Dead Girls Don’t Dance Release Day Blitz

I am so excited that DEAD GIRLS DON’T DANCE by H.G. Lynch is available now and that I get to share the news!

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

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a super cute sugar skull clutch, courtesy of H.G. and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.


 

 

Title: DEAD GIRLS DON’T DANCE

Author: H.G. Lynch

Pub. Date: November 2, 2018

Publisher: H.G. Lynch

Formats: eBook

Pages: 33

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon

What would you do if you woke up dead?

Gabriella remembers only parts of dying. She knows when she wakes up in a casket that she didn’t survive the crash.

But being dead doesn’t mean she can’t enjoy the afterlife.

Antonio is mysterious, lonely, and charming. Fortunately, he’s dead too.

With only two days before the end of the Day of the Dead festival, they have to figure out how to catch a murder, avoid the Grim Reaper, and get their Spirits to the Other Side before the Gate – between the living world and the realm of the dead – closes for another year.

Check out the Book Trailer


Excerpt:

I felt dead. I couldn’t tell you exactly what it felt like, but I knew the moment I woke up that I wasn’t alive anymore. It was a sort of inner silence, the lack of my body’s natural mechanisms ticking and tocking – no heartbeat, no gurgling stomach, no wheezy lungs.

Scattered around my casket were bouquets of flowers – rich golden marigolds and butter yellow chrysanthemums. The air smelled of their sweet perfume, and of sugar.

I sat up, my body stiff and cold. Looking around, I saw I was surrounded by headstones, each garnished generously with orange flowers, fine decanters of wine or brandy, and plates of cookies shaped like skulls.

The cemetery was also full of people. Men and women with brightly painted faces, in lavish clothing, knelt by the headstones, chatting, drinking, and sharing food. As far as I could tell, mine was the only open grave.

Curious, and tired of sitting in a hard casket, I tried to stand. But my body wouldn’t co-operate. It was like I had no balance. Grabbing onto the sides of the casket, I carefully got my legs under me, and then used the side of the hole to pull myself up.

It was easier than I expected to haul myself up over the lip of the hole and onto the grass. It was as if the muscles in my arms didn’t care how much I weighed.

Sitting on the edge of my own grave, I looked around to see if anyone had noticed me climbing out of the hole, but nobody was looking my way.

 


 

About H.G.:

H.G. Lynch is a Paranormal Romance author from Scotland. She is an avid reader, and cat-lover. She spends most of her days writing, while wrestling her cat off her laptop. She loves horse-riding, Star Trek, and snow.

 

Her books are dark paranormal romances.

 

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon Author Page


 

Giveaway Details:

1 winner will win a sugar skull clutch.

Enter HERE!

 

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Wicked Reads Blog Tour: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns and Dia de los Muertos spotlight

 

Welcome to a spooctacular time called the Wicked Reads Blogger Campaign!

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PeguinTeen is running such the fun blog tour Wicked Reads Blogger Campaign. Perfect for Halloween and Dia de los Muertos. Bloggers had to pick from a selction of candies, which each candy had a book associated with it. We had to wait for our package to see what book correlated with our candy. I picked jolly ranchers and got the book Forest of a Thousand Lanterns and it’s sequel.. surprise!

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Thanks to @PenguinTeen for this amazing WickedReads package!


Let’s take a look at the book!

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng (pronounced She-fung) is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her.

Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of greatness too high? To claim her place beside the Emperor, Xifeng must cast aside Wei, the young man who has longed to marry her since childhood. And darker still, she will have to embrace the callous magic that runs through her veins–magic fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed–for the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is complete.

Set in an East Asian-inspired fantasy world filled with both breathtaking pain and beauty, FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS possesses all the hallmarks of masterful fantasy–dazzling magic, heartbreaking romance, and a world that hangs in the balance.

Order the book here!


