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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Giveaway Details:

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

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Tour Schedule:
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

Excerpt

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

Review

4/13/2022

@coffeesipsandreads

Review

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

Review


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!

 

Book Trailer:


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

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4/5/2022

The Reading Devil

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4/5/2022

More Books Please blog

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4/6/2022

@theheavycrownreads

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4/6/2022

BookHounds

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4/7/2022

A Court of Coffee and Books

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4/7/2022

Sadie’s Spotlight

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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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SHOWMANCES AND STAGE KISSES Tour and Giveaway

11 Apr, 2022 by in Uncategorized 1 comment

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the SHOWMANCES AND STAGE KISSES by Suzanne de Planque Writing As Bowden Walker Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: SHOWMANCES AND STAGE KISSES (Heights High #1)

Author: Suzanne de Planque Writing As Bowden Walker

Pub. Date: March 22, 2022

Publisher: Bond Street Publishers

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 400

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

Bright lights. Big city. The drama is just beginning.

NYC, 1984. With an off-the-scale IQ, Sebastian Weiss can do anything except talk to girls. And with his future meticulously planned by his multi-millionaire parents, all the seventeen year old nerd can see in front of him is Harvard and bone-crushing boredom. So hanging around the set of his best friend’s smash-hit soap is everything he wants… especially after a gorgeous bad girl is cast as his buddy’s kissing co-star.

Sam Macaulay can’t believe her luck. After drug use, a rotten boyfriend, and self-sabotage all but killed her career, the desperate young woman is elated to land a coveted gig making out with the guy every teenager dreams of. But despite their instant chemistry and off-camera carousing, she finds herself mysteriously drawn to his geeky rich-kid pal.

Deliberately blowing his college applications, Sebastian resists leaving the carefree life behind even as he watches the beautiful actress fall hard for his friend. But Sam feels torn in two when a personal tragedy brings her closer to both guys and she can’t decide between the teen idol and the last virgin standing.

Will a complex emotional triangle ruin everyone’s chance at happily ever after?

Showmances and Stage Kisses is the page-turning first book in the YA Heights High coming of age series. If you like MTV-era antics, confused teenage romance, and the struggle of youth to find themselves, then you’ll love Bowden Walker’s nostalgia-filled tale.

Buy Showmances and Stage Kisses to cue lights, camera, and action today!

Reviews:

“Welcome to the world of teenage acting, where it’s not all rainbows and sunshine. Showmances and Stage Kisses showcases behind the scenes drug and alcohol use (ouzo, anyone?), oh-so-complicated teen relationships with accompanying hormones, and show business antics. Join teen heartthrob and star of Heights High, Nicholas, and his Harvard-bound best friend Sebastian, as they navigate life among dysfunctional adults and girls galore, amidst a world of chaos in the 1980s.  This story is both frantic and heartwarming with an exceptional cast of characters.” —San Francisco Book Review
 
“A highly entertaining and nostalgia-rich work of young adult fiction, Showmances and Stage Kisses is refreshingly honest about the adult nature of teenage years. Never condescending to teen readers, Bowden Walker has a knack for portraying the messes that teens get into, as well as the resilient ways they pick themselves back up again, in this captivating young adult novel set against a uniquely evocative backdrop.” —SPR

 

REVIEW: Showmances and Stage Kisses has a lot to process. Set in 1984, it follows the career and personal life of a teenage heart throb actor along with his small circle of friends. Exposed to cocaine, absent parents, mental illness and loss the three friends navigate the last year of high school. There is heaviness as they cope with how to reconcile the Hollywood lifestyle with real life choices like college and running away from home. I found some of the glossy fake persona image of the MC similar to Beverly Hills 90210 or Saved by the Bell. It is tough to see how self- absorbed some of the characters actions are and how they have to self sabotage or survive. Younger readers may miss a few of the 80’s references (Benetton). Overall, I stayed interested until the very last page, but it is a heavy read. Thanks to the author for the advanced reading copy for tour. Content and trigger warnings: cocaine usage, domestic violence, abusive parents, swearing, sex, neglect.

