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Thursday, 3 December 2020

Cover Contest + eBook Giveaway


I have two things to share with you all today. I’m excited to tell you that my book, Talisman Of El (Arcadia, Book 1), has been nominated for the "Cover of the Month" contest on AllAuthor.com. They say not to judge a book by its cover, but I need you to do just that. If you liked the cover of my book, please vote for it for the December Cover of the Month contest so that I can get to the second round!

I need as much support from you guys. Please take a short moment to vote for my book cover via the link below.

Next year, via my blog, CBY Book Club, I will be hosting a monthly giveaway whereby entrants can win an ebook of their choice. To celebrate my book cover nomination and as a thank you for every vote I receive, I am rounding off the year with a December eBook Giveaway. Enter the contest below.

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Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Last Kiss Under the Mistletoe by Melanie A. Smith

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Last Kiss Under the Mistletoe
Author: Melanie A. Smith
Publication Date: December 3rd, 2020
Genre: Adult Holiday Romance / Suspense

Book Description:
From award-winning and international best-selling author Melanie A. Smith comes a steamy holiday murder-mystery romance with a psychic twist.

Holidays should be filled with cheer…

CJ Roberts just wants to be a normal girl, have a normal job, normal friends, maybe even a normal boyfriend. Unfortunately, she’s about as far from normal as it gets, because she can See the future. And like two sides of a coin, her twin brother, Matt, can See the past. Sounds like a neat party trick, right? Actually, it’s frustrating and sometimes even dangerous. And if the past is any indicator, CJ can’t do much to change what she Sees.

Drew Davies lives and breathes his job as a chef at one of the hottest restaurants in San Francisco. He’s content to focus on his craft, and dating has always been on the back burner. That is, until he meets CJ. When sparks fly, things heat up quickly between them. It’s an unexpected but welcome connection as the holidays approach.

But just as hope blooms, CJ has a vision that changes everything. She doesn’t know how it will happen, but she knows Drew is going to die. Now she’s left with a decision: Does she risk exposing herself to save Drew, or does she play it safe and let fate deal its hand? Secrecy has protected her until now, but can she really do nothing when the life of the man she’s falling for hangs in the balance?

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Monday, 30 November 2020

Book Blast & Giveaway - Girls Can!: Smash Stereotypes, Defy Expectations, and Make History! by Marissa Sebastian et all



OFFICIAL NERD BLAST FOR TWO GIRL POWER TITLES FROM NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS

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Girls Can!: Smash Stereotypes, Defy Expectations, and Make History!
Author: Marissa Sebastian et all
Publisher: National Geographic Kids
Publication Date: October 13, 2020

Book Description:
Girls Can!
Innovate! Discover! Create! Lead nations AND rule kingdoms.
Girls can change the world!

This book puts to rest the tired adages of things girls "can't" do with powerful proof that girls not only CAN, but they DO!

Featuring profiles of over 75 remarkable women from across centuries and around the world, from math whiz Katherine Johnson to legendary leaders like Queen Elizabeth I, game changers like Serena Williams to avant-garde artists like Frida Kahlo, and so many more, you'll discover amazing, diverse women, both famous and little-known, who smashed stereotypes, overcame odds, and achieved their goals.

With interviews and encouraging advice from world-changing women of today such as media mogul Oprah Winfrey, philanthropist Melinda Gates, renowned journalist Christiane Amanpour, National Geographic explorers and planet protectors like Sylvia Earle, and more, as well as concrete tips for breaking barriers and raising your voice, this inspirational book will have you ready to follow in the footsteps of women who made-and are making-history.

You'll see that not only some Girls Can-you can!

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Sunday, 29 November 2020

BOOK REVIEWS: The Elf Who Didn't Like Christmas, Silver the Snow Fairy: The Christmas Window and Silver the Snow Fairy: Silver Rescues Santa Claus by Jessie L. Best

The Elf Who Didn't Like Christmas
Author: Jessie L. Best
Genre: Children's Fiction / Middle-Grade Fantasy
Publication Date: 15th October 2018
Publisher: Craven Tree Press

Book Description:
It was a lonely trek through a howling blizzard!

