Book Tour (Review): Spellbreaker by Charlie N. Holmberg

ISBN-10 : 1542020093
ISBN-13 : 978-1542020091
Publisher : 47North (November 1, 2020)

Paperback : 303 pages
Praise for SPELLBREAKER

“…romantic and electrifying…the fast-paced plot and fully realized world will have readers eager for the next installment. Fans of Victorian-influenced fantasy won’t want to put this down.” —Publishers Weekly
“Those who enjoy gentle romance, cozy mysteries, or Victorian fantasy will love this first half of a duology. The cliffhanger ending will keep readers breathless waiting for the second half.” —Library Journal (starred review)
“Powerful magic, indulgent Victoriana, and a slow-burn romance make this genre-bending romp utterly delightful.” —Kirkus Reviews

A world of enchanted injustice needs a disenchanting woman in the newest fantasy series by the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician.

The orphaned Elsie Camden learned as a girl that there were two kinds of wizards in the world: those who pay for the power to cast spells and those, like her, born with the ability to break them. But as an unlicensed magic user, her gift is a crime. Commissioned by an underground group known as the Cowls, Elsie uses her spellbreaking to push back against the aristocrats and help the common man. She always did love the tale of Robin Hood.

Elite magic user Bacchus Kelsey is one elusive spell away from his mastership when he catches Elsie breaking an enchantment. To protect her secret, Elsie strikes a bargain. She’ll help Bacchus fix unruly spells around his estate if he doesn’t turn her in. Working together, Elsie’s trust in—and fondness for—the handsome stranger grows. So does her trepidation about the rise in the murders of wizards and the theft of the spellbooks their bodies leave behind.

For a rogue spellbreaker like Elsie, there’s so much to learn about her powers, her family, the intriguing Bacchus, and the untold dangers shadowing every step of a journey she’s destined to complete. But will she uncover the mystery before it’s too late to save everything she loves?

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My Review

I received a free copy of Spellbreaker for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.

Once again, Charlie N. Holmberg has solidified her place in my instant yes category of authors. I love her worldbuilding, strong female and male leads, and storytelling. The world of Spellbreaker reminds me of Paper Magician with a strong female lead who is capable of doing something illegal in magical terms. The magic system is different, but equally as intriguing.

The narrative is separated between Bacchus and Elsie giving the reader an interior view of each character. The chemistry between the two makes this power couple a close favorite next to the main leads in Paper Magician.

Spellbreaker is a fantasy book worth rereading as much as Holmberg will remain one of my go to authors. I cannot wait to see what more is in store.

Photo Content from Charlie N. Holmberg

Charlie N. Holmberg is the award-winning author of the Numina series, The Fifth Doll, and many others. Her Wall Street Journal bestselling Paper Magician series, which includes The Paper Magician, The Glass Magician, and The Master Magician, has been optioned by the Walt Disney Company. Charlie’s stand-alone novel, Followed by Frost, was nominated for a 2016 RITA Award for Best Young Adult Romance. Born in Salt Lake City, Charlie was raised a Trekkie alongside three sisters, who also have boy names. She is a proud BYU alumna, plays the ukulele, owns too many pairs of glasses, and finally adopted a dog. She currently lives with her family in Utah. Visit her at www.charlienholmberg.com.

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Book Tour: Counterfeit Lover by JC Farmer

Counterfeit Lover
J.C. Farmer
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: November 24th 2020
Genres: Adult, Romance, Thriller

Darrin Clark is an impoverished young man, madly in love with his long-time friend Janie. He is desperate for a job, and any way to win Janie’s affections. Then a Hollywood studio promises to make him a movie star—if he will submit to a face-modifying procedure they are developing.

Darrin’s love overcomes his fear, and he allows the movie studio to alter his face. Soon his dreams come true. He is extraordinarily handsome, rich, and popular, full of the confidence he needs to earn Janie’s love. Yet, changing faces doesn’t seem enough, and the studio wants him to sacrifice more of his identity than just his appearance.

His plan to win Janie’s heart becomes complicated when she unexpectedly joins the cast and changes her face too. Now a gorgeous star, she’s pursued by prominent, powerful men, and beneath the glitz and glamour, Darrin finds himself in a world of death and deceit, where anyone can have any face.