Today is a special day, not only is it my birthday…

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but it is the Mexican Holiday Dia de los Muertos, The Day of the Dead.  The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and by people of Mexican heritage elsewhere, especially in Arizona where I’m from. It is a multi-day holiday, starting with October 31st All Saints’ Eve, November 1st All Saints’ Day and ending November 2nd All Souls’ Day, that focuses on gatherings of family and friends to support the spiritual journey of friends and family members who have died. It is a time for prayer and rememberance of loved ones. If you have seen Disney’s Coco then you know about Dia de los Muertos. (I LOVE THIS MOVIE)

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This holiday honors the dead and shouldn’t be associated with Halloween. It is not for scare or horror but for remembrance of loved ones lost. Recently it has become popular for people to dress up in painted skull faces and decorative outfits to celebrate Dia de los Muertos.

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Families make colorful alters in their homes for their deceased loved ones. It can be decorated with flowers, candles, and favorite food of the deceased.

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The festivities can continue to the cemetery where families have picnics, play music or even spend the night to celebrate the loved ones they lost.

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Living in Arizona has made me fall in love with the Mexican culture and this holiday. It’s even special because it’s our birthday and my twin sister and I love to celebrate it and remember our loved ones.

 

Thank you Penguin Young Readers for letting me be part of this!


Follow the rest of the tour here by candy!

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Sour Patch Kids

October 29 – A Warrior’s Library – Creative Instagram Picture

October 30 – Jo Loves to Read – Creative Instagram Picture

October 31 – Under the Book Cover – Characters: Costumes and Trick-o-Treat Candy

November 1 – The Page Mistress – Unboxing + Creative Instagram Picture + Sour vs. Sweet Post

November 2 – YA Bibliophile – Halloween Recipe

Twizzlers

October 29 – Read with Allison – Dream Halloween Party + Guests

October 30 – The MegaNerd – Inspired by the book: Pumpkin Decorating

October 31 – Bookbabe88 – Creative Instagram Picture

November 1 – Jena Brown Writes – Creative Instagram Picture + Halloween costumes based on a few characters from the book

November 2 – Treestand Book Reviews – Unboxing + Spooky Game

 

Jolly Rancher Sticks

October 29 – A Court of Coffee and Books – Spooktacular Book Reading Party

October 30 – Cheyenne.Reads – Photoshoot in a historical cemetery

October 31 – The Bibliophagist – Creative Halloween Picture +  Characters: Friends or Enemies

November 1 – Book Fidelity – Snack + Drink Recommendations

November 2 – Twinning for Books – Dia de los murtos: Day of the dead spotlight with fun gifs and spooky facts about the holiday

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October 29 – Bookwormgram – Spooky Halloween/Autumn Creative Instagram Picture

October 30 – The Review Room – Moodboard + Playlist

October 31 – Books coffee and repeat – Creative Graphic

November 1 – Page travels – Creative Instagram Picture

November 2 – Kat’s Books – Horror Movie Listicle

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October 29 – Bookish Lifestyle – Haunting Creative Instagram Picture + Truth or Dare Game

October 30 – Tenacious Reader – Digital Blackout Poetry

October 31 – live.laugh.love.library – Halloween themed picture + Listicle

November 1 – Sarcasm & Lemons – Aesthetic Board

November 2 – Fangirl.Bookgram – Halloween themed Creative Instagram picture

 

Love Double Dutch Review

I remember Double Dutch as a kid.

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I wasn’t good at it but there were girls and boys out there who rocked at Double Dutch! I mean they were superstars!

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Today I review a cute middle grade book revolving around this fun game. Let’s take a look at Love Double Dutch!


 

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From the creator of the popular Disney Channel original movie, Jump In! comes a double Dutch novel perfect for fans of stories about sports, summer, and friendship.

Brooklyn middle-schooler MaKayla can only think about one thing–taking her double Dutch team all the way to the National Jump-off at Madison Square Garden. That is, until her mother breaks the news. Kayla has to spend the summer at her aunt’s house in North Carolina while her parents work out their problems . . . or decide to call it quits.

Kayla does not feel at home in the South, and she certainly doesn’t get along with her snooty cousin Sally. It looks like her Jump-off dreams are over.

Hold the phone! Turns out, double Dutch is huge in the South. She and Sally just need to find two more kids for a team. And a routine. And the confidence to stand up to the double Dutch divas who used to be Sally’s BFFs. Time to show those Southern belles some Brooklyn attitude!

Order here!


