Steadfast Blog Tour: Author Guest Post and Giveaway!

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I’m very excited to be part of the Steadfast Blog Tour today!

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Today author Michelle Hauck guest posts on the blog for her Steadfast tour! Let’s take a look at Steadfast.


Eonly_9780062447203 CoverTitle: STEADFAST (Birth of Saints #3)

Author: Michelle Hauck

Pub. Date: December 3, 2017

Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse

Pages: 560

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooks

The final novel in Michelle Hauck’s Birth of Saints trilogy, Steadfast follows Grudging and Faithful in telling the fateful story of Claire and Ramiro and their battle against a god that hungers for blood.

When the Northerners invaded, the ciudades-estado knew they faced a powerful army. But what they didn’t expect was the deadly magic that was also brought to the desert: the white-robed priests with their lethal Diviners, and the evil god, Dal. Cities have burned, armies have been decimated, and entire populaces have been sacrificed in the Sun God’s name, and it looks as if nothing can prevent the devastation.

But there are still those with hope.

Claire, a Woman of the Song, has already brought considerable magic of her own to fight the Children of Dal, and Ramiro, a soldier who has forsaken his vows to Colina Hermosa’s cavalry in order to stand by her side, has killed and bled for their cause. Separated after the last battle, they move forward with the hope that the saints will hear their prayers, their families will be saved, and that they’ll see each other once more.

A stirring conclusion to the Birth of Saints series, Ramiro and Claire’s journey finds completion in a battle between evil and love.


And now to Michelle Hauck’s Guest Post…

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Tell us about how you got into writing?

Writing didn’t interest me in school with the exception of one creative writing class as an elective in college. I got a degree in finance for heaven’s sake and worked as a cost accountant. I doubt many can actually describe what a cost accountant does. Hint: not much writing. But I was always a heavy reader—I’m talking reading a book at the dinner table type of reader—though I had no desire to create my own stories. Not in my 20s, 30s, or even early 40s. My focus was on other things like raising a family. I’m what you might call a late-blooming writer.

So then I had a small medical problem, got it taken care of with a little surgery, and presto, I felt better than I had in years. All this energy showed up all of a sudden. And with that came a flood of ideas and imagination. When I was younger I used to fall asleep by spinning stories in my head. With new health, came the return of those stories. My kids were older and able to drive themselves. They were busy with homework, friends, or video games and didn’t need their mother. My husband said why don’t you try writing your own book? I said okay and here we are…

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Or something like that. It was a little harder than just saying why don’t you write a book. I didn’t know the rules. I didn’t know about agents or querying or passive writing. I sure as hell didn’t know about creating conflict. My first manuscript was ter-ri-ble. Terrible. Maybe admitting that it was 246,000 words gives you a better idea how bad. It got three requests from agents.

But I had a knack for characters who jumped off the page and crafting dialogue. Big ideas came naturally. I just needed to work on other skills.

I joined writing groups and entered stories in critique marathons where you give and get critiques. I learned and grew and got involved in the writer community. A big step was joining twitter and being able to follow agents and read their advice. I made writer friends and started hosting contests.

Long before this, I stopped trying to write a sequel to that first story and started something else. This time I went with young adult because young adult was the hot new thing. This manuscript was leaps and bounds better. No agents wanted it, but it sold to a small press. Then I took a turn at dystopian right when the dystopian market went bust. Not so good but proof that sometimes your luck boils down to timing. After that I wrote some more, playing around with middle grade humor, and landed an agent.

Getting that far probably took five years. No overnight success here. That middle grade book didn’t sell—a painful lesson on disappointment—but I kept moving forward. I didn’t sit still while my MG was on sub, but went back to the sort of stories I loved and wrote a Spanish-inspired adult epic fantasy. Bingo. Harper Voyager wanted a three book deal.

I was in my late 40s when I got a Big 5 deal. Don’t let anyone say that writing is only for the young. The young at heart can play this game too! I wouldn’t say that I was an overnight success by any means. But I was persistent. I learned the tough skin required in this industry and plodded on. And the story isn’t over yet. I have more goals to meet!