 

About Suzanne de Planque Writing As Bowden Walker:

Suzanne de Planque is a writer, actor, and stay-at-home mom. Theatrical credits include off-Broadway and other New York, regional, and tours; everything from Shakespeare to Sondheim.
She has sung on Broadway. The New Amsterdam, not the street. Though she has probably sung on the street, too.

A few highlights from her years in the theater include enacting what must be every Grimm fairytale in her years as the self-proclaimed Queen of Children’s Theater, playing cut-rate Disney princesses at birthday parties, inspiring a generation of high school students as the DON’T example in a series of job-seeking educational videos, and breaking her neck falling out of a giant teapot dressed as the Dormouse.

The latter resulted in a career change to playwriting and a healthy respect for teacups. Her plays have been commissioned and performed in New York and regionally.

She lives in a little White House in Brooklyn with her husband and son, an impressive array of costumes, swords, and Original Broadway Cast albums, and a world-class collection of children’s books. She is an avid collector of antique and vintage children’s literature, a devotee of War of the Roses and Tudor history, and a fan of literary tourism, in person and on Pinterest.

She has never passed a wardrobe without checking, just in case.

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Giveaway Details:

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

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

3/21/2022

Writer of Wrongs

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3/22/2022

BookHounds YA

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3/23/2022

YABooksCentral

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3/24/2022

Lady Hawkeye

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3/25/2022

Sadie’s Spotlight

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Week Two:

3/28/2022

Rajiv’s Reviews

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3/29/2022

Excuse Me, I’m Reading

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3/30/2022

TakeALookAtMyBookshelf

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3/31/2022

BETTER_0FF_READ

IG Spotlight

4/1/2022

Ravenz Reviewz

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Week Three:

4/4/2022

Angel’s Guilty Pleasures

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4/5/2022

SJ_Bookshelf

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4/6/2022

Lifestyle of Me

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4/7/2022

@coffeesipsandreads

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4/8/2022

Strange Brew Reviews

Review

Week Four:

4/11/2022

Fire and Ice

Review

4/12/2022

Two Points of Interest

Review

4/13/2022

The book review crew

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4/14/2022

The Momma Spot

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4/15/2022

@thebookishfoxwitch

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NOVA’S BLADE by Will Scifi Tour and Giveaway

08 Apr, 2022 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the NOVA’S BLADE by Will Scifi Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours.

 

About The Book:

Title: NOVA’S BLADE: A Young Adult Dystopian Cyberpunk

Author: Will Scifi

Pub. Date: January 29, 2022

Publisher: Will Scifi

Formats: Paperback

Pages: 356

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

THIRTY-TWO WOMEN. ONE ARENA. A BATTLE TO THE DEATH.

After a long war, corporations have replaced countries. Sports are fought to the death. The most popular game is Last Valkyrie, a live tournament where women kill each other for marriage into a powerful family.

For Nova, living in poverty with her mother and sister is a harsh reality that she cannot escape. But when she is kidnapped and forced to fight on the show, her world changes. If she refuses to fight, the bomb in her head goes off. Now winning means her freedom.

With death lurking at every moment, Nova has no idea if her next fight will be her last. But one thing she knows for certain: only one is making it out alive.

Perfect for fans of Hunger Games, The Selection, and The Princess Trials. You won’t want to put down this exciting page-turner!

 

Excerpt:

Bellona’s up. She marches to the ring to a dead crowd. She has  no entrance music or theatrics. She focuses on the ring, holding  only a shield. 

“Bellona is an interesting Valkyrie,” the commentator Fox states. “The sheer power she has makes up for her lack of personality and words. We saw that during the 1st round.” 

“Power worked for her before, but it ain’t gonna cut  it in the ring,” the other commentator Brom says. “You need  patrons, proper training, and great equipment, if you want to  survive this. That lone wolf act can only get her so far. Today  we’re going to see it end.” 

