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Blog Tour, Teasers, Giveaway, and Review: The Upside of Regret

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The Upside of RegretThe Upside of Regret
(Aimless Perfection #1)
by T.K. Rapp
YA / Contemporary / Romance
Publication Date:  May 17th, 2017
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 Brighton and Leah have been the best of friends since seventh grade. Where Brighton is the quiet one who is focused on school, Leah is the bold and daring one who craves the adoration of an audience. It’s always worked for them, until now.

Heading into their senior year, Brighton is challenged with an opportunity that can change the course of her future. The only problem? She just might have to step out of her best friend’s shadow.

But when Leah doesn’t support the choices she makes, Brighton is forced to reevaluate what true friendship is.

Brighton is changing and exciting doors are opening. A new world of music, friends, and even love are falling at her feet. But it’s hard to enjoy it when Leah’s life is spiraling out of control.

Now Brighton must try to not only save her friendship, but also her friend, before it’s too late.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

T.K. RappTK Rapp is an author living in Houston, Texas with her husband and two daughters.

Prior to writing, she spent over ten years as a photographer and photo editor, specializing in wedding album design. She left photography to pursue her dream of writing a story and it was in 2013, she self-published her first novel, Being There. It was a standalone story about long-lost friends finding each other. She has since written both contemporary and young adult novels.

Rapp grew up in Texas, but has lived in California, South Carolina, and Virginia, all of which serve as inspiration for her writing. With several more works in queue, she doesn’t anticipate stepping away from the computer anytime soon, especially since she makes friends with all of her characters.

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Giveaway Details:

· Prize #1 – $10 Amazon Gift Card
· Prize #2 – Ebook copy of TUoR
· Prize #3 – Signed Paperback copy – mailed out when the paperbacks are available. US Only (Should be soon after release date.)

 

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Quick Reasons: cutesy contemporary with some heavy-handed subject matter; Brighton’s character ARC is so gorgeous and inspiring; I fell in love with these characters, and they smothered me with their vibrantly written personalities; I was NOT expecting that bombshell to drop

Huge thanks to T.K. Rapp and Chapter by Chapter Book Tours for sending me a free galley of this title in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.

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First things first: the biggest reason I picked up this book? THAT COOOOVER. Just look at it, penguins–LOOK AT IT! I mean, don’t get me wrong, it’s pretty simple…but that blue with the red? The way it’s sort of split down the middle, a sort of warning that the read is a bit like fire and ice? The fact it’s a treble clef?! I just adore everything about this cover, and how it lends itself to the read ahead. I’m not ashamed to admit I drooled over it, penguins. I drooled over it HARD.

And these characters are sort of the personification of the idea behind “fire and ice,” when it boils down to it. Brighton and Leah are best friends…and are written so, so gorgeously. I could tell, almost immediately, that while they’re so super close, they’ve sort of fallen off the friendship path and into something closer to uncomfortable. I’d even go so far as to say that the plot and their interactions lend to this theory–where one is burning, the other is frozen. It’s actually brilliantly and subtly done, and looking back on it now, I can’t believe I didn’t think of it while reading.

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There are some heavy, mature subjects touched on throughout. Alongside things like personal growth, friendship, and relationships are things like molestation, rape, and underage drinking. T.K. Rapp approached these heavier topics with sensitivity and poise, while still leaving them prominent enough for readers to ponder on and think about.

This was an entertaining, if heart-wrenching, journey, and I cannot wait to pick up another T.K. Rapp novel in the future! The characters are vibrant and personify the “fire and ice” idea brilliantly; the plot is fast-paced and filled with gut-churning moments. I definitely recommend this to lovers of contemporary reads, personal growth, and mature subjects handled with sensitivity. Step into this book, penguins; don’t let it be something you regret missing out on!

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Cover Reveal, Excerpt, and Giveaway: The Dragons of Loom

Today Elise Kova and Rockstar Book Tours

are revealing the cover for THE DRAGONS OF NOVA, which releases July 11, 2017!

Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win assigned ARC of the book!!

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Title: The Dragons of Nova
(Loom Saga #2)

Author: Elise Kova

Pub. Date: July 11, 2017

Publisher: Keymaster Press

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 488

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Cvareh returns home to his sky world of Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with trust — hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova, Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed everything — and everyone – she once loved. But before Ari can complete her campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh.

 

While Nova is embroiled in blood sport and political games, the rebels on Loom prepare for an all-out assault on their Dragon oppressors. Florence unexpectedly finds herself at the forefront of change, as her unique blend of skills — and quick-shooting accuracy — makes her a force to be reckoned with. For the future of her world, she vows vengeance against the Dragons.

