May 27, 2018

Book Blitz + Giveaway: Moonlight and Midtown by Christina Bauer


 

Moonlight and Midtown (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #1.5)
Author: Christina Bauer
Genre: YA Fairy Tale/Fantasy
Publication Date: May 27, 2018

Publisher: Monster House Books

Description:

After battling werewolves and evil aunties, Bryar Rose is ready to enjoy her new life. No more crazy aunties. Her curse is toast. And Bry’s new man, Knox, is literally a dream come true. Best of all, Bry will soon attend a regular high school. Forget those sketchy tutors! To get ready, Bry is dedicating the rest of her summer to some serious back-to-school shopping with her best friend, Elle. It’s a blast, except for one thing:

Mysterious strangers are following Bry across Manhattan.

All these stalkers have oddly familiar scents and an uncanny ability to slip into the shadows whenever Bry tries to confront them. Even worse, their presence is making Knox act crazy with a capital C.

But Bry’s having none of it. Enough of her life has already been ruined by secrets. With Elle’s help, Bry plans to confront these strangers, find out what they want, and send them packing. Trouble is, the truth about their identity won’t be so easy to manage, especially when Bry finds out how these stalkers could change her future with Knox…and not for the better.

***An interim novella between WOLVES AND ROSES and SHIFTERS AND GLYPHS***


About The Series:
The Fairy Tales of the Magicorum series includes WOLVES AND ROSES (Book 1), MOONLIGHT AND MIDTOWN (Novella 1.5) and SHIFTERS AND GLYPHS (Book 2, Fall 2018). Eight full novels are planned in total.
“That’s why packs have Alphas,” says Knox. “You need to set her loose, and then, let her attack me.”

Every inch of my body goes on alert. “Attack you? Why?”

“Your wolf has been through a lot. Ritual fighting is how wolves work out their place in the pack. Your wolf needs a firm hand.”

I stare at my palm. “Firm hand?”

“I’m not talking about physical power here. I’m talking magic. My power is Alpha energy, but you’ve got your own magic. Once I subdue your wolf, I think you’ll get the idea.”

My head feels woozy. “Ritual combat? Really?”

“Yes. Release your wolf and attack me. Now.”

I hug my elbows. “I’m not sure. If I’m patient, my inner wolf might just calm down on her own.”

“That’s not how wolves work, even when they aren’t of the magical variety. And a werewolf? Our animals are far more intense. I’m your Alpha, and if I let this go on for one more minute, I’m putting you at risk.”

Something in his tone sets my nerves on edge. “Meaning?”

“Your wolf will go feral. When it happens, it’s fast and intense. Your wolf will take over and you’ll disappear.”

I suck in a shaky breath. “She wouldn’t.”

My wolf’s voice sounds in my head. “We will run! I demand we shift NOW!

That manic tone to her voice is now higher than ever before. Every inch of my body trembles with the urge to shift. I reply to my wolf in my mind.

Didn’t you hear what Knox said?” Normally, my wolf can’t help but listen in on most of my conversations. “Our mate thinks you’re going feral.

Mate?” The manic tone to her voice hikes up an octave. “We have no mate. All we have is the need to run.

A chill runs up my spine. “You don’t remember our mate?

No mate! Run, now!

My blood chills. No matter what happens, my wolf always knows her mate. In fact, my usual complaint is that she won’t shut up about him.

This is really happening. My wolf is going feral.

All of a sudden, it’s like I can’t pull in enough air. “You’re right. My inner wolf is losing her mind.”

“Hey, I won’t let that happen.” Knox rests his hands on my shoulders. “Breathe, Bry.”

It takes serious concentration, but I slow my racing pulse a little. “Okay.”

“Now, you need to set your wolf loose and trust me. Can you do that, yeah?”

“I can try.”

“Good.” Knox pulls off his dress shirt over his head and tosses it aside. “Set her loose.”

Normally, the urge to shift is a constant tug of war between me and my wolf. Most times, all it takes is for me to stop fighting the urge to shift. After that, I turn furry. So that’s what I do now—I drop my guard and let my wolf take over.
Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. The first three books in the series are now available as audiobooks on Audible and iTunes.

Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.







 
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May 26, 2018

Book Blast + Giveaway: A Gentle Heart by Christie Logan

A Gentle Heart by Christie Logan 

Ambitious realtor Alex has plans for his life—big plans—and getting dumped by his fiancĂ©e won't sidetrack him. He'll have to face her again at an important business function, but he won't let himself be the object of pity and scorn. What better way to show the world—and his ex— how well he's doing than to arrive with a beautiful woman on his arm? A woman he finds, of all places, behind the lingerie counter of a department store. 