Pyro shoots up from the top of the ramp. From the fire steps  out Hybris in a fire proof suit. She takes off her suit and helmet,  revealing her armor. In her hand is a long metal chain hooked to  a curved blade. Dancing to the ring, she swings the blade in the  air, hurling words to the crowd. 

“I’m on fire tonight! I’m the baddest on this show!  Nobody can touch me!” she boasts. 

The crowd throws roses at Hybris. She earned a handful of  patrons for her brashness, claiming the Valkyries are nothing  to her. The internet lit up with fans and critics when she  mocked Bellona’s late mother who had committed suicide. 

Her armor is bright and thick, providing protection for her body.  The suit, weapon, and even the pyro is paid for by her patrons. I  can only imagine how plain my entrance will be. 

“Compared to what Hybris has, Bellona might as well have brought a slingshot!” Brom laughs. 

Hybris shoves her blade to the camera. 

“I’ma cut her up,” Hybris teases. 

They meet in the center of the ring, face to face before the  bell. Bellona keeps her head down as Hybris dances up and  down, amusing the crowd. 

“Tell mommy I said hi,” Hybris laughs. 

They go back to their corners, and the bell rings. Hybris swings  the blade. Bellona puts the shield up, taking the hit. Before  Hybris can pull it back, Bellona grabs the chain and yanks it  forward, propelling Hybris towards her. Hybris screams in fright.  Bellona decks Hybris in the face with the shield, knocking her to  the ground covered in blood. Hybris’ teeth fly out. The crowd  awes as Bellona mounts Hybris and bashes her face in with the  shield. 

“Oh god!” Fox shrieks. 

“Bellona is turning Hybris’ face into a mud hole!” Brom yells. 

Bellona brings the shield down on Hybris’ throat, slicing her  head completely off. Hybris’ head rolls as blood spurts out her  body, painting the canvas. Bellona lifts Hybris’ head in the air, roaring with her bloody shield. The crowd erupts with cheers.  Fox comes up to Bellona with a microphone. 

“Bellona, how-.” 

Bellona storms past him with her trainer. The camera rolls back  to Fox. 

“Well like they say, actions speak louder than  words,” he states. 

Blaze enters the ring. He picks up Hybris’ head by the hair and swings it in the air. “Who wants her head?!” he yells. 

The crowd goes ballistic as he tosses it to them. The camera shows the crowd fighting over the head.  I’m in disbelief at the entire fiasco. As a kid it was a spectacle, but knowing I’ll be in it soon, is  unbelievable. I finally see the nature of this show for what it is. It’s barbaric and so are the people  cheering it on. Maximus turns off the tv. 

“Come on, continue with your training,” he states.

 

 

About Will Scifi:

Will Scifi is a pen name for an author from California. He loves reading and writing mainly science fiction that touches on themes surrounding American culture. He draws inspiration from the over 500 movies he has watched in the last 5 years, books, tv shows, and real life. When he is not writing, he can be found in the gym or watching movies at home or in the theaters. He thanks all of his fans for their support and highly encourages anyone who has read his work to always leave a review.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of NOVA’S BLADE, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

3/28/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Excerpt

3/29/2022

The Book View

Review/IG Post

3/30/2022

Lady Hawkeye

Excerpt/IG Post

3/31/2022

Ravenz Reviewz

Excerpt/IG Post

4/1/2022

boozybook blog

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Week Two:

4/4/2022

The Litt Librarian

Review/IG Post

4/5/2022

BookHounds YA

Review

4/6/2022

Lifestyle of Me

Review

4/7/2022

Karen Dee’s Book Reviews

Review

4/8/2022

Fire and Ice

Review

Week Three:

4/11/2022

Rajiv’s Reviews

Review/IG Post

4/12/2022

More Books Please blog

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4/13/2022

The Reading Wordsmith

Review/IG Post

4/14/2022

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt

4/15/2022

@jaimerockstarbooktours

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Week Four:

4/18/2022

Two Points of Interest

Review

4/19/2022

@coffeesipsandreads

Review

4/20/2022

fictionologyst

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4/21/2022

The Momma Spot

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4/22/2022

@lexijava

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Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron

07 Apr, 2022 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron

Accidentally Engaged

on March 2, 2021
Pages: 357
Format: Paperback
four-stars
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Reena Manji doesn’t love her career, her single status, and most of all, her family inserting themselves into every detail of her life. But when caring for her precious sourdough starters, Reena can drown it all out. At least until her father moves his newest employee across the hall--with hopes that Reena will marry him.