Several of his friends have been murdered by a mysterious killer, and the ability to alter appearances seems to make the criminal invincible. Soon, Darrin abandons his pursuit of Janie, simply hoping to keep her alive.The only way to outsmart the ruthless villain is to risk everything. How drastic a transformation is Darrin willing to make for love?

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Author Bio:

Jerome Connelly Farmer has had a successful career as an engineer, inventor and technology consultant. He has three engineering degrees from Stanford and an MBA from the Anderson School. He has several patents and spent many years managing engineering teams and consulting for high-tech firms, movie studios, and Fortune 500 companies.

J.C. was born and raised in Ann Arbor, MI. He is an airplane pilot, sailor, scuba diver and avid traveler; he has explored Tibet, camped in the Australian outback, canoed through the Amazon River, and retraced segments of Ernest Shackleton’s famous rescue in Antarctic. J. C.’s passion for wildlife photography has taken him to all seven continents, including searching for Komodo Dragons in Indonesia, wild macaws in the Peruvian jungle, endangered species in the Galapagos Islands, Duck-billed Platypus in Australia, and White Rhinoceros in Botswana.

J.C. is the author of the romantic thriller Counterfeit Lover and the children’s book Santa’s Dashboard. Writing combines his love for adventure, invention and exploration.

When he is not traveling, J.C. lives in Solana Beach, CA.

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Book Tour (REVIEW): The Boy, The Wolf, and the Stars by Shivaun Plozza

Book Info:

The Boy, the Wolf and the Stars by Shivaun Plozza

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

Publishing Date: November, 17, 2020

Synopsis:

A boy and his pet fox go on a quest to find a wolf who has eaten all the stars in the sky before the Shadow Witch destroys the stars and removes good magic from the world forever.

Long ago, the land of Ulv was filled with magic. But that was before a wolf ate all the Stars in the night sky, ridding the world of magic and allowing Shadow Creatures, beasts made of shadow and evil, to flourish. Twelve-year-old Bo knows the stories but thinks the Stars and the wolf who ate them are nothing more than myths—until the day Bo’s guardian, Mads, is attacked by a giant wolf straight from the legends. With his dying breath, Mads tells Bo that Ulv is in danger and the only way to prevent the Shadow Creatures from taking over is to return the Stars to the sky.

And so Bo—accompanied by his best friend, a fox called Nix, a girl named Selene who’s magic is tied to the return of the Stars, and Tam, a bird-woman who has vowed to protect Bo at all costs—sets off on a quest to find the three magical keys that will release the Stars. But Bo isn’t the only one who wants the Stars, and the friends soon find themselves fleeing angry villagers, greedy merchants, and a vengeful wolf. And all the while, an evil witch lurks in the shadows and time is running out.

Book Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48930278-the-boy-the-wolf-and-the-stars

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Boy-Wolf-Stars-Shivaun-Plozza/dp/0358243890

Barnes and Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-boy-the-wolf-and-the-stars-shivaun-plozza/1135053852?ean=9780358243892

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Boy-Wolf-Stars-Shivaun-Plozza/9780358243892

Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/the-boy-the-wolf-and/9780358243892-item.html?ikwid=the+boy+the+wofl+and+ste+stars&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=0#algoliaQueryId=5408b64aee6fb041ddefd283e58fcf22

Indiebound: https://www.indiebound.org/search/book?keys=THE+BOY%2C+THE+WOLF%2C+AND+THE+STARS

MY REVIEW

I received a copy of this book for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation made for this review (unless the enjoyment of your child liking the book too is compensation).

The Boy, The Wolf, And the Stars is a middle grade fantasy book that follows the journey of Bo, a young boy who knows nothing about his past and was raised by a woodsman. At first, you would think this is a typical hero’s journey with magic, a child protagonist, and a dark force taking over the world. However, I found this book to have a bit more.

The narrative is separated in point of view between the third person main narrative following Bo and a nonfiction like section that explains the world in a little more detail. This nonfiction part is amazing. There is a bit of humor that balances the darkness Bo experiences, but with added world building. It reminds me of Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy where you get parts of the guide within the story making the world more interesting and pulling the reader in.

The story is so enthralling that my eight year old, Bug, has requested to read the book. He was reading over my shoulder, oftentimes reading faster than me. If that says anything, it’s a hit for parents and children.

The world is intricate, the writing is great, and the story has you wanting more. Definitely reccomend.