Tyffanie has dreams that extend far beyond her sales counter, but she's been burned by men only interested in her looks. Deep inside, she's still the gawky, freckle-faced girl other kids used to tease. When handsome, successful Alex enters her life, everything changes. He's the first to look beneath the surface, respect her, and care about her hopes and dreams. 

Alex discovers there is so much more to Tyffanie than outward beauty. He's falling in love with her kind soul and gentle heart when he must decide how far he's willing to pursue success and all its trappings. Because his need to win at all costs may cost him Tyffanie's love. 

    
 
Somehow, in spite of all their silliness, they found themselves at her building. So engrossed in her company, he hadn't realized where she'd been leading him. He accompanied her up the walkway to the stoop. The lantern beside her front door glowed yellow, illuminating her bright hair. Her cheeks were pink with cold. Were her lips cold too? He imagined warming them with his own. 

She took both his hands in hers. "Thank you for tonight, Alex. I had so much fun." 

"I should be thanking you," he said, his gloved hands holding fast to hers. "You planned the evening." He didn't want to let her go. Didn't want to say good night. It wasn't that late, was it? 

"I'm glad." She paused, gazing up at him, and for a moment he forgot to breathe. His mind went blank as he lost himself in her beautiful brown eyes. 

Then it hit him. She was waiting for him to kiss her. 

His heart thudded and for an instant he was back in time, once again an awkward sweaty fifteen year old who'd never kissed a girl.  

Quick, dummy! A voice inside him hissed. Make your move before she changes her mind.
 
 
 
Christie Logan writes sweet romance straight from the heart. She lives in upstate New York with too many pets, too many dust bunnies lurking under the bed, and too many plot bunnies bouncing around in her head. She thinks everyone deserves a happy ending and in her books, they get one. 





      
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May 25, 2018

Best Beach Ever Blog Tour: Spotlight + Giveaway

Best Beach Ever (Ten Beach Road #6)
Author: Wendy Wax
Genre: Women's Fiction/Chick Lit
Release Date: May 22, 2018
Publisher: Berkley

Description:

In the latest Ten Beach Road novel, Maddie, Nikki, and Avery all move into cottages at the Sunshine Hotel—and in this charming new location, begin to pursue daring new dreams.

After giving up their renovation-turned-reality-TV-show Do Over, the ladies of Ten Beach Road move into cottages at the Sunshine Hotel and turn their beloved Bella Flora over to its wealthy mystery tenant. Now, each woman will be forced to reexamine and redefine her life, relationships, and dreams.
 


Praise for the novels of Wendy Wax:
“If you’re a sucker for plucky women who rise to the occasion, this is for you.”—USA Today
 
“Fans of Jane Green and Mary Alice Monroe will adore Wax's lively characters, witty dialogue, and heartfelt prose.”—Booklist 
 
“Wax’s Florida titles [the Ten Beach Road novels] are terrific for lovers of women’s fiction and family drama, especially if you enjoy a touch of suspense and romance.”—Library Journal 
 

[Wax] writes with breezy wit and keen insight.”—The Atlanta Journal Constitution

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35840010-best-beach-ever

I write novels that explore friendship, self-discovery and the challenges life brings us, leavened with a touch of humor. I'm proud of all my books and perhaps best known for my "Ten Beach Road" titles including the USA Today bestsellers, Ten Beach Road and The House on Mermaid Point, and for While We Were Watching Downton Abbey.

I was born in St.Petersburg, Florida and grew up on St. Pete Beach within spitting distance of the Gulf of Mexico. I went, appropriately enough, to Sunshine Elementary School where recess and art class sometimes took place on the beach, and the highlight of every school year was the annual fish broil.

It’s hard to be a type-A personality when you grow up in such a laid back environment, but I managed. Convinced that you were expected to know how to read BEFORE you showed up for school, I forced a neighbor friend to teach me to read at the age of five. I’ve been reading ever since.

Books, in all forms, are one of my greatest pleasures and best forms of escape. And they’ve had a major impact on my life.

I went to the University of Georgia after reading Gone with the Wind one too many times. For a while I re-read Margaret Mitchell’s classic yearly, saw the movie whenever it played within twenty miles, and could quote large passages from memory. Today I have a growing GWTW collection, and the time I spoke at he Margaret Mitchell House was an incredible thrill.last

After college I worked in radio, television, and film. Like Olivia in 7 DAYS AND SEVEN NIGHTS, I’ve done live talk radio. I hosted a show in the eighties called Desperate & Dateless, and while I was never locked in an apartment for a week with a webcam rolling as she was, I did fall in love. Happily, the man who swept me off my feet consults with financial types and understands the bottom line. Unlike Olivia’s nemesis, Matt Ransom, my husband has never, to my knowledge, advised anyone to ‘love the one they’re with.’ We live in Atlanta with our two sons. (Author bio & photo taken from Goodreads.)


