Saturday, 12 December 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - Little Hood and Her Wolf by Janie Marie

Little Hood and Her Wolf
(The Big Bad Wolf Trilogy, #2)
Author: Janie Marie
Publication Date: December 8th, 2020
Genre: Coming of Age / YA Fairy Tales

Book Description:
Kylie knew Logan Grimm came with a price. She just had no idea that the price was being told what to do by the most dangerous residents of Blackwoods.

She should run and survive, but Logan’s sweet words and even sweeter kisses keep her where she is.

Right where the Big Bad Wolf lies in wait.

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Friday, 11 December 2020

December Giveaway + Group Promo – FREE and Discounted Books

We are just TWO WEEKS away from Christmas, and what better way to start the celebration than filling up your stockings with some freebies?

I'm hosting a Christmas Giveaway over on my blog, CBY Book Club, for a $10 Amazon Gift Card, so be sure to pop over and enter for a chance to win. The December eBook Giveaway is still active, so if you fancy winning an ebook of your choice, enter here.

Arcadia Saga Giveaway Winner:
Caroline R.

You still have time to VOTE for Talisman Of El (Arcadia, Book 1) in the December Cover of the Month Contest on!

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Cover Reveal - Amends: A Psychic Mystery Series by Carissa Andrews

Amends: A Psychic Mystery Series
(A Diana Hawthorne Supernatural Mystery, #2)
Author: Carissa Andrews
Publication Date: February 26th, 2021
Genre: Adult Mystery / Urban Fantasy

Book Description:
For as psychic as she is, shit goes sideways far too often around Diana Hawthorne.

Diana now has everything she ever wanted–her memories, and the soul mate she didn’t realize she was missing. There’s just one problem… the old gods expect her to make amends for her absence. And her work starts now.

But time lost at the oracle isn’t the only thing she has to atone for. Her friend Demetri was stripped of his powers–and it was all her fault. If she could just set things right, she’d feel a whole lot better about moving forward. Unfortunately, Demetri wants nothing to do with her and knows exactly how to keep her out of his head.

To make matters worse, in the age of social media, Diana’s abilities have gone viral. People from all over the world are clambering to get on her books. One case, in particular, hits her radar and despite herself, she can’t shake it. A 14-year-old boy is wrapped up with a deadly governmental agency and he’s scared to death. And he should be–they want to weaponize his power.

Torn between what was and what is, Diana struggles to fully embrace who she’s becoming. Will she be able to help Demitri and make things right? Or will her new role mean leaving the past behind?

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About the Author
“An author emerges from the depths of Minnesotan waters. Sci-fi/Fantasy is my pen of choice.”

Carissa Andrews is a Minnesota-based genre-bending author who writes a combination of science fiction, fantasy, and dystopia. When not writing her own books, she’s busy reading them.

Carissa’s internationally bestselling trilogy, The Pendomus Chronicles, is now in digital, print, and audiobook formats. She has hit the scene as an up and coming speculative fiction author who uses a mix of scifi and fantasy, twisted in modern mythology and alternative history. Check out The Final Five, Oracle, Awakening, and Love is a Merciless God!

Carissa has big plans for 2020. Check out her upcoming series, The Windhaven Witches.

For more information on their release, visit Carissa Andrews’ author website: and sign up for her newsletter notifications.

She lives in central Minnesota with her husband and brood of five kids. Not to mention, her insane husky puppies, Aztec and Pharaoh.

Carissa is also a freelance graphic designer, writer and content creator, social media manager, and marketing professional. She writes consistently on topics of science, technology, art, writing, photography, graphic design, health, self-improvement, and more. Her articles can be found published across the interwebs. Carissa is also a Top-Rated Freelancer on Upwork, and can be contacted for freelancing opportunities:

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Thursday, 10 December 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - A Shattering Glimpse by Nicole Putter

A Shattering Glimpse
Author: Nicole Putter
Publication Date: December 10th, 2020
Genre: Adult Romance / Thriller

Book Description:
The dreams: For years, Claire Baxter has been haunted by ceaseless dreams of an FBI Agent.

The dilemma: She has no idea who he is or if he even exists.

The death: Right before she’s set to graduate from college, a dream reveals him dying in a brutal explosion.

One touch and not-so-normal Portland girl, Claire Baxter, can get a glimpse of your nearby future. She considers nothing about her clairvoyance a gift, it’s a curse, to say the least. Her parents raised her with the rule that she is to keep the secret at all cost, leaving little room for relationships of any kind. As if the burden isn’t enough, FBI agent Byron Black becomes the phantom of a series of sinister dreams.

The night before her final college exam, she has another dream, except in this one, he dies in a nuclear explosion. Does he exist? Will she find him? If so, can she save the countless lives affected by a blast that can crush steel like it’s a piece of paper, or… is this something her lost, psychic mind conjured up?

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Tuesday, 8 December 2020

Christmas Giveaway - Win a $10 Amazon Gift Card

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December 8th to January 8th

Here's wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Open to entrants 13+ worldwide

Monday, 7 December 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - The Christmas Spirit by Alexandrea Weis

The Christmas Spirit
Author: Alexandrea Weis
Published by: Rosewind Books
Publication Date: October 27th, 2020
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Book Description:
“Ghostly occurrences and ancient folklore make this feel like a modern, romantic twist on A Christmas Carol. ~Library Journal


Courtney Winston is a writer on a deadline. Eager to finish her book and get over a recent break-up, she ditches Christmas with her family and retreats to a secluded cabin in the mountains.