My Review:    MaKayla didn’t expect to spend a summer with her Aunt in North Carolina.  This doesn’t sit well with her since she wants her Double Dutch team to go to the National Jump-off at Madison Square Garden. But with her cousin Sally, MaKayla may get her dream of going to the Nationals!

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I loved MaKayla ! She had a drive and passion to follow her dream, even if it was tough to get to. Her determination to get to Nationals was so positive, especially when it comes to teamwork, because you need a team to get there.

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Doreen does a wonderful job at explaining Double Dutch and all the rules the girls must go through to compete in this sport. I had not realized there were so many rules into jumping.

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MaKayla was a sassy fun character who you couldn’t help but root for all the way. I loved her tomboy attitude and determination even as she struggled with family and friends situations. The book did take some serious turns regarding MaKayla’s parents separation but that didn’t take away from the story. And in reality it’s quit common in middle school. The pace was perfect and the humor wonderful.

Should you read this? Yes! Love Double Dutch was a fun read with diverse characters and a wonderful setting.

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The Window Blog Tour: Q and A with author Amelia Brunskill

Today we’re excited to be interviewing author Amelia Brunskill of The Window.

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If you don’t already know Kristen and I are twin sisters, she is 3 minutes older, and we wanted to read this book together…because it is about twins!  We came up with some questions regarding the book and twins for Amelia and we had a blast asking them.

Let’s take a look at The Window!


  • Age Range: 12 – 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 – 9
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (April 3, 2018)
  • Order:  Amazon * BN *

If you love The Third Twin and One of Us Is Lying and binge-watched Thirteen Reasons Why, get ready for a heart-wrenching psychological thriller about a girl who knows her twin sister better than anyone . . . or does she? Taut and atmospheric, The Window will keep you guessing until the end.

Secrets have a way of getting out. . . .

Anna is everything her identical twin is not. Outgoing and athletic, she is the opposite of quiet introvert Jess. The same on the outside, yet so completely different inside–it’s hard to believe the girls are sisters, let alone twins. But they are. And they tell each other everything.

Or so Jess thought.

After Anna falls to her death while sneaking out her bedroom window, Jess’s life begins to unravel. Everyone says it was an accident, but to Jess, that doesn’t add up. Where was Anna going? Who was she meeting? And how long had Anna been lying to her?

Jess is compelled to learn everything she can about the sister she thought she knew. At first it’s a way to stay busy and find closure . . . but Jess soon discovers that her twin kept a lot of secrets. And as she digs deeper, she learns that the answers she’s looking for may be truths that no one wants her to uncover.

Because Anna wasn’t the only one with secrets.


Q & A with Amelia Brunskill

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How did you come up with the idea for The Window?

I really enjoy mysteries that focus on a character trying to uncover the truth about what happened to someone they love, while simultaneously trying to understand how their relationship seems to have fractured in some way. So a lot of the idea stemmed from that, combined with my fascination with the idea of being a twin.

What drew you to have twin characters?

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I have an older sister, so when we were growing up I was totally the annoying younger sister who always wanted to hang out with her and her friends, and she was the cool older sister who, especially once she became a teenager, didn’t always want me in tow. Also, my family moved frequently which meant I had to keep making new friends everywhere we went. Between those two things, the idea of having a twin was incredibly appealing since I imagined that we would, of course, be best friends. I wanted to explore what it might be like for twin sisters who in some ways did have this incredibly close bond, but who also began wanting to experiment with going down different paths.

We are twins, and we love the idea that you make the twins so separate in identity from each other, because most twins have their own identity and it’s a misconception in YA books, how did you come up with that concept?

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Right from the beginning, I wanted Jess and Anna to be very distinct from each other. I wanted Jess to reside somewhere along the autism spectrum, being quite literal and finding it difficult to connect with other people, and then for Anna to be much more poetic and romantic in her thought processes. I felt like these differences caused a natural tension between some of their choices and actions, and contributed to why Anna choose not to come to Jess about some of the things she was struggling with.

How did you research the bond between twins? Do you have friends who are twins or did you talk to a set of twins to understand the closeness/bond between twins.