But Nadim’s not like the other Muslim bachelors-du-jour that her parents have dug up. If the Captain America body and the British accent weren’t enough, the man appears to love eating her bread creations as much as she loves making them. She sure as hell would never marry a man who works for her father, but friendship with a neighbor is okay, right? And when Reena’s career takes a nosedive, Nadim happily agrees to fake an engagement so they can enter a couples video cooking contest to win the artisan bread course of her dreams.

As cooking at home together brings them closer, things turn physical, but Reena isn’t worried. She knows Nadim is keeping secrets, but it’s fine— secrets are always on the menu where her family is concerned. And her heart is protected… she’s not marrying the man. But even secrets kept for self preservation have a way of getting out, especially when meddling parents and gossiping families are involved.

Review

I picked this one up based on the cover and was not disappointed! Bread baker Reena cooks up magic in her apartment. Her new neighbor? English accent, flirty, asks her out. Only problem is he is the “facilitated match” arranged by their parents. Reena is trying her hardest to get out from under the overbearing influence of her parents, and Nadim works for her father. When they share a drink at the local pub and bake together, it seems sparks fly naturally. Their families hold secrets aplenty and pasts that prove to interfere.

Read this in one day. I loved the way the two banter and push and pull together even though they have vowed to not get married. Nadim is good for Reena, they calm one another and help each other through their employment stressors. The sourdough starters are a fun side element. The book also addresses the dangers of trying to live up to an image and realistically navigated depression and mental health issues. Supe fun read!

Content and trigger warnings: discussion of eating disorders, mental illness, open marriage, “F” word, drinking. Adult.

Love Letters by the Sea by Erica Ridley

06 Apr, 2022 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Love Letters by the Sea by Erica Ridley

Love Letters by the Sea

on April 12th 2022
Pages: 202
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What happens when the proprietress of Siren's Retreat discovers the charming romantic she's been corresponding with is same villain turning her beloved property into a gaming hell?

When not responding to advice column letters, entrepreneurial widow Mrs. Deborah Cartwright runs bright, beautiful Siren’s Retreat, legendary for helping her lovelorn guests find their perfect match. Deborah experienced love years before, and lightning does not strike twice. Although there might be a light flirtation with a certain anonymous letter-writer she’s definitely not falling for, there’s no time for romance. Not whilst a heartless blackguard is in town to wrest her beloved inn out from under her!

Clever, career-minded Mr. Patrick Gretham is the trusted man-of-business for a powerful lord, who is eager to turn this perfectly situated property wasted on lovebirds into a gambling hell the likes of which no one leaves with their fortunes intact. Over Deborah’s dead body! The beautiful proprietress hates everything Patrick stands for and will fight him every step of the way. Except when they find themselves on opposite sides of a plume. Or falling into each other’s embrace…

Review

The last in the Siren’s Retreat series focuses on the proprietress behind the hotel that promises to bring people together. Deborah Cartwright is a widow who is convinced lightning doesn’t strike twice when it comes to love. She and her husband were madly in love and helped others find their soulmates at their retreat. In steps Patrick Gretham who is the man of business for an Earl. He’s dead set on obtaining the property for his boss to ensure his future. In its place a gaming hall will be built. That plan goes off the rails when he meets Deborah. Can he risk his occupation and financial future for love?

