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Book Blitz, Excerpt, and Giveaway — The Damned Society: Smoke & Mirrors

The Damned Society: Smoke and Mirrors
L. J. Elliott
Published by: Wallace Publishing
Publication date: November 17th 2020
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Lexia Luccen is a seventeen-year-old girl with a fiery power that is slowly destroying the last fragments of her sanity. Having lost her abusive father, Lexia is left scarred from the way he treated her and by the grief of his death. When she accidentally uses her ability to create a devastating explosion that takes many lives, she is moved from her life of solitude into the hectic youth facility that is Lucida.

Lucida is no ordinary youth facility. It is a secretly run technological agency for supernatural wayward youth, set up to teach them how to control their abilities after they have caused disturbances in society. These youths think that once they have been reformed, they will be freed. However, the truth is a very different story.

Lies, love, and more death await Lexia at Lucida, and she soon realizes that this facility is not quite what it seems. Now she knows she must make a choice: does she finally give up to the darkness that slowly consumes her—like her father did—or does she follow the firestorm that runs through her veins and for once in her life, battle for something?

Time is running out. Lexia needs to make her decision fast, before Lucida makes it for her.

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EXCERPT:

Prologue

The smoke built around me with speed, carrying a taste of destruction as it vaped through my senses. The air gushed past my skin, getting heavier in pace with each breath I took. The smell of burnt paper lingering as it flowed around in the destructive zone that I was creating. I had never lost control like this before, yet at the same time, had never felt so happy about it. My mind was not instantly filled with regret or sadness at the fact I had let my power control me. In fact, it was quite the opposite. I was glad because it was the thing that ultimately helped me out in the end. For once, we had partnered up and were working together. I had never felt such strength from it before. It didn’t hurt, it just felt like it was a part of me now and like my power had momentarily become one with my soul. I closed my eyes and let the solidarity marinate in every moment we bonded together as I knew the feeling would not last forever and so, as I clenched my fists and the energy poured out of my body, for once in my life, I had no regret about harming something or about letting go of control. My mind and soul were finally free.

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“Here we go again.” The words flew out of my mouth effortlessly as I heard my bedroom door crash open. My aunt entering the space with another look of determination to get me out of bed, crinkling her aged face. It was another episode of, Do What I Think Is Best For My Niece, Even If It Is Not. I threw my blanket over my head just as the morning sunlight bathed my room with a pool of golden radiance as my Aunt Sylvia stormed her way in and drew back the curtains almost viciously. Something she had begun doing every morning this past week to try and finally get me out of my selfcreated blanket cocoon. Instead of being happy another morning had dawned upon me, I dreaded entering the real world. As the golden shimmer poured through the cracks of my blanket, I wanted to hide further under my white cotton shield and just dissolve away into my mattress. “Aunt, get out. I want to sleep,” I grumbled from under the covers, even though I had a feeling it was going to be a waste of words today. I had pulled this trick too many times already. The game that was hiding away from my problems. “Come on,” Sylvia groaned back in her familiar stressed tone as I heard her feet shuffle across the wooden flooring and stop beside my bed. I dug further under as she suddenly tried to tug away my blanket and the sunlight spilled in even brighter around the space, projecting her shadow onto the floor with its illumination as my eyes started to peek through the cracks. “You are going to college today whether you like it or not. Now come on, you can’t afford to miss another day.” Silence lingered for a few moments before I felt a hand latch around the fabric above my head. The Damned Society 12 “Lexia, you are seventeen, not seven. I’m not playing this game anymore.” She tugged at the blanket edges even harder to try and snatch it away and after a few more annoying moments of fighting to stay hidden, she sadly succeeded and my barrier flew to the ground. I hissed like a vampire as the brightness that surrounded the room hit my eyes. I sure felt like one of late, seeing as neither my skin nor my eyes had seen the light of day since I had locked myself in my room for so long. Three weeks now and counting. The only times during that period that I did leave was when Sylvia left for work, after giving up on trying to get me out of bed. I would scuttle to the bathroom and then the kitchen to stock up on some food, with my blanket wrapped around me, continuing to be the shield that repelled away my reality. And it had been working—I wasn’t thinking of anything. However, given how oddly stern she seemed this morning compared to other attempts this week, I really did have a feeling my time of hiding from reality was up.