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I do have a good writing friend who is an identical twin, so I did ask her a couple of questions. I also did some research on twins, but most of the research erred more on the side of fact checking (making sure it was feasible that one twin might fall within the autism spectrum while the other one did not, also looking at things like fingerprint patterns). I intentionally avoided doing too much research on real life twins and their bond though, because I worried that I might accidentally overly incorporate details from specific individuals.

 Are any of the characters based off of your personality or one of your friends?

In some ways, Jess is a very dialed up version of how I felt when I was fifteen, which was chronically out of sync with the people around me. None of the other characters are consciously based on the personality of anyone I know, although I’m sure there are bits and pieces of different people in there!

What books would you compare The Window to?

I like to think of it as falling somewhere between the lyrical poignancy of We Were Liars and the read-in-one-sitting deliciousness of One of Us is Lying.


Thank you Amelia for the wonderful interview!

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Stay tuned for our review on The Window!

 

Love Tawney and Kristen

Our Dark Stars Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway!

Today we’re part of the Our Dark Stars Blog Tour and Giveaway! Let’s take a look at the book and then on to my review!

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About The Book:

Title: OUR DARK STARS

Author: Audrey Grey and Krystal Wade

Pub. Date: March 6, 2018

Publisher: Blaze Publishing, LLC

Pages: 316

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Find it: AmazonB&NiBooksTBDGoodreads

 

While she sleeps, the whole universe changes.

Princess Talia Starchaser has it all. Wealth. Status. Adoring citizens. But on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, she’s forced to publicly betray her best friend, a companion mock she’s had since birth, setting events into motion that lead to the destruction of the humans, and the princess floating through space, a remnant of a time when humans ruled over droids.

One hundred years later, half-mock captain Will Perrault and his ragtag crew discover a device floating in space. When a very human Talia emerges from its depths, Will suspects she’s the key to buying his way back into the regiment he once commanded against the last remaining rebel humans—and the ruling mock queen’s good graces.

Both Talia and Will would rather get space-tossed than trust one another, but with the queen’s forces chasing them across the galaxy and the fate of both worlds hanging in the balance, they’ll forge the unlikeliest of alliances to survive.


Review:

My first thought was boy this cover is gorgeous!

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I don’t usually read YA sci-fi books but this one intrigued me. It’s the dense technical mumbo jumbo of spaceships and flight that make me tune out. Hey I like Star Wars and Star Trek but sci-fi books sometimes have too much of that space tech info dump. Our Dark Stars was a light space book with adventure and romance but not too much technical information so it didn’t slow the pace.

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There are two different POV that alternated between Will and Talia. I found both of the characters intriguing. In the future humans created mocks (robots) to help them in ever day life but soon the mocks start a war against the humans. Hmmmm sounds familiar…

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The human and mock aspect was interesting. The way the humans treated the mocks before the war and the way the mocks treated humans after the war is eye opening. I liked that Will and his crew were mocks making the tension escalate. I loved that Grey and Wade took us on an adventure to different planets with different characters through Will and his crew. It was a fun read.

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Grey and Wade did a wonderful job at world building and bringing to life deep space and all its unfamiliarity. The authors words flowed smoothly and I couldn’t tell which scene or chapter each one wrote. The pacing was swift and I never found a dull moment.

Should you read it? Yes, a fun space adventure with engaging characters and wonderful settings that’s not to be missed!

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 About the authors:

About Audrey:

Hi! I’m an award winning and USA Today bestselling author of several books, including the Moonbeam Children’s Award bronze finalist, SHADOW FALL. I live in the charming state of Oklahoma with my crew: one husband, two little people, four mischievous dogs, and one poor cat. You can usually find me hiding out in my office from said crew, surrounded by books and sipping kombucha while dreaming up wondrous worlds for my characters to live in.

In between the chaos—What’s for dinner? Stop pinching your sister! Homework! Dishes!— and my writing, I make time for various projects. An admitted paintaholic, I’ve painted, sprayed or transformed nearly every piece of my house at least once. I even painted my husband’s beloved fabric chair. Oops!

I thrive on creation: starting from an idea, a blank canvas, or perhaps an outdated room, and using my imagination to create something new and emotionally engaging that’s all my own. But stories have always been my first love. Weaving together complex worlds full of flawed, conflicted characters allows me to express myself in a way I could never do otherwise.