About the Author:

Shivaun Plozza is an award-winning author of books for children and young adults. Her debut novel, Frankie, was a CBCA Notable Book and won a number of awards, including the Davitt Awards and a commendation from the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. Her second novel, Tin Heart, sold in three foreign territories, received two starred reviews, and was nominated to ALA’S Best Fiction for Young Adults list. Her debut middle-grade novel, The Boy, the Wolf, and the Stars, is forthcoming in 2020 from HMH Books for Young Readers and Penguin Random House Australia. She is a frequent contributor to anthologies, and when she is not writing she works as an editor and manuscript assessor. 

Author Links:

Website: https://www.shivaunplozza.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShivaunPlozza

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/shivaunplozza/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14538560.Shivaun_Plozza

Book Tour (REVIEW): Sisters of the Moon by Alexandrea Weis

Paperback: 250 pages

ISBN-10: 1645480550
ISBN-13: 978-1645480556
Publisher: Vesuvian Books (September 22, 2020)
Language: English

Praise for SISTERS OF THE MOON
“Alexandrea Weis does an outstanding job of painting succinct, hard-hitting scenes that carry Durra from a new role in a convent to a more active position confronting supernatural forces and long-hidden truths that could change not just her life, but the world. Sisters of the Moon represents a fine example of the use of the novella form at its best. It creates a superior blend of action, mystery, and evolving protagonist dilemmas and growth that will keep readers on their toes and involved up to the story’s epilogue of unexpected lessons in survival and achievement. Highly recommended for those who like their supernatural mystery stories to embrace a sense of character growth where the fine line between good and evil proves more mercurial than most.” —D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
“While a horror story on the surface, Sisters of the Moon is more than a simple tale of three young women sold to satisfy the debts of others who uncover a dark secret. It’s more than just a fresh take on the werewolf mythos or another banal story about the age-old battle between good and evil. Stunning in its imagery and richly detailed, Weis’s Sisters of the Moon blends history and religion into a tale of sisterhood and empowerment as delightfully slow-burning as it is sinister, smart, and not at all shy about probing the status quo of the treatment of women who challenge patriarchal systems–and who fight to defend what is right. Sisters of the Moon is the kind of supernatural gothic horror women readers in the genre have been waiting for.” —Seven Jane, The Nerd Daily

A monstrous fate will turn a girl into a legend.

On an island in Lake Obersee, where The Sisters of St. Gertrude abide, a destitute Moor named Durra arrives. Sold for taxes, she and her two companions tend to the nuns and their collection of cats. At night, she combs the library for details on the order, the remote island, and the beasts howling outside her window.

But when a prank reveals the sisters’ gruesome secret, Durra is forced to accept a new fate. Bestowed an unearthly power, she must choose between life as a nun or living among the monsters beyond the convent walls.

Her path is about to change the tide in the ultimate war. The war between good and evil.

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MY REVIEW

I received a free copy for an honest review. What happens is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.

SISTERS OF THE MOON is a fantasy horror that weaves female empowerment and mystery. The imagery is dark and the characters are full of life. From the beginning, you are pulled into the situation Durra and the other girls are in.

Weis is clever in how she writes her characters. Each one has personality that doesn’t take away from the other. The darkness of the setting and story is equally as thrilling, leaving a well balanced narrative. Add in the length and you have a a single sitting adventure that leaves you wanting more.

Photo Content from Alexandrea Weis

Alexandrea Weis, RN-CS, PhD, is a multi-award-winning author of over twenty-seven novels, a screenwriter, ICU Nurse, and historian who was born and raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Having grown up in the motion picture industry as the daughter of a director, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable. A member of the Horror Writers Association and International Thriller Writers Association, Weis writes mystery, suspense, thrillers, horror, crime fiction, and romance. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans where she is a permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries and rescues orphaned and injured animals.

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Book Tour (Review): The Christmas Spirit by Alexandrea Weis

The Christmas Spirit
Alexandrea Weis
Published by: Rosewind Books
Publication date: October 27th 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

SOMETIMES IT TAKES ONE BROKEN HEART TO HEAL ANOTHER.

Courtney Winston is a writer on a deadline. Eager to finish her book and get over a recent break-up, she ditches Christmas with her family and retreats to a secluded cabin in the mountains.

Appliances rarely work, and cell service is spotty, but Courtney senses there is more to her rustic rental—something dark and haunting.

