SINCE WE LAST SPOKE and WHERE I LIVE

“A classic tale of choice and chance, with more twists than a Virginia mountain road, On the Way to Birdland is a guide to finding your true self by accepting that you are ‘completely destructible…desperate not to get destroyed.’” —Valerie Nieman, author of TO THE BONES and BACKWATER (Fitzroy, 2022)

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About Frank Morelli:

Frank Morelli is the author of the young adult novel, No Sad Songs (2018), a YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers nominee and winner of an American Fiction Award for best coming of age story. The first book in his debut middle grade series, Please Return To: Norbert M. Finkelstein (2019) is a Book Excellence Award finalist and provides young readers with a roadmap to end bullying. His fiction and essays have been featured in various publications including The Saturday Evening Post, Cobalt Review, Philadelphia Stories, and Highlights Magazine.

A Philadelphia native, Morelli now resides in High Point, NC with a brilliant illustrator and his fur babies. Connect with him on Twitter @frankmoewriter and on Instagram @frankmorelliauthor.


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3 winners will receive a finished copy of ON THE WAY TO BIRDLAND, US Only.


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5/24/2021

Rockstar Book Tours

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5/25/2021

Two Chicks on Books

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5/26/2021

Jaime’s World

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5/27/2021

Jaimerockstarbooktours

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5/28/2021

YA Books Central

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5/31/2021

Fire and Ice

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6/1/2021

Living in a Bookworld

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6/2/2021

Rajiv’s Reviews

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6/3/2021

@pagesofyellow

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6/4/2021

@barbs_bookland

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6/7/2021

Sj_bookshelf

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6/8/2021

The Keysmash Blog

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6/9/2021

Dorky Girl and Skeletor

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6/10/2021

The Obsessed Reader

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6/11/2021

Lady Hawkeye

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6/14/2021

I’m Shelfish

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6/15/2021

A Dream Within A Dream

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6/16/2021

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

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6/17/2021

For the Love of KidLit

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6/18/2021

The Momma Spot

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Made in Korea by Sarah Suk

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Made in Korea by Sarah Suk

Made in Korea

on May 18th 2021
Pages: 352
Format: ARC
three-half-stars
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rankly in Love meets Shark Tank in this feel-good romantic comedy about two entrepreneurial Korean American teens who butt heads—and maybe fall in love—while running competing Korean beauty businesses at their high school.

There’s nothing Valerie Kwon loves more than making a good sale. Together with her cousin Charlie, they run V&C K-BEAUTY, their school’s most successful student-run enterprise. With each sale, Valerie gets closer to taking her beloved and adventurous halmeoni to her dream city, Paris.

Enter the new kid in class, Wes Jung, who is determined to pursue music after graduation despite his parents’ major disapproval. When his classmates clamor to buy the K-pop branded beauty products his mom gave him to “make new friends,” he sees an opportunity—one that may be the key to help him pay for the music school tuition he knows his parents won’t cover…

What he doesn’t realize, though, is that he is now V&C K-BEAUTY’s biggest competitor.

Stakes are high as Valerie and Wes try to outsell each other, make the most money, and take the throne for the best business in school—all while trying to resist the undeniable spark that’s crackling between them. From hiring spies to all-or-nothing bets, the competition is much more than either of them bargained for.

But one thing is clear: only one Korean business can come out on top.

Review

Valerie Kwon, an Asian American High School Senoir has her final year in the bag as an student entrepreneur running  V&C K-Beauty out of her locker. She and her cousin are selling Korean beauty products and have the corner on the market, until a new boy named Wes threatens their edge. Wes wants more than anything to go to music school and he needs a new instrument while Val wants a dream vacation for her grandmother. Both require money and both students are willing to go out to get it.

Made in Korea shows the cut throat efforts these two are willing to employ while addressing familial expectation and loss of the ideal dreams. I enjoyed Wes’ personality and kindness he shows to Val in the beginnings. As a reader, it was difficult for me to keep up with all of the Korean terms and a glossary or guide may be a useful tool. Overall, I hoped Val would come to a little but more of a realization of how selfish and laser focused she was, the ending left me a bit sad. There is hope from the adult mentors in their life and the power of hard work. My favorite chracter is the older, wiser halmeoni (grandmother). She is a gem! It’s good to see healthy family influencesin YA.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Perfect fo AAPI Heritage month, diverse characters.

Content: “F” word, lying to parent, stealing, counterfeit product.

About the Author

Sarah Suk (pronounced like soup with a K) lives in Vancouver, Canada where she writes stories and admires mountains. When she’s not writing, you can find her hanging out by the water, taking film photos, or eating a bowl of bingsu. You can visit her online at sarahsuk.com and on Twitter and Instagram @sarahaelisuk.