About Michelle:

MichelleMichelle Hauck lives in the bustling metropolis of northern Indiana with her hubby and two teenagers. Two papillons help balance out the teenage drama. Besides working with special needs children by day, she writes all sorts of fantasy, giving her imagination free range. A book worm, she passes up the darker vices in favor of chocolate and looks for any excuse to reward herself. Bio finished? Time for a sweet snack.

She is a co-host of the yearly contests Query Kombat and Nightmare on Query Street, and Sun versus Snow.

Her epic fantasy, Kindar’s Cure, is published by Divertir Publishing. Her short story, Frost and Fog, is published by The Elephant’s Bookshelf Press in their anthology, Summer’s Double Edge. She’s repped by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary.

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Check out Michelle’s other books in the series!

 

About the Book:Grudging

Title: GRUDGING

Author: Michelle Hauck

Release Date: November 17, 2015

Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse

Formats:  eBook

Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks

A world of chivalry and witchcraft…and the invaders who would destroy everything.

The North has invaded, bringing a cruel religion and no mercy. The ciudades-estados who have stood in their way have been razed to nothing, and now the horde is before the gates of Colina Hermosa…demanding blood.

On a mission of desperation, a small group escapes the besieged city in search of the one thing that might stem the tide of Northerners: the witches of the southern swamps.

The Women of the Song.

But when tragedy strikes their negotiations, all that is left is a single untried knight and a witch who has never given voice to her power. And time is running out.

A lyrical tale of honor and magic, Grudging is the opening salvo in the Book of Saints trilogy.


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Author: Michelle Hauck

Pub. Date: November 15, 2016

Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse

Pages: 384

Formats: eBook

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 Following Grudging–and with a mix of Terry Goodkind and Bernard Cornwall–religion, witchcraft, and chivalry war in Faithful, the exciting next chapter in Michelle Hauck’s Birth of Saints series!

A world of Fear and death…and those trying to save it.

Colina Hermosa has burned to the ground. The Northern invaders continue their assault on the ciudades-estados. Terror has taken hold, and those that should be allies betray each other in hopes of their own survival. As the realities of this devastating and unprovoked war settles in, what can they do to fight back?

On a mission of hope, an unlikely group sets out to find a teacher for Claire, and a new weapon to use against the Northerners and their swelling army.

What they find instead is an old woman.

But she’s not a random crone—she’s Claire’s grandmother. She’s also a Woman of the Song, and her music is both strong and horrible. And while Claire has already seen the power of her own Song, she is scared of her inability to control it, having seen how her magic has brought evil to the world, killing without reason or remorse. To preserve a life of honor and light, Ramiro and Claire will need to convince the old woman to teach them a way so that the power of the Song can be used for good. Otherwise, they’ll just be destroyers themselves, no better than the Northerners and their false god, Dal. With the annihilation their enemy has planned, though, they may not have a choice.

A tale of fear and tragedy, hope and redemption, Faithful is the harrowing second entry in the Birth of Saints trilogy.


 

Now to the Giveaway!

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Giveaway Details:

2 winners will receive paperbacks of the first two books in the series, GRUDGING & FAITHFUL, US Only.

Enter to win here!


 

Blog Tour

12/6/2017- Cuz I’m A Nerd– Review Book 1

12/6/2017- Always Me– Excerpt

12/7/2017- BookHounds Interview

12/7/2017- Books and Ladders– Review Book 1

 

12/8/2017- Spilling Words– Excerpt

12/8/2017- Myth! Magic! Mayhem!– Review

Week Two:

12/11/2017- Book for Thought– Review

12/11/2017- Author Dan Koboldt– Interview

12/12/2017- Don’t Judge, Read– Review Book 1

12/12/2017- Literary Musings– Spotlight

12/13/2017- Two Chicks on Books– Interview

12/13/2017- K.T. Hanna – Author– Review Book 1

12/14/2017- Books at Dawn– Excerpt

12/14/2017- books are love– Review Book 1

12/15/2017- Twinning for Books– Guest Post

12/15/2017- Book Briefs– Review


 

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Six Little Secrets Blog Tour: Interview and Giveaway!