A slow burn historical romance, it was clean and sweet. I enjoyed that the main characters are older and one is a widow. It’s nice to see them grow together a partners, working side by side. It’s also fun to see a woman take the reins in an era where she wasn’t given an equal chance due to the entailment of the property to her brother-in-law. I haven’t read the rest of the series, but I’m looking forward to it after this and having read Erica’s Wylde Winchesters series. Endnotes of the ARC also had links to free reads by Erica Ridley, so I’m adding more of her books to my TBR pile. Thanks to Netgalley and Webmotion for the advanced reading copy for review.

Content: clean, off page mention of intimacy, kissing.

The Return of the Duke by Lorraine Heath

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Return of the Duke

Once Upon a Dukedom #3

by Lorraine Heath 

Hardcover, 304 pages

Expected publication: July 26th 2022

by Avon Books

ISBN: 0063243202 

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In the thrilling third book in New York Times bestselling author Lorraine Heath’s Once Upon a Dukedom series, the dashing son of a disgraced duke teams up with a sultry beauty to thwart an assassination plot against Queen Victoria.

When his father, the Duke of Wolfford, is hanged for an assassination attempt on Queen Victoria, Marcus Stanwick is stripped of everything. Vowing to return honor to his family, he seeks to expose the others involved in the treasonous plot and bring them to justice. His search forces him to turn to a woman he despises for her unforgiveable betrayal–a woman known as the heartless harlot.

Harboring secrets, Esme Lancaster has her own reasons for wanting to discover who’s behind the conspiracy that’s still afoot. She doesn’t trust Marcus but can’t deny the handsome devil makes her wonder if she does indeed possess a heart, one he could very easily steal.

As their hunt for the truth leads them into danger, Marcus finds Esme isn’t cold and calculating as he’d assumed but fire and brimstone, with courage and determination to match his own. Soon, they’re unable to deny their growing desire for each other. But giving into temptation comes at a cost, and they must decide if love is worth the risk of losing their one chance for redemption.

Review

Lorraine Heath is one of my all-time favorite go to authors for historical romance. Her Dutchess Hunt series installment number three starts with Wolff, Marcus Stanwick coming out of the shadows to confront his father’s mistress Esme. Living in hiding, he is out to clear his and his family’s names as accessories to treason. Esme is not at all what he is bargaining for. She’s younger than he thought, and the chemistry at their meeting in undeniable. Beneath the surface of her outward facade is much more than meets the eye. The two work together well as a team. There were a few stale moments with their informant “O,” but overall, I tore through this book. It’s good to see Marcus come out of his hardened shell.

Readers will also lean about the relationship between Queen Victoria and her personal guardsman as well as early spy trinkets in the final chapters/ epilogue. Victorian Romance with a twist! I cannot wait for the other characters to tell their stories and the Chessmen. Bring on more books.

Thank you to NetGalley, Avon and Harper Voyager for providing me with a free advanced reading copy of this book for review purposes.

LIGHT THE WAY by Lin Stepp Tour and Giveaway

31 Mar, 2022 by in Uncategorized 2 comments

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Light the Way
(The Lighthouse Sisters #1)
By Lin Stepp
Christian Fiction, Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 292 Pages
April 1, 2022 by Mountain Hill Press

In this new coastal series, Lin Stepp transports her readers into the rich, colorful lives of Burke and her sisters, Lila, Gwen, and Celeste, who grew up at the Deveaux Inn and Lighthouse on a windswept island, accessible only by boat. Get ready to be introduced to the ups and downs, joys and sorrows, challenges and adventures of a Lighthouse Keeper.

Life had grown hard for Burke Deveaux at the family inn and lighthouse since her father died. She missed his warmth and still expected to see him walking into a room, his big laugh booming. Burke and her mother were gradually adjusting to the change, and Lila had come home this winter to help, but the workload was heavy. With spring coming and tourism picking up in the South Carolina Lowcountry, Burke welcomed Hal Jenkins’ request for his son Waylon to work for them. Waylon, retiring early from the Navy, knew the island and the lighthouse, having grown up nearby. Burke also knew Waylon well since they’d grown up together. He’d always been older, and she wondered how he’d see her now.