Before the rebellion can rise, though, the Guilds must fall.

 

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“They’re coming from the front!” Nora screamed over the crescendo of the engine gaining speed. On cue, the train lurched as an endwig was splattered to a bloody mess on the point of the engine’s pilot.

 

“Bloody cogs,” Florence cursed. The Vicar Alchemist had sent her to protect the mission as the Revolver, but one of her wasn’t going to be enough. “I’m going to the engine.”

 

“What are we going to do?” The usually self-sure Nora had the face of a cornered hare.

 

“You’re going to fight.” Florence passed her a weapon.

 

“I’ve never shot a gun before.”

 

“Now is a great time to learn.”

 

“I’m an Alchemist!”

 

Seriously, Florence was a breath away from shooting the woman herself. “You’re dead if you don’t adapt! There’s three more bombs exactly like the ones you just used, right there. Just fend them off until the train gets up to speed. But don’t use any other disks.”

 

Florence had no more time to waste as the train lurched again. They just had to survive until the train reached full speed. For all the endwig were, they certainly couldn’t keep up with a locomotive.

 

She hoped.

 

The wind whipped her hair around her face as she stuck her head from the train car. Florence reached out for the ladder to the right of the door, scaling up before another endwig could emerge. She swung up just in time as an explosion nearly blew her foot clean off.

 

“By the five guilds, you two only had three bombs!” she screamed over the wind, not knowing if they could hear.

“Ration them a bit!”

 

Standing, Florence looked in horror at the tracks ahead. Dozens of endwig lined the path, running eagerly to meet the train. She loaded six canisters at once.

 

Jumping to the tender, Florence lost her footing atop the moving train car. A nail snapped clean off as she sought a grip that would prevent her from being thrown to certain death. If she fell now, she would never get back on the vessel. She’d be torn limb from limb.

 

Gritting her teeth, Florence rose to her knees, shooting two endwig in the process. She wedged herself between two grooves on the top of the tender. Blood pooled around her shins as she dug them into the metal for a grip where there was none, but she was stable enough to take aim, and that meant she could open fire.

 

Five shots down, and Florence reloaded her gun. Endwig came relentlessly like a never-ending nightmare. But the train didn’t gain any more speed. She repeated the process, waiting for the vessel to be like her bullets, whizzing through the night at deadly speeds.

 

“Anders, now would be a great time to open her up!” she screamed.

 

There was no reply.

 

“Anders, Rotus, we need speed, get us out of here faster!”

 

Five long claws curled around the door of the engine in answer. Florence watched in horror as the white silhouette of an endwig, dotted in the black blood of a Chimera, pulled itself from the engine room. Florence swallowed hard.

 

They were without Rivet and Raven, stumbling through the darkness, enemies at all sides. She raised her gun slowly, looking fearlessly at the face of death itself. Her revolver was steady over the rocking of the train.

 

“You think I’m not used to this?” Her mouth curled into a mad grin. “I’ve been fighting my way out of the darkness my whole life. And you’re not going to stop me now.”

 

Gunshots echoed through the forest.

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Elise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she is not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air Awakens Series as well as the Loom Saga (Keymaster, 2017).

 

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Cover Reveal: Rise of the Sea Witch

 

Rise of the Sea Witch
Stacey Rourke
Publication date: June 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Details of the sea witch’s banishment have been exaggerated. The body count that preempted it was not. Once an illustrious princess, her hands and tentacles were stained with the blood of thousands. No one could comprehend how the hooks of madness dragged her down from her life of privilege.

Born Princess Vanessa of Atlantica, the ambitious young royal was one of two children born to the great King Poseidon. She and her brother, Triton, were groomed from birth to rule. Yet only one would ascend that coveted throne. While carefree Triton flits through his training with a cavalier demeanor and beguiling charm, Vanessa’s hunger for her father’s acceptance drives her to push herself to the limits of magic, and combat to become a leader worthy of her people.

When war against the humans ravages their once regal kingdom, political sides are chosen. Factions from the seven seas challenge the existing leadership, pitting Vanessa against her brother in a vicious battle for the crown. Traitors are exposed, dark family secrets revealed, and a once strong sibling bond is strained to its breaking point.

Only when the ink black waters from the ultimate betrayal rescind, will the truth be known of how the villainous sea witch rose with one name on her vengeful lips–Triton.

