Mar 9, 2017

Blog Tour + Giveaway & Guest Post -- Celtic Fire


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Celtic Fire
Author: Liz Gavin
Release Date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Elessar Books
Tour Host: Xpresso Book Tours

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Synopsis:

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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Guest Post

Liz Gavin's Top 10 Fictional Worlds 
1 – Middle Earth 
2 – Gallifrey (any Doctor Who-related worlds, actually) 
3 – Westeros 
4 – Blade Runner’s future 
5 - Hogwarts 
6 – Neverland 
7 – Wonderland 
8 – Atlantis 
9 – Shangri-la 
10 - Oz

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About The Author
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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Mar 8, 2017

Blog Tour + Review & Giveaway -- Wet


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Wet
Author: Ashley Bostock
Release Date: December 26, 2016
Publisher: Self-Published
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 199
Format: ebook
Tour Host: Xpresso Book Tours


Synopsis:

I’ve always been Miranda Phillips, the town pariah. Growing up with neglectful parents, having sought attention from all the guys that were willing to give it to me, I wasn’t the most well-behaved kid in Lone Star. Not to mention all of the juvenile delinquent acts I’ve committed in my past.
But now I am Lone Star’s only reporter and I’ve come a long way from being that lost, troubled girl, even if most of the town still judged me for it. I don’t allow anyone to get in the way of what I want. Including Ryan John. So when I corner him in a dark hallway and get him to succumb to the sizzling attraction between us, I know I’m playing with fire.
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Even though I’ve successfully avoided her for two months, I haven’t forgotten how she tastes or what she feels like in my arms. And when I get sent a mysterious letter from some company wanting to buy my thousand shares of water rights that have been in my family for over a hundred years, I’m convinced that there is no one…err, better equipped, to help me than Lone Star’s reporter, Miranda Phillips.
I know how desperately she wants me and this letter gives me all the reason I need to spend one night with the girl from the wrong side of town. One night in exchange for her tight investigative skills. And believe me, she’s tight, in more ways than one. One night. Because Miranda is trouble and being on the city council, as well as guardian to my younger brother and sister, means I can’t afford trouble.
Even if it comes packaged just the way I like.


My Review:
As I first started reading this book, I will admit I didn't like it. All it seemed to talk about was sex and I couldn't really get a good grasp on the characters. I almost said I couldn't finish this book because of it. But then I got sucked into the pages. I had to know what happened to Miranda and Ryan as well as find out who was behind all the crazy going on in Ryan's life.
 
I really liked Miranda. Usually the male character tends to be my favorite, but for once, the female snags that title. She had such a rough life yet she still held her head up high. I was cheering her on the whole time and so proud of what all she does throughout the book. She has come such a long way from when she was younger yet she is still judged by it each and every day. I guess that is how it goes in small towns, but she is so much more than what they think!
 
Ryan was also a sweet character though he definitely had some stuff he needed to work out. I still loved him character and all he represented. Having to raise your two younger siblings while you are still young yourself isn't easy and I understand his decisions, though they aren't always the right ones.
 
The romance in this one was so sweet but intense. I liked being able to watch it unfold and I found myself smiling as I was reading on more than one occasion. There is quite a bit of sexual scenes in this book, but they get more and more bearable as you go on. I found at first it was a bit much but I think it does make sense as the story goes on and why it was done that way in the beginning.
 
I felt there was several hidden messages as you go through and when you close this book, you will sit there thinking about your own life and where it needs to be headed. I like books that are like that. You get a nice romance on top of so wisdom to take with you when it's over. 
 
This was a book I ended up enjoying and am glad that I pushed through the beginning. I think if I were to re-read it the beginning would make a lot more sense and I would enjoy it alot more. I plan to do this soon so I can get the most out of the story. I hope all of you give this one a chance, you won't be sorry if you do!