Links:
http://www.authorwendywax.com/  
https://www.facebook.com/AuthorWendyWax 
https://twitter.com/Wendy_Wax 
https://www.instagram.com/waxwrites/ 
https://www.pinterest.com/waxwrites/ 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFm8RtzZTkLNiD6XtuPUqsQ 
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/163926.Wendy_Wax
 (1) Paperback copy of BEST BEACH EVER - Open to US residents only!
 







 

Cover Reveal: Blizzard by Cambria Hebert


 

Blizzard (BearPaw Resort #2)
Author: Cambria Hebert
Genre: Adult Romantic Suspense/Thriller
Release Date: June 15, 2018

Description:

An arctic blast is coming…
Fleeing to the wintry town of Caribou was always meant to be temporary,
BearPaw Resort just a place to hide.
Never in a million years did I expect that running back to the past
would bring me face to face with my future.
But it did, and now everyone I love is in danger.
I’ve already escaped death three times, and I know my luck is running out.
I’m left looking over my shoulder, watching and waiting,
knowing they’re coming
But when?
Hiding is impossible when the mob wants you erased,
and I love Liam far too much to try to disappear.
The more time I spend with him, the more I realize how much he needs me.
A darkness lurks inside him, and the colder it gets, the more I see it in his eyes.
So here I am, more afraid than ever before.
Giving up isn’t an option. Giving in will get us killed.
A blizzard is brewing on our mountain,
more frigid than anything we’ve ever felt.
With everything we ever wanted at stake, the only option is to fight.

When life turns arctic…
Who will survive the blast?



Book 1 in the series:


Cambria Hebert is an award winning, bestselling novelist of more than twenty books. She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major, and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair.

Besides writing, Cambria loves a caramel latte, staying up late, sleeping in, and watching movies. She considers math human torture and has an irrational fear of chickens (yes, chickens). You can often find her running on the treadmill (she’d rather be eating a donut), painting her toenails (because she bites her fingernails), or walking her chorkie (the real boss of the house).

Cambria has written within the young adult and new adult genres, penning many paranormal and contemporary titles. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense. A few of her most recognized titles are: The Hashtag Series, Text, Torch, and Tattoo.

Cambria Hebert owns and operates Cambria Hebert Books, LLC.





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Cover Reveal: Awakened by Dot Caffrey


 

Awakened (The Power Trilogy #1)
Author: Dot Caffrey

Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: August 31, 2018

 Publisher: Acorn Publishing
 
Description:

Power and Prophecy!

Seventeen-year-old Regnaryn grew up in an idyllic land among mythical beings. She believes she is the last surviving human.

Her world begins to shatter when Evil invades her dreams, demanding she relinquish unknown powers foretold by her long-deceased mother. When Graeden, a young human male, arrives, he further disrupts her once-orderly life. Her emotions in chaos, Regnaryn flees the only home she’s ever known, only to be captured by the servants of Evil from her dreams. Now she must take a stand, confronting her late mother’s prophecy while also attempting to survive and protect those she loves.


I was born and raised in New York, mostly on Long Island not “The City”. After high school, I moved to California and then did a three-year stint in the Navy before going to college and getting a Microbiology/Medical Technologist degree.
 

According to my Dad, I’ve been a storyteller from the time I began talking (which was at a very young age). But, it wasn’t until a few years ago that I decided to take my passion for writing and my love for all things magical or mythical seriously and set out to write fantasy novels.

When I’m not at my day job or writing, I enjoy creating and wearing costumes (cosplay), playing video games (though, I’m not very good at it) and watching NHL hockey and assorted other things many of which are merely time wasters. Of course, hanging out with my friends and my cats also pleasantly fills my time.





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May 24, 2018

The Brightsiders Blog Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway


 

The Brightsiders
Author: Jen Wilde

Genre: YA Contemporary/LGBTQ+
Publication Date: May 22, 2018

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Description:

A teen rockstar has to navigate family, love, coming out, and life in the spotlight after being labeled the latest celebrity trainwreck in Jen Wilde’s quirky and utterly relatable novel.
As a rock star drummer in the hit band The Brightsiders, Emmy King’s life should be perfect. But there’s nothing the paparazzi love more than watching a celebrity crash and burn. When a night of partying lands Emmy in hospital and her girlfriend in jail, she’s branded the latest tabloid train wreck.

Luckily, Emmy has her friends and bandmates, including the super-swoonworthy Alfie, to help her pick up the pieces of her life. She knows hooking up with a band member is exactly the kind of trouble she should be avoiding, and yet Emmy and Alfie Just. Keep. Kissing.

Will the inevitable fallout turn her into a clickbait scandal (again)? Or will she find the strength to stand on her own?