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RONE Award Winner for Best YA Paranormal Work of 2012 for Embrace, a Gryphon Series Novel

Young Adult and Teen Reader voted Author of the Year 2012

Turning Pages Magazine Winner for Best YA book of 2013 & Best Teen Book of 2013

Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal Winner for Crane 2015

Stacey Rourke is the author of the award winning YA Gryphon Series, the chillingly suspenseful Legends Saga, and the romantic comedy Reel Romance Series. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two beautiful daughters, and two giant dogs. She loves to travel, has an unhealthy shoe addiction, and considers herself blessed to make a career out of talking to the imaginary people that live in her head.

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Book Blitz, Teasers, and Giveaway: The Animal Under the Fur

 

The Animal Under
by E.J. Mellow
Publication date: March 30th 2017
Genres: Action, Adult, Romance

From award-winning author E. J. Mellow comes an action romance dripping with vengeful delight.

Orphaned on the streets as a baby, Nashville Brown, a.k.a Kill Operative 3, knows better than to rely on anyone. With heightened senses and superhuman strength to survive, she’s been raised as the perfect assassin.

The trick to her success? Keeping everyone, even her best friend, at arm’s length.

Losing his entire family in the span of a year, Carter Smith left his ability to love buried deep in their graves. His only concerns now are completing his missions and effortlessly charming the next temptress to warm his bed.

The key to his accomplishments? Working alone mixed with a Casanova smile.

But when a deadly weapon needs to be stopped from falling into the wrong hands, the lone wolves find themselves thrown into an explosive partnership. Can Carter and 3 lower their guns aimed at one another long enough to succeed, or will their unwillingness to compromise end up destroying more than their perfect records? Whatever their differences, both agree on one thing—in the game of lies and deceit, the line between friend and foe is often blurred by blood splatter.

The Animal Under The Fur is a hate-to-loath-to-love standalone novel filled with savagery, secrets, and enough angst to wrinkle the pages you’ll find gripped in your hands.

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Author Bio:

E.J. Mellow is the award-winning author of the contemporary fantasy trilogy The Dreamland Series and The Animal Under The Fur. With a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, E.J. Mellow splits her time between her two loves – visual design and writing. Residing in NYC, E.J. is a member of Romance Writers of America and their Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal Chapter. She has no animals but loves those who do.

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Ensnared: Beware this AI’s Gears

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Ensnared

A Near Future Retelling of Beauty and the Beast

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Alainn’s father is not a bad man. He’s a genius and an inventor. When he’s hired to create the robot Rose, Alainn knows taking the money is a mistake.

Rose acts like a human. She looks exactly like Alainn. But, something in her comes out wrong.

To save her father from a five year prison sentence, Alainn takes Rose’s place. She says goodbye to the sun and goes to live in a tower no human is allowed to enter. She becomes the prisoner of a man no human is allowed to see.

Believing that a life of servitude lies ahead, Alainn finds a very different fate awaits her in the company of the strange, scarred recluse.

[This novel contains adult situations and is only suitable for readers who are 18+]

New Adult / Romance / Science Fiction / Retellings
380 Pages
Expected Publication Date:  December 18th, 2017

Rita StradlingAbout the Author:
Rita Stradling is the author of The Deception Dance series, the Dakota Kekoa series and The Fourteen Day Soul Detox Novella Serial. She has a BA in Art History and a particular love for modern and medieval art.

Rita lives with her husband and son in Northern California.

She has an insatiable novel addiction and mostly reads young adult and adult: romance, paranormal, urban fantasy and high fantasy.

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Quick Reasons: this is terrifyingly realistic; LOVELOVELOVE the small nods to the original, interspersed with new ideas from Rita Stradling; entertaining, heart-wrenching, and horrifying all at once; there are some very mature themes and situations found in these pages; believable, complex, well-rounded characters

Huge, HUGE thanks to Rita Stradling and Lola’s Blog Tours for granting me free early access to this title in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.

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First off–LOOK at the gorgeousness that is this cover! I mean seriously, I could not have imagined a prettier, more perfect cover for this book. I LOVELOVELOVE the inspiration that is so obviously drawn from the read (the gears and bolts and whatnot behind the silhouette–there’s obviously a tone of science fiction set here!) So just… A++ and two penguin feet WAY up for cover design, it’s what initially drew me to this book.

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AND THEN! I found out! this is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, and you all know I flipped my silly penguin beak totally upside down and jumped all over this opportunity. Because…ugh, my favorite fairy tale. My favorite Disney movie. I need more retellings like this one in my life, on top of this, because seriously, Rita Stradling did BEAUTIFULLY with drawing inspiration from the original story while maintaining her own sense of creativity and unique voice. Seriously, guys, I haven’t read a retelling quite as lovely and original as this in a LONG time–Rita Stradling wins, in my book.