I started creating stories during the sweltering Oklahoma summers spent laboring in my father’s wheat fields. Alone and bored, I dreamed up wild fables of vampires (the Anne Rice kind), cave men, and love-torn ghosts. By college my tales had grown more persistent, and I started to actually write them down.

Now, fiction is my life, and I look forward to sharing my characters and their stories with all of you.

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About Krystal:

I’m happily married to the love of my life (don’t gag) and raising three beautiful children in the gorgeous state of Virginia. We live just outside Washington, D.C., and every day I wake up to find myself stuck in traffic trying to get there.

The horrid commute gives me plenty of time to zone out and think about my characters in full, brilliant details (I’m a safe driver; don’t worry). Stories give me a way to forget about the sometimes smelly strangers sitting next to me on the fifty mile trek into town (I pick up hitchhikers every day. True story. Check out http://www.slug-lines.com if you don’t believe me).

I’ve been a part of organized hitchhiking for nearly fifteen years, but that’s just one small aspect of my oh-so-large life. When I’m not working, commuting, or chasing after my three children (four if you count the man), you can usually find me outside talking to my chickens like they’re the cutest things in the world (they are), or training my amazing dogs how to herd said chickens (which they love), or curled up on the sofa with a good book (why can’t that be 100% of the time?).

I hope you love my stories (or just like them a little; that would be okay, too). And I hope that one day you find your passion, because there’s nothing in life better than doing what you love while surrounded by people you love.

Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads


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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a $30 Amazon GC and a hardcover copy of Cinder, US Only.

 

Enter here!

 

Follow the rest of the tour!

Week One:

3/19/2018- Books at Dawn– Excerpt

3/19/2018- What A Nerd Girl Says– Review

3/20/2018- Emily Reads Everything– Review

3/20/2018- Darque Dreamer Reads– Review

3/21/2018- F A N N A Interview

3/21/2018- Twirling Book Princess– Review

3/22/2018- The Desert Bibliophile– Review

3/22/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

3/23/2018- BookHounds– Interview

3/23/2018- Sincerely Karen Jo– Review

 

Week Two:

3/26/2018- Wonder Struck– Excerpt

3/26/2018- Dani Reviews Things– Review

3/27/2018- Sweet Southern Home– Excerpt

3/27/2018- Smada’s Book Smack– Review

3/28/2018- Lisa Loves Literature– Interview

3/28/2018- A Gingerly Review– Review

3/29/2018- Novel Novice– Guest Post

3/29/2018- Twinning for Books– Review

3/30/2018- The Cover Contessa Interview

3/30/2018- I Heart Romance & YA– Review

The Unicorn Quest Blog Tour and Giveaway!

Today we’re part of The Unicorn Quest Blog Tour!

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On this stop of the tour we have a special guest post of the author Kamilla Benko. But first let’s take a look at the book The Unicorn Quest!


 

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Claire Martinson still worries about her older sister Sophie, who battled a mysterious illness last year. But things are back to normal as they move into Windermere Manor… until the sisters climb a strange ladder in a fireplace and enter the magical land of Arden.  There, they find a world in turmoil. The four guilds of magic no longer trust each other. The beloved unicorns have gone, and terrible wraiths roam freely. Scared, the girls return home. But when Sophie vanishes, it will take all of Claire’s courage to climb back up the ladder, find her sister, and uncover the unicorns’ greatest secret.

Order your book! Amazon * BN

 


 

Now to Kamilla’s Guest Post!

 

5 Fantastical Beasts and Where to Find Them (in Books)

I’ve been talking a lot about unicorns the last couple of weeks. And it makes sense, as there is a big, beautiful unicorn on my cover, and of course, in the title of my debut: THE UNICORN QUEST. But there are more than just unicorns in my book—there are also wraiths, chimeras, wyverns and more that populate the magical world of Arden.

When I was a kid, I longed for a magical creature. A daemon from His Dark Materials, Buckbeak the hippogriff from Harry Potter, even one of the centaurs from Ella Enchanted—really, any one would do. Now, as an adult, I have a perfect plump cat, (who I am sometimes convinced is actually an Animagus), but I still dream of the magical creatures I grew up with. That’s why today I wanted to share my five favorite fantastical creatures, each paired with one of my favorite magical books.

 

1. Dragons

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When you hear dragon, you might first think of the fire-breathing, winged kind, that fly and possibly fought against St. George. But dragons don’t exist just in England—they can be found all over the world, taking many forms and shapes, from the water dragons of Asia to the strange human-bodied beasts with multiple lizard-heads of Hungarian folktales. Though different versions of the creatures greatly very, we share a cross-cultural understanding that they are all the same mythical beast. And that is truly magic.

Favorite Dragon Book: Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede.  When a headstrong princess runs away to work for the dragon king, adventure and hilarity ensue. This book is such a delightful romp starring a nontraditional princess and some very nontraditional, traditional dragons who enjoy cherries jubilee and keep very unorganized treasure troves.

 

2. Fairies

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Like dragons, fairies also come in many varieties. There’s the silliness of the fairies in Harry Potter, the terrifying Celtic-inspired faeries of Holly Black’s The Cruel Prince, and, possibly the most famous example, Tinker Belle from Peter Pan. With Celtic fairies, we live in terror switching out our family members for changelings, while in Peter Pan we clap for Tinkerbelle to be resurrected, chanting over and over “We do believe in fairies! We do!” That moment in the play—with the entire audience earnestly declaring their belief in childhood magic—is a reminder that there is a little bit of magic remaining the world, we just have to be willing to see it.

Favorite Fairy Book: Two Princess of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine. In this tale of sisterly love, a mysterious plague overcomes the kingdom of Bamarre. Addie, a young princess, must set out on a quest to find the fairies’ invisible mountain in order to find the cure that will save her dying sister. Gail Carson Levine’s fairies are an original take on the classic creatures, both brave and daring, but also tricky and distant.

 

3. Mermaids

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At the word, “mermaid” a certain red-headed one might come to mind, but mermaids are more than just Ariel. They are representations of strong, powerful women who can use their voices to accomplish great (and sometimes terrible) things. From the Sirens of The Odyssey to the Merrows of Irish folklore (similar to selkies, but with capes instead of seal skins), they show stories of women taking control of their own lives.

Favorite Mermaid Book: Rise of the Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste. We see so many Eurocentric mermaids in popular culture, but these books show mermaids (or jumbies) in a magical Caribbean world filled with West African mythology and fairy tales. When local children start to go missing, Corinne LaMer must venture into the depths of the sea and meet with these powerful, magical creatures. Baptiste breaths life into these mysterious, powerful women, making them just the right amount of scary.

 

 4. Rakkhosh (also known as Rakshasa or Rakshas)

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These are a recent addition to my favorite magical creatures after reading The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta. I admit I knew little about them before reading her book, but once I finished her wonderful book, I’ve been trying to learn more! Rakkhosh are ravenous creatures that can be found both in Hindi and Buddhist stories, and they are always, always hungry and ready to eat you! But they are not necessarily bad. While many are villains, some came to be heroes. They often have the power to create illusions and shape-change.

 

Favorite Rakkhosh Book: The Serpent’s Secret by Sayantani DasGupta (of course!). On Kiranmala’s twelfth birthday she is suddenly swept into a world of danger and magic (as we all hoped would happen to us a twelve), when her parents disappear and a rakkhosh demon appears in her kitchen, determined to gobble her up (and there’s nothing worse than an evil creature trying to eat you while spitting up all over you at the same time. This story is filled with magic, winged horses, enchanted maps, slaying demons, and most terrifying of all…a few cute boys.

 

5. Unicorns

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And of course, I have to include unicorns! Unicorns are one of the most recognizable symbols of magical mythology, and show up in written history as early as 400 B.C. but the first image appears even earlier than that, in some seals dating back to the Indus Valley Civilization which lasted from c. 3300 – c. 1300 BC.  They are elusive creatures, always just out of reach They’ve historically been associated with femininity, and though some depictions are of fragile, delicate creatures, unicorns can also symbolize the magic of women as fierce, powerful, and wild. Just take a look at the famous Unicorn Tapestries at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The creatures in this series are untamable beings, and their magic seems to shine through these tapestries, beckoning for you to join their magical world.