Feeling left out of Santa's busy preparations for Christmas, Ralph, Santa's smallest elf, decides to run away. When he packs his suitcase and leaves, he finds himself running right into a terrific snowstorm! This is the tale of Ralph's misadventures in the wintry countryside of the North Pole. Can Santa find his little elf and bring him home in time for Christmas?

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MY REVIEW

I don’t recall reading many Christmas-themed books in my adult years, but I must say this book brought great Christmas vibes into my home, just in time for the Christmas season. It follows Santa’s smallest elf, Ralph, who runs away from home as he feels neglected and as though no one wants him around. He quickly realises his mistake as he’s caught in a storm, however, he runs into a friendly old lady and gets caught up in quite the pickle as he tries to make it back home.

This was a lovely tale. Ralph was a likeable and relatable character. It was easy to connect with him and understand the dilemma he was facing. It just reminds you of the spirit of Christmas and the power this holiday has in bridging gaps and bringing people together. There were a few illustrations displayed throughout the story, which I liked as I found them to be rather cute. I would definitely recommend this book.

A simple and wonderful tale.

VERDICT


Award: Platinum
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Source: Author



Silver the Snow Fairy: The Christmas Window
Series: Silver the Snow Fairy
Author: Jessie L. Best
Genre: Children's Fiction / Middle-Grade Fantasy
Publication Date: 2nd October 2019
Publisher: Craven Tree Press

Book Description:
Silver, a snow fairy, her unicorn Wonder, and her snow wolf cub Winn, pursue a pair of mischevious elves who have stolen her magical silver bell. When Silver discovers a sad and lonely eight year old girl lost in the scary woods, she casts her own problems aside to help the girl find her father whom she fears is lost forever. A heartwarming Christmas tale that brings joy back into a little girl's Christmas.

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MY REVIEW

You have to love a magical story such as this book. It has everything needed to get into the mood of Christmas. When Silver goes searching for her magical Christmas bell, she happens across young Sabrina, who is lost in the forest after having been put to work by her stepmother, who is heartbroken following the disappearance of Sabrina's father one year ago. With Sabrina having found Silver's bell, Silver decides to use her magical to bring some happiness back into Sabrina's life by helping her find out what happened to her father. Sabrina even gets to have one wish for returning Silver's bell to her.

This was my favourite read among the three books I've read by the author. I loved all the characters and found myself at times wishing for a wonderful fairy like Silver to pop up and solve some of the dilemmas facing the world right now. It was a simple yet magical tale of how one small act of kindness can lead to a grand gesture that can be life-changing.

A wonderful read indeed. I would definitely recommend this book.

VERDICT


Award: Platinum
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Source: Author



Silver the Snow Fairy: Silver Rescues Santa Claus
Series: Silver the Snow Fairy
Author: Jessie L. Best
Genre: Children's Fiction / Middle-Grade Fantasy
Publication Date: 29th October 2019
Publisher: Craven Tree Press

Book Description:
Just before Christmas, the tiny village of Lavender Hollow disappears from the North Pole! Silver, the Snow Fairy, is sent on a mission by Santa Claus to find it. When villainous toy soldiers take over the village and capture Santa, Silver knows Christmas is in trouble! With the magical aid of Wonder the unicorn, a little snow wolf cub, and a tiny, lovable mouse, Silver sets out to rescue Santa Claus and Christmas!

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MY REVIEW

Silver, Wonder and Winn are back with a new magical tale and a new ensemble of colourful characters. There's something fishy going in the village of Lavender Hollow, so Santa sends Silver, Wonder and Winn to go check it out ahead of Christmas Eve. When they get to the village, they realised they couldn't locate it. Coming across a woman out in the forest, they are told that no such place exists. What happened to Lavender Hollow and its people and could magic be behind the disappearance of this village so loved by Santa? Things are definitely not what they appear to be, and it's up to Silver, Wonder and Winn to unsolve the mystery.

As always, Silver is a wonderful character with a heart of gold. I must say I loved Phineas. He was adorable. Miranda was also a great addition to the story. I suspected she wasn't being truthful when we were first introduced to her, so I had my reservations about her intentions, but I really grew to like her as the story unfolded. Winn and Wonder were even bestowed with a little magic for themselves.