 

 

Today I’m excited to be part of the Six Little Secrets Blog Tour.

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On my stop of the blog tour I interview author Katlyn Duncan. Check out my interview below and enter to win some prizes!


 

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About The Book:

Title: SIX LITTLE SECRETS

Author: Katlyn Duncan

Pub. Date: November 24, 2017

Publisher: HQ Digital

Pages: 150

Formats:  eBook

Find it: Amazon,  B&NiBooks,  Goodreads

 

 Some secrets can never stay hidden for long…

Six teenagers meet in Saturday detention: a brain, a beauty, a cheerleader, a rebel, a recluse and the new girl.

But someone is watching. Someone has made sure that they are all in the same room at the same time. Someone knows that each of them is hiding a terrible secret…

…and by the end of detention, everyone will know the truth.


 

About Katlyn: Katlyn

Katlyn Duncan was born and raised in a small town in New England. Her overactive imagination involved invisible friends, wanting to be a Disney Princess and making up her own stories. Her bibliophile mom always encouraged her love of reading and that stayed with her ever since. Even though she works full time in the medical field Katlyn has always made time for books, whether she is reading or writing them.

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Interview with Katlyn Duncan  

  1. How did you come up with Six Little Secrets?

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I can’t tell you the exact moment the story came to me, but the tagline, “’The Breakfast Club’ meets ‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’”, popped into my head one day. I loved the idea that teens who were together for eight hours a day for years could know so little about each other. I knew I wanted to write a thriller and having the mysterious element of someone targeting these teens planted the seed for what was to become of the novella.

 

2. Do you have any strange writing habits? (Like writing with fluffy slippers or always sitting in a certain chair?)

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I don’t have any peculiar habits per say, but I do have to listen to music while writing. I find scores of movies and television shows that give me the particular feeling of the piece I’m writing. It helps block out the world and inspires me to write.

 

3. If you are stranded on an island what literary characters would you want to be stranded with you?

Wow, how can I choose?

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I suppose I’d want someone like Gale (The Hunger Games) with me to help get food. As much as I love Katniss, Gale is quite nice to look at. J

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Hermione Granger (Harry Potter) would be next. With her ability in magic, she could bring along her beaded handbag packed with everything we might need. And books.

A character that always sticks with me is Clay (Women of the Otherworld). He’s very attractive, and the fact that he can change into a wolf makes for some fun entertainment.

 

4. What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?

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Get the book written. Period. End of story. That advice was given to me at a signing for an author that I admire. And guess what, I did, and I’ve published eight books now. You can’t publish a blank page. Get your butt in the chair and write. (I say this with the biggest smile on my face, I believe in you!)

Another piece of advice I would give is to form a group of other writers or avid readers to read and critique your work. The writing partners I’ve found over the years have helped me grow so much in my career, and their critiques and advice have changed my books for the better.


On to the Giveaway!

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a $25 B&N Gift Card, US Only.

5 winners will receive one of Katlyn’s Backlist Titles in eBook Format, International.

Enter Giveaway Here!


 

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

11/13/2017- Cindy’s Love of Books– Review

11/13/2017- Books,Dreams,Life– Excerpt

11/14/2017- Smada’s Book Smack– Review

11/14/2017- Stuffed Shelves– Review

11/15/2017- Sweet Southern Home– Review

11/15/2017- Books at Dawn– Review

11/16/2017- Twinning for Books– Interview

11/16/2017- Savings in Seconds– Review

11/17/2017- Hooked To Books– Excerpt

11/17/2017- Mama Reads Blog– Review

Week Two:

11/20/2017- Owl always be reading– Review

11/20/2017- Daily Waffle– Interview

11/21/2017- Kendra Loves Books– Review

11/21/2017- Never Too Many To Read– Review

11/22/2017- Jo’s Book Blog– Guest Post

11/22/2017- Queen of Books– Review

11/23/2017- Literary Meanderings– Excerpt

11/23/2017- Taylor Fenner’s Bookish World– Review

11/24/2017- BookHounds YA– Guest Post

11/24/2017- Texan Girl Reads– Review

 

Wicked Reads: And Then There Were Four Spotlight and 9 Book Giveaway!