Author Bio:

Lotté Jean Elliott is an author from North-Eastern England. She began as an avid reader before she picked up a pen one day and started to use her imagination to create a new universe, just like her favourite fictional ones.

Through literature, she saw a whole new world open up, and she has not stopped diving into the deepest parts of her mind ever since.

When she isn’t writing novels, poetry, or screenplays with her sister Francesca, Lotté loves nothing more than to find inspiration for life through art films, music, exploring museums, and language learning. She loves to explore the deepest meaning behind things and gain new perspectives of the world in which we inhabit.

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Book Blitz, Trailer, Excerpt, and Giveaway — Graves’ Anatomy

Graves’ Anatomy
Jace Anderson & Adam Gierasch
Publication date: November 17th 2020
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy

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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EXCERPT:

The ornate padlock dangled from Luna Graves’ neck, suspended by a silver ball chain. It was a beautiful piece, really, so she usually didn’t have to explain why she wore it. The truth was, Luna didn’t know why she had held on to it for the past dozen years, and she’d started wearing it to justify keeping it for so long. If anything it reminded her to listen when a little tingle rose up in her stomach, to pay attention to that little flinch of fear.

Most people wouldn’t think of Luna as scared. Here she was in her element, the tattoo parlor, leaning over hulking Tony Ramirez with his three-quarter sleeves of horror movie creatures. But Luna knew it didn’t take courage to deal with Tony. Talk to him for two minutes and you’d realize that, behind the all-black clothing and hardcore punk T-shirts, he was just a sweet guy who liked make-believe monsters.

Monsters. Luna didn’t believe in them – of course she didn’t. Over the years she’d pushed the memory of that strange man Heath down into the recesses of her mind and scrubbed it clean of those elements that didn’t make sense. If the needle-sharp teeth entered her consciousness – a fleeting thought as she sketched one of Tony’s new designs, maybe, or a half-formed nightmare – she dismissed them. Her scared twelve-year-old mind had seen things that weren’t there. End of story.

Luna’s arms told a different tale: like Tony’s, they were covered with deliberately macabre designs. A Lovecraftian being, all tentacles and scales in bright colors of emerald green, purple and burnt orange, was splashed across Luna’s right shoulder. One long tentacle snaked all the way down her arm to encircle her wrist, where a needle-toothed, looming vampire peered out from a rocky precipice. Bats circled a harvest moon on her elbow, and a rugged scaly creature emerged from a lake on her forearm. The theme continued on her left arm, where two bristling hellhounds bounded down her triceps, nearly colliding with the ghoulish hag with backwards feet on her lower arm.

The designs were beautiful, haunting, each one a Luna original…and each one taken from her nightmares. Creatures had started peppering Luna’s dreams after her encounter with the strange man in the alley. She’d wake up panting with fear, her eyes probing the darkness, seeing flashes of monstrous faces at her window. Her parents would tell her they were just dreams, but they didn’t feel like Luna’s other ones. She felt that she could reach out and touch these creatures. Drawing them was the only thing that allowed her to go back to sleep; it was as if getting them on paper got them out of her head, if only temporarily. Getting them on paper also transformed them from terrifying to beautiful – under the influence of her pens, paints and pastels, the monsters that tormented her during the night became as spectacular as strutting peacocks.

“Ow!” Tony whimpered. Luna flipped her hair – naturally blond but currently dyed with streaks of aqua-blue that set off her pale green eyes – over her shoulder. She was dressed for work in old overalls and a tank top that showcased her ink-splashed tawny arms; just a bit of lipstick and mascara adorned her face.

“Deep breaths in and out,” she instructed, adjusting the position of the tattoo gun. “Focus on your breathing, not the pain.”

Tony was her last appointment of the day. It had been a busy Saturday at Tattoo du Monde, and Luna had spent most of the day inking standard flash on bewildered tourists. (Tattoo du Monde was located on Hollywood Boulevard just west of Highland, flanked by not one but two smoke shops, and as such was frequented by tourists confused as to why Jennifer Lawrence and Ryan Gosling weren’t getting pizza across the street.) Working on Tony was a treat – it was the first original design she’d done all day – even if he loathed needles just a little less than he loved tattoos.

Tattoos had been Luna’s calling since she got her first ink at sixteen, much to her mother Ramona’s chagrin. She and her best friend Jess had ventured east into trendy Silverlake, exploring dusty record shops and secondhand clothing stores, when Luna had spotted Mizayaki Tattoo, its windows filled with colorful custom flash. Even though the art was beautiful, Luna already knew that she wanted to use one of her own drawings as the basis for her tattoo. She had flipped her notebook open to a detailed drawing of an orange demon. “I want this.”