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The characters are complex, well-rounded, and so true to the “originals” while being uniquely written I can’t even. Also, I just realized who this book’s Gaston is and OH MY PENGUINS I can’t believe I didn’t put that connection together in the middle of reading. Holy beaks, penguins, it’s just so fitting and…GAH! I will break off my little love-fest for a second, though, because I have a bit of a trigger warning. There are mentions of: abuse, possible rape, assault, attempted murder, and murder. While the scenes are not in any way explicit or overly detailed, keep this in mind while reading please, and keep yourselves safe if you’re triggered by these things in any way!

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Overall, I had a HUGELY awesome time reading this book, and cannot wait to get my hands on more of Rita Stradling’s writing in the future! The characters are realistic and well-rounded, the moral implications are terrifying and inspiring in turn, and the personalities are spot-on and still brilliantly unique. I need more Beauty and the Beast retellings in my life, penguins–if you know of any good ones, please send titles my way! For now, I’m going to go blow the dust off my shoulders and try not to fall into a reading slump!

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Book Blitz, Teasers, Excerpt, and Giveaway: The Piper’s Price

 

piperspriceThe Piper’s Price (The Neverland Wars #2)
Audrey Greathouse
Published by: Clean Reads Publishing
Publication date: February 21st 2017
Genres: Fairy Tales, Retelling, Young Adult

Peter is plotting his retaliation against the latest bombing. Neverland needs an army, and Peter Pan is certain children will join him once they know what is at stake. The lost boys and girls are planning an invasion in suburbia to recruit, but in order to deliver their message, they will need the help of an old and dangerous associate—the infamous
Pied Piper.

Hunting him down will require a spy in in the real world, and Gwen soon finds herself in charge of locating the Piper and cutting an uncertain deal with him. She isn’t sure if Peter trusts her that much, or if he’s just trying to keep her away from him in Neverland. Are they friends, or just allies? But Peter might not even matter now that
she’s nearly home and meeting with Jay again.

The Piper isn’t the only one hiding from the adults’ war on magic though, and when
Gwen goes back to reality, she’ll have to confront one of Peter’s oldest friends… and
one of his earliest enemies.

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They found the forest’s hiking trail moments before breaking the tree line. “Where
are we going, Peter?” He was heading toward a mobile home community next to the
state park.

He continued to walk with confidence. His usual cocky stride looked surprisingly like
the swagger of an ordinary teenage boy. “My friend lives here. Don’t worry. Don’t look
like such a stranger here.”

She didn’t want to appear conspicuous, but Gwen was too baffled to help it. The
unkempt lawns were boxed in by chain-link fences covered in varying degrees of rust.
They passed a lawn littered with bicycles; on the other side of the gravel street, two
different cars were parked on the lawn, clearly non-functional. Satellite dishes were on
every trailer home. Despite all being painted differently, the track housing still managed
to present a uniformity of depressing color.

Multiple houses had motorcycles out front or a dog milling around their yard. When
she and Peter passed a pack of Rottweilers, the dogs ran up to the fence and began
snarling until all the other dogs in the neighborhood were barking too. “Ignore it,” Peter
advised her.

She was scared. This was not the sort of place she ever expected to visit with Peter.
She didn’t trust his ability to protect her here. This wasn’t his world, but it wasn’t hers
either. They were both out of their element. Peter just didn’t have the sense to realize
it.

Winding down the gravel road, Gwen matched Peter’s pace almost step for step.
They approached a blue-and-grey house. Like the others, it had wooden latticework
around the bottom to help obscure the fact it didn’t have a foundation in the ground. The
square house reminded Gwen of how she would take shoeboxes and try to turn them
into homes for her dolls by decorating them. It was hard to fathom that she was walking
up the plastic steps of the porch to knock on the door.

She waited, feeling her heartbeat in her throat, her toes, and everywhere besides
her chest. Even the predictable noise of the door opening startled her.

A woman with a long, black braid and beige cardigan stood in the doorway. Gwen
looked up at her, and then watched as the sharp features of her dark face dissolved into
unadulterated shock.

“Peter?”

The startled woman ushered them in. She was just as uncomfortable with their
presence in the trailer park as Gwen. Once inside, they stood in a living room full of old
furniture, facing a kitchen with old electric appliances. There was no unity or romance to
the orange recliner, chipped mixing bowl, off-white blender, dull toaster, and sunken
couch. It was a bunch of old stuff that looked like it represented several decades of
objects abandoned at Goodwill. The chingadera and bric-a-brac wasn’t any more
cohesive: porcelain angles, an antique pot, a vase full of bird feathers, and a stopped
clock made the place confusing and strange in the same way her grandmother’s house
had been.

