Flicker and Mist Blog Tour: Interview with Mary G. Thompson and Giveaway

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Today we are so excited to be part of Flicker and Mist blog tour!

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Let’s take a look at Flicker and Mist!


 

About the Book:

Title: FLICKER AND MIST

Author: Mary G. Thompson

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Publisher: Clarion Books

Pages: 384

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Find it: AmazonBarnes & NobleiBooksGoodreads

Romance, intrigue, and plenty of action are woven into a rich and suspenseful narrative in this powerful YA fantasy. The mixed-race heroine Myra is a Flickerkin and can flicker (become invisible) at will. She hasn’t cultivated or revealed this ability, since Flickerkin are persecuted as potential criminals and spies. When invisible people become tricksters and then murderers, Myra’s Flickerkin heritage becomes a deadly secret, putting her relationship with the leader’s son—and her own life—in jeopardy. Loyalties shift and difficult choices are made before Myra understands who she wants to be.


 

And to the interview with Mary!

 

  1. What drew you into writing?

When I was a little kid, my dad was a reporter. He made writing sound really cool, so I was always writing the beginnings of stories. It took until after law school for me to realize that if I wanted to ever be a published author, I’d have to finish something. Even though it turned out to be more work than I realized, I still think writing is pretty cool!

  1. The concept of the story sounds amazing! How did you come up with the idea of Flickerkin?

I wanted to write about invisibility for a long time, and I kept sketching out middle grade ideas with characters about 11 or 12 years old, but none of them seemed quite right. Then a scene popped into my mind where Myra’s mother was being taken away by the guards after failing the test and being exposed as a Flickerkin. Once I wrote the scene, I knew I had the right concept. The scene is no longer in the book though!

  1. Do you have any habits you do when writing? Like I have to have coffee while I write.

I certainly drink plenty of coffee! I also eat a lot of chocolate, mostly dark chocolate chips. Often there’s a lot of chewing gum involved. One thing I don’t do is listen to music. Some authors have to have their playlist going, but I need quiet!

  1. I see you were an attorney and were in the Navy, do you use any of that experiment in your stories?

I haven’t yet written anything set in the Navy or in a courtroom. Whenever I start thinking about a concept using my professional experience, it feels boring to me. Maybe someday I’ll think of a way to liven it up.

  1. Quick, if you were stranded on an island what 3 things would you desperately want with you?

Unlimited writing supplies.

A million books.

My reading glasses.

Oh, and water 🙂


flciker-3About Mary: 

Mary G. Thompson was raised in Cottage Grove and Eugene, OR. She was a practicing attorney for more than seven years, including almost five years in the US Navy, and is now a law librarian in Washington, DC. She received her BA from Boston University, her JD from the University of Oregon, and her MFA in Writing for Children from The New School.


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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a signed finished copy of FLICKER AND MIST, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

 

Week One:

12/26/2016- Twinning for Books- Interview

12/27/2016- Seeing Double In Neverland- Review

12/28/2016- Wandering Bark Books- Guest Post

12/29/2016- Fiktshun- Review

12/30/2016- YA Book Madness- Interview

Week Two:

1/2/2017- Fiction Fare- Review

1/3/2017- A Gingerly Review- Excerpt

1/4/2017- Curling Up With A Good Book – Excerpt

1/5/2017- Two Chicks on Books- Interview

1/6/2017- Nerdophiles- Review

Cover Reveal and Giveaway: Dark Goddess

 

Today I’m excited for Amelia Howard’s cover reveal of Dark Goddess!

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Let’s take a look!


 

About the book:

After an epic struggle that unseated the Asura Lord of Death and placed Serjana Caelum’s best friend, Kyle, on his throne, the Mortal Realm is peaceful and the balance between good and evil—which Sera is sworn to protect—has been restored.

But signs of a new threat to the world of men quickly begin to appear: A scourge of demons descends on the Mortal Realm, and Sera is beside herself trying to locate their source. She sends word to the gods for help, and their answer comes in the form of Kira, the living incarnation of Kali, goddess of destruction.

Stunning and dangerous, Kira plans to protect the heavens at all cost, even if it means destroying the entire Mortal Realm. Soon Sera and Kyle find themselves fighting not just the demon plague, but Kira and her twin. But when an even more sinister threat arises—putting not just the human world but all planes of existence in jeopardy—they must all learn to work together or lose everything they sacrificed so much to save.

 

Here’s a Teaser:

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Without a backward glance, she closed her eyes and jumped into the midst of the blue-black pool, the sticky fluid sucking her body down to its depths like some kind of ravenous beast. As it devoured her, Sera’s mind emptied of all thought…and of all memory as she plummeted into the space where love would be nothing but weakness. She’d learned that the hard way. She stripped away all emotion, all empathy.