Waylon had been away from Edisto Island for over twelve years now, traveling around the world in the military, but it felt good to be home. He’d hated learning Lloyd Deveaux was gone, the warm-hearted Lighthouse Keeper he’d followed around as a boy. But he liked the idea of coming to stay at the lodge at Watch Island to help the Deveaux family with the inn, lighthouse, and nearly five-hundred acres of land the Lighthouse Station occupied. He knew Burke had picked up many of her father’s old tasks and he looked forward to seeing her again. He’d kept feelings for her clamped down for years but one look at her brought them surging back. How would he handle that with them working together?

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PRAISE FOR LIN STEPP AND HER RICH SOUTHERN NOVELS:

“This book feels just as tranquil as Edisto and has a wonderful, laid back flow, like beautiful ocean waves lapping up on the shore … you can’t help but fall in love with every facet of this novel.” – Christ F. JUST READS Review

“From the stunning backdrop of the South Carolina Lowcountry … this book was like going home.” – Kim Standridge Boykin, Bestselling Author of Palmetto Moon

“Each book showcases Lin Stepp’s natural gift as a novelist for originality and narrative driven storytelling.” – MIDWEST REVIEW

About the Author


Lin Stepp is a native Tennessean, businesswoman and educator. A New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Amazon best-selling international author, Lin has twenty published novels out now, including her twelve beloved Smoky Mountain novels, all set in different Tennessee and North Carolina locations, three Mountain Home books, a novella in one of Kensington’s Christmas anthologies, and four South Carolina coastal novels, including her three Edisto Trilogy books and her first release in the new Lighthouse Sisters series. Lin and her husband J.L. also write regional guidebooks, including a published Smoky Mountain hiking guide and a TN and a SC state parks guidebook, all filled with hundreds of color photos. Stepp’s latest 2022 releases are Eight at the Lake, set in Dandridge near the Smoky Mountains, and Light the Way, set at the SC coast. Writing and adventuring are her joys and more novels set in the Smokies and at the beach are on the way, as well as more colorful regional guidebooks. Lin’s title Claire At Edisto was the 2019 Best Book Award Winner in Fiction: Romance, sponsored by American Book Fest and her novel Welcome Back a finalist in the 2017 Selah Awards. Lin enjoys speaking for events, festivals, libraries, and book clubs. And she loves reading, hiking, exploring out of doors, and keeping up with her readers. Look for her pages on Facebook and Twitter and follow her monthly blog and newsletter, too, that you will find on her website at: www.linstepp.com


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Review

A clean Christian contemporary romance set on an island, Light the Way traces the daily struggles and triumphs of a lighthouse keepers family. Waylon and Burke are childhood friends who have grown up together. With the loss of Burke’s father, Waylon returns to help her family manage the upkeep of the Deveaux property. He is older now and has avoided his feelings for Burke and served in the Navy, but when the two reunite, he reveals his hand. I was expecting the characters to be in their twenties, but both are in their thirties and are given a second chance at love. The history and scenery surrounding them is interesting, their faith is woven throughout the story. There’s mention of prayer and devotion to service. I enjoyed the dynamic between the two main characters as well as the loyalty amongst the island families. An escape to Southern hospitality and the ways of the sand and sea. Thanks to Prism Book Tours and the author for the complimentary signed copy of the book for the tour.

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IN LIGHT OF RECENT EVENTS by Amy Klinger Tour and Giveaway

24 Mar, 2022 by in Uncategorized 1 comment

Fire and Ice is today’s stop on the IN LIGHT OF RECENT EVENTS by Amy Klinger Tour.

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

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a $10 Amazon GC courtesy of Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, check out the giveaway info below.

 

About The Book:

Title: IN LIGHT OF RECENT EVENTS

Author: Amy Klinger

Pub. Date: March 22, 2022

Publisher: The Story Plant

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 336

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

In the 1990s American workplace, survival of the fittest is sometimes less about clawing your way to the top than developing good camouflage. And Audrey Rohmer is doing her very best to blend in as an undistinguished middle manager. Uninspired by her job and uneasy about her father’s new marriage, Audrey coasts through the work week leaning on her “partner in apathy” – an admin assistant named Pooter – to keep her relationship with the married head of her department from becoming water cooler gossip.


But when an old family friend-turned-Hollywood-superstar crashes on her doorstep in the midst of a publicity crisis, Audrey’s under-the-radar status quo gets upended, and the writing may literally be on the bathroom wall that secrets will find a way out.


Equally acerbic and heartfelt, In Light of Recent Events is both an endlessly engaging piece of storytelling and a fascinating commentary on workplaces, families, and fame. 

Reviews:

“I really enjoyed IN LIGHT OF RECENT EVENTS. It’s a fast, fun, emotionally engaging novel about friendship, family, and the day-to-day horrors of middle management. Amy Klinger gives us a delightful cast of characters to relate to, laugh with, and, ultimately, root for.” — Matthew Norman, author of DOMESTIC VIOLETS

“With a wit as precise as an edge of a carefully cut diamond, In Light of Recent Events navigates universal workplace intrigues in this thoughtful story about love, friendship, and growing up.” — Jane Ward, author of In the Aftermath

 

Excerpt: 

My interest in other lives was not kinky, just curious. Seeking out those everyday moments of poignancy or grace, silliness and tenderness, explosive scenes like the shattered window or quiet moments like someone slowly turning the blinds closed for the night.

Though not a skill most human resource professionals would actively seek in an employee, I found that the ability to likewise sit quietly and observe in the workplace provided a subtle advantage that seemed evolutionary in nature. Because really, at its most basic, an office (such as the one in which I worked) was a living demonstration of the pack mentality, whereby every interaction was filtered through the lens of perceived status. And status—whether bestowed by one’s title, office size, or number of subordinates—mattered. When you took the time to look and listen before exposing yourself in a meeting or at the nearly empty coffee pot in the break room, you were better able to navigate the complex social maze of cubicles. This applied to the go-getters as much as the coasters. I fell into the latter category.

Pseudo-voyeur, coaster, technically single young woman with a slight case of ennui and an undersized sense of ambition, this was me circa 1996. And it only mildly troubled me. After all, the vast majority of the world’s population led quiet, not particularly remarkable lives. Odds were, I would never be a Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes winner, but it was just as unlikely that I would be struck by lightning.

What I hadn’t counted on was the kung-fu kick of coincidence. The chance encounter. That notorious butterfly effect that sets in motion a series of actions and reactions that make complacency a joke. Or at the very least, irrelevant.

Regardless, at that time, as long as I had a reliable paycheck that afforded me a comfortable home and the ability to take a nice vacation once a year, I found little to complain about, and even less to strive toward.

 

About Amy Klinger:

Amy Klinger is a fiction writer and essayist, a freelance copywriter and message strategist. She is also an amateur baker, a mediocre mountain biker, and whatever the opposite of “handyman” is. Amy has an MFA from University of Utah and lives with her family in Vermont where she is currently working on her next novel. Visit AmyKlinger.com for blog posts and other updates.

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Week One:

3/14/2022BookHoundsGuest Post/IG Post
3/15/2022#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee BlogGuest Post
3/16/2022Lady HawkeyeExcerpt/IG Post
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3/21/2022Rajiv’s ReviewsReview/IG Post
3/22/2022The Girl Who ReadsReview
3/23/2022boozybook blogReview/IG Post
3/24/2022Fire and IceReview
3/25/2022The Reading Wordsmith Review/IG Post

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3/28/2022Ravenz ReviewzReview/IG Post
3/29/2022Lifestyle of MeReview
3/30/2022Excuse Me, I’m ReadingReview
3/31/2022@jypsylynn Review
4/1/2022Two Points of InterestReview

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4/4/2022onemoreexclamationReview/IG Post
4/5/2022@coffeesipsandreadsReview
4/6/2022pickagoodbookReview/IG Post
4/7/2022The Momma SpotReview
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