For the next hour she had gritted her teeth, listening to the steady buzz of the tattoo gun and regretting every extra stroke she’d put in her drawing. The demon had been a frequent visitor to Luna’s dreamscapes, but it took her three weeks to realize that once the devilish imp resided on her body it no longer visited her at night. After the hellhounds took up residence on her right arm, they disappeared from her dreams as well. The logical part of Luna’s brain knew there couldn’t be a correlation between the two and that there had to be another explanation for her newly uninterrupted nights of sleep…but deep down she believed that by permanently fixing the horrific creatures on her body she’d pulled them out of her dreams. In the space of eighteen months, her body had become host to her most frequent tormentors and Luna slept better that she had since she was a little girl.


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Cover Reveal — Heart Stopper

Heart Stopper
Michelle Hercules
(Rebels of Rushmore, #1)
Publication date: December 2nd 2020
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Troy Alexander is sex on a stick and every girl’s dream at John Rushmore University. He’s also the bane of my existence.

Our meet-cute wasn’t exactly cute. He called me a nerd, and I accused him of slacking off on the field. Now, we have to live together.

I’m supposed to try to play nice to keep a roof over my head. Not in my nature. Our arrangement could be a living hell, but slowly, I realize the worst thing he ever did wasn’t calling me names. It was making me see there’s more to him under the surface. And now, I’m screwed.

*Heart Stopper is an enemies-to-lovers college sports romance filled with banter, pranks, and off the charts chemistry that will make you swoon.

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Photography: Michelle Lancaster @lanefotograf
Cover Model: Lochie Carey @lochie_carey


Author Bio:

USA Today bestselling author Michelle Hercules always knew creative arts were her calling but not in a million years did she think she would write a novel. With a background in fashion design she thought she would follow that path. But one day, out of the blue, she had an idea for a book. One page turned into ten pages, ten pages turned into a hundred, and before she knew, her first book, The Prophecy of Arcadia, was born.

Michelle Hercules resides in The Netherlands with her husband and daughter. She is currently working on the Legends of Gattica series.

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Blog Tour, Giveaway, and Review — A Rainbow Like You

 

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the A RAINBOW LIKE YOU by Andréa Fehsenfeld Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: A RAINBOW LIKE YOU

Author: Andréa Fehsenfeld

Pub. Date: October 27, 2020

Publisher: Free Form Productions

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 320

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, TBD

An iconic rock star with everything to prove. A teen runaway with nothing left to lose. Are you ready for the most unexpected journey? 

Adrian ‘Jazzer’ Johnson’s gilded rock and roll career is the stuff of legend. From out of the dive bars of Long Beach, this high school dropout rocketed his band to the pinnacle of success. But after a whirlwind decade ended with him broken and questioning, Adrian disappeared.

Now back on tour after a year in exile, Adrian’s still struggling and under pressure to deliver his next hit. The last thing he needs is to find a teen runaway hiding in his tour bus. As it turns out, Hastings Sinclair is a synesthete who can see music in color. But her offer to help color-blind Adrian unpack his creative block upends their lives in ways they never imagined.

Because Adrian’s troubles run deep—beyond what any song can fix—and Hastings hasn’t been upfront about hers. When calamity strikes, a perfect storm of fates unleashes and caught in the crossfire are Adrian’s band mates, a fame-shy beauty he falls hard for, and a scheming journalist with a vendetta. With everything he values suddenly on the line, can Adrian reconcile his own brash history? Or will he be forced to face the music in a way he never has before?

 


About Andréa:

An award-winning TV producer, Andréa has delivered over 200 TV commercials, series and movies for Fortune 500 companies, global networks and the world’s biggest brands.

A life long book lover, in 2016 she channelled her storytelling skills into writing fiction. COMPLETION was her debut novel and is currently being adapted for television. Her second novel, A Rainbow Like You, publishes October 27th, 2020.

Voted “Most Original” in high school, she’ll go down bleeding living up to that distinction. No surprise then, she loves unconventional characters and circumstances with a dash of wild and crazy.

Oh…and she never met a margarita she didn’t like.