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About The Author

Ashley Bostock was born and raised in Colorado where she currently resides with her husband, two children, her dog and two cats.
She loves reading, writing, and music and is always trying to find more time in the day to incorporate all three. Seeking an outlet and pursuing her life-long passion for writing, she began composing her first novel in late 2013.
She has traveled all over the world, but still has an extensive list of places she would love to visit. Anywhere near a sky-blue ocean will always be at the top of that list.
She carries a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a concentration in Elementary Education from Metropolitan State College of Denver. While she loves children, she now fears teaching, which probably has something to do with being a stay-at-home mom.
Interesting Fact: Ashley has been to every Disney theme park in the world.

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Mar 7, 2017

Cover Reveal + Giveaway -- Twice Upon a Time

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Author: Santana Blair
Release Date: April 2017
Tour Host: Lola's Blog Tours



Synopsis:


Once upon a time, in a small village, there lived a young prince who fell in love with the fairest maiden…

Four years ago, Jayden Williams left Paradise Cove as a young kid with big dreams. But now he’s back home and coming face to face with a dream he thought was long-lost.

On the court he’s known for making some of the riskiest shots under pressure. So now that the girl who got away is back, Jayden is about to take the most precarious shot ever…

Because sometimes love comes twice upon a time.

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  About The Author
Santana Blair lives in Connecticut with her husband and three kids.

She enjoys long walks through bookstores and stationery aisles. Her personal philosophy is that rainy days are perfect for getting lost in a good book. She’s a sucker for a good love story.

When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys music, movies, and relaxing with family.

Santana loves connecting with fellow readers via social media.

You can find and contact Santana here:
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Previous books in this series
And She Called Him Romeo
When you think you might lose the one person that means everything to you, you learn to play harder…

Start the series with And She called Him Romeo (Paradise Cove #1)! The series is one of interconnected standalone books. Each book could be read independently but it also works as a sequential series. You can find this book online:
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Thirty Days in Technicolor
One moment. One kiss. One Girl... and thirty days... changes everything.

Continue the series with Thirty Days in Technicolor (Paradise Cove #1.5)! You can find this book online:
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Mar 6, 2017

Blog Tour + Excerpt & Giveaway -- Rose Petal Graves


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Rose Petal Graves
Author: Olivia Wildenstein
Release Date: March 29, 2017
Publisher: Self-Published
Tour Host: YA Bound Book Tours


Synopsis:

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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I trembled as I advanced toward the ring of rowan trees that protected the sacred piece of land in which my ancestors were buried. The cold wind and thick snowflakes stung my cheeks, but cooled the welt the faerie guards had exacted on my hand. I spun around to see if the faeries had remained, but no bodies lit up the cold night. They probably fled back to their island to inform their fellow faes that another hunter had risen.

The wind blew Gwenelda’s waist-long black hair against a long, broad, bare torso that ended in a face so chiseled it looked carved from stone. I trailed my eyes down the man’s chest, over the inked arabesques tattooed on his skin, over the animal-hide loincloth that covered so little of him...


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About The Author
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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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Mar 2, 2017

Review -- Fairy Eyeglasses


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Fairy Eyeglasses
Author: Emily Martha Sorensen
Release Date: March 15, 2016
Publisher: Self-Published
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Pages: 63
Format: ebook

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Synopsis:

When Cassie finds a magic pair of glasses that allow her to see fairies, she has to figure out where they came from . . . and what the fairies want her to do with them.

A 12,000 word children's fantasy story.


My Review:
I haven't read many children's stories, but I love my fairies so of course I had to read this one. I decided to squeeze it in between my review books I am reading since I knew it was a short book.

This was such a cute story that had me sucked in. I love the idea of the glasses and how Cassie goes about it. She tries to do right and give the glasses back but finds out so much more!

I love picturing the fairies as she described them. They sounded so cute even though anyone who knows fairies knows they are usually up to no good. She is smart though about it and I love that about her.

I will definitely be picking up the other 2 stories in this trilogy to find out how it all ends. Cassie is such a cute character that deserves to be followed and know how everything ends up for her!

Mar 1, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday -- Letters to the Lost

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog topic that is brought to you by Jill over at Breaking the Spine!!


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Letters to the Lost
By: Brigid Kemmerer
Release Date: April 4, 2017

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Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother's death, she leaves letters at her grave. It's the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn't the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he's trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he's opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they're not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

Cover Reveal + Giveaway -- Losing Kyler

Losing KylerLosing Kyler (The Kennedy Boys #2)
Author: Siobhan Davis
Release Date: March 27, 2017
Tour Host: Lola's Blog Tours



Synopsis:


Condemned to repeat the sins of the past…

Faye thought losing her parents was the most devastating thing to happen to her, but she was wrong. Her uncle’s scandalous revelation has sent her into a tailspin, leaving her questioning her entire existence.

Everything she believed is built on a lie.

And the one person she shares a passionate, soul-deep connection with can’t be there for her.

Faye and Ky can’t be together. It’s forbidden. Though they are determined to avoid replicating their parents’ mistakes, caving to their feelings is as tempting as the apple in the Garden of Eden.

Ky had sworn off girls until Faye bulldozed her way into his life. Now, she’s his whole world, and their forced separation is crushing him. Once his manipulative ex resurfaces—hellbent on ruining the Kennedys—he’ll do whatever it takes to protect his loved ones including turning his back on the one person he can’t live without.

Then tragedy strikes and all bets are off.

But is it too late?

When Faye needs him and he isn’t there for her, guilt and hurt threaten to obliterate their love. As they start to rebuild their fractured hearts, another sordid family secret is uncovered, and Faye worries Ky may be lost to her forever.

But can you truly lose someone if they don’t want to be found?

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In this moment, I hate my mother, and I’m mad as all hell that she isn’t here for me to yell at. To demand she tell me the Goddamned truth and explain why she thought it was such a good idea to lie about virtually every facet of my life. My hands ball into fists at my sides, and I’m barely holding it together.
“I also discovered that he was working for a firm in Belfast at the time your mother told you she met him. He wasn’t working locally, Faye. There’s no way Saoirse could’ve met him in the way she described to you.”
Liar! How could she do this to me!
I don’t even know who I am anymore, and every memory I have of my parents is tarnished by the knowledge that it was a fabrication. That I was being lied to every single day of my life.
Why? Were they ever planning on telling me the truth?
Hopping up, enraged and upset, and struggling with a million other emotions, I sweep the contents of my dresser clear across the floor. Picking up the stool, I fling it across the room, watching as it smashes against the wall, the sounds of splintering wood adding to James’s shocked gasps. Tears erupt from my eyes, and my cries fill the room as I slump to the ground, sobbing uncontrollably into my hands.
Ky kneels down, gently wrapping his arms around me from behind. His limbs are tense, his arms a little stiff, and I feel it too—the lure of his warmth and the call of his body battling against what we’ve been told, forcing us to maintain a certain distance. “Kyler.” James’s voice contains clear warning.
“Shut up, Dad. She needs me, and I’m only comforting her. You’re the one who fucked up here, not us. And you’re a damn hypocrite to criticize us after all you’ve done.”
Ky’s statement is paradoxical in part, because the truth is more complex than that. Is James the hypocrite or are we? I don’t know what to think anymore. I massage my temples, digging my fingers into my skin with brutal intensity, welcoming the pressure. What is right and what is wrong? I’m not sure I know anymore, and my jumbled brain is incapable of constructing logical thought patterns. __________________________________ 
About The Author
Siobhan Siobhan Davis writes emotionally intense young adult fiction with swoon-worthy romance, complex characters, and tons of unexpected plot twists and turns that will have you flipping the pages beyond bedtime! She is the author of the Amazon bestselling True Calling and Saven series.

Siobhan’s family will tell you she’s a little bit obsessive when it comes to reading and writing, and they aren’t wrong. She can rarely be found without her trusty Kindle, a paperback book, or her laptop somewhere close at hand.

Prior to becoming a full-time writer, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in human resource management.

She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.
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Start this series with Finding Kyler!
Finding Kyler
Two fractured hearts and a forbidden love they can’t deny.

Finding Kyler is the first book in the Kennedy Boys series! You can add Finding Kyler to your to-read list on Goodreads
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