“What are you doing here?” she hissed, pulling her cardigan close and tossing her
thick braid over her shoulder and out of her way. She had a shapeless housedress
underneath the beige sweater, and a pair of black leggings insulating her legs as she
stomped around, heavy-footed in her leather slippers. She looked comfortable, except
for the unexpected guests who were putting her so ill at ease. “You shouldn’t be
here.”

“I need your help,” Peter said.

“They’re still keeping tabs on me.”

“That’s why I came in disguise.”

“You’re being irresponsible. You’re jeopardizing us both, and Neverland to
boot.”

“I took all the right precautions. This is important.” Hollyhock and Foxglove wrestled
their way out of the pixie purse and came twinkling out now that they knew they were
safely inside.

“You brought fairies here?” she exclaimed. She leaned down and grabbed a hold of
his arm, forcing him to look her dead in her dark eyes. Gwen wanted to leave. This
wasn’t a friend, not anymore. This was a grown-up, and unlike Antoine the aviator, she
was not amused with Peter’s wartime antics.

“What happens if they figure it out and come to question me?”

Peter scoffed. “You won’t tell them.”

“What if they threaten to arrest me? They could put me away forever until I told
them what they needed to know, and nobody here would stop them.”

Peter broke free of her hold with ease; she wasn’t actually trying to restrain him.
“Preposterous,” he declared. “If they did that, you would sit, stone-faced and silent in
your cell until they all died.”

“What if they beat me?”

“You’d take the blows as though you were made of rock, and you would not speak.”
Peter seemed to disregard the question.

“What if they tortured me and stuck blades under my nails?” she demanded.

“Then you would not even scream, but stay silent as a stone!” Peter insisted,
hopping up onto a wooden kitchen chair at her dining table, looking down at the
woman.

“What if they bring knives and cut off my fingers, one at a time, until I told them how
to find you?”

Peter yelled right back, “Then you would steal their knives and scalp them all like
the redskin princess you are!”

Her anger slunk off her face and out of her shoulders. She shook her head, frowning
as a sad laugh escaped her. She clung to her sweater, blinking back tears, until, at last,
she flung her arms around Peter. Still on the chair, he had to bend down to return the
embrace.

“Oh, Peter,” she muttered, unaware of the tears slipping off her smiling face. “Oh,
Peter.”

“It’s good to see you, Tiger Lily.”

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Audrey Greathouse is a lost child in a perpetual and footloose quest for her own
post-adolescent Neverland. Originally from Seattle, she earned her English B.A. from
Southern New Hampshire University’s online program while backpacking around the
west coast and pretending to be a student at Stanford. A pianist, circus artist, fire-eater,
street mime, swing dancer, and novelist, Audrey wears many hats wherever she is. She has grand hopes for the future which include publishing more books and owning a crockpot. You can find her at audreygreathouse.com.

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Blog Tour, Teasers, Giveaway, and Review: Frost

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Frost (Midnight Ice Book One)
by Kaitlyn Davis
Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance
Release date: January 26th, 2017
Summary from Goodreads:
Even the hottest love can turn a girl cold-blooded…

Life’s tough for a vampire thief on the run—just ask Pandora Scott, she knows. Four years ago she ran away from home after everyone she loved betrayed her. But now her annoyingly grown up (and handsome) ex boyfriend is stalking her, begging her to return. A mysterious vamp with a particularly dangerous (and sexy) stare keeps popping unexpectedly into her life. The extremely powerful head vampire of New York is hunting her down because she may or may not have broken into his highly-secure, highly-secretive personal vault. And the fate she’s been trying to outrun? Well, it’s about to catch up. Because even a super-speedy vamp with the ability to disappear can’t escape her own destiny.

A brand new spinoff to the Midnight Fire series! Fans will enjoy special appearances from Kira, Luke and Tristan while falling in love with the new characters and new adventure of Midnight Ice.

*Please note, you do not need to read the books of Midnight Fire to enjoy Frost (Midnight Ice Book 1). They are two standalone series with character crossover.

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If you haven’t read the bestselling Midnight Fire series, you can get the first two books free when you buy the entire series at once!
**Over 200,000 Copies of the Midnight Fire Series Sold!**
**Over 5000 5-Star Reviews on Goodreads!**

Kira Dawson has the power to burn vampires to a crisp. The problem is, she doesn’t know it yet. The even bigger problem is, she’s dating one.

When Kira Dawson moves to South Carolina, she meets Luke, a blond goofball who quickly becomes her best friend, and Tristan, a mysterious bad boy who sends shivers down her spine. Kira knows they’re keeping secrets, but when she discovers Tristan’s lust for blood and her own dormant mystical powers, Kira is forced to fight for her life and make the heartbreaking decision between the familiar comfort of friendship and the fiery passion of love.

From bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis comes a paranormal romance perfect for fans of Twilight, The Vampire Diaries, and Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Ignite is the first book in the Midnight Fire series and it is approximately 65,000 words.

Books included in this bundle:

Ignite – Book One
Simmer – Book Two
Blaze – Book Three
Scorch – Book Four
Burn – An Anniversary Novella

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Rave Reviews for the Midnight Fire series!
“The writing is effortlessly mind-blowing. I could not put this entire series down.”
                                               – Happy Tales and Tails Blog
“Read the books. Do it.”
                                – Urban Girl Reader
“Some of the best action scenes I have come across in a young adult book.”
                                                   – Reflections of a Bookworm
“I was riveted throughout … there was drama, danger, action and romance that was wonderfully detailed and described.”
                                             – Obsession With Books
“You’ll make friends with Kira, choose sides with Tristan and Luke, and fall in love with the story at heart about a girl with so bright a future…even shades aren’t gonna cut it.”
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kaitlyn-davis-author-photoAbout the Author:

Bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis writes young adult fantasy novels under the name Kaitlyn Davis and contemporary romance novels under the name Kay Marie.
Always blessed with an overactive imagination, Kaitlyn has been writing ever since she picked up her first crayon and is overjoyed to share her work with the world. When she’s not daydreaming, typing stories, or getting lost in fictional worlds, Kaitlyn can be found indulging in some puppy videos, watching a little too much television, or spending time with her family. If you have any questions for her–about her books, about scheduling an event, or just in general–you may contact her at: KaitlynDavisBooks@gmail.com
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Quick Reasons: LOVE the snark; awesome world-building; great use of dramatic mystery; the memory-loss trope has never been so well-written; I am spell-bound; Pandora is an entertaining, strong-willed, complex character; I didn’t see that ending coming

Huge thanks to Kaitlyn Davis and YA Bound Book Tours for sending me a free digital copy of this title in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.

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Okay, penguins–I’m HOOKED. And I don’t mean just hooked in an, I want to know what happens next, sort of way. I mean I am drooling for the rest of this series…and to pick up the series that this is apparently a spin-off for. I need–NEED–to know these characters better. And not just one of two of them, but all of them. Which…is bad news for my wallet, because that’s more money out of my pocket for more books. But I don’t care, penguins–I must read them all (I mean, you know…when I get the chance to).

Let’s talk nitty gritty, yes? Starting with characters. Pandora is, without a doubt, one of the BEST uses of the memory loss/amnesia trope I’ve stumbled across in my reading career. I particularly enjoyed, as well, how snarky and vibrantly written she is. There were so many moments I found myself giggling at her reactions and antics. For a character with a type of memory loss, she doesn’t let it hold her back–instead, she embraces life head-on. And she’s SO strong-willed… she really helped to make this read an entertaining and mysterious journey for me! Of course, the rest of the characters are no slouches–each one is just as complex, pertinent to the story-line, and humorous to read about.

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The plot is action-packed and FILLED with drama. There were a few inconsistencies in terms of age in regards to Pandora, which both confused and sort of bothered me, but they weren’t glaring enough to put much dent in my reading. The world-building is also complex and vividly rendered. While I have some questions–mostly about how the “magic” of this world works–I feel I was given sufficient enough information to understand what was happening. I imagine that, were I to pick up the original series right now, the questions I do have might be quickly answered, so this doesn’t bother me too much.

This was, in the end, a snarky, action-packed, and entertaining read! The characters are vibrant and complex, the word-building is vivid, and the plot was a race to the climax from start to finish. I cannot WAIT to pick up more books from Kaitlyn Davis in the future, and definitely recommend this read to lovers of urban fantasy, memory loss/amnesia tropes, and widely humorous reads. The frost bit me deep, penguins; take off your gloves and feel the chill!

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Book Blitz, Teasers, Excerpt, and Giveaway: Celtic Fire

 

Celtic Fire (Highland Celts Series, #1)
Liz Gavin
Publication date: January 31st, 2017
Genres: Adult, Historical, Paranormal Romance

This is a standalone, historical/paranormal romance. Its mature themes – violence, religious war, and pagan rituals – might not be appropriate for audiences under 18.

When ancient gods ruled and Druids kept Faith alive, the Celts thrived as a
democratic, matriarchal society. Then savage Roman soldiers swept across Europe,
killing and enslaving. The Celts did not succumb without a fight. Their Old Ways
survived centuries of ruthless domain until another menace loomed: a tortured god
worshiped in cold stone buildings. The sacred shores of Avalon began to drift away, the mists threatened to hide the island from mortal eyes forever.

Against the bleak backdrop of war, the gorgeous Scottish Highlands stood tall,
sheltering its inhabitants from greedy invaders. Yet the reach of the eagle banners was long and the highlanders turned to the Goddess for protection. However, the sacred groves felt silent and grim as Avalon faded away. Once sad, pealing bells began to sound strangely comforting while the high walls of monasteries offered an alluring
barrier from violence. Caught in the middle of this centuries-old war, a young High
Priestess might be Avalon’s last chance.

Wise beyond her years and powerful like no other Priestess in her lifetime, Rowen
had served the Goddess faithfully, forsaking her family and the company of her
soulmate. When the Lady of the Lake asks for another sacrifice, it might be one too
many for her scarred heart. How could she obey the Goddess without betraying
Caddaric? Could she trust Eochaid, who embodied everything she despised and hated?
Would she be able to fulfill her duties without losing her soul?

Caddaric had been Rowen’s companion in countless lives; but, now, they existed in
different realms. Beautiful Rowen lived in the mortal world while sweet Caddaric
remained in the sacred isle of Avalon, watching over her. Could he step aside to allow
another man – a flesh and blood man – to become her protector?

Eochaid had sworn to protect the Old Ways. The rude warrior never quite
understood his faith yet his loyal heart belonged to the Goddess. A gorgeous, fiery High Priestess was not in his plans. He would risk his life to protect Rowen; but, would the Goddess safeguard his heart? Could he defend the bewitching maiden from
himself?

When stakes were so high that a simple mistake could cost their very world, a
priestess, a Druid, and a warrior must learn to trust each other and the mysterious ways of the Goddess. Their success would save Avalon. Their failure would tear the island from the human realm forever, condemning it to oblivion.

Failure was not an option.

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Rowen

Although my heart is heavy and my thoughts are gloomy, I take a deep breath and
focus on the task at hand. I search for the sacred oak, the oldest tree in the grove.
Finding it, I lie on the ground, face down, in front of the revered tree. Earth’s energy
radiates from the ground, traveling through my body and limbs, filling me with a potent magnetism, and making my skin tingle as I say my prayer.

“Forgive me, Great Mother. I have failed you yet again. I am your vessel on this
realm and as such I should never doubt your ways. Nevertheless, when the time came
for Caddaric to go back to Avalon, I despaired and fought against the inevitable, as I
always do.

Please, give me strength to control my weak heart, wisdom to understand your
signs, and courage to do your bidding.”

The wind picks up around me making the dry leaves and little twigs swirl. Faint
whispers come in the breeze. A thousand gentle fingers move over my body caressing,
soothing me.

“Oh, Mother, you are too kind and never abandon me. I promise to serve you
faithfully and perform my duties accordingly from now on.”

The wind blows stronger, molding my clothes to my body, covering me in dry
leaves. I feel faint and when I open my eyes, I’m not in the sacred grove any longer. I’m lying on a sunny field, there’s a gentle breeze blowing from the distant line of apple trees, bringing the sweet smell of their flowers in full bloom. Recognizing my beloved isle of Avalon, I get up and look around. I see the Lady of the Lake standing just a few feet away. I go to her and offer a curtsy. The Lady gently holds me by my shoulders, smiles serenely and holds my gaze. Not for the first time, I wonder if her eyes can read my soul.

“Rise, Rowen, my child. And do not cry. You should rejoice over your successes
instead of mourning what you perceive as failures. Your apprentices look up to you and seek your guidance, because your advice is wise and respectful. The villagers worship the Great Mother according to the old traditions, because they follow your firm yet kind leadership. Despite being so young, my beautiful Rowen, you are wise and your people respect you.”

I am touched by her words. I never expected the Lady of the Lake herself would
answer my prayer and come talk to me, comfort me.

“You are too kind, my lady. I am honored and, although I think I do not deserve your
comfort, I am thankful.”

“I speak only the truth, Rowen, as all true servants of the Goddess shall do. Now,
you will not like what I need to tell you. You have always been loyal to your vows and I
count on that loyalty to see you through the task I need you to undertake.”