It was time to become the monster.

 

Now let’s see the cover!

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Giveaway!

  • Amalie Howard Prize Pack: hardcover of ALPHA GODDESS, hardcover of THE FALLEN PRINCE, and a paperback copy of THE ALMOST GIRL

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Enter here!


About Amalie Howard:

AMALIE HOWARD grew up in Trinidad & Tobago where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees, and dreaming of adventure. 25 countries, surfing with sharks, and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts.

goddess-4An aspiring writer from a young age, Amalie’s poem “The Candle,” written at age twelve, was published by the University of Warwick press. At fifteen, she was  a recipient of a Royal Commonwealth Society Essay Award (a global youth writing competition). A Colby College graduate, she completed dual Honors Theses in both French and International Studies, and graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. At Colby, she was cited for her research contribution to Raffael Scheck’s article, “German Conservatism and Female Political Activism in the Early Weimar Republic,” and his subsequent book, Mothers of the Nation. She also received a distinction in English Literature from the University of Cambridge (A-levels) as well as a postgraduate certificate in French Literature from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France. Traveling the globe, she has worked as a research assistant, account executive, and global channel sales director for a Fortune 500 company.

She is the award-winning author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, SLJ, VOYA, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was a #1 Amazon bestseller, and the sequel, Bloodcraft, was a national silver IPPY medalist and a silver Moonbeam award winner. She is also the co-author of the adult historical romance series, THE LORDS OF ESSEX. As an author of color and a proud supporter of diversity in fiction, her articles on multicultural fiction have appeared in The Portland Book Review and on the popular Diversity in YA blog. She currently resides in Colorado with her husband and three children.

Links for Amalie Howard:

http://skyponypress.com/skypony?catid=0&id=12015

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31213208-dark-goddess

http://amaliehoward.com/

http://www.twitter.com/amaliehoward

http://www.facebook.com/AmalieHowardAuthor

http://www.instagram.com/amaliehoward/ 


 

 

 

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Black Moon: Blog Tour and Giveaway

Today I’m excited to be part of Romina Russell’s blog tour of the 3rd installment in the Zodiac series!
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Let’s take a look at Black Moon!


The Book:
Book 3 in the breathtaking sci-fi space saga inspired by astrology that will stun fans of the Illuminae Files and Starbound series.One final secret stands betwe
en Rho and the enemy. But will the devastating truth be enough to destroy her first?Rho, the courageous visionary from House Cancer, lost nearly everything when she exposed and fought against the Marad, a mysterious terrorist group bent on destroying balance in the Zodiac Galaxy. Now, the Marad has disappeared without a trace, and an uneasy peace has been declared.But Rho is suspicious. She believes the Master is still out there in some other form. And looming over all are the eerie visions of her mother, who died many years ago, but is now appearing to Rho in the stars.When news of a stylish new political party supported by her best friend, Nishi, sends Rho on another journey across the galaxy, she uses it as an opportunity to hunt the hidden master and seek out information about her mother. And what she uncovers sheds light on the truth–but casts darkness upon the entire Zodiac world.


For this blog tour I have the Zodiac Aquarius! Here is a description from Romina about the Zodiac sign.
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The Elders of Aquarius go to battle in a velvety aqua uniform that has a built-in breastplate made of un-meltable and unbreakable ice that they mine from their moons. They pair the suit with the Barer: A devastating multi-weapon made of a series of connected rings fitted perfectly to the wearer’s dominant hand; when an Elder makes a fist, metals in the rings convert energy from the atmosphere, emitting brilliant aqua arcs of electricity.
Here is my Pinterest board I made for Aquarius!

Rafflecopter Giveaway

Enter for a chance to win the Grand Prize of a set of the Zodiac books by Romina Russell, including one paperback copy each of Zodiacand Wandering Star, and a hardcover copy of Black Moon (Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): $41.00).  Plus, four (4) runner-up winners will each receive a paperback copy of Zodiac (ARV: $11.00 each).
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:01 AM (EST) on December 5, 2016 and 11:59 PM (EST) on December 20, 2016.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about December 23, 2016. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

 Enter here!

Follow the tour! 
12/6: Eater of Books (Taurus)
12/7: ButterMyBooks (Gemini)
12/8: The Book Nut (Cancer)
12/9: The Hardcover Lover (Leo)
12/12: Oh the Book Feels (Virgo)
12/13: Book Briefs (Libra)
12/14: Mundie Moms (Scorpio)
12/15: Two Chicks on Books (Sagittarius)
12/16: Swoony Boys Podcast (Capricorn)
12/19: Twinning for Books (Aquarius)
12/20: The Dark Faerie Tales (Pisces)

The Rift Uprising Review

Today’s book was a little different than what I read but it was enjoyable.