Then Peter, the attractive Stone Mountain Lodge owner, and a meddling cook, Mrs. Finn, keep coming around, shattering her peace and offering advice on how to fix her heavy heart.

Courtney grows closer to Peter, but Mrs. Finn warns her of his troubled past. Undaunted, Courtney sets out to win him over. But being with the brooding stranger may end up costing her more than she ever imagined.

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MY REVIEW

I received a free copy via Xpresso Book Tours for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone.

This isn’t my first Alexandrea Weis book, but I may have to put this as my top story. It’s a Christmas story with a spooky element. At first, I was laughing at myself for reading a holiday romance set during the wrong holiday, but the spook factor made it perfect for this month.

I needed something that made me smile and give me the chills. This book was it!

The characters are well written and have you questioning what is going on. I love the story of Perchta too. I didn’t know about her until this book. Once I read up more about her, I was even more sold on this book.

I am going to have Weis on my list of authors to read. Not that she wasn’t to begin with. Just that this book kept her in her spot. This book is perfect for right now.

Author Bio:

Alexandrea Weis, RN-CS, PhD, is a multi-award-winning author, screenwriter, advanced practice registered nurse, and historian who was born and raised in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Having grown up in the motion picture industry as the daughter of a director, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable.

Weis writes romance, mystery, suspense, thrillers, supernatural, and young adult fiction and has sold approximately one million books. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans where she is a permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries and rescues orphaned and injured animals.

She is a member of both the International Thriller Writers Association and the Horror Writers Association. http://www.AlexandreaWeis.com

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Book Tour (Review): Warriors of Wing and Flame by Sara B. Larsen



Hardcover : 384 pages
ISBN-10 : 1250208432
ISBN-13 : 978-1250208439
Publisher : Tor Teen (October 27, 2020)

Language: : English
Praise for SISTERS OF SHADOW AND LIGHT Series
“Packed with fascinating relationships, pulse-pounding romance, and breathtaking adventure, this story held me captive to every page.” ―Kathryn Purdie, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Burning Glass
“I was completely swept away with this fierce magical story of broken family, and sisters trying to survive a mysterious past. Romance, betrayal, gryphons, forbidden doorways, and devoted sisters had me flipping the pages to unravel the secrets of this dark world where no one is who they seem to be. Larson has created a spellbinding world that has all the elements I love―magic, mystery, romance, and sisterhood! I can’t wait for more!” ―Mary E. Pearson, New York Times bestselling author of The Kiss of Deception
“What a stunning gem of a story. Fans of gorgeous, emotional, action-packed fantasy are going to want to snap this up. I loved it so much, I read it in one sitting!” ―C.J. Redwine, New York Times bestselling author of the Ravenspire series
“Larson’s bold and imaginative tale of sisterhood, magic, and monsters is a deft exploration of loneliness, family, and friendship inside a citadel hedged by lies and blood.” ―A.G. Howard, #1 New York Times and international bestselling author of The Splintered Series
“Sisters of Shadow and Light is a rare beauty that will grip your heart and steal your breath away. I adored this book!” ―Jennifer A. Nielsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Traitor’s Game
“Fantasy readers will become absorbed in the world-building and strong relationship between the sisters.” ―School Library Connection
“Fans of the author’s earlier work, as well as that of Kristin Cashore and Rachel Hartman, will enjoy this story. Purchase for those who love fantasy novels and Larson’s other books.” ―School Library Journal

Acclaimed author Sara B. Larson continues her enchanting YA fantasy duology with a timeless fairytale feel in an original voice.

The doorway between the magical Visempirum and the human world has been reopened. Paladin are once more living in the citadel where Zuhra and Inara grew up completely isolated by the magical hedge that trapped them there. Amidst the brewing conflict between the Paladin and humans looms the threat of Barloc, who has stolen Inara’s immense power and continues to elude the Paladin who are desperately searching for him.

In this sequel to Sisters of Shadow and Light, Inara and Zuhra must navigate the treacherous paths of self-discovery, their love for each other, and for the boys who have captured their hearts. Together, they search for the strength within themselves to bridge the divide between the two worlds they inhabit, even as war threatens to destroy everything—and everyone—they love.

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MY REVIEW

I received a copy of Warriors of Wing and Flame from the publisher via JeanBookNerd for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.