Favorite Unicorn Book: The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge. I initially read this book as a child because J.K. Rowling said it was her favorite book. The Little White Horse begins with a young orphaned girl moving into a mysterious old manor in the countryside. As Maria settles into her new home, she comes to discover that this place is might more enchanted than she’d thought, and that it might even be home to…a unicorn!


 

Thank you Kamilla for joining us today!

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About the author:

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Kamilla Benko spent most of her childhood climbing into wardrobes, trying to step through mirrors, and plotting to run away to an art museum. Now, she visits other worlds as a children’s book editor. Originally from Indiana, she currently lives in New York with her bookshelves, teapot, and hiking boots.

 


Giveaway Time!

 

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Win a finished copy of The Unicorn Quest!

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Just comment below on your favorite fantastical beast!

I love dragons!

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Pinnacle Blog Tour: Spotlight and Giveaway

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It’s Kristen and today we’re part of the blog tour Pinnacle spotlighting the book!

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Not only are we spotlighting the book but there is also a giveaway!

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Let’s take a look at Pinnacle.


 

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PINNACLE Blog Tour Assets

About The Book:

Title: PINNACLE (The Core Series Book #1)

Author: Lynn Veevers

Pub. Date: February 6, 2018

Publisher: Clean Reads

Pages: 298

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, B&N

 

Identifying her parents was the hardest thing ever, until Kaya learned she was the killer’s next target. Moving had thrown the ancient predator off her trail temporarily but with magical abilities manifesting, Kaya’s scent grows stronger and the attempts on her life become constant. Narrowly surviving each encounter, Kaya is desperate to stop her potential assassin, but it’s hard to kill a creature that changes its appearance and disappears without a trace. Kaya finds the support she needs to succeed in her small group of friends and her boyfriend Kenneth. Like so many things, they’re more than what they seem and with the killer having unsettling similarities to Kenneth and his family…Kaya can’t help but wonder if there’s a connection.


 

About Lynn: Lynn

Lynn Veevers is originally from Washington State. With her mother being from Christchurch, New Zealand and her father being a well-traveled retired Navy Chief, Lynn has always had a fascination with different cultures around the world. An avid reader, she prefers books that take her to a place she’s never been and teach her something new at the same time. The Young Adult Genre is her absolute favorite to read, so it comes as no surprise that it is also her favorite to write. Lynn, on average, pens two to three novels a year with the sequel to Pinnacle in the publishing process now!

Today Lynn lives with her husband and kids in Southeast Oklahoma. Her young adult and adolescent children are supportive and avid beta readers of her work and give her a straightforward and honest point of view about how authentic her characters voices and personalities are for their age group. What better reference than someone close to the same age as the main character. Her kids always have and always will be her greatest inspiration.

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Giveaway Details: International

1 winner will receive a $25 Gift Card to the book retailer of their choice, International.

Ends on February 13th at Midnight EST!

Enter here!


Follow the rest of the Pinnacle Blog Tour!

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

1/29/2018- Books at Dawn– Deleted Scene

1/29/2018- Confessions of a YA Reader– Spotlight

1/30/2018- BookHounds YA– Interview

1/30/2018- Am Kinda Busy Reading– Review

1/31/2018- Lattes & Paperbacks– Review

1/31/2018- Book Sniffers Anonymous– Deleted Scene

2/1/2018- Infinite Lives, Infinite Stories– Review

2/1/2018- Wishful Endings– Excerpt

2/2/2018- Twinning for Books– Review

2/2/2018- Wonder Struck– Review

Week Two:

2/5/2018- Captivated Reading– Excerpt

2/5/2018- Flyleaf Chronicles– Review

2/6/2018- The Book Recluse Review– Excerpt

2/6/2018- Arkham Reviews– Review

2/7/2018- The Desert Bibliophie– Review

2/7/2018- The Cover Contessa– Deleted Scene

2/8/2018- Jrsbookreviews– Review

2/8/2018- Daily Waffle– Excerpt

2/9/2018- CINDY’S LOVE OF BOOKS– Review

2/9/2018- A Gingerly Review– Review