It’s that time of month….Halloween!

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And Penguin is doing a wonderful giveaway this Halloween. It’s called the Wicked Reads, a Penguin Random House spooky October collection. 9 spooky books are being given away. That’s right, I said 9! I’m so excited to be part of this campaign so today let’s talk about murder.

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Today I want to spotlight And Then There Were Four. Murder, mystery and parents trying to kill their kids?

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Let’s take a look at And Then There Were Four!


And Then There Were Four (Nancy Werlin)

An unlikely group of allies come together to save themselves when their parents seem to be plotting to have them all killed. Bestselling author Nancy Werlin returns to her YA suspense roots for this page-turner that’s sure to be much discussed.

Let’s not die today. Not even to make things easier for our parents.
Five very different students at a private high school are brought together under mysterious circumstances, and just barely escape a building collapse. Little by little they piece together the belief that their parents are working together to kill them all. Is it true, and if so how did the plan emerge and what are the parents’ motives? But most important, how can these teenagers save themselves? The urgency builds when one of the five dies and the others flee together. This unlikely group gradually bonds as they struggle to stay safe against all odds.


That cover is already spooky enough. I just started this book so a review will soon follow. I’m very intrigued by the concept and so far I’m flying through the book. I need to know the why!  I love murder mysteries but parents trying to kill their own kids? Sign me up for this thriller.

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About the author:

Nancy Werlin is a New York Times bestselling author. She received her B.A. from Yale, was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start author for her first novel, and has since established herself as a writer of literary teen suspense. Her first suspense novel, The Killer’s Cousin\, was an Edgar Award winner and was named by ALA as one of the top 100 YA novels of the past decade; Impossible is a New York Times Best Seller; and Extraordinary was chosen as a Top Ten Indie Next List pick and was named an Amazon Teens Top 10 for 2010. When not writing fiction, Nancy works part-time as a technical writer.


 

Now it’s time to enter the Giveaway!

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Enter the Sweepstakes here!

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The Legends of Luke Skywalker Blog Tour: Spotlight and Giveaway

Today we spotlight a Star Wars Book!

I love Star Wars. I LOVE the movies…except Episode I, II, III!

Rogue One is by far my favorite Star Wars movie but Episode VI, comes close then V, IV. I’ve also read many Star Wars books like PhasmaJourney to Star Wars: The Last Jedi Leia, Princess of AlderaanJourney to Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Lost Stars, Bloodline…so many good ones! I’m glad today we spotlight Journey to Star Wars with Luke’s very own book!

Let’s take a look at The Legends of Luke Skywalker. 


 

About The Book

Title: THE LEGENDS OF LUKE SKYWALKER

Author: Ken Liu

Pub. Date: October 31, 2017

Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press

Pages: 432

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Find it: AmazonAudibleB&NTBDGoodreads

As a cargo ship rockets across the galaxy to Canto Bight, the deckhands on board trade stories about legendary Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker. But are the stories of iconic and mysterious Luke Skywalker true, or merely tall tales passed from one corner of the galaxy to another? Is Skywalker really a famous Jedi hero, an elaborate charlatan,or even part droid? The deckhands will have to decide for themselves when they hear The Legends of Luke Skywalker.

A collection of myths and tall-tales about the legendary Jedi Luke Skywalker, written by Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy award-winning author Ken Liu.


Doesn’t it sound fantastic? It’s always a pleasure to read Star Wars books and go back into that universe with old and new characters.


 

About the author:

Ken Liu is an author of speculative fiction, as well as a translator, lawyer, and programmer. A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, he has been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places.