I don’t know what it is about me and reading sequels before the first book, but it seems to have become a talent of mine. Warriors of Wing and Flame is the sequel and conclusion to a fantasy duology that focuses on family, loss, and personal growth. Whereas there are sequels that leave you in the dark if you read them first, Larsen does a great job continuing the story without making the reader feel like they absolutely need the first.

Do I want the first? Duh.

You can see that whatever happened in book one the main characters, sisters Inara and Zhura, have grown tremendously. That growth only continues with this book. Between the sisters, it is hard to pick one over the other. Both are dealing with PTSD and depression over the events from book one. What is great is that you see the different ways it is dealt with and how their own relationship is strengthened though hesitant at first.

The magic system is amazing and is probably the biggest reason why I wish I read the first book. Yes, I don’t know how it was introduced, but I was not left confused with what I read. I love the concept of the glowing eyes and sanaulus. And there is something else but I feel it is probably very much a spoiler. Suffice to say, it makes Inara’s predicament even more upsetting, but pivotal.

In short, I am definitely getting book one and start over from the beginning. Inara and Zhura’s relationship is beautiful and reminds me of the closeness I have with my own siblings. Seeing the beginning of their story will only make this reading experience that much better.

Ten reasons to read WARRIORS OF WING AND FLAME

If you love stories about sisters.

If you love stories with really amazing kissing scenes.

If you love stories with gryphons that warriors fly on and have lifelong bonds with.

If you love stories with magic.

If you love stories with shocking plot twists.

If you love stories with misunderstood characters.

If you love stories with an enemies to lovers trope.

If you love stories with high stakes where you’re not sure who will survive or not.

If you love stories where characters think they undertand love but find out they were very naïve and had a lot to learn.

If you love stories that are full of action, adventure, romance, magic, a bit of mystery, and that will keep your heart pounding and the pages turning!

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Sara B. Larson is the author of the acclaimed YA fantasy DEFY trilogy (DEFY, IGNITE, and ENDURE) and the DARK BREAKS THE DAWN duology (DARK BREAKS THE DAWN and BRIGHT BURNS THE NIGHT). She can’t remember a time when she didn’t write books—although she now uses a computer instead of a Little Mermaid notebook. Sara lives in Utah with her husband, their four children, and their Maltese, Loki. She writes in brief snippets throughout the day and the quiet hours when most people are sleeping. Her husband claims she should have a degree in “the art of multitasking.” When she’s not mothering or writing, you can often find her at the gym repenting for her sugar addiction.

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Nerd Blast! Pretty Funny For A Girl by Rebecca Elliott

Hardcover : 384 pages
ISBN-10 : 1682631478
ISBN-13 : 978-1682631478
Publisher : Peachtree Publishing (October 1, 2020)
Language: : English


Praise for PRETTY FUNNY FOR A GIRL

“Elliott, who has previously published picture books and early readers, nails the voice and persona of a high school girl…. A good purchase for libraries that need coming-of-age books centering body-positivity.” ―School Library Journal


“A feel-good story featuring a narrator who’s likable and genuinely funny, even at her most self-deprecating. Dreams, being true to oneself, body-image issues, single parenting, family dynamics, self-confidence, and a realistic depiction of friendship make this a refreshing coming-of-age read full of optimism, dreams, and plenty of stereotype-smashing laughs. A natural pick for Dumplin’ (2015) fans.” ―Booklist


“Sharp, funny… The working-class British milieu feels freshly wrought, and Elliott’s characters are well balanced… [Haylah’s] comedy routine, though at times self-deprecating, also flips some stereotypes.” ―Publishers Weekly

A candid and laugh-out-loud journey of family, friends, and fierce mistakes.

Haylah Swinton is an ace best friend, a loving daughter, and an incredibly patient sister to a four-year-old nutcase of a brother. Best of all, she’s pretty confident she’s mastered making light of every situation–from her mom’s new boyfriend to unsolicited remarks on her plus-sized figure. Haylah’s learning to embrace all of her curvy parts and, besides, she has a secret: one day, she’ll be a stand-up comedian star.

So when impossibly cool and thirstalicious Leo reveals he’s also into comedy, Haylah jumps at the chance to ghost-write his sets. But is Leo as interested in returning the favor? Even though her friends warn her of Leo’s intentions, Haylah’s not ready to listen–and she might just be digging herself deeper toward heartbreak. If Haylah’s ever going to step into the spotlight, first she’ll need to find the confidence to put herself out there and strut like the boss she really is.