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Giveaway Details:

1 Winner will receive a signed copy of A RAINBOW LIKE YOU and swag, US & Canada Only.




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Tour Schedule:

11/6/2020

Two Chicks on Books

Interview

11/6/2020

Rockstar Book Tours

Excerpt

11/7/2020

Jaime’s World

Excerpt

11/7/2020

JaimeRockstarBookTours

Instagram Post

11/8/2020

BookHounds YA

Interview

11/8/2020

BookHounds YA

Instagram Post

11/8/2020

Books A-Brewin’

Guest Post

11/9/2020

Westveil Publishing

Guest Post

11/9/2020

The Reading Wordsmith

Review

11/9/2020

A Dream Within A Dream

Guest Post

11/10/2020

Lifestyle of Me

Review

11/10/2020

Betwixt the Pages

Review

11/11/2020

Rajiv’s Reviews

Review

11/11/2020

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Instagram Post

11/11/2020

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Review

11/12/2020

callmekaare

Review

11/12/2020

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Review/Instagram Post

11/13/2020

Do You Dog-ear?

Review

11/13/2020

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Instagram Post


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Quick Reasons: I didn’t go into this read anticipating a broken heart!; there’s a lyrical, poetic quality to the prose that I DROOLED over; some iffy decision-making on the main POV’s part; this read was so gorgeous, it hurt

HUGE thanks to Andréa Fehsenfeld and Rockstar Book Tours for sending a free galley of this title my way in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.

And Penguins, when I tell you this book hurt…. This. Book. HURT. It’s like the author reached into the very trenches of my chest and ripped my still-beating heart from me. The lyrical, poetic quality to the prose only made the torture, the aching, even more noticeable at the end, because this book will stick with me for ages.

Don’t get me wrong. I feel like our main character made some very iffy, sometimes downright awful, decisions throughout the course of this journey….but he did so with integrity, and with a purpose, and with a sense that he was HELPING, as wrong as the steps he took to do so were. So while I don’t tip my hat to him, necessarily, for the bad decisions…I DO tip my hat to the author, for enmeshing me so fully into this story that I was optimistic everything would work out rainbows and daisies at the end. It’s a cruel fact that life is not perfect….and this author did a gorgeous job of reminding me of this.

The song that accompanies this novel is absolutely heart-wrenching, especially when approached AFTER reading. I went into this not knowing what to expect, knowing only that one of the characters was a rock star and the other had synesthesia (or, rather more specifically, chromesthesia)–and came out of it broken, and gasping, and raw.

There’s bad decisions in this book, readers. I’ll list, also, potential trigger warnings for emotional abuse, drug addiction, and alcohol abuse. If you’re sensitive to such topics, please keep that in mind when picking this book up. But goodness, if you let it, this book will reshape your heart into a bleeding, broken, messy knot…and you will be thankful for it. If you walk into this rainbow, Penguins, you’re bound to walk back out reformed.

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Cover Reveal — Beautiful Facade

Beautiful Facade
Kathryn S Rose
Publication date: February 2021
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

On the day that 16-year-old Winter Starling had her life and dreams shattered by a sexual assault, she meets Kai, a boy from her high school obsessed with music. They develop a deep friendship, which comes to an abrupt end when Kai unexpectedly has to leave. Winter has no idea why he went or any way to contact him.

Ten years pass, and Winter has constructed a new reality for herself. Now living in Melbourne, she has a successful career in advertising and is engaged to Liam King, a star player in Australian Rules Football. Winter has a perfect life.

During a night out, Winter runs into Kai, now the lead singer of ‘The Stonevilles.’ Winter and Kai rekindle their friendship, and to everyone around them, their attraction is evident. With Kai back in her life, Winter’s past threatens to ruin her relationship with Liam and everything she has worked to achieve. But can she risk losing Kai a second time?

Emotional and edgy, Beautiful Facade is about love, loss, healing, self-discovery, and the messy battle between one’s head and one’s heart.

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Author Bio:

Kathryn S Rose is a mum, wife, reader, writer, traveller, and food enthusiast. Writing a book was always on her bucket list, and finally, with Beautiful Facade, it has come into fruition.

Kathryn is interested in the study of human behaviour and obtained a Bachelor of Social Science, with a focus on Community studies and Welfare Work.

Since completing her studies, she has worked in several jobs, which have enhanced her understanding of social issues, human development, relationships, and lifestyle. Some of these insights are reflected in her writing and give her inspiration.

Besides books, Kathryn has many other loves. She enjoys listening to live music, relaxing at the beach, embarking on random hiking adventures, and indulging in too much food and wine with family and friends.

When Kathryn and her family aren’t traipsing around the world, they can be found residing in Perth, Western Australia.

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Book Blitz, Excerpt, and Giveaway — Crimsy

Crimsy
Michael Martin
Publication date: November 9th 2020
Genres: New Adult, Science Fiction

A YOUNG SCIENTIST and her research team are thrust into a global battle for control of the greatest discovery in human history: a harmless bacteria that loves frozen saltwater—and lives on Mars.

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After enduring politics, Congress, marsquakes, dust storms, and landslides, PhD-to-be Jen Z and her research team hope their successful, years-long quest to find life on Mars is finally over.

But their biggest fight has just begun.

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“The you-know-what hit the fan when charming but feckless university lawyer Nathaniel Hawthorn showed up in my office. Someone was trying to patent our stupendous find, Crimsococcus halocryophilus.

“A simple microbe I gave a simpler nickname: Crimsy.

“I think it was the trillionaire investors who helped finance our mission, eager to prevent a repeat of the Martian Ground Wars, when every nation on this planet wanted their ‘fair share’ of the Red Planet: the rocks, dust – and fossils – Odysseus brought back. But a foreign space agency, Homeland Security, the Pentagon, even our own NASA might want patent protection, too.

“The patent filings triggered a law we’d never heard of, the Invention Secrecy Act. FBI agents showed up at my apartment, served my research team with cease-and-desist orders. Crimsy was now classified and would stay aboard Deep Space Gateway indefinitely.

“People called us crazy, said we were wasting taxpayer money, refused to believe. But we proved them wrong. And some fantastic developments after MarsMicro brought Crimsy to the space station make studying it on Earth all the more urgent.

“Our money, our jobs, our privacy, our lives. The muckety mucks holding Crimsy hostage control everything.

“But I’m through letting them control me . . . . ”

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EXCERPT:

TOSSING, TURNING, ALMOST FLIPPING, the helidrone moved farther away from the canyon wall. As it pulled clear of the dust, our amorphous nemesis took shape.

“Holy—” another ground navigator (GN) exclaimed next to me.

“Jennifer: We’re witnessing the largest avalanche any human has ever laid eyes on,” Dr. Levitt said, in a hush meant only for me. It looked like the entire canyon wall was collapsing, and at incredible speed. “This is sand on ice, people,” she announced into her mic. “No friction to slow it like snow on snow.”

“Look!” I heard.

We saw the rover on the drone cam now, a tiny David fleeing the sliding Goliath.

“Turn! Turn! Turn! Turn! Turn!” I heard. The rover made a quick turn around a corner.

“Slide’s moving at a couple hundred,” the CGE said.

“If not faster,” Levitt said. “What’s our speed?”

“Holding at twenty five.”

As the helidrone lost sight of the rover, the rover’s own cams caught it hitting bumps that became ruts that became gullies, signs of increasing water flow. The GN throttled it back, but the chief ground engineer put his hand over the navigator’s hand and pushed the joystick forward. The rover slapped the ruts, then jumped over what looked like a sandbar, landing hard and spinning. The cameras cut out and my earphones went crazy.

“What’d we hit?”

“What was that?”

“All communications offline.”

“Systems down.”

The drone cam’s screen was screwed up, too. Static and snow replaced clear images.

“Where’s the drone? Bring it in.”

“Lost contact.”

“So am I interpreting right?” Levitt said. “We’re effed?”

“We’re not letting Hale off that easily,” Cooper said.


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The Raven’s Tale — Gothic Atmosphere, Haunting Prose, Grisly Tale

The Raven's Tale

Title: The Raven’s Tale
Author: Cat Winters

368 Pages
Publisher: Amulet Books
Published: April 16th, 2019

Seventeen-year-old Edgar Poe counts down the days until he can escape his foster family—the wealthy Allans of Richmond, Virginia. He hungers for his upcoming life as a student at the prestigious new university, almost as much as he longs to marry his beloved Elmira Royster. However, on the brink of his departure, all his plans go awry when a macabre Muse named Lenore appears to him. Muses are frightful creatures that lead Artists down a path of ruin and disgrace, and no respectable person could possibly understand or accept them. But Lenore steps out of the shadows with one request: “Let them see me!”