Ken’s debut novel, The Grace of Kings (2015), is the first volume in a silkpunk epic fantasy series, The Dandelion Dynasty. It won the Locus Best First Novel Award and was a Nebula finalist. He subsequently published the second volume in the series, The Wall of Storms (2016) as well as a collection of short stories, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories (2016). He also wrote the Star Wars novel, The Legends of Luke Skywalker (2017).

In addition to his original fiction, Ken also translated numerous literary and genre works from Chinese to English. His translation of The Three-Body Problem, by Liu Cixin, won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2015, the first translated novel ever to receive that honor. He also translated the third volume in Liu Cixin’s series, Death’s End (2016) and edited the first English-language anthology of contemporary Chinese science fiction, Invisible Planets (2016).

He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE LEGENDS OF LUKE SKYWALKER, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/23/2017- Page Turners Blog– Spotlight

10/24/2017- Twinning for Books– Spotlight

10/25/2017- Mama Reads Blog– Spotlight

10/26/2017- Tales of the Ravenous Reader– Interview

10/27/2017- Eli to the nth– Spotlight

Week Two:

10/30/2017- Nerdophiles– Interview

10/31/2017- Fiction Fare– Spotlight

11/1/2017- Mundie Moms– Spotlight

11/2/2017- BookHounds YA– Review

11/3/2017- Margie’s Must Reads– Guest Post

Haven Blog Tour and Giveaway

 

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About The Book

Title: HAVEN

Author: Mary Lindsey

Pub. Date: November 7, 2017

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 400

Find it: AmazonB&NTBDiBooksKoboGoogle Play Books, IndieboundGoodreads

Sometimes beauty is the beast…

“We all hold a beast inside. The only difference is what form it takes when freed.”

Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere. He’s used to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in, and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike Burkhart.

Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls, though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running from trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for.

Early Praise:

“Dangerous, dark and a definite page turner. Mary Lindsey rocks this book.”

– New York Times bestselling author C.C. Hunter

“A smoking hot hero and spine-chilling mystery = total win.”

– #1 New York Times bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout

“This electrifying tale will take you on an unexpected journey into a secret world of witchcraft and shape shifters. Romance, adventure, and magic! Lindsey leaves you breathless and wanting more.”

– Adriana Mather, #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Hang a Witch

“This is not your mama’s paranormal! Sexy, dark and intense. Unputdownable!”

– Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of Firelight

“Lindsey writes a hero with fire and gasoline. Then she lights a match with break-neck pacing, and scorches a path to readers’ hearts. Don’t blink for a moment.”

– Victoria Scott, bestselling author of Fire & Flood

“Gripping and gritty, HAVEN had me glued to the pages from beginning to end! Rain is the best kind of hero — tough, sexy, sweet, loyal. He charges through this action-packed tale that had me tearing up more than once, and I was perfectly happy to follow!”

– Pintip Dunn, New York Times bestselling author of Forget Tomorrow.

“An utterly gritty and satisfying resurrection of the monster genre.Rain is an intense narrator and you won’t know whether to scream or swoon. Haven is an instant classic!”

– Courtney Moulton, author of Angelfire

“Darkly compelling and deliciously chilling, Haven hooks you from the first line and never lets up. Gritty, spine-tingling, and full of nail-biting tension.”

– Amalie Howard, bestselling author of Bloodspell

“Dark, different, sexy, and edge-of-your-seat intense.”

– Shawna Stringer, bookseller


Review: Haven was a dangerous world full of secrets and thrills which made me fall into the book immediately.

When his mother passes away Rain is sent to live with his Aunt in a small strange town. There he observes a set of teens who seem to be outcasts, separated from the rest of the kids in school. Soon he is thrust into a supernatural world full of magic.

Haven takes the supernatural genre to a whole new level with well developed characters and wonderful description. There was mystery, thrills and suspense that made me turn each page faster and faster. I loved that the book was in Rain’s point of view. It brought a lot of depth and intrigue to this supernatural world.

Should you read it? Yes, it’s the supernatural thriller you didn’t know you needed!