Rebecca Elliott’s hilarious and authentic narrative voice is sure to capture readers’ hearts as her plus-sized, teenage heroine navigates learning to love the body she’s in while dealing with friends, family, and boys.

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Photo Content from Rebecca Elliott

Rebecca Elliott was not so much born as assembled from potatoes, cat hair and sarcasm in Suffolk quite a few years ago. A school project of Rebecca’s from the age of 6 reads, “When I grow up I want to write and draw books”, clearly a precocious little brat but still, if nothing else it proves that when she’s made a decision she really can’t be bothered to change it. After a ‘brief’ detour from this career plan involving wanting to be Stephen Fry, a degree in philosophy and a dull office job, she finally got round to doing the whole book thing .

Since then she has become an award-winning (you won’t have heard of the award but come on, that sounds good, right?)and bestselling author of over 30 books for children. These include Just Because, a book about her daughter who had severe special needs and her ongoing series Owl Diaries which has sold 6 million copies worldwide. Her new YA novel, ‘Pretty Funny’ is due out in March 2020. (Published by Penguin, like actual Penguin. Which is dream-come-true awesome) And her mum really likes it.

When she’s not story-making she can be found reading (everyone puts that as a hobby but really, I mean who doesn’t read? Even if its just the TV guide?), loudly venting her issues on the drums, singing in her band, painting pictures only she appreciates, at the movies (again, everyone, right?), podcasting or just hanging out with her husband Matthew (a history teacher), her children (professional monkey-boys), chickens (egg production executives) and cat Bernard (currently unemployed).

        

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Kindle Force: Vampire Samurai by Kailin Gow

Publication Date : September 22, 2020
ASIN : B084HHV1VY
Publisher : RomanceOnTheGoBooks

Imprint of Sparklesoup (September 22, 2020)
Language: : English



Praise for KAILIN GOW“The Saving You Saving Me Project is an important work that covers issues that are real.Read the book [and] support the project.” —Frankie Boyer Show, nationally syndicated show in Boston’s top station.

“[Kailin Gow] is very very sweet and an expert on body issues, self-esteem, and women’s issues…” —Broadminded Show, nationally syndicated show on women and celebrities. Sirius XM Radio.

“Kailin Gow is an expert on young adult issues and self-esteem. On top of that, she’s a very successful fiction author…” —John Mercure, news host on #1 radio news station WTMJ, Milwaukee.

Vol. 2 of Vampire Samurai – continues Evie Everheart’s kick-a$$ adventure with the Vampire Samurai and his band of hot brothers…

Here’s what it’s about:

I am Evie Everheart. As a Life’s Blood Carrier, I am pursued by all vampires who want to become All Powerful or to become human again. Which is practically ALL vampires. Basically, I’m screwed.

Then I meet him, the Vampire Samurai and his band of brothers…another vampire, a fae, and a shifter.
What they want of me, I’ve yet to find out.

Friend or foe?

I don’t know. But as a carrier, all I know is that I must do everything I can to keep the vampires from getting my blood or humanity as we know it, would end.

**Vampire Samurai is a new series in the PULSE Vampires World Series, a YA series appropriate for age 16 and up. Rating is TV-14.

 

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From visiting Romania, Award-winning and Million-Selling USA Today Bestselling Author Kailin Gowwas asked to write stories about vampires; visiting the Black Forest in Germany and seeing the castles of Europe inspired her to write fantasy; visiting Asia’s mystical mountains inspired her to write action adventure and mythological dystopians. From her experience in college as a peer counselor and her volunteer work with women’s shelters, she was inspired to write contemporary romance with social issues for women, new adults, young adults, and teens. Having faced adversity, including battling stereotypes and bullying, Kailin Gow has become a well-known speaker and figure in media. Her adventurous bold spirit has taken her around the world, where she has ridden on top of elephants through jungles, hand-fed sting rays, studied kung fu from a Shaolin Temple monk, and learned cooking from a celebrity chef.