Loved it. I have really enjoyed this series thus far and would definitely recommend it to the whole family. It will certainly bring a little magic into your home.

VERDICT


Award: Platinum
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Source: Author

Saturday, 28 November 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Protecting Tova by Havana Wilder

Protecting Tova
Author: Havana Wilder
Publication Date: December 4th, 2020
Genre: Adult Fantasy / Romance

Book Description:
Escaping the tormenting demons of her past was all Tova wanted, but someone has other plans.

An Internally tormented girl
An Unexpected protector
One deadly hunt

Tova, sexually and physically abused as a child, lives in a territory protected by a thick forest and stone wall. She has no desire to leave, and not because of the savages and mutated beasts that roam beyond the walls…

On a quest to deliverance, her plan has always been to learn self-defense and to learn how to protect those who can’t protect themselves while overcoming the demons of her past.

Meanwhile, an unsuspecting heartthrob catches her attention. Not knowing the secrets that lay deep within, he anxiously wants to pursue her, but someone else has other plans for her.

In the midst of all the mayhem, does their relationship end before it can begin?

Protecting Tova is an exciting journey as Tova fights to forget her past in a dystopian world inundated by threats, mysteries, and treachery. 

***This is an adrenaline rush novel with a mixture of fantasy and paranormal/supernatural. Perfect for fans of sarcastic heroines, protective males, and instant attraction.*** 

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Friday, 27 November 2020

Group Promo – FREE and Discounted Books

If you haven’t yet entered the Arcadia Saga Giveaway for a chance to win $10 Amazon Gift Card, you still have a few days left to enter. The giveaway ends on 4th December 2020. A winner will be selected from the comments left on Talisman Of El’s Prologue chapter on Wattpad. The Winner  will be contacted via Wattpad on 5th December 2020, so please make sure you check your Wattpad inbox.

All right. Time for some wonderful freebies and discounts for your stockings this year. Check out all the free and discounted ebooks on offer below. If you do happen to read any of the books, the authors would greatly appreciate a review to let people know what you thought of their books. Sharing is caring.

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Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Night Watch by Annie Anderson

Night Watch
(Soul Reader, #1)
Author: Annie Anderson
Publication Date: November 17th, 2020
Genre: Adult Paranormal / Urban Fantasy

Book Description:
Waking up at the foot of your own grave is no picnic… especially when you can’t remember how you got there.

Cursed with powers she can’t name, Sloane Cabot has vowed to catch the Rogue who turned her into a monster and killed her family. Too bad a broodingly hot mage is bound to keep her on the straight and narrow.

Whether she likes it or not…

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Monday, 23 November 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Betrayed by Jacklyn Daher

Betrayed
(The Chronicles of Luxor Everstone, #2)
Author: Jacklyn Daher
Publication Date: November 19th, 2020
Genre: YA Paranormal / Urban Fantasy

Book Description:
With the revelation Luxor Everstone is the daughter of the Prince of Darkness, an entirely new door fraught with danger is opened. As Cane is lying in wait, Luxor is forced to have constant protection, leaving her suffocated.

When new help arrives in the form of a witch, and a mysterious and dreamy boy who seems to soothe her more than anyone else can, she doesn’t hesitate to invite them into her life despite her growing affection for Hunter.

As fresh dangers loom on the horizon, she begins to unravel different details about her past, while greater powers are introduced, and the others continue to evolve. Conflicted between the pull toward her darkness and her desire to be good, Luxor juggles the priorities—and her opinionated guardians—while trying to find some semblance of balance.

When the darkness returns to claim her completely, can she trust herself to make the right choice?


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Saturday, 21 November 2020

BOOK REVIEW: You're Not My Monster by Sigal Adler

You're Not My Monster
Author: Sigal Adler
Genre: Picture Book
Publication Date: 7 December 2017

Book Description:
Help Kids Overcome their Fears

When little Dan started to sleep on his own His parents were proud of how much he’d grown They gave him a monster, a sweet little doll To prove to the world – he was not scared at all!