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Let’s take a look at The Rift Uprising!


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Normal seventeen-year-old girls go to high school, binge watch TV shows all weekend, and flirt with everyone on the face of t
he Earth. But Ryn Whitaker is trying to save it.

Ryn is a Citadel. A soldier. A liar. Ryn and her fellow Citadels were specially chosen and trained to guard a Rift—one of fourteen unpredictable tears in the fabric of the universe that serve as doorways to alternate Earths. Unbeknownst to her family, Ryn leaves for school each day and then reports for duty as an elite, cyber
etically-altered soldier who can run faster, jump farther, and fight better than a Navy SEAL—which comes in handy when she’s not sure if axe-wielding Vikings or any number of other scared and often dangerous beings come through the Rift. A fine-tuned weapon, Ryn is a picture-perfect Citadel.

But that’s all about to change.

When a young man named Ezra is pulled through the Rift, Ryn finds herself immediately drawn to him, despite her training. What starts as a physical attraction quickly grows deeper, and Ezra’s curiosity throws Ryn off balance when he starts questioning the Rifts, the mysterious organization that oversees them, and the Citadels themselves—questions that lead Ryn to wonder if the lies she’s been telling her family are just the surface of a much bigger lie told to her. As Ryn and Ezra desperately try to get to that truth, they discover that each revelation blurs the line between the villains and the heroes even more.


Tawney’s Review:  I found I liked the idea of this book with super soldiers and Rifts. Ryn is a super soldier who guards a Rift, a tear in the universe that is a doorway to alternate Earths. Now this could sound familiar with the alternate earths (The Flash) and super soldiers but I really fell into the story.

The book was written in Ryn’s point of view. She was very much a soldier being the leader and following the rules and maintaining a strict attitude. Her character seemed bland until Ezra appeared. He was from another earth and a genius especially with computers. Plus he challenged Ryn, kept her on her toes. We find out that scientist created secret portals to other worlds by accident. Oops.

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From these Rifts other beings immerse and are kept in camps to acclimate to Ryn’s Earth. But children are taken to be soldiers or “Citadels” without their parents knowledge to guard their Earth from other beings. They are given chips to enhance them in every way (extreme healing, fighting skills, mutlitpe language knowledge…etc) and they are true super soldiers. Thus enters Ezra from another earth.

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The concept and characters of the story was well done. I just couldn’t connect with Ryn and the romance. I would rather Foster had left this out and kept the action up and maybe made subtle details about the romance. There were thrills and secrets reveled that kept the story flowing. This is a crossover for both YA and Adult.

Should you read it? Yes, if you like science and thrills this book is for you.

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Glitter Review

This book had me had “Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette”.

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Let’s take a look at Glitter.


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Outside the palace of Versailles, it’s modern day. Inside, the people dress, eat, and act like it’s the eighteenth century—with the added bonus of technology to make court life lavish, privileged, and frivolous. The palace has every indulgence, but for one pretty young thing, it’s about to become a very beautiful prison.
When Danica witnesses an act of murder by the young king, her mother makes a cruel power play . . . blackmailing the king into making Dani his queen. When she turns eighteen, Dani will marry the most ruthless and dangerous man of the court. She has six months to escape her terrifying destiny. Six months to raise enough money to disappear into the real world beyond the palace gates.
Her ticket out? Glitter. A drug so powerful that a tiny pinch mixed into a pot of rouge or lip gloss can make the wearer hopelessly addicted. Addicted to a drug Dani can sell for more money than she ever dreamed.
But in Versailles, secrets are impossible to keep. And the most dangerous secret—falling for a drug dealer outside the palace walls—is one risk she has to take.


Tawney Bland:   This was a pretty unique book with mashups of contemporary and historical. Pike does a wonderful job and weaving an old world and new world together to give a different type of dystopian future. A corporation has purchased the Palace of Versailles from France and even though the outside is modern day it runs the palace like 18th century France with monarchies and that court attire but with technology.

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So we have the employees that make the lower ranks of the hierarchy with the bosses as the nobles. Danica became a noble when her father inherits share of the company. But the glitter and intrigue of the court soon turn into turmoil when she is to be engage to the king. Desperate to get out of such an arrangement Danica does what she can to escape and that requires money. So she starts to sell a highly addictive drugs disguised in makeup, hence glitter, to the high elite.

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Pike does a great job at developing the hierarchy and rules of this corporate kingdom. It was so intriguing. Danica was a great character and I liked that Pike gave her flaws and struggles. Escaping isn’t easy and warning there is a cliffhanger. Ah the dreaded cliffhanger. I’m not too fond of those endings but it seems they’re popular in most books. Overall this was a fast read with great imagination and descriptive settings.

Should you read it? Yes, a great historical dystopian that you won’t want to put down.

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About the author: 

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Aprilynne Pike is a critically acclaimed, #1 New York Times best-selling author of young adult fiction. At the age of twenty she received her BA in Creative Writing from Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. When not writing, Aprilynne can usually be found running; she also enjoys singing, acting, reading, and working with pregnant moms as a childbirth educator and doula. Aprilynne lives in Arizona with her husband and their four children.

  

Blog Tour: The Sun is Also a Star

Today’s read was such a lovely, fantastic story that captured my heart.

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Today’s book was such a beautiful story of a complicated love and the writing was so vivid in description it pulled me in quite easily. Let’s take a look at The Sun is Also a Star by Nicole Yoon.


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Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?


Tawney’s Review:   I loved the concept of this story because it all takes place in one day. We follow Daniel and Natasha for 1 day through their point of view. Daniel doesn’t want to become a doctor like his Korean parents want him to be and he struggles to find his place. Natasha has her own struggles too as her and her family are being deported back to Jamaica unless a miracle happens.

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I loved the chemistry between Daniel and Natasha. From the first time Daniel laid eyes on Natasha he is instantly hit with love. It does take time, even though it is a day, for Natasha to reciprocate the feelings. Yoon does a wonderful job weaving between two diverse characters. She does a wonderful job at laying out the characters lives and family with the interactions of strangers who actually became part of the story.

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This story was beautiful and poetic. Yoon created wonderful characters who were flawed, intelligent and independent. I ran through so many different emotions while reading this story from love, sadness, happiness… it was like a wrecking ball of emotions jamming it’s way to my heart. Yoon’s writing flowed and the pace was fast to the point I read this book in one sitting. The discussion both Natasha and Daniel have with each other about family, science, faith and so much more was realistic. It was easy to invest your time in these characters and hope that the ending for them would be perfect, which it was.

Should you read it? Yes! A beautiful story with wonderful characters that grasp your heart and make you root for them until the end.

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About the Author:

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  • I believe in love. Really, truly.
  • I’m kind of a hopeless romantic.
  • I’m a proud member of the We Need Diverse Books team.
  • In a former life I made jewelry. You can see some of it here.
  • I love Karoake, but I cannot sing. I. Am. The. Worst. My song of choice is “Making Love out of Nothing at all” by Air Supply, because AIR SUPPLY.
  • My husband makes custom notebooks. They are pretty popular.
  • I hand write my first drafts.
  • I keep all the empty pens.
  • I was (am and always will be) a late bloomer.
  • In a former life I was French. I could live entirely on wine & cheese.
  • Or maybe Korean because I could live on Kimchi  & Galbi too.

Cover Reveal for Titanium #3 RUINED IN RETRIBUTION

Today I’m excited about the cover reveal for author Valia Lind third book!

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Let’s take a look at the new cover of Ruined in Retribution!

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Synopsis:

Gone. Gone. Gone.

For the past two months, it has taken all of Logan’s determination to just keep going. Losing Tasia to Kallos Enterprises shattered his world, but he is not about to give up on what she had started.

Together with her family, Logan works to destroy the company that ruined their lives. The corporation is growing bigger and stronger by the minute, weaponizing the drug and selling it to the highest bidder. But that’s not the only hurdle to overcome. Logan’s past is catching up to him, and the time has come to pay. His family’s secrets are unraveling everything he has built for himself and now, Logan is fighting on multiple fronts.

Save Tasia. Destroy Kallos Enterprises. Stay alive.

Such a simple list, such an impossible mission.

Time is running out and Logan is left with one question: can he save them all?

Pre-order here!

Release date: December 7, 2016

 

Book one, PIECES OF REVENGE, is currently FREE!

Amazon * Barnes & Noble * Smashwords 


Author info:

            ruinedAuthor. Photographer. Artist. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, Valia Lind has always had a love for the written word. She wrote her first full book on the bathroom floor of her dormitory, while procrastinating to study for her college classes. Upon graduation, she has moved her writing to more respectable places, and have found her voice in Young Adult fiction. You can visit her online at http://valialind.wordpress.com or follow her on twitter, where she spends way too much time, @ValiaLind

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