“You frighten me, my lady. What do you need from me? You know I would never
deny you, or the Great Mother, anything.”

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lizAuthor Bio:

International best-selling author Liz Gavin, has accomplished much in her short career. Her books have made to #1 and Top Five best-selling ranks in her home country Brazil and others as diverse as Japan, the UK and the US; both in English and Portuguese, collecting 5 and 4-star reviews. Nominated for a Summer Indie Book Award in 2016, and again in 2017, this RWA member constantly seeks new opportunities to improve her craft.

This thirst for knowledge propelled Liz to leave the comforts of family and friends in
Brazil and move to California to pursue a Master’s degree in late 2015. She lives in
sunny SoCal, where she’s researching the writing process, for her thesis, in hopes to
figure out why she creates in English instead of her native Portuguese.

Liz Gavin writes in contemporary, paranormal, and historical genres. In her sexy
stories, one finds smart, independent women, who don’t need rescuing by knights in
shining armor, but indulge in steamy action with swoony Alpha males with big hearts.
She also writes about women discovering their sexuality and finding happiness in
unconventional setups.

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Cover Reveal: Wolves and Roses

 

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Wolves & Roses (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #1)
Christina Bauer

Published by: Monster
House Books
Publication date: March 28th 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Seventeen-year-old Bryar Rose has a problem. She’s descended from one of the three magical races—shifters, fairies, or witches. That makes her one of the Magicorum, and Magicorum always follow a fairy tale life template. In Bryar’s case, that template should be Sleeping Beauty.

“Should” being the key word.

Trouble is, Bryar is nowhere near the sleeping beauty life template. Not even close.
She doesn’t like birds or woodland creatures. She can’t sing. And she certainly can’t
stand Prince Philpot, the so-called “His Highness of Hedge Funds” that her aunties want her to marry. Even worse, Bryar’s having recurring dreams of a bad boy hottie and is obsessed with finding papyri from ancient Egypt. What’s up with that?

All Bryar wants is to attend a regular high school with normal humans and forget all
about shifters, fairies, witches, and the curse that Colonel Mallory the Magnificent
placed on her. And she might be able to do just that–if only she can just keep her head
down until her eighteenth birthday when the spell that’s ruined her life goes buhbye.

But that plan gets turned upside down when Bryar Rose meets Knox, the bad boy
who’s literally from her dreams. Knox is a powerful werewolf, and his presence in her
life changes everything, and not just because he makes her knees turn into Jell-O. If
Bryar can’t figure out who—or what—she really is, it might cost both her and Knox their lives… as well as jeopardize the very nature of magic itself.

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Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English as well as Television, Radio, and Film Production. Her day job is in marketing for companies like Microsoft, Cisco, and Zerto. Back in the go-go 90′s, she founded her
own software start-up, Mindful Technologies. Christina believes that, upon close examination of Tolkien’s text, it’s entirely possible that the Balrog was wearing fuzzy bunny slippers.

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Cover Reveal: Rose Petal Graves

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 Genre: Paranormal/Faeries
Release Date: March 29th 2017

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ANCIENT SECRETS CANNOT REMAIN BURIED FOREVER.


Founded two centuries ago by a powerful tribe of Gottwa Indians, Rowan was a quiet town, so quiet that I fled after graduation. Staying away was the plan, but Mom died suddenly.

Dad said she suffered a stroke after she dug up one of the ancient graves in our backyard, which happens to be the town cemetery. Creepy, I know. Creepier still, there was no corpse inside the old coffin, only fresh rose petals.

As we made preparations for Mom’s burial, new people began arriving in Rowan, unnervingly handsome and odd people. I begged them to leave, but they stayed, because their enemies—my ancestors—were beginning to awaken.

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 About the Author:

Olivia Wildenstein grew up in New York City, the daughter of a French father with a great sense of humor, and a Swedish mother whom she speaks to at least three times a day. She chose Brown University to complete her undergraduate studies and earned a bachelor’s in comparative literature. After designing jewelry for a few years, Wildenstein traded in her tools for a laptop computer and a very comfortable chair. This line of work made more sense, considering her college degree.

When she’s not writing, she’s psychoanalyzing everyone she meets (Yes. Everyone), eavesdropping on conversations to gather material for her next book, baking up a storm (that she actually eats), going to the gym (because she eats), and attempting not to be late at her children’s school (like she is 4 out of 5 mornings, on good weeks).

Wildenstein lives with her husband and three children in Geneva, Switzerland, where she’s an active member of the writing community.
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