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MY REVIEW

This was an interesting and cute bedtime story about young Dan, whose parents gift him a toy monster as a sign of showing him how proud they were of him that he was now sleeping on his own. When Dan goes for a drink one night, he returns to his room to find his toy monster gone, and in its place stood a giant monster that looked identical to his toy monster. This monster, it appears, swallowed Dan's monster so it could grow. After spewing out a series of identical-looking monsters, the giant monster returns Dans monster to him.

This was an enjoyable read, and I loved the illustrations, so colourful and detailed. I will say that the idea of returning to ones room to a monstrous surprise might intimidate children who are in fact terrified of sleeping on their own, so Im not sure if the message of bravery and how to overcome ones fear will relay well with or be well received by children of that mindset, but I do like how little Dan handled the dilemma he was facing. The fact that he demanded his toy monster back shows he had overcome his fear.

Another good read by Adler.

VERDICT


Award: Silver
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Source: Own copy

Friday, 20 November 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Gold by Maureen A. Miller

GOLD
(Blue-Link #4)
Author: Maureen A. Miller
Publication Date: November 16th, 2020
Genre: Adult Romance /Suspense

Book Description:
Dig deep enough and you will strike danger.

It was the middle of January in Southeastern Alaska. Sara Eckert anticipated at least another two months of vacancy in her remote bed & breakfast. Until he showed up. A man not interested in hiking, fishing, or hunting. So, why was he there?

Two miners have gone missing. Their disappearance has been ruled accidental. To the firm that sent them to Alaska, that answer is unacceptable. Luke Reis has been dispatched to learn more. Gaining access to the remote wilderness isn’t so simple, though. He’ll have to enlist the owner of the Marmot Hideaway to help get him started.

As Luke and Sara dig deeper into the disappearance of the miners, they edge closer to passion. But the abandoned network of underground mines may stake the ultimate claim…their lives.

This is a standalone romantic suspense included a series with a similar theme.


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Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Graves’ Anatomy by Jace Anderson & Adam Gierasch

Graves’ Anatomy
Author: Jace Anderson & Adam Gierasch
Publication Date: November 17th, 2020
Genre: NA Urban Fantasy

Book Description:
Tattoo artist Luna Graves’ life turns upside down when her estranged father dies and she learns it’s her destiny to be a doctor…to monsters.

Destiny? Fairy tale endings? Things that go bump in the night? Luna Graves doesn’t believe in any of them. Her father took off when she was three, and she’s worked hard to become one of the best young tattoo artists in Los Angeles. Of course, there was that mysterious exchange she had when she was 12 with Heath Guillaumet, who might not have been human…naw, that was just her imagination.

When her estranged father dies, Luna discovers that he led a secret life as an uphir, a doctor to the shadowkind — what we would call monsters. Now that he’s gone, she has to take his place — or be killed by the powerful Council. Thrust into a world she doesn’t know, the stubborn Luna refuses to give up on her original dreams. Soon Heath Guillaumet will return to unleash a disease last battled by the Knights Templar…the Black Death.

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Monday, 16 November 2020

BOOK REVIEW - Layer: A Collection of Short Stories by Zuzanne Belec

Layers: A Collection of Short Stories
Author: Zuzanne Belec
Genre: Literary Fiction / Contemporary Short Stories
Publication Date: 12th November 2020

Book Description:
Eight short stories on the power of the human spirit.

Layers is a debut collection of imaginative short stories celebrating life and the human spirit despite the ever-present spectre of melancholy in our lives today. With their distinctive blend of wit and humour, they light up any underlying darkness.

From the Americas to India, from Africa to Europe, and through a range of genres, voices and styles, layers are unraveled, revealing the textures and contrasts of old and new in the environments and cultures of today's fast-paced world.

With vivid descriptions, we are drawn into enchanting worlds with characters that leap off the page, leaving the reader lingering long after the pages have been read.

In The Christmas Charge: Instead of enjoying their Christmas preparing eggnog cream pie and sipping sherry by the fireside, three batty grannies go on an African safari. At this stage of wisdom in their lives, nothing can go wrong. Right?

In Paths Taken: When her grandmother ‘kills’ a man on a busy town square, Hecate is forced to face her worst fears and use her own unsettling powers to help her. But where will these new paths take her?