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About Mary:

Mary Lindsey is a multi award-winning, RITA® nominated author of romance for adults and teens. She lives on an island in the middle of a river. Seriously, she does. When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, two Cairn Terriers, and one husband.

Inexplicably, her favorite animal is the giant anteater and at one point, she had over 200 “pet” Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. The roaches are a long story involving three science-crazed kids and a soft spot for rescue animals. The good news is, the “pet” roaches found a home… somewhere else.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of HAVEN, US Only.

Enter here!

 

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/23/2017- Twinning for Books– Review

10/23/2017- Flyleaf Chronicles– Review

10/24/2017- Blushing Bibliophile– Review

10/24/2017- Ex Libris– Review

10/25/2017- Omg Books and More Books– Review

10/25/2017- Novelties- Review

10/26/2017- Deep Dark Feminist Reviews– Review

10/26/2017- Mama Reads Blog– Review

10/27/2017- Kendra Loves Books– Review

10/27/2017- Why I Read– Review

Week Two:

10/30/2017- Bibliobakes– Review

10/30/2017- Betwixt the pages– Review

10/31/2017- For the Lover of Books– Review

10/31/2017- Kati’s Bookaholic Rambling Reviews– Review

11/1/2017- Adventures Thru Wonderland– Review

11/1/2017- Tea With Mermaids– Review

11/2/2017- Hauntedbybooks13– Review

11/2/2017- The Best Books Ever – Review

11/3/2017- Portrait of a Book– Review

11/3/2017- Nerdophiles– Review

A Line In The Dark Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

Today I’m excited to be part of A Thin Line In The Dark Blog Tour!

Let’s take a look at the book!


  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers (October 17, 2017)
  • Language: English
    • The line between best friend and something more is a line always crossed in the dark.

      Jess Wong is Angie Redmond’s best friend. And that’s the most important thing, even if Angie can’t see how Jess truly feels. Being the girl no one quite notices is OK with Jess anyway. If nobody notices her, she’s free to watch everyone else. But when Angie begins to fall for Margot Adams, a girl from the nearby boarding school, Jess can see it coming a mile away. Suddenly her powers of observation are more a curse than a gift.

      As Angie drags Jess further into Margot’s circle, Jess discovers more than her friend’s growing crush. Secrets and cruelty lie just beneath the carefree surface of this world of wealth and privilege, and when they come out, Jess knows Angie won’t be able to handle the consequences.

      When the inevitable darkness finally descends, Angie will need her best friend.

      Order the book here!


      Tawney’s Review: 

      This book was a psychological thriller with complex characters. It was a little tame in regards to those type of thrillers, especially with the beautiful cover, but the mystery kept me engaged.

      Jess and Angie are best friends but they could be so much more until Margot appears. Now we have a love triangle that sizzles of jealousy. The interaction of Jess with Margot and Angie are emotional. Jess has feelings she doesn’t understand for Angie and as Angie flaunts her relationship with Margot Jess’s world seems to be unraveling.

      This book was dark and edgy but I loved the sexual awakening that Jess had. It was mostly seen in her comics that she drew, a queer love triangle that represented her own. I really liked this part. The book starts off with Jess’s point of view but then goes into third person point of view, which threw me off my pace when reading. It took a couple of chapters before I got into the book again. The ending seemed a little rushed and not overly concluded. It was fine but left me wanting a bit more.

      Should you read it? Yes, a mild psychological thriller with a great love triangle that’s a quick read.


      About the author: 

       Malinda Lo is the author of the young adult novels AshHuntressAdaptation, and InheritanceAsh was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction and Fantasy, the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, and was a Kirkus Best Book for Children and Teens. She has been a three-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Malinda’s nonfiction has been published by The New York Times Book Review, NPR, The Huffington Post, The Toast, The Horn Book, and AfterEllen. Malinda is co-founder with Cindy Pon of Diversity in YA, a project that celebrates diversity in young adult books. She lives in Massachusetts with her partner and their dog. www.malindalo.com


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      TOUR SCHEDULE

      Week One:

