Scavenge the Stars Release Day Blitz and Giveaway

08 Jan, 2020 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment



I am so excited that SCAVENGE THE STARS by Tara Sim is available now and that I get to share the news!

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

This blitz also includes a giveaway for 3 finished copies of the book, courtesy of Disney Hyperion and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About The Book:
Title: SCAVENGE THE STARS (Scavenge the Stars #1)
Author: Tara Sim
Pub. Date: January 7, 2020
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 336

When Amaya rescues a mysterious stranger from drowning, she fears her rash actions have earned her a longer sentence on the debtor ship where she’s been held captive for years. Instead, the man she saved offers her unimaginable riches and a new identity, setting Amaya on a perilous course through the coastal city-state of Moray, where old-world opulence and desperate gamblers collide.

Amaya wants one thing: revenge against the man who ruined her family and stole the life she once had. But the more entangled she becomes in this game of deception—and as her path intertwines with the son of the man she’s plotting to bring down—the more she uncovers about the truth of her past. And the more she realizes she must trust no one…

Packed with high-stakes adventure, romance, and dueling identities, this gender-swapped retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo is the first novel in an epic YA fantasy duology, perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Sabaa Tahir, and Leigh Bardugo.

Excerpt:


Revenge. It was a simple word when spoken out loud, but it was so much bigger, like the hidden city under the atoll. It was a word of fire and blood, of a knife’s whisper and the priming of a pistol.

It was a word that consumed her, filled her entire being until she knew that she could no longer be Silverfish. Silverfish’s will was to survive, to simply make it to the next day, and hopefully the day after that. But that was no longer her will.

Now it was revenge.

Captain Zharo. Kamon Mercado. Moray.

They would all pay.


About Tara:

Tara Sim is the author of SCAVENGE THE STARS (Disney-Hyperion) and the TIMEKEEPER trilogy (Sky Pony Press) and writer of all things magic. She can often be found in the wilds of the Bay Area, California.

When she’s not writing about mischievous boys in clock towers, Tara spends her time drinking tea, wrangling cats, and occasionally singing opera. Despite her bio-luminescent skin, she is half-Indian and eats way too many samosas.

Tara is represented by Victoria Marini at Irene Goodman Literary Agency.



Giveaway Details:
3 winners will receive a finished copy of SCAVENGE THE STARS, US only.

Giveaway ends February 14th at midnight EST.


Heir of Lies Blog Tour and Giveaway

07 Jan, 2020 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment


I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the HEIR OF LIES blog tour by Mallory McCartney, hosted by Rockstar Book Tours! Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!


About The Book:
Title: HEIR OF LIES (Black Dawn #1)
Author: Mallory McCartney
Pub. Date: April 21, 2020
Publisher: MM Books
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Pages: 397

“Hope was a dangerous thing. It could consume every dream and make them take flight, becoming wild daydreams in one’s heart and mind. Or hope could incinerate everything you thought you knew, burning you down to your core, leaving you raw and exposed for the world.”

Emory Fae has only known one thing—life at The Academy, a school for those who have special abilities. Following in her parents’ footsteps, the pressure to uphold their dream falls on her and one of her best friends—Adair Stratton. An outcast and feared by most, Adair longs to break away from the expectations dictating his future. With whispers of dark magic spreading across Kiero, Adair starts to doubt The Academy is all it seems.

An unexpected visit ignites new tensions as the roguish king from across the Black Sea, Tadeas Maher of the Shattered Isles, and his heir, Marquis Maher, sail to Kiero. Notorious for their pirating and wrath, for the first time in years, they demand the Faes listen to their proposition for a new treaty. Caught in the middle of politics, Adair and Emory, with the help of their best friends Brokk and Memphis, search for the one thing that matters the most—the truth.

Their world is tipped upside down as unlikely alliances are made, and war ravages Kiero. Through the throes of betrayal, lies, hidden magic, and love, Adair is faced with a life changing decision. Will he fight or bow to the darkness within?
But, Adair’s decision will change the course of Kiero forever, setting in motion irreversible destinies for everyone at The Academy as Emory Fae rises as heir.

Heir of Lies is the first book in the bestselling Black Dawn series.

The Black Dawn series is re- releasing and “Heir of Lies” (book one) is coming April 21 2020! This edition will have an exclusive map and bonus content!

Review
Heir of Darkness is a magical fantasy written from several points of view of students attending the academy for desolates and gifted students. Shapeshifters, fae and royalty form a tight group of friends who become divided by political unrest and familial loyalty. The plot is action packed and picks up from the very beginning. About halfway through it carries a darkness and moderate violence. I enjoyed the richness of the world and the unique abilities of each character, but had a bit of trouble keeping track of each MC since they all have a love interest in the same young lady. Perhaps, if more detail had been introduced about each person would have helped before jumping into their internal dialogue and thoughts. It becomes a bit tricky to juggle what is going on while trying to tease out who is who. Overall, the author held my interest with some world elements similar to Julie Kagawa’s. I’ve always been a fan of fae.

About Mallory:


Mallory McCartney currently lives in Sarnia, Ontario with her husband and their three dachshunds Link, Lola and Leonard. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found day dreaming about fantasy worlds and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.












Giveaway Details:

One lucky winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card, International.



Tour Schedule:
Week One:
12/16/2019
Excerpt
12/17/2019
Excerpt
12/18/2019
Excerpt
12/19/2019
Review
12/20/2019
Review


Week Two:
12/23/2019
Excerpt
12/24/2019
Excerpt
12/25/2019
Excerpt
12/26/2019
Excerpt
12/27/2019
Review


Week Three:
12/30/2019
Review
12/31/2019
Review
1/1/2020
Review
1/2/2020
Excerpt
1/3/2020
Excerpt

Week Four:
1/6/2020
Review
1/7/2020
Review
1/8/2020
Review
1/9/2020
Review
1/10/2020
Review

Week Five:
1/13/2020
Review
1/14/2020
Review
1/15/2020
Review
1/16/2020
Review
1/17/2020
Review

Exordium Cover Reveal and Giveaway

16 Dec, 2019 by in Uncategorized 2 comments




Today S. N. Jones, GenZ Publishing, & Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the GORGEOUS cover for her YA Historical fantasy, EXORDIUM which will release in early 2020! Check out the awesome cover and enter the giveaway!

On to the reveal!


Title: EXORDIUM (Tempus Book 1)
Author: S. N. Jones
Pub. Date: 2020
Publisher: GenZ Publishing
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 247

“Fall to rise higher.”

This is the motto of the clan Kongeorn. In their world of harsh battles and harsher winters our story begins.

Exordium is a historical fantasy novel that follows the story of Vita, who is thrust into a position of power and forced to deal with the aftermath of a family tragedy–and an act of war. Along the way, she must confront her own demons and learn that everyone is fighting their own war, their own obstacles. She must learn how to overcome them, to rise higher than ever before. Exordium and its author, S. N. Jones, were awarded with the 2018 National Civic Expression Award from the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition, funded by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.

One woman.
One name.
One forgotten legacy.

Excerpt:

“The forest seemed still, as if no creature dared to move or cry out in my presence. The trees remained static, their branches rigid and frozen in the cool night air. In the stillness, a burden began to weigh down upon me, cloaking me like the furs on my shoulders. It sobered me, taking my attention away from the visions and cynical thoughts, and plopped me right where I would stay. I could not hide from it, nor—I found—did I want to. My duty to my people, to my name, bore down on me, and I refused to shake it.”


About S.N.:


Proud author of Exordium, fantasy author, and lover of books!

WebsiteTwitter | Instagram | Goodreads














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

Giveaway ends December 27th, midnight EST.


Live All In by Hilary Weeks Review and Giveaway

05 Dec, 2019 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

DESCRIPTION OF LIVE ALL IN: 

As a member of LIVE ALL IN, you’ll receive a brand new Hilary Weeks song every month. You will also have access to a song study that includes scriptures, quotes and questions to help you study the message of the song that month! Every month, you’ll receive the sheet music and instrumental track for that song. Plus you’ll get the beautifully designed lyrics, coloring page and two 5×7 printables that you can frame for your home or use as lesson handouts. 

Blog Tour Sale Offer – You can purchase a 2020 Live All In Annual Membership for early bird price of $49 (reg. $59) and if you use the coupon SALE15, you get another 15% off! Only $42!! 

You and your family can also enjoy an entire year’s worth of gorgeous, monthly music, sheet music, coloring pages, printables for your home, song studies, and lyrics for under $4 a month! 

What a wonderful idea. A way to bring music into your every day routing with sound, writing, images and an interactive app. Hilary has created a multi-media way to add inspiration to life with your phone.

I had a bit of a rough start with the app, first not able to log in to the website. Once I requested a new access code, and went to the website to register, I was unable to log in to the app itself because of a user error that said it couldn’t find my account. Streaming on a phone from the website itself is not optimal. I was also unable to join the closed member only FB page. Life brings us trials. that’s what it is. *update* We have heard back from support and were able to log on to the app with a new password. We are also able to access the FB group. It looks like a wonderfully supportive community.

Using the website I accessed the 2019 toolkit and I loved what I found. The music pulled me from a frustrated mood to a good one. The text is uplifting and I enjoyed all of the Jeffrey R. Holland quotes sprinkled in. The visuals are lovely with vivid colors. I have long been a fan of Hilary Weeks, so her music always brings back memories. It is fun that she is collaborating with Cherie Call on several songs, also a favorite singer, songwriter of mine. The content is all new.

My favorite song was fragile. I plan on going back through everything once I find support for the app and FB group. Overall, I hope to use each element and enjoy the writing pages. What I saw I love and recommend! Thank you Hilary for the free sneak peek.

Live All In Website

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RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY: $50 Amazon Gift card and one Live All In annual membership. Click Rafflecopter linked below.

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Christmas Jars Blog Tour and Giveaway

03 Dec, 2019 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

MOVIE SYNOPSIS: 

Based on the New York Times best- selling novel by Jason F. Wright

Hope is an aspiring reporter who has had her fair share of tragedy in life. Abandoned at birth, she’s grieving the recent death of her adopted mother when her apartment is burglarized of all her possessions. While reporting the burglary to the police, Hope discovers a jar full of money, labeled “Christmas Jar.” Shocked and grateful for this act of kindness, Hope discovers that people all over her hometown of Columbus, Ohio, have been receiving Christmas Jars for years during times of need. The jars are always anonymous and always contain different amounts. In this heartwarming Christmas classic, Hope goes undercover to discover the secret behind the Christmas jars, putting into motion a series of events that will change her life, and her community, forever.

We sat down to watch Christmas Jars as a family and finished with a warm feeling of charity. Suitable for the whole family, it’s a clean holiday DVD which teaches the value of selfless service. Not a dry eye in our home! Viewers will want to pay it forward and spread the warmth of anonymous giving as a tradition each Christmas. We highly recommend viewing then buying this movie as a gift. Beautiful message.

Purchase Christmas Jars

Giveaway– $50 Amazon Gift Card 

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The Light at the Bottom of the World Blog Tour and Giveaway

27 Nov, 2019 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

Title: THE LIGHT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD (The Light at the Bottom of the World #1)

Author: London Shah

Pub. Date: October 29, 2019

Publisher: Freeform

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 320

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindleAudible, B&NiBooksKoboTBD

Hope had abandoned them to the wrath of all the waters.

At the end of the twenty-first century, the world has changed dramatically, but life continues one thousand feet below the ocean’s surface. In Great Britain, sea creatures swim among the ruins of Big Ben and the Tower of London, and citizens waver between fear and hope; fear of what lurks in the abyss, and hope that humanity will soon discover a way to reclaim the Earth.

Meanwhile, sixteen-year-old Leyla McQueen has her own problems to deal with. Her father’s been arrested, accused of taking advantage of victims of the Seasickness-a debilitating malaise that consumes people,often claiming their lives. But Leyla knows he’s innocent, and all she’s interested in is getting him back so that their lives can return to normal.

When she’s picked to race in the action-packed London Submersible Marathon, Leyla gets the chance to secure his freedom; the Prime Minister promises the champion whatever their heart desires. The race takes an unexpected turn, though, and presents her with an opportunity she never wanted: Leyla must venture outside of London for the first time in her life, to find and rescue her father herself.

Now, she’ll have to brave the unfathomable waters and defy a corrupt government determined to keep its secrets, all the while dealing with a secretive, hotheaded companion she never asked for in the first place. If she fails, or falls prey to her own fears, she risks capture–and her father might be lost forever.

“A work of fathomless imagination.”

——Samantha Shannon, New York Times best-selling author of The Bone Season and The Priory of the Orange Tree

“Riveting and exciting, The Light at the Bottom of the World is a heart-racing adventure that reveals compelling and necessary truths about several critical issues of our times, while delivering all the thrills and twists of an epic quest. A stand-out, must-read book that engulfed me in its enthralling world and characters. Leyla McQueen is queen of the (under)seas!”

——S. K. Ali, author of 2018 Morris finalist Saints and Misfits and Love from A to Z

“The Light at the Bottom of the World is a wonderfully refreshing epic adventure, with dynamite worldbuilding and a crafty heroine. Leyla’s determination and talent will keep you hooked in her story, and you will be begging for Shah’s next book before you’ve even finished this one.”

——Rachel Strolle: Teen Librarian, Glenside Public Library District

“Shah’s debut is a fast-paced masterpiece from start to finish. Readers will fall in love with passionate, persistent Leyla as well as her secretive, swoon-worthy companion, Ari. While the tropes of dystopian fiction—corrupt government, fear of the unknown—will be easily recognizable by fans of the genre, Shah has skillfully shaped a gorgeous world unlike any those fans have seen before. But be forewarned: the book ends on a jaw-dropping cliff-hanger. Highly recommended.”

——School Library Journal

The Light at the End of the World combines two of my favorite elements, London and underwater worlds.

I picked it up and never put it down! A futuristic England which is completely submersed in water a the stakes are high in underwater racing. A bit of steampunk, sci fi feel and a one- time competition with selection and prizes (a bit like the Hunger Games make the plot ever suspenseful. It picks up toward the end to a page turning cliffhanger. There are diverse characters with deep layers.

Leyla the MC is strong with her independent, stubborn, yet kind personality. She’s spunky and determined. Her protector is more than he appears to be. His loyalty and strength make their bond impactful. I do wish we saw more depth to the discussions between friends and family, more relationship building. All of the science and atmospheric elements make London otherworldy, beautiful but scary.

The author addresses mistrust of government, questioning fear-based societies and anxiety about exploring the unknown. I can’t wait for book two! The Light at the Bottom of the World was fresh, unusual and captivating.

Content: swearing, moderate violence, some tension.


About London: 

London Shah is a British-born Muslim of Pashtun ethnicity. She has lived in Britain’s capital for most of her life, via England’s beautiful North. When she’s not busy re-imagining the past, plotting an alternate present or dreaming up a surreal future, she’s most likely drinking copious amounts of tea, eating all the sweets and cakes, strolling through Richmond Park or along the Thames, getting lost on an evening in the city’s older, darker alleyways—preferably just after it’s rained—listening to punk rock, or losing herself in a fab SFF book or film. If she could have only one super power, it would be to breathe underwater of course!

​Her debut novel, THE LIGHT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD, a YA sci-fi, is out now. You can read more about it here.

You can find her on TwitterInstagram, and/or get in touch with her here.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads 

Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE LIGHT AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

11/4/2019 Bookhounds YA Excerpt
11/5/2019 Geronimo Reads Excerpt
11/6/2019 Starlight Reads Review
11/7/2019 Jrsbookreviews Review
11/8/2019 Wonder Struck Review

Week Two:

11/11/2019 Nerdophiles Review
11/12/2019 Here’s to Happy Endings Review
11/13/2019 @fictitious.fox Review
11/14/2019 Lifestyle Of Me Review
11/15/2019 A Dream Within A Dream Review

Week Three:

11/18/2019 THE BOOK NUT Review
11/19/2019 Savings in Seconds Review
11/20/2019 Book Briefs Review
11/21/2019 Do You Dog-ear? Review
11/22/2019 Treestand Book Reviews Review

Week Four:

11/25/2019 Confessions of a YA Reader Excerpt
11/26/2019 Book-Keeping Review
11/27/2019 Fire and Ice Review
11/28/2019 Jena Brown Writes Review
11/29/2019 Two points of interest Review

Week Five:

12/2/2019 Forever Lost in Literature Review
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Perfect for Christmas- Boxed Book Sale

25 Nov, 2019 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

We are gearing up for Black Friday and there are so many good boxed sets on sale right now! The prices have been marked more than half off. Here’s a few I spotted. (ad)

The Enchanted Forest Chronicles

The Maze Runner Series Complete Collection Boxed Set

Divergent Series Four

The Selection 5-Book Box Set: The Complete Series

Harry Potter Paperback Box Set

J.R.R. Tolkien 4-Book Boxed Set: The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

Madeleine L’Engle: The Kairos Novels

Matched Trilogy box set

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Christmas Jars Blog Tour Sign Up

22 Nov, 2019 by in fire and ice Leave a comment

Fire and Ice Blog Tours is thrilled to be helping coordinate the official Blog Tour for Christmas Jars. A perfect movie for the Holidays!

 Based on the beloved novel by Jason F. Wright, ‘Christmas Jars’ tells the story of reporter Hope Jensen, who uncovers the remarkable secret behind the glass jars filled with coins and bills anonymously left for people in need. ‘Christmas Jars’ is a phenomenon with a reach far beyond that of typical fiction, as it created a new tradition that has changed the lives of many people in their time of need all over the country.

Blog Tour Dates: 
December 3-8, 2019

Bloggers:

Sign up for the review tour by filling out your information here. There is $50 Amazon Giftcard giveaway included with the tour stops.

 

Glow Girl Blog Tour and Giveaway

21 Nov, 2019 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

Title: GLOW GIRL

Author: M. Weidenbenner

Pub. Date: October 31, 2019

Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC (Amara)

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 266

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&NiBooksKobo

Multi-Award-Winning and Best-Selling Author, Speaker and Writing Coach.

Willow is just your average sixteen-year-old girl. Okay, maybe not so average. She can heal animals. For her own safety, her veterinarian parents have made her promise not to use her powers. But sometimes her compassion just takes over, and she can’t help … well … helping.

Willow is a Droit, but hides her Droitism because people like her are feared and hated by those without special abilities. Two of Willow’s schoolmates, rumored to be Droits, have simultaneously disappeared.

When Willow’s non-Droit friend, Rain, is targeted, Willow wonders whether she should get involved–even if that means putting herself in the line of fire.

A mysterious new friend, Trae, just might be the key to unlock her courage.

In the end, she has a choice: she can deny who she is or declare her ability to heal, but either way, her life will never be the same again.

Thoughts

Glow Girl has a bright and simple cover which immediately drew our interest. The premise of healers or Droits is interesting, especially considering Willow’s parents are veterinarians. It was good to see the main protagonist use her abilities for good and overcome her fears. Thanks Rockstar Blog Tours for the stop!

Content: there are several scenes with bullying and some violence

About M.:

AWARD-WINNING and AMAZON BESTSELLING AUTHOR.

GOLD Medal WINNER in the 2014 READERS’ FAVORITE International Awards.

Bronze Medal Winner in Dan Poytner’s Global eBook Awards. Winner of the Kindle Book Promotion Awards. SPIRIT and INSPIRATION MEDALS in the NEW APPLE LITERARY AWARDS.

AWARD-WINNING SPEAKER. John Maxwell Team Leader.

To obtain a free copy of one of Michelle’s children’s books, and receive her newsletters, go to www/MichelleWeidenbenner.com/gift/

Michelle is an author, speaker, trainer and coach dedicated to leaving a legacy of leaders who care about bringing value to others and equipping the future generation. She’s also known as the UNCOVER AGENT who helps people uncover their messages so they can UNLEASH them into the universe.

She grew up in the burbs of Detroit with five brothers. No sisters. Each time her mom brought the boy bundle home from the hospital Michelle cried, certain her mom liked boys better than girls. But when her brothers pitched in with the cooking, cleaning, and babysitting–without drama, Michelle discovered having brothers wasn’t so bad. They even taught her how to take direct criticism without flinching, which comes in handy with book reviews.

CACHE a PREDATOR and ECLAIR GOES GEOCACHING are currently hidden in geocaching sites throughout the US. If you’d like to see where they might be in your area, please log in to geocaching.com and search for trackables at IN SCRIBE–that’s Michelle.

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon | Goodreads

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/28/2019 BookHounds YA Excerpt
10/29/2019 Lifestyle Of Me Review
10/30/2019 BookishRealmReviews Review
10/31/2019 Yna the Mood Reader Review
11/1/2019 Cuz I’m a Nerd Review

Week Two:

11/4/2019 Southern Girl Bookaholic Review
11/5/2019 PopTheButterfly Reads Review
11/6/2019 Tawney Bland Review
11/7/2019 lori’s little house of reviews Review
11/8/2019 Shelf-Rated Review

Week Three:

11/11/19 A Dream Within A Dream Excerpt
11/12/19 The Pages In-Between Review
11/13/19 A Gingerly Review Review
11/14/19 Turning the Pages Review
11/15/19 Adventures and Reading Review

Week Four:

11/18/2019 Jena Brown Writes Review
11/19/2019 @fictitious.fox Review
11/20/2019 Two Dogs and a Book Review
11/21/2019 Fire and Ice Review
11/22/2019 two points of interest Review

Giveaway Details:

50 winners will receive an ebook of GLOW GIRL, International via Goodreads

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Glow Girl by M. Weidenbenner

Glow Girl

by M. Weidenbenner

Giveaway ends November 28, 2019.

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The Forgotten Carols Spotlight Tour

15 Nov, 2019 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

The Forgotten Carols stage performance tells the story of Connie Lou, a nurse whose empty life is changed when Uncle John, a new patient she is attending, recounts the story of Christ’s birth as told by little known characters in the nativity story. The accounts from the Innkeeper, the Shepherd and others help the nurse discover what the world has forgotten about Christmas, ultimately encouraging her to open her heart to the joy of this special season.

Discover the true spirit of Christmas by seeing The Forgotten Carols live!

Ticket Information – https://www.forgottencarols.com/shows/

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