In White Noise: All Earl needs to do is hand his work over to his successor. But is it that easy to let go? And where does one hide from one’s inner noise?

In The Old Man and the Donkey: Deep in northern Portugal, an old man and his donkey go about their lonely routine. When an unexpected visitor shows up, everyone is given a new chance of happiness. But have they all been stubbornly avoiding it for too long?

In the Arctic Haze: Since he was little, bad luck has stuck to George’s soles like clingy dog mess. Some of us are luckier. Or are we really?

In Penny’s Purple Robot: A loving father exceeds himself to make his daughter happy after her mother passes away. But can he force himself to face a brutal truth?

In Mothers: Deep in Africa, a desperate mother accepts her own fate, but refuses to face an even harsher reality. Mothers will do anything for their young. And things may not be as they seem.

In Yeehaw: Running from their regular lives, Sam and Patsy end up in an artificial town – Yeehaw Theme Park. Will they find their true selves in this synthetic world?

If you like a minimalist and dark, yet humorous look at the contrasts we face in the world today, you will enjoy this collection of mixed-genre stories.

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MY REVIEW

Layers is a collection of short stories full of flavour and culture with a deep sentimental and nostalgic undertone. I requested this review copy from StoryOrigin because I was drawn to the cover. It looked like a painting, full of ambiguity and intrigue, and I wanted to know what was on the inside. If I'm being honest, it didn't get off to a great start with me. I wasn't connecting with the story or the characters, and I did contemplate putting it down, but due to it being a collection of short stories, I figured I would continue reading to the end, which I am glad I did, because as I read on, I found that the second half of the book was more to my taste and was resonating with me a lot better than the first half.

The stories that I found truly captivating were White Noise, The Arctic Haze and Mothers, the latter being the one that truly made me appreciate the book as a whole. The themes of loss and the will to survive was well portrayed and translated throughout the whole book. I also liked the focus on the bond and connection between the characters and their will to protect their loved ones.

Layers is overwhelmingly sad at times and very tragic, but underneath all of the pain and suffering, there is still a semblance of hope and purpose embedded deep within. I’m glad I didn’t give up on the book, because I ended up really enjoying it. Although the stories were very realistic in nature, I felt an undertone of magical realism throughout, which made it even more enjoyable.

VERDICT


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

Book Spotlight - Last Girl Alive by Jennifer Chase



Last Girls Alice
Author: Jennifer Chase
Genre: Crime Thriller

Book Description:
Half-buried in the muddy earth and surrounded by puddles of water lies the naked body of a beautiful young girl. Her pale skin looks like porcelain in the early morning light. Her fragile arms bent and crooked like a broken doll.

When Detective Katie Scott is called to the discovery of a young girl buried on the grounds of a former children’s home in Pine Valley, California, she’s hopeful it’s the end to a devastating cold case she’s been working on. No one has seen Candace Harlan since she ran away from Elm Hill Manor five years ago. Her death will be a tragedy, but it will also bring peace to those who miss her most. But the girl in the ground is not Candace.

The victim is almost identical to Candace in every way, but fear grips Katie as she takes in the black ink that decorates the girl’s back—a terrifying message tattooed on her skin after she drew her last breath.

Forcing down traumatic memories of losing her own parents, Katie is certain someone mistook this poor soul for Candace, and that this crumbling home for lost girls is at the heart of this terrible crime. She sets to work digging into the tragic history of the owners who lost so many children of their own and tracking down the last six residents and the staff who cared for them—but no one wants to talk, let alone remember.

The next day, as second girl’s body is found down by the creek at high water, the same words etched into her skin. Katie’s worst fear is confirmed: someone is picking off the last of the Elm Hill girls one by one. But what does the tattoo mean? And what monster would target these innocent girls who have already been through so much?

Katie must dig deep to confront her own fears and protect the vulnerable—but as the body count rises further, will there be anyone left to save?

An absolutely gripping, dark, and totally unputdownable serial killer thriller that will keep you racing through the pages all night long. Fans of Lisa Regan, Rachel Caine and Melinda Leigh will read in one sitting!

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