Compelled to write her first fiction book because of 9/11, Kailin Gow now has over 465 fiction books published under Kailin Gow and various Pen Names which are USA Today Bestselling authors in many genres. She is also an award-winning screenwriter, director, producer, speaker, and host whose films have screened and premiered in theaters all over the world including at Cannes. As a speaker and host, she has hosted international shows at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, been a celebrity judge at beauty pageants, been a judge for writing contests, and hosted television series. She was featured as an Indie Author Success Story on the homepage of Amazon for a month and is also included in Amazon’s book called Transformations, and her YA book series called Bitter Frost Series has been made into a digital game, an animated award-winning short film, and is in development as a television series, and her coming of age YA/New Adult romance Loving Summer is being developed as a featured film.

        

 

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Book Tour (REVIEW): Copy Boy by Shelley Blanton-Stroud

Join Us For This Tour from August 24 to September 18, 2020BOOK DETAILS:
Series Title: COPY BOY by Shelley Blanton-Stroud
Category: AdultFiction (18+)
Genre: Noir, Historical Mystery, Literary
Publisher: She Writes Press
Release dates: June 23, 2020
Content Rating:
PG-13 + M. The book includes: the F-word 7 times, the word “g–dammit” 4 times, and one violent fight in the beginning.

Book Description:

Jane’s
a very brave boy. And a very difficult girl. She’ll become a remarkable
woman, an icon of her century, but that’s a long way off. Not my fault,
she thinks, dropping a bloody crowbar in the irrigation ditch after
Daddy. She steals Momma’s Ford and escapes to Depression-era San
Francisco, where she fakes her way into work as a newspaper copy boy.
Everything’s looking up. She’s climbing the ladder at the paper, winning
validation, skill, and connections with the artists and thinkers of her
day. But then Daddy reappears on the paper’s front page, his arm around
a girl who’s just been beaten into a coma one block from Jane’s
newspaper―hit in the head with a crowbar. Jane’s got to find Daddy
before he finds her, and before everyone else finds her out. She’s got
to protect her invented identity. This is what she thinks she wants.
It’s definitely what her dead brother wants.

MY REVIEW
I received a copy for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation made for this review.
Set in the Depression Era, Copy Boy is a new look at feminism, finding your voice, and the struggles society from all around go through. It follows the life of Jane who poses as her long dead twin brother in order to find a job and make a name for herself. In the midst of this struggle, there is a mixture of mystery and corruption that she has to deal with.

What I found interesting about this book is the different types of women and their own inner power struggles. We have Jane, a young woman who has no real prospect but a lot of ambition and drive. There is her mother, a woman willing to do anything and bide her time to get what she wants. There is the girl who Jane moves in with and the other woman who takes her in and guides her through the California city backdrop. Every female character has their own motivations and actions that at first you feel are just that, but if you look at this book with a feminist lens, you start to see a pattern that coincides with society’s view of the female gender.

I found the story itself to be a bit slow, but there was still a level and value of entertainment involved. There are moments that the writing style is almost poetic, but it doesn’t feel out of place or pull away the reader from the book. This is a book I’d like to reread with a theoretical mindset.

Meet the Author:Shelley Blanton-Stroud grew up in California’s Central Valley, the daughter of
Dust Bowl immigrants who made good on their ambition to get out of the
field. She teaches college writing in Northern California and consults
with writers in the energy industry. She co-directs Stories on Stage
Sacramento, where actors perform the stories of established and emerging
authors, and serves on the advisory board of 916 Ink, an arts-based
creative writing nonprofit for children. She has also served on the
Writers’ Advisory Board for the Belize Writers’ Conference. Copy Boy is
her first novel, and she’s currently working on her second. She also
writes and publishes flash fiction and non-fiction, which you can find
at such journals as Brevity and Cleaver. She and her husband live in
Sacramento with an aging beagle and many photos of their out-of-state
sons.Connect with the author: website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ bookbub
Tour Schedule:Aug 24 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Aug 25 – Locks, Hooks and Books – audiobook review / giveaway
Aug 25 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 26 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Aug 27 – I’m Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Aug 28 – Reading Authors Network – book review / giveaway
Aug 28 – PuzzlePaws Blog – audiobook review / giveaway
Aug 31 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
Sep 1 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway
Sep 2 – T’s Stuff – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Sep 2 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Sep 3 – She Just Loves Books – audiobook review / giveaway
Sep 4 –Pick a Good Book – book spotlight / giveaway
Sep 7 – Svetlanas reads and views – book review
Sep 8 – 100 Pages A Day – book review / giveaway
Sep 9 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview
Sep 9 – Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway
Sep 10 – Books for Books – audiobook review
Sep 11 – Hall Ways Blog – audiobook review / giveaway
Sep 14 – Amy’s Booket List – audiobook review / giveaway
Sep 15 – Casia’s Corner – book review
Sep 16 – Dab of Darkness Audiobook Reviews – audiobook review / author interview / giveaway
Sep 17 –Pen Possessed – book review / giveaway
Sep 18 – My Fictional Oasis – book review
Sep 18 – PuzzlePaws Blog – book review / giveaway