Cat Winters

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Born Lynwood, California, The United States
Website http://www.catwinters.com
Twitter catwinters
Genre Historical Fiction, Paranormal
Influences Edgar Allan Poe, Sarah Waters, Margaret Atwood, Daphne du Maurier
Member Since October 2011
URL https://www.goodreads.com/catwinters

Cat Winters is an award-winning, critically acclaimed author of fiction that blends history with the supernatural. Her young adult works include IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS, THE CURE FOR DREAMING, THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY, ODD & TRUE, and a new novel about Edgar Allan Poe’s teen years, THE RAVEN’S TALE. She is also the author of two adult novels, THE UNINVITED and YESTERNIGHT. She has been named a Morris Award finalist, a Bram Stoker Award nominee, and an Oregon Spirit Book Award winner, and her books have appeared on numerous state and “best of” lists.

Winters was born and raised in Southern California, just a short drive down the freeway from Disneyland, which may explain her love of haunted mansions, bygone eras, and fantasylands. She now lives in a suburb outside of Portland, Oregon, surrounded by forests that offer ample inspiration for her Gothic, atmospheric tales. Visit her online at www.catwinters.com.

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Quick Reasons: gothic atmosphere, haunting prose, grisly tale; Cat Winters has impressed me once again!; this is a beautiful blend of “historical” and “fiction”; dark, gritty; something you can really sink your teeth into and tear apart; love the inclusion of Poe’s poetry

HUGE thanks to Cat Winters, Amulet Books Publishing, and Netgalley for sending a free galley of this title my way in exchange for a review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.

And WHAT a tremendous read this was! I was transported in time to a world where muses were substantial, where muses were often feared–and where Edgar Allan Poe struggled to “find” himself. It is a struggle that I find particularly touching, given how often I found myself “daydreaming” and “writing frivolously” during my middle and high school careers. While I have not accomplished a fame akin to Poe…I can understand his dilemma with having a gothic muse. With writing verses that most found morbid and haunting and unacceptable. This made me feel for Poe. But this also made me feel for LENORE.

I really ADORE how beautifully Cat Winters wove the historical aspects of Poe’s every day, real world life…with that of the shambling, arguing muses warring in his head (and, in this book, in his bedroom). The ways that Lenore shifts and changes throughout, depending upon Poe’s acceptance or his disillusionment of her, only made her breathe more fully in my mind. Having read many of Poe’s pieces throughout my schooling, I found it superbly interesting to dive into this book and try to get a better “glimpse” into his head. Cat Winters took on quite a large task, here…and she wove this story GORGEOUSLY.

This was a compelling, compulsory read for me–as soon as I knew who the main characters were, I KNEW I needed to read it. The inclusion of Poe’s actual poetry lent credence to the gothic atmosphere that followed Lenore’s transformations. I also really enjoyed the Author’s Note at the end, that helped to fill in some blanks and show where the historical met the fiction. Cat Winters is a QUEEN at crafting worlds that will suck you in and refuse to release you; if you haven’t picked her up before, you should definitely do so now! Be wary of the muses, Penguins; sometimes, to accept them is to hurt.

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Top Ten Tuesday (November 3rd, 2020)

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HOSTED BY: That Artsy Reader Girl–AKA Jana
DESCRIPTION:  Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We’d love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

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TOP TEN (?!) NON-BOOKISH HOBBIES

I put question and exclamation points because I….I don’t honestly know if I have TEN non-bookish hobbies. Like…bookstagram is still bookish….. book blogging is still bookish….

This might be difficult. Let’s see what happens!

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Number one…. ART! I go through phases with this one, though, where I’m ALL ABOUT THE CREATING. I live, I breathe, I SLEEP art. And then…..it all just comes to a very fast grinding halt. NOT ENOUGH TIME, y’all! Never enough time.

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Number two…. MUSIC! I just cannot get through the day–OR MY REVIEWS!–without fresh, new music. I mean….it’s still technically bookish, when put that way, BUT MUSIC!

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Number three…. TIKTOK! Because I’m obsessed with doomscrolling through humorous videos. If you wanna follow me, find me here: @betwixtthesepages

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Number four…. POKEMON! Of all types. Pokemon Go, Pokemon Sword & Shield (Nintendo Switch), Pokemon game boy games, Pokemon TCG….. I GOTTA CATCH THEM ALL!