Appliances rarely work, and cell service is spotty, but Courtney senses there is more to her rustic rental—something dark and haunting.

Then Peter, the attractive Stone Mountain Lodge owner, and a meddling cook, Mrs. Finn, keep coming around, shattering her peace and offering advice on how to fix her heavy heart.

Courtney grows closer to Peter, but Mrs. Finn warns her of his troubled past. Undaunted, Courtney sets out to win him over. But being with the brooding stranger may end up costing her more than she ever imagined.

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Sunday, 6 December 2020

BOOK REVIEW: Special by Chino Chakanga

Author: Chino Chakanga
Genre: YA Fantasy / Dystopian
Publication Date: 14 August 2019

Book Description:
From super speed to telekinesis, everyone in Hope’s world has special abilities. Through ill fate, she is born without any. Her peculiar case is a medical mystery which warrants comprehensive research and countless visits to the hospital.

Hope undergoes painful tests and unorthodox treatments to cure her of her unique condition and make her normal while grappling with the pitfalls of being different at school and leaving in the shadow of her multi-gifted younger brother.

Will Hope ever gain abilities? Is there a place for her in a world where great emphasis is placed on special abilities?

Special is an abstract look at the pressures of meeting the societal mould.

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It was the book cover that made me want to pick this one up. It stands out, and just like the cover, the main character, Hope, also stands out in this story. This book has all the hallmarks of our reality, but the world has been flipped upside down. If parallel universes did exist, I would imagine there would be a reality just like this one where everyone had a special ability or at least it was common to possess a superhuman quality. Hope is surrounded by people with magnificent abilities. Those without abilities, such as Hope, are ostracised and ridiculed for being abnormal.

Hope wants nothing more than to fit into her world and not feel like an outcast at home and at school. She's tired of being a lab rat, undergoing treatment after treatment in a bid to find the cure to unleash her dormant powers. Apart from her best friend, Allie, the only friend who stood by Hope after developing her abilities, the only other person who makes her feel a little less hopeless is Asher, the highly intelligent student she met on one of her many hospital visits who has the ability to mimic people's voices but can sometimes remain stuck with the last replicated voice for days. Due to his defective ability, Asher falls into the same category as Hope, a maladroit, those who exhibit undesirable abilities and are at the bottom of the food chain.

Having to deal with school bullies who constantly remind her of her failures is one thing, but when Allie starts to drift away from her in favour of the popular crowd, Hope and the school hottie, Eric, start to grow closer. The closer they become, they more she realises there's something familiar but rather odd about Eric's behaviour. When Hope discovers the true reason behind Eric's strange behaviour, she's left with a difficult decision that could mean hurting those she loves. Being forced to take charge, Hope learns that sometimes being the odd one out can have its advantages and maybe, just maybe, she's special because she is unlike anyone else.

This was a very moving coming of age story and an enjoyable one at that. I liked the character of Hope. She held the story well. I thought there was a little too much focus on her lack of abilities that we didn't really get to see much of her other qualities until nearing the end of the book. While I understood the motivation behind Asher's decisions and the reason why he was not prominently featured throughout the story, I would have liked more interaction between him and Hope in the earlier chapters to get a better inclination into his turmoil. I felt I didn't connect with him as much, which was a shame because he played such a big part in making Hope acknowledge her inner strength. Having said that, I liked the themes portrayed throughout. Despite being unfamiliar with Hope's reality in the sense of everyone exhibiting special abilities, I felt a great familiarity with the ambience of Hope's world and had reasonable knowledge of the social pressure of trying to fit in that could leave one emotionally damaged. I definitely felt a connection to her on some level. I also liked Allie as a character. She had her flaws, which made her feel real, but I would have appreciated a little more insight into her home life or just more insight into her mindset so as to rationalise her behaviour in certain scenes. I liked that the characters were all different and had different personalities. Sometimes it's hard to remember certain characters because they all seem so similar, but that's not the case in Special. I recalled all the characters, even the stereotypical bullies, which was good as it means they made an impression on me and they helped to bring the world alive in my head.

This was a quick read, and I would certainly recommend it.


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

Saturday, 5 December 2020

Book Blitz & Giveaway - The Consequences of Fate by Mary E. Palmerin

The Consequences of Fate
(Heartless, #2)
Author: Mary E. Palmerin
Publication Date: December 1st, 2020
Genre: YA Contemporary

Book Description:
When I was little, I wanted to be a superhero to fly over the moon. Then I found a suitcase with a photo of the brown-eyed angel. The bad man changed me. I became lost and unlovable. After the consequences of fate reared its ugly head, I decided I would be the master of my ultimate plan.

I am not a good boy.

I watch people.

I hurt them.

And I destroy the truth.

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About the Author
Mary E. Palmerin is an internationally bestselling author of The Monster Series, Redeeming Rhys, and half the madness behind The Red Market Series. She currently resides in Indiana with her husband and two boys. She enjoys writing raw, taboo tales that strike various emotions in her readers. When she isn't busy writing, she usually has her nose in a good book. Mary loves spending time with her family and friends, being outdoors, cooking, art, tattoos, red wine, traveling, and anything that makes her laugh. She loves to connect with her readers!

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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 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


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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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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.


Award: Platinum
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
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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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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.


Award: Platinum
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
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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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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.


Award: Platinum
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
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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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