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Book Tour (REVIEW): Secret Legacy by Carissa Andrews

Secret Legacy
Carissa Andrews
(The Windhaven Witches #1)
Publication date: September 15th 2020
Genres: Adult, Paranormal

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Nestled in the woods of Windhaven, Blackwood Manor waits to unleash a dark and deadly legacy…

When Autumn Blackwood shows up at Windhaven Academy for the Witching Stick Orientation, she hopes to find out what dormant powers she could possibly possess to have been accepted to the elite supernatural school. Instead, the academy is in chaos as everyone frantically hunts for two missing girls.

But as school begins with Autumn no closer to figuring out her powers, strange occurrences start to follow her everywhere. Even at home, Blackwood Manor keeps many secrets, and Autumn can’t escape its haunting past.

New friends urge her to learn more about her family’s history in order to unlock her powers and make sense of what’s happening at Blackwood Manor, but Autumn’s not so sure. Once an accident brings Autumn face-to-face with death, however, she realizes her gifts are tied to a legacy that can either save or doom them all…

Fans of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, Joe Hill’s Locke & Key, or MR Forbes’ Necromancer: The Complete Series will love The Windhaven Witches.

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MY REVIEW

I received a free copy for an honest review. What follows is my opinion and mine alone. There was no compensation for this review.

Secret Legacy is a paranormal fantasy romance that plays on nostalgia while adding its own flair to the paranormal genre. It is a book that is easy to get into, may take a little time to warm up, but the ending is sufficient enough to entice a reader to the next part in the series.

Written in first person, the book is about a young woman who thinks she is normal but is accepted into a prestigious supernatural university nonetheless. With that mystery, she is pushed into going and is placed in the center of another mystery on top of finding out just what type of supernatural she really is.

As I said in the beginning, the book is easy to start. The writing style is reminiscent of young adult books and reads like one. That, added with the geeky references, it is likely a 90’s kid would at least enjoy parts. That said, it did droll on around the 20% mark.

I wasn’t invested in the budding romance that is introduced in the beginning, though I cannot be sure that it’s more because of my current life or the story itself. The Male lead is charming and has moments where I do like him, but again, I wasn’t too invested. That isn’t to say that the rest of the book was bad.

The mystery involving Autumn, our main character, was enough to keep me reading and it only got more intriguing the moment she returned to the family home she barely remembers.

Secret Legacy is a decent enough first book that I can see growing with each passing addition to the series and world. Worth a look if you want something new and fairly easy to read between the big stuff you are plowing through.

Author Bio:

“An author emerges from the depths of Minnesotan waters. Sci-fi/Fantasy is my pen of choice.”

Carissa Andrews is a Minnesota-based genre-bending author who writes a combination of science fiction, fantasy, and dystopia. When not writing her own books, she’s busy reading them.

Carissa’s internationally bestselling trilogy, The Pendomus Chronicles, is now in digital, print, and audiobook formats. She has hit the scene as an up and coming speculative fiction author who uses a mix of scifi and fantasy, twisted in modern mythology and alternative history. Check out The Final Five, Oracle, Awakening, and Love is a Merciless God!

Carissa has big plans for 2020. Check out her upcoming series, The Windhaven Witches.

For more information on their release, visit Carissa Andrews’ author website: http://www.carissaandrews.com and sign up for her newsletter notifications.

She lives in central Minnesota with her husband and brood of five kids. Not to mention, her insane husky puppies, Aztec and Pharaoh.

Carissa is also a freelance graphic designer, writer and content creator, social media manager, and marketing professional. She writes consistently on topics of science, technology, art, writing, photography, graphic design, health, self-improvement, and more. Her articles can be found published across the interwebs. Carissa is also a Top-Rated Freelancer on Upwork, and can be contacted for freelancing opportunities: http://bit.ly/UpworkCarissaAndrews

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