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Number five…. COLORING! Because I think this is entirely different from ARTING. Because….I said so.

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Number six…. DIAMOND PAINTING. Because this is also entirely different from ARTING, AND entirely different from COLORING. Again, because I said so.

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And number seven…. GAMING! Mostly board games, particularly those like Betrayal at House on Haunted Hill–anything horror is BOUND to tickle my fancy, although I am admittedly MUCH less partial to co-op games because I feel like there’s a WHOLE LOT MORE CONFUSION when you’re trying to work with other people.

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And there you have it!

I actually managed to come up with more than I anticipated I would, so YAY for me!

What are some of YOUR non-bookish hobbies? Let me know in the comments, or link me to your own TTT Post!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Who Let the Demon Out? — Witty, Gritty, Compelling

Who Let the Demon Out?Who Let the Demon Out? (Badass Demon Bounty Hunters #1) by Naomi Bellina Genre: Darkly Funny Urban Fantasy Age category: Adult Release Date: 21 August 2020
Blurb: How hard can it be to send an escaped demon back to hell? Not only is her suicide attempt thwarted by a stranger, but when she comes back from the dead, Sable is tasked by Lucifer to find and return to hell a demon she let loose. If she doesn’t, she’ll be sent to the darkest level of the afterlife when she dies. The woman Jack pulled from a running car is obviously disturbed and her story about Lucifer and demons is bullshit. But she has the name of a dead man written on her arm and Jack wants to know why. Since it’s Jack’s fault she’s in this mess and his skills from a background in the security business are useful, Sable recruits him for her find-the-demon mission, which turns out to be all kinds of difficult. Not only can demons inhabit human bodies, they have other nasty tricks up their sleeves, like incinerating objects and people who get in their way. It also turns out the inhabitants of hell lie and that things on Earth are not what they appear. Nor are things in her own world, Sable discovers, as she battles to complete her mission before time runs out and it’s impossible to send the demon back.
You can find Who Let the Demon Out? on Goodreads You can buy Who Let the Demon Out? here: – AmazonB&NKoboAppleScribdBooks2Read Who Let the Demon Out? graphic Who Let the Demon Out?About the Author: Naomi Bellina lives in sunny Florida with the love of her life and the world’s chattiest cat. Her interests include dancing, motorcycle riding, drumming and eavesdropping on strangers’ conversations for plot ideas. She used to worry about the battles between her cheery disposition and her dark imagination, but now they’re best friends and drink coffee and write books together. Her motto: Never pass up the opportunity to have an adventure! You can find and contact Naomi here: – WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagramAmazonBookbubGoodreads banner Lola's Blog Tours
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Quick Reasons: this was darker than I anticipated; quirky, snarky characters; intriguing way to begin a career; I just could not put this book down; just a bit of a “special snowflake” moment

HUGE thanks to Naomi Bellina and Lola’s Blog Tours for sending a complimentary copy of this book my way in exchange for an honest review! This in NO WAY altered my read of or opinions on this title.

I’m going to give a very brief TRIGGER WARNING right now because this book starts off in a very dark place. If you’re easily triggered by death, suicide, suicidal ideation, etc–please be careful picking up this book.

That being said, there was a lot of dark, gritty humor throughout the entirety of this read–which I absolutely LIVED for. Our characters are snarky, and flawed, and they compliment each other so beautifully. I was caught up in the middle of a journey I wasn’t expecting, and I COULD NOT put this book down until I was finished.

The only real issue I had…was the “special snowflake” connotation that came along with Sable’s task. She is made out to be “the only one” who can possibly track down and send the escaped demon back to hell, which honestly…I mean, I can’t say for sure one way or another if that’s even true, because we weren’t really given any explanation as to WHY that is. Among a few other plot holes–her aura/special powers, for instance–I felt like there might be just a little missing in her backstory or character makeup. I wanted to know more of the WHYs, and was slightly disappointed to get to the end without being given them. But that was a tiny complaint.

Overall, this was dark, gritty, and FULL of snark–which we all know this Penguin adores! Let’s be honest, I could fill my beak with tuna any day. Compelling, intriguing stories of grit and dark humor, on the other hand…that’s a complex mix to pull off well, and Naomi Bellina did that beautifully. If you’re looking for your next read, consider this one–but be careful, Penguins, lest you let the demon roam free.

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