When we pull up to the building, photographers and TV cameras are waiting. Chloe untwists the lid of their plum brown lipstick and slides it over their bottom lip. I must have seen them wear it a hundred times, but it always looks amazing. It compliments the green hues in their eyes and their dark brown skin perfectly. One of the many things we have in common is that we both wear make-up like knights wear suits of armor. I hope mine protects me from the arrows coming my way today.

The driver steps out of the car first, doubling as our bodyguard. Paparazzi rap their knuckles on the window. TMZ, Entertainment Now, and a host of other celeb gossip reporters are here, their lenses pointed right at me.

"Oh, God," I groan.

"Neutral," Chloe says. I nod.

I dab a fresh layer of powder over my nose, ease my sunglasses over my eyes and step out of the car. I keep my head down as our bodyguard pushes through the crowd. I don't cry. I don't smile. Not even when the barrage of questions start.

"How are you, today, Emmy?"

"Hey Chloe! Are you on babysitting duty today?"

"Have you been drinking this morning, Em?"

“Where’s Jessie this morning? Still in jail?”

"Are you an alcoholic, Emmy?"

"Emmy! How does it feel to hit rock bottom?"

Security ushers us into the foyer and we hurry to the elevators, desperate to get out of sight.

“You’ve got this,” Chloe says when we reach the top floor.

Jen Wilde is a writer, geek and fangirl with a penchant for coffee, books and pugs. She writes YA stories about zombies (AS THEY RISE), witches (ECHO OF THE WITCH) and fangirls (QUEENS OF GEEK). Her debut series reached over three million reads online and became an Amazon bestseller. Her next book, THE BRIGHTSIDERS, comes out May 2018, and GOING OFF-SCRIPT releases Summer 2019.

When she’s not writing, Jen loves binge-watching her favorite shows on Netflix, eating pizza, traveling to far away places and going to conventions in Marty McFly cosplay.






 
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May 23, 2018

Aftermath Blog Tour: Review

Aftermath
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Release Date: May 22, 2018
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers

Description:

Three years after losing her brother Luka in a school shooting, Skye Gilchrist is moving home. But there's no sympathy for Skye and her family because Luka wasn't a victim; he was a shooter.

Jesse Mandal knows all too well that the scars of the past don't heal easily. The shooting cost Jesse his brother and his best friend--Skye.

Ripped apart by tragedy, Jesse and Skye can't resist reopening the mysteries of their past. But old wounds hide darker secrets. And the closer Skye and Jesse get to the truth of what happened that day, the closer they get to a new killer.
  


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35294262-aftermath
 
Aftermath is a fantastic multi-faceted new young adult novels that fans of all genres are going to love. When I first read the description, I thought this was a contemporary novel about the topic of school shootings and what happens in the aftermath. Which is sadly very relevant in our society. After I started reading though, it turned out to be so much more than a simple look at a cultural issue plaguing our country. It became one of romance, diverse characters, and also a mystery full of twists and turns that kept me guessing right until the end. The author did a wonderful job weaving all of these genres together to create a unique and engaging novel that I read over the course of a few hours in one sitting.

The story's two main characters - Skye and Jesse - were realistic and easy to identify with right from the beginning. We get to know them both quite well throughout the book and we get to see their shattered friendship mend and then blossom into something new. I loved watching them together as well as getting to know all the small details about them separately - their memories, hopes and fears, how the shooting had effected them, and everything in between. Another plus for me was that Jesse (or Jesser, his given name) can be considered a diverse character. His parents are from Bangladesh, but he was born in the U.S. We get to learn a little bit about his heritage, culture, and religion (which is Muslim). The big thing that I loved was that these details about Jesse didn't take over his entire character. They didn't completely define him. They were simply parts of his character, just like the facts that we learn about Skye and her family. I liked that it was included in the story but didn't overshadow the main plot.

Another big thing for me was the writing style the author chose. We get alternating perspectives between Skye and Jesse, which was a great choice in my opinion. Skye's chapters are told from the first person point of view, while Jesse's are done in the third person. I'm not quite sure why the author decided to write them this way instead of writing both characters in the first person. Don't get me wrong - it worked great for the story and we get to really feel like we're there with both of them and see things through each of their eyes, but I would've personally preferred both characters done in the first person. That's purely my preference and says nothing bad about the writing or the book. The plot was a nice mix of several different genres that seamlessly blended together to create a truly original novel. I enjoyed the contemporary aspect and liked the romance between Skye and Jesse, but the main pull for me was the mystery/thriller aspect. Thrillers are one of my favorite genres and this book didn't skimp on that part of the story. There were red herrings and tons of twists and turns that kept knocking my theories back to square one. It took me quite awhile to finally figure out who was behind it all and why, which says something about the author's writing ability. I've read so many thrillers that it's hard to surprise or stump me anymore, but this one got me. I highly recommend this book for fans of the several genres I've mentioned along with anyone wanting a great novel relevant to the times we live in.