      October 16 – YA Wednesdays – Character Aesthetics

      October 17 – Twinning for Books – Review

      October 18 – Adventures of a Book Junkie – Author Q&A

      October 19 – BookCrushin – Review

      October 20 – Read. Sleep. Repeat. – Author Guest Post | More than Friends

      Week Two:

      October 23 – Here’s to Happy Endings – Bookish Recipe

      October 24 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Playlist

      October 25 – Sarcasm & Lemons – Author Q&A

      October 26 – Fiction Fare – Review

      October 27 – Boricuan Bookworms – Review & Aesthetics Board

      Things I’m Seeing Without You Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

      Today I’m excited to be the last stop on the Things I’m Seeing Without You Blog Tour!

      Let’s take a look at the book!


      ABOUT THE BOOK

      Title: Things I’m Seeing Without You

      Author: Peter Bognanni

      Pub. Date: October 3, 2017

      Publisher: Dial Books

      Pages: 336

      Seventeen-year-old Tess Fowler has just dropped out of high school. She can barely function after learning of Jonah’s death. Jonah, the boy she’d traded banter with over texts and heartfelt e-mails.

      Jonah, the first boy she’d told she loved and the first boy to say it back.

      Jonah, the boy whose suicide she never saw coming.

      Tess continues to write to Jonah, as a way of processing her grief and confusion. But for now she finds solace in perhaps the unlikeliest of ways: by helping her father with his new alternative funeral business, where his biggest client is . . . a prized racehorse?

      As Tess’s involvement in her father’s business grows, both find comfort in the clients they serve and in each other. But love, loss, and life are so much more complicated than Tess ever thought. Especially after she receives a message that turns her life upside down.

      Funny, heartbreaking, hopeful, and wondrous, in the vein of Six Feet Under and I’ll Give You the SunThings I’m Seeing Without You is a beautiful examination of what it means to love someone, to lose someone, and to love again.

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      Tawney’s Review: 

      With 13 Reasons Why bringing to the forefront teen suicide, this book comes out at the right time to bring further reading of such a serious subject matter…teen suicide.

      Tess is in grief and barely functionable after finding out the boy she fell in love with died by suicide. She drops out of high school and goes to stay with her Dad. She sets out on a journey to discover who he really was and in her own grief help others cope with their own grief.

      The subject is so touchy and emotional I usually tend to stay away from such books that could bring me down. But this book sucked me in and I wanted to know more about Jonah and how Tess would cope. It was heart wrenching to see her maneuver through her grief and try to regain her life. The book was emotional, deep but also there were rays of light with Tess interaction with other characters.

       As the book progressed you find out more about Jonah and it helps the reader and Tess understood him in the end. This was an emotional read with just enough wit to tone down the seriousness. The author does a great job at keeping the pace and moving the reader right along with Tess.

      Should you read it?  Yes! If you liked 13 Reasons Why then you will want to read this book.

      starstarstarstar

       I received an ARC from the publisher and all views expressed are my own.


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      SCHEDULE:
      Week One:
      September 25 – Arctic Books – Author Q&A
      September 26 – Fiktshun – Review
      September 27 – Adventures of a Book Junkie – Reasons to Read TISWY
      September 28 – Here’s to Happy Endings – Author Guest Post
      September 29 – BookCrushin – Review
      Week Two:
      October 2 – The Young Folks – Author Q&A
      October 3 – Dazzled by Books – Review
      October 4 – In Wonderland – Beyond the Pages
      October 5 – YA and Wine – Review & Mood Board
      October 6 – Fiction Fare – Author Guest Post
      Week Three:
      October 9 – Rants & Raves of a Bibliophile – Review & Favorite Quotes
      October 10 – Margie’s Must Reads – Author Guest Post
      October 11 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Author Q&A
      October 12 – Once Upon a Twilight – Guess the Story in GIFs
      October 13 – Twinning for Books

      ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

      Peter Bognanni

      Peter Bognanni is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His debut novel, The House of Tomorrow, won the LA Times award for first fiction and the ALA Alex Award and has been adapted into a feature film.  He teaches creative writing at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota.