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Saturday, 23 June 2018

Release Day Sale & Giveaway - Narcissistic Tendencies by Jennifer Peel




Narcissistic Tendencies
Author: Jennifer Peel

Book Description:
"*Warning* Clear all plans before you start this book, because I promise you will NOT want to put it down until the last page has been read!" -Kathy Jo from KJ's Book Nook ★★★★★

"Waiting for that first kiss was sweet torture but was it worth it? Yumma yes! Nick makes fanning yourself a necessity." - Aimee from Getting Your Read On ★★★★★

He wants her future. She can’t forget her past. Psychologist Kate Morgan loves her job evaluating clients for the matchmaking service Binary Search. That is, until the one and only Nicholas Wells becomes a client and the new face of the company. Now Kate must take on a new role as his relationship manager to “fix” the actor-turned-writer-and-producer—not to mention egotistical, possibly narcissistic celebrity—and save Binary Search’s reputation.Once upon a time this would have been a dream come true, but older, wiser, and live-within-her-rules Kate knows more than she would like to about narcissists. Annulment is an ugly word and one she can’t or won’t forget. But is Nick the man he says he is on paper or is he the man she sees before her eyes? An adoring father with a generous heart who’s willing to smooth out some of his rough edges for the right woman, making her think who’s fixing who?

Can this Hollywood playboy and reluctant matchmaker make the ultimate connection?

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Friday, 22 June 2018

Book Blast & Giveaway - The Girl with More Than One Heart by Laura Geringer Bass



The Girl with More Than One Heart
Author: Laura Geringer Bass
Age Range: 8 - 12 years
Grade Level: 3 - 7
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (April 17, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1419728822
ISBN-13: 978-1419728822

Book Description:
There are times we all feel we need more than one heart to get through. When Briana’s father dies, she imagines she has a new heart growing inside her. It speaks to her in her Dad’s voice. Some of its commands are mysterious. 

Find Her! it says. Be Your Own! 

How can Briana “be her own” when her grieving mother needs her to take care of her demanding little brother all the time? When all her grandpa can do is tell stories instead of being the “rock" she needs? When her not-so-normal home life leaves no time to pursue her dream of writing for the school literary magazine? When the first blush of a new romance threatens to be nipped in the bud? Forced by the loss of her favorite parent to see all that was once familiar with new eyes, Briana draws on her own imagination, originality, and tender loving heart to discover a surprising path through the storm.


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Thursday, 21 June 2018

BOOK REVIEW: Tomorrow is Near but Today is Here by Asaf Rozanes

Tomorrow is Near but Today is Here
Author: Asaf Rozanes
Publication Date: February 3rd, 2018
Genre: Children's Picture Book

Book Description:
The stress, worry and anxiety our children face is greater than any generation before. This tale can help soothe the anxiety that fills your child's mind, allowing gentler thoughts to take root "" thoughts that leave no room for worry and remind them that "Yesterday has passed, today is a gift and tomorrow is brand new."

Building a better tomorrow means being present today.

In this insightful and inspiring book, children will learn what is really important in life by focusing on the following values:
Mindfulness
If you want to change tomorrow, act today!
Enjoy and experience life here and now

˃˃˃ This lesson is universal and applies to both children and parents alike.Kids are not the only ones to experience some sort of Anxiety, Stress, Worry, Over-thinking or feeling different in their daily environment, whether its at work or even with family and friends.

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MY REVIEW

This is my kind of book. It's not every day you read a story that centres on a young character suffering with anxiety, and I just loved the message told throughout the book. It's one I often use myself: think only about now and not about yesterday or tomorrow. Live in the moment and enjoy it or you might miss out on the wonders life has to offer.

This is a much needed book today, particularly with the rise in depression in young children. It's a good reminder - not only for children but for adults too - to smile and push worrying thoughts aside. Here today, gone tomorrow, so why worry about the negative. Think positive and just smile.

It was a good read. I really enjoyed it.

VERDICT


Award: Gold
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Source: Author

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Release Day Promo - Between the Sea and Stars by Chantal Gadoury

Between the Sea and Stars
Author: Chantal Gadoury
Publisher: Parliament House Press

Book Description:
A Legend, 
A Magical Shell 
A Girl Who Dreamed Of Something More... 

Lena, a Merrow girl, lives in the Skagerrak sea with her father, Carrick and her brother, Javelin who tells her of the legend of the Merrow Queen murdered by her human lover when greed takes over. But what’s worth spilling the queen’s blood? Gifted from Poseidon, himself, a magic shell gives any human the ability to control both land and sea. 

When Javelin is called to join a clan of Merrow soldiers bent on protecting their waters from human invasion, Lena resists Merrow law and ventures to the shore with no choice but to swim to land. 

With newfound legs, Lena is whisked away on a new adventure with new friends and new trouble. Everyone seems to want something from her as intrigue lurks around every corner. 

Trying her best to hide who she is and remain safe from the dangers of the human world, will Lena finally find where she belongs, or will she be swept into a strong and stormy current by lust, greed, and jealousy?

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Monday, 18 June 2018

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Escape Forbidden by Ruth Silver

Escape Forbidden
(Aberrant Prequel)
Author: Ruth Silver
Publication Date: June 15th, 2018
Genre: YA Dystopian

Book Description:
Fight to stay alive.

The Gravelands are a dangerous place.

In a world of uncertainty, Cora Manning knows one thing without a doubt: getting into Genesis will offer her a brighter future.

When the intake coordinator agrees to let her in because of her genetic makeup, Cora discovers the promised city of utopia is nothing like she imagined.

The rebellion has begun.

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Friday, 15 June 2018

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Survival of the Richest by Skye Warren

Survival of the Richest
Author: Skye Warren
Publication Date: June 12th, 2018
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
This tale begins with a fall, but it doesn’t end there.Because another man wants me.

A Park Avenue princess…

My story starts with a plunge into the cold water of Manhattan’s harbor. A strong hand hauls me back onto the deck of the luxury yacht. Christopher was supposed to be my enemy, the son of my mother’s latest husband. Instead he protects me with fierce determination when I need him most.

Sutton wants to consume me with a passion more feral than kind. In the lush emotional wilderness I’m not sure I want Christopher to save me this time…

Or if there will be anything left if he tries.

SURVIVAL OF THE RICHEST is a book about finding your soul’s desire, even if the search leads you places you never expect. A woman torn between two men. An impossible choice. And a war fought on the most dangerous battlefield–the heart.


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Thursday, 14 June 2018

BOOK REVIEW - Sex-O-S: The Tragicomic Adventure of an Italian Surviving the First Time by Gaia B Amman

Sex-O-S: The Tragicomic Adventure of an Italian Surviving the First Time
Author: Gaia B Amman
Genre: MG/YA Coming of Age
Publication Date: December 25th, 2017

Book Description:
Is strong-headed teen tomboy Leda ready for her first time?

Italy, the 90s. Leda is not a popular girl. Ecstatic to be dating the brooding bad boy she grew up with, she wonders if her relationship with the player will last… Is it love?

Leda learns to be strong and stand up for herself in the face of her insecurities, family expectations, and peer pressure. Surviving through high school, she will make plenty of mistakes but eventually will realize she is the one that has to love herself. 

Funny, moving, brutal, and emotional, this realistic first-time romance is recommended to adults and teens alike. Breathtaking Northern Italy—including Padua, Liguria, and the incredible Island of Elba—adds to the charm of this addictive book, empowering girls and women to become their brave true selves.

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MY REVIEW

Self-proclaimed tomboy Leda has certianly grown a lot since she was first introduced to us at the tender age of nine. As she journeys through her later teenage years, she learns that with age comes more responsibility - and more chances of making all the wrong decisions. A lot is changing for Lee and the people around her, and she's not sure she can keep up. When peer pressure starts to take its toll, Lee quickly learns that her expectations and the reality of her world are not seeing eye to eye. Trying to please everyone brings about insecurities that governs the decisions she makes and interferes with past and future relationships. Boys are still a mystery to Lee, especially her long time crush Nico the thug, and although they form a stronger bond and she gets a better understanding of why he is the way he is, her high expectations prove to be a constant stumbling block in their relationship.

I really enjoyed the way this book unfolded. There were some shocking moments and subject matters that I thought the author handled well, though I would have liked a deeper exploration into one or two issues, be it with Nico or Lee's family, but as short-lived as they were, they made me understand some of the characters a little better. I was a little surprised by the fact that many of the secondary characters - her family and high school friends - haven't changed much since the first book. It appears as if it's only Leda and Nico who are changing. Everyone else is as they were since book 1. Perhaps it's because we don't get to delve much into their backgrounds, but I had expected more of a growth with some of the characters. Still, I love how Lee handles the difficult situations she finds herself in. She has been portrayed as being very mature for her age, but there is still a naive innocence about her character that I appreciate. No matter how mature she thinks she is, she's still just a girl in the pursuit of happiness. What that happiness looks like, I don't even think Lee herself knows.

I am definitely looking forward to finding out how Lee's journey ends.


Award: Gold
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Source: Author

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Splash by M.E. Rhines

Splash
(Mermaid Royalty #3)
Author: M.E. Rhines
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication Date: June 12th, 2018
Genre: YA Fantasy

Book Description:
Fawna is happy with the new life she has made for herself on land. She has her child and her youngest sister Pauline by her side—plus an amazing new human boyfriend named Randy. So when an old friend from Atargatis shows up, she immediately feels the weight of everything she stands to lose. But the news can’t be ignored – there’s been an attack on their kingdom; her aunt Myrtle is dead and her mother is missing. Angelique, their middle sister, is now ruling a kingdom to the north, leaving Fawna as the only royal left to help save Atargatis. Torn between responsibilities in two different worlds, the decision is made for her when the powerful sea witch who attacked the kingdom also takes Fawna’s son. Now she has no choice—to save her life on dry land, she’ll have to dive back into the ocean…

The final installment in the beloved Mermaid Royalty series, Splash is a heart-pounding fantasy romance that will have you feeling like you need to come up for air!

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Sunday, 10 June 2018

Cover Reveal - Keeper of the Bees by Meg Kassel


Keeper of the Bees
Author: Meg Kassel
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release Date: September 4th, 2018
Entangled Teen

Book Description:
Beauty and the beast like you’ve never imagined!” —New York Times bestselling author Pintip Dunn
KEEPER OF THE BEES is a tale of two teens who are both beautiful and beastly, and whose pasts are entangled in surprising and heartbreaking ways.
Dresden is cursed. His chest houses a hive of bees that he can’t stop from stinging people with psychosis-inducing venom. His face is a shifting montage of all the people who have died because of those stings. And he has been this way for centuries—since he was eighteen and magic flowed through his homeland, corrupting its people.

He follows harbingers of death, so at least his curse only affects those about to die anyway. But when he arrives in a Midwest town marked for death, he encounters Essie, a seventeen-year-old girl who suffers from debilitating delusions and hallucinations. His bees want to sting her on sight. But Essie doesn’t see a monster when she looks at Dresden.

Essie is fascinated and delighted by his changing features. Risking his own life, he holds back his bees and spares her. What starts out as a simple act of mercy ends up unraveling Dresden’s solitary life and Essie’s tormented one. Their impossible romance might even be powerful enough to unravel a centuries-old curse.




About the Author
Meg Kassel is an author of fantasy and speculative books for young adults. A graduate of Parson's School of Design, she’s been creating stories, whether with visuals or words, since childhood. Meg is a New Jersey native who lives in a log house in the Maine woods with her husband and daughter. As a fan of ’80s cartoons, Netflix series, and ancient mythology, she has always been fascinated and inspired by the fantastic, the creepy, and the futuristic. She is the 2016 RWA Golden Heart® winner in YA and a double 2018 RITA® finalist for her debut novel, Black Bird of the Gallows.


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Friday, 8 June 2018

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Beneath the Earth by H.S. Stone



Beneath the Earth
Author: H.S. Stone
Genre: YA Suspense
Release Date: May 10th, 2018

Book Description:
Laura and her classmates have been looking forward to their senior camping trip for weeks. Three days on an island paradise, away from school and their parents. What more could they ask for? 

The camping trip starts out well enough. The island is scenic and just the kind of escape to nature that Laura had hoped for. However, cracks soon begin to appear in her plans. Her boyfriend ditches her to hang out with his friends. She has to share a room with one of the teachers. But those are the least of her worries. 

A student disappears, and no one can find him. Soon, Laura and the other students realize that the camping trip is anything but a dream vacation. There’s something else on the island. Something large and frightening. Something that lurks unseen beneath the earth. Something that welcomes the presence of the students because they will satisfy its appetite.

Undaunted, H.S. eventually mastered the ABC's and continued to write throughout his grade school years, adolescence, and into adulthood. Despite earning a degree and working in a field not related to 

writing, he continued to pursue his writing passion.

H.S. Stone's publications include novels aimed at Young Adult and Middle Grade readers as well as several short stories. He currently lives with his family in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Thursday, 7 June 2018

Cover Reveal - Homecoming by Jennifer Allis Provost


Homecoming
(Gallowglass, #3)
Author: Jennifer Allis Provost
Publication Date: July 17th, 2018
Genre: Adult Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy

Book Description:
Who wields the power behind the Wild Court?

After months of dealing with gods and monsters in New York, Karina and Robert return to their cottage in Scotland. Chris makes the move as well to start fresh with his girlfriend, Anya—but when they arrive Anya isn’t there. He tracks her down at the pub where her mother, Beira, works, and finds out that Beria’s been holding a grudge against his family for the past few hundred years. Since Beira’s the Cailleach Bheur— the Celtic Queen of Winter—her grudges are a rather big deal.

While Chris deals with Beira, Karina and Robert learn that when Robert was freed from the Minster’s Pine Karina inadvertently left a portal to Elphame open. Now Doon Hill is covered in fairies who are organizing themselves into a new court free of Seelie rule, akin to the Wild Fae of old. What’s worse, Karina’s long-lost uncle appears to be organizing this new court.

Karina closes the door to Elphame, but that only angers the unseen powers behind the fledgling Wild Court, forcing her and Robert to forge alliances with those who’d been their enemies not so long ago. Who can Karina and her gallowglass trust, and who is only out to deceive them?

Pre-order it for only 99¢!

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About the Author
Jennifer Allis Provost writes books about faeries, orcs and elves. Zombies too. She grew up in the wilds of Western Massachusetts and had read every book in the local library by age twelve. (It was a small library). An early love of mythology and folklore led to her epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Parthalan, and her day job as a cubicle monkey helped shape her urban fantasy, Copper Girl. When she’s not writing about things that go bump in the night (and sometimes during the day) she’s working on her MFA in Creative Nonfiction.

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Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Relegation by Karri Thompson




Relegation
(The Van Winkle Project #3)
Author: Karri Thompson
Published by: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: June 4th, 2018
Genre: YA Dystopian

Book Description:
The end is near—and I’m fated to save humanity.

I’m feared, yet revered. The presidents are leery of me, but I’ve read the files. And I know the truth—at least, I think I do. And I’m the one who is going to tell the clones. They deserve to know.

Michael and I have been forced to fight, to kill. We’ll do anything to keep our daughters safe and free. But we can’t do it alone. There’s a rumor about a secret society eager for battle… and we’re going to find them. Help them end the government’s corruption.

It’s my duty, my calling as the first mother of the new world I want to create.

This started with me, and that’s where it’s going to end.

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Monday, 4 June 2018

Cover Reveal - Second Star by J.M. Sullivan


Second Star
Author: J.M. Sullivan
Published by: Bleeding Ink Publishing
Publication Date: March 5th, 2019
Genre: YA Fantasy / Science Fiction

Book Description:
Peter Pan has never been one to follow the rules. Abandoned as a child, he was adopted by the renowned Captain Hooke to join the crew of the starship Jolly Roger. But when Peter finds out that the elegant Captain is not as upstanding as everyone believes, he has no choice but to sabotage the ship, alienating him from the crew, the fleet, and the only family he’s ever known.

Wendy Darling has worked her entire life to rise through the ranks of the prestigious Londonierre Brigade. Now as a Captain, she has everything she’s always wanted, including a ship and crew of her own. But when the Brigade receives a strange transmission from the legendary James Hooke, lost a hundred years earlier in uncharted space and presumed dead, Wendy is willing to risk it all to rescue her hero from the planet known only as Neverland.

But there is more to Neverland than meets the eye, and more to Hooke than what was written in history books. When Wendy crash lands on the ominous planet, she quickly discovers Neverland’s dark secret; a malevolent being known as The Shadow that’s looking for a host body to escape its eternal prison. To fulfill her mission, Wendy must decide whether to trust the dashing Hooke or the mysterious Fleet mechanic who goes by the name of Pan–and she has to decide quickly…

Before the darkness consumes them all.




About the Author
An avid reader and hopeless fangirl, J.M. Sullivan shamelessly fantasized that this was, in fact, her AUROR bio, but has since determined AUTHOR bio to be the next best thing. An almost Arizona native, she was raised in Phoenix, but when asked, she will tell you her formative years were really spent in the land of make-believe, where she passed countless hours with her favorite characters in their own worlds, Wonderland included.

Eventually, society informed her that she had to grow up, so she experimented in retail, music, and business careers before realizing her passion for kids. She now works in Abu Dhabi as a middle school science teacher who fosters a love of science, literature, and learning in her students.

Although known to dabble in adulting, J.M. is a big kid at heart who still believes in true love, magic, and most of all, the power of coffee. When she isn’t busy writing or caught in a daydream, she spends her time at home with her husband, their two cats, three kids, and a whole lot of madness. And she wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Sunday, 3 June 2018

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Along with You by Michelle Areaux

Along with You
Author: Michelle Areaux
Publication Date: April 6th, 2018
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
After a traumatic event that Blair’s parents wanted to remain a secret, they began moving her around the country in hopes of starting a fresh, new life.

Only, Blair never stays anywhere long enough to start that new life she keeps expecting. Choosing to rebel instead of conforming to her parents wishes, Blair opts for neon colored hair and a sassy streak that pushes people away before they can hurt her first.

As Blair struggles to keep her dark secret hidden, Hunter tries at all costs to win over Blair’s heart and her trust.

A wonderfully raw new novel by author Michelle Areaux that takes you on an emotional journey as you laugh, cry, and fall in love with the difficult side of being a teenager.

“People leave. People lie. People let go. That is how my world works.”

Sixteen-year-old Blair has never had consistency in her life.

Hunter is your typical southern, small town boy. He’s a good guy with a great heart and a passion for helping others.

When Blair and Hunter meet, sparks begin to fly- but not the way either expected.

Complete opposites come together in this novel that challenges the rules of society and who we are allowed to fall in love with. Sometimes, it takes the wrong person to join along for the ride of your life.

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Saturday, 2 June 2018

Trailer Release Blitz & Giveaway: The Phoenix Rising - Destiny Calls by Phenice Arielle


Official Trailer



The Phoenix Rising - Destiny Calls
Author: Phenice Arielle

Book Description:
Have you ever felt like you’ve been preparing for something… bigger?

Do all your friends think your dreams are just plain… crazy?

College student Kay Morowa goes up against warlords, poachers and human traffickers in The Phoenix Rising – Destiny Calls. 

Find out what Kay must sacrifice to help somehow familiar strangers bring about peace.

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About the Author
The Phoenix Rising - Destiny Calls was inspired by global events. Please support organizations like Restore International (Love Does), UNICEF and Wildlife Conservation Society.

New York native Phenice Arielle (featured on the book cover) majored in journalism at The Pennsylvania State University. Having worked in both print and broadcast media, Phenice Arielle wrote, directed and produced a series of cinematic trailers for The Phoenix Rising – Destiny Calls to give fans a taste of future plans for the book and rest of the series.

For book extras, exclusive content and to stay in the loop about the upcoming sequel, you can connect with Phenice at:



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