The Immortals by Steven T. Collis

20 May, 2021 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment


ACCLAIMED AUTHOR & LEGAL SCHOLAR STEVEN T. COLLIS TO RELEASE NEW WORK – THE IMMORTALS
-The Immortals tells an incredible, true story of heroism and sacrifice at the height of WWII-

SALT LAKE CITY – The inspiration behind Steven T. Collis’s new book, The Immortals, came from a small and simple thing: a three-cent postage stamp from the 1940s depicting four chaplains, a sinking ship, and the words “These Immortal Chaplains…Interfaith in Action.”

Intrigued, Collis learned the stamp was created to honor four military chaplains of different faiths — Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish — who made the ultimate sacrifice when a German U-boat attacked the SS Dorchester in February 1943. But during his research into what was one of the costliest troop disasters of WWII, Collis discovered another, often unrecognized, hero of the tragedy — Coast Guardsman Charles W. David, Jr.

“Charles W. David, Jr. was a young steward’s mate and one of the only Black Coast Guardsmen aboard the Coast Guard cutter Comanche,” says Collis. “While the Dorchester was sinking, David repeatedly dove into the frigid waters of the North Atlantic and single-handedly saved scores of sailors and soldiers. Sadly, his heroic efforts ultimately cost him his life, as he succumbed to pneumonia shortly after.”

Thoroughly researched and exquisitely narrated, The Immortals presents the story through dual points of view: the chaplains’ and David’s stories and the German U-boat captain’s. The U-boat commander and his crew kept meticulous journals and logs, allowing readers to experience a perspective not often seen in WWII histories.

Beyond conducting research through US and German military records and press reports, Collis was able to get detailed accounts of the event and its impact by interviewing actual survivors of the Dorchester as well as from descendants of Charles W. David, Jr., other survivors, and the chaplains. “The impact of these five men and their selfless acts of courage cannot be overstated,” Collis remarks. “Their sacrifices in the name of unity and service should be a shining example to all of us today – no matter our differences.”

The Immortals: The World War II Story of Five Fearless Heroes, the Sinking of the Dorchester, and an Awe-Inspiring Rescue will be available nationwide on May 11, 2021, wherever books are sold. For more information on Steven T. Collis and his works, visit: www.shadowmountain.com.

Hardcover, 288 pages

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Steven T. Collis is the author of the nonfiction books Deep Conviction and The Immortals and the novel At Any Cost. He is a storyteller at heart, but in his other life, he is also a law professor at the University of Texas School of Law, where he is the faculty director of the Bech-Loughlin First Amendment Center and Texas’s Law & Religion Clinic.

Prior to joining the faculty at Texas, he was the Olin-Darling Research Fellow in the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School and was an equity partner at Holland & Hart LLP, where he chaired the firm’s nationwide religious institutions and First Amendment practice group.

​Before embarking on his legal and writing career, Steven graduated magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as an editor on the Michigan Law Review and the Michigan Journal of Race and Law. Steven also holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from Virginia Commonwealth University, where he served as the associate editor of the literary journal Blackbird. He completed his undergraduate studies, with university honors, at Brigham Young University.

Originally from New Mexico, Steven lives in Austin with his wife and children. He is on the web at www.steventcollis.com.

Virtual Book Launch Details:
Join Steven T. Collis, author of THE IMMORTALS, and Bill Kaemmer, Exec. Dir. of the Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation, as well as descendants from The Dorchester, for a special event.

Everyone who signs up will receive a free bookplate signed by Steven T. Collis, and there will be giveaways during the launch party.

Eventbrite Link:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-immortals-virtual-book-launch-event-with-steven-t-collis-tickets-154343364157

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qP5L9oxdSM

FB Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/128912332538454

Publisher Page:https://shadowmountain.com/immortals/

John Henri Moser: Painting Utah Modern by Kenneth Hartvigsen, Mark Callister, and Sharron Brim

19 May, 2021 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

John Henri Moser: Painting Utah Modern by Kenneth Hartvigsen, Mark Callister, and Sharron Brim

John Henri Moser: Painting Utah Modern

on September 2020
Pages: 66
Format: Paperback
five-stars
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Though collected by museums throughout the western United States, the Utah-based artist John Henri Moser has not received the critical and scholarly attention his career deserves. This volume, inspired by an exhibition of the same name at the BYU Museum of Art, explores the life and work of one of the earliest painters to incorporate European Modernism into Utah's grand tradition of landscape painting.

As Utah’s first modernist, John Henri Moser’s paintings communicate artistic integrity through bright colors, loose brushstrokes, and an overall modern take on the Utah landscapes.

The cutting edge modernism that Moser was exposed to while studying abroad is clearly shown throughout this exhibition. Though Moser was originally in Paris to study traditional Renaissance-based art, the early 1900’s had so much more to explore. From 1908-1910, Moser was exposed to the exciting world of European modernism. He was highly influenced by the new ideas of cubism, the French explosions of color, and the French post-impressionism stylistic approaches surrounding him.

Upon returning to the U.S., Moser quickly recognized the unlocked potential that the Utah landscapes had to give. He realized that he could utilize these bright colors and loose expressive brushstrokes to show his love for the land. He found himself at a crossroads between the avant-garde new world he had experienced abroad and the traditional art that the Utah art world deemed acceptable. Although nobody at the time seemed to appreciate his modern approach to the Utah landscapes, Moser was steadfast in his artistic integrity and continued to paint his modern interpretations of the world around him. We hope you find a newfound love for the land of Utah as you come and experience this bright, new, modern interpretation in John Henry Moser: Painting Utah Modern.

Published by the BYU Museum of Art, on occasion of the exhibit John Henri Moser: Painting Utah Modern, Brigham Young University Museum of Art.

Published by:

BYU Museum of Art

Information Desk:  (801) 422-8287
Administration:  (801) 422-8257

Address: BYU Museum of Art | North Campus Drive | Provo, UT 84602

E-mail:   moa@byu.edu

See the virtual exhibit here:

https://moa.byu.edu/john-henri-moser-painting-utah-modern/

Authors:

Dr. Kenneth Hartvigsen, curator of American Art at the Brigham Young University; Sharron Brim, granddaughter of John Henri Moser and his wife Aldine; Mark Callister, art enthusiast.

Henri Moser org link. http://henrimoser.org/

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HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE ROAD TRIP by Melissa de la Cruz Blog Tour

18 May, 2021 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

 

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE ROAD TRIP by Melissa de la Cruz Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About the Book:

Title: HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE ROAD TRIP

Author: Melissa de la Cruz

Pub. Date: May 4, 2021

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 272

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

An original novel inspired by the hit Disney+ television series HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE MUSICAL, by the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Descendants series, Melissa de la Cruz.

Join everyone’s favorite Wildcats from the Disney+ smash hit original series High school Musical: The Musical: The Series in this novel by New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz.

On the heels of their wildly successful run of High School Musical, the gang learns of a can’t-miss opportunity—a High School Musical convention in the next state. There’s something for everyone: panels about mounting your next hit show, cafeteria-tray-dance workshops, Wildcat cosplay, and even a special appearance from the pooch who played Sharpay’s dog (well, one of her puppies, that is).

Ready to hit the road, the crew immediately begins making plans. Nini can’t wait to use the weekend to show how much she cares for Ricky (especially since they just got back together). Kourtney debates signing up for a singing workshop (especially if she’s maybe, just maybe, considering auditioning for the next show), and Gina and Ashlyn decide it’ll be the perfect trial run for living together (especially because Gina has never actually had a friendship last this long). Carlos can’t wait to help Miss Jenn prep for the spring musical, even if Seb has to stay behind to help with the family farm. But car breakdowns, late starts, and a lost E.J. throw a wrench in their plans. 

Will the East Highers get the weekend getaway of their dreams? Or will the bumps on the road get the better of them?

Praise For HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE ROAD TRIP:

A breezy and fun read, the book contains chapters that offer pithy first-person accounts from each character, including quirky Miss Jenn; Carlos and his boyfriend, Seb; recently reunited couple Nini and Ricky and their BFFs, Kourtney and Big Red; popular senior E.J. and his songwriter cousin, Ashlyn; and talented triple threat Gina. The plot includes references to the series and themes straight from the musical: nurturing your talent, showing others how much they matter, and acknowledging the importance of teamwork. Although race isn’t mentioned overtly, the characters are cued as racially diverse, following the casting of the TV show. Fans will appreciate the inside jokes, but explanations in the text make it accessible even to those unfamiliar with the program.

 

A lighthearted and charming read.—Kirkus Reviews.

 

 

About Melissa:

Melissa de la Cruz (www.melissa-delacruz.com) is the author of the #1 New York Times best-selling Descendants series, as well as many other best-selling novels, including all the books in the Blue Bloods series: Blue BloodsMasqueradeRevelationsThe Van Alen Legacy, Keys to the Repository, Misguided Angel, Bloody Valentine, Lost in Time, and Gates of Paradise. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and daughter.

 

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3 winners will win a finished copy of HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: THE ROAD TRIP, US Only.

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5/1/2021

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5/2/2021

YA Books Central

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5/3/2021

Living in a Bookworld

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5/4/2021

BookHounds YA

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5/5/2021

Perusewithcoffee (blog)

Review

5/6/2021

Musing of Souls

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5/7/2021

Kait Plus Books

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5/8/2021

The Book View

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5/9/2021

onemused

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5/10/2021

Lifestyle of Me

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5/11/2021

Emelie’s Books

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5/12/2021

Midnightbooklover

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5/13/2021

Fire and Ice

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5/14/2021

Shelf Love

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5/15/2021

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5/16/2021

Margie’s Must Reads

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5/17/2021

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5/18/2021

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5/19/2021

Haunted By Books

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5/20/2021

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5/21/2021

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5/22/2021

The Reading Wordsmith

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5/23/2021

Momfluenster

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5/24/2021

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5/25/2021

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5/26/2021

Struck by Stories

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5/27/2021

Fyrekatz Blog

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5/28/2021

BiancaBuysBooks

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5/29/2021

Do You Dog-ear?

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5/30/2021

A Dream Within A Dream

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5/31/2021

Lady Hawkeye

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Misfit in Love by S.K. Ali

17 May, 2021 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

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Misfit in Love by S.K. Ali

Misfit in Love

on May 25th 2021
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover
four-half-stars
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In this fun and fresh sequel to Saints and Misfits, Janna hopes her brother’s wedding will be the perfect start to her own summer of love, but attractive new arrivals have her more confused than ever.

Janna Yusuf is so excited for the weekend: her brother Muhammad’s getting married, and she’s reuniting with her mom, whom she’s missed the whole summer.

And Nuah’s arriving for the weekend too.

Sweet, constant Nuah.

The last time she saw him, Janna wasn’t ready to reciprocate his feelings for her. But things are different now. She’s finished high school, ready for college…and ready for Nuah.

It’s time for Janna’s (carefully planned) summer of love to begin—starting right at the wedding.

But it wouldn’t be a wedding if everything went according to plan. Muhammad’s party choices aren’t in line with his fiancée’s taste at all, Janna’s dad is acting strange, and her mom is spending more time with an old friend (and maybe love interest?) than Janna.

And Nuah’s treating her differently.

Just when things couldn’t get more complicated, two newcomers—the dreamy Haytham and brooding Layth—have Janna more confused than ever about what her misfit heart really wants.

Janna’s summer of love is turning out to be super crowded and painfully unpredictable

Thanks to Simon and Schuster for the sneak peek! Loved it. Explores racist family dynamics as well as trauma in the teen years. Coming of age YA.

Content and Trigger Warning: Clean, mention of assault, racist comments, loss of a sibling

About the Author

Photo Credit: Andrea Stenson 

S. K. Ali* is the author of Saints and Misfits (Simon & Schuster, 2017)a finalist for the American Library Association’s 2018 William C. Morris award. Her debut novel won critical acclaim for its portrayal of an unapologetic Muslim-American teen’s life. Saints and Misfits was featured on several Best Teen Novels of 2017 lists including from Entertainment Weekly, Kirkus Reviews and the New York Public Library. It was also a CBC Canada Reads 2018 longlist title and featured in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, NBC News, Huffington Post, Salon, Bustle, CBC Radio’s The Next Chapter, The Social, The Morning Show and other North American media. 

Sajidah holds a degree in Creative Writing from York University and has written about Muslim life for various outlets, including the Toronto Star and NBC News. Her second novel, Love From A to Z (Simon & Schuster, 2019), a story about finding love in the time of Islamophobia, was a Today Show pick, a Goodreads Readers Choice Nominee and on several best 2019 YA lists, including Kirkus and Entertainment Weekly’s top ten. Love from A to Z was the first YA title chosen to be part of the Today Show’s “Read With Jenna” book club. 

Her picture book, The Proudest Blue (Little Brown, 2019), co-authored with Ibtihaj Muhammad, debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list and was featured in the New York Times, NPR, Amazon Editor’s Choice, The Today Show, among other media. Along with We Need Diverse Books co-founder, Aisha Saeed, Sajidah is the co-editor of a Middle Grade anthology called, Once Upon an Eid (Amulet, 2020), winner of the Middle East Book Honor Award and a Kirkus and School Library Journal Best Book of 2020. 

S. K. Ali lives in Toronto with her family, which includes a very vocal cat named Yeti.

Find her on twitter at https://twitter.com/SajidahWrites, on instagram at https://www.instagram.com/skalibooks/ and on her website at https://skalibooks.com/.