Monday, 10 July 2017

The Dragons of Nova Blog Tour - Review & Giveaway

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Title: THE DRAGONS OF NOVA
Series: Loom Saga #2
Author: Elise Kova
Pub. Date: July 11, 2017
Publisher: Keymaster Press
Review Coy: From Publisher
Find it: AmazonB&NTBDiBooks
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.
This review was difficult to put into words because holy shit THIS BOOK.

The follow up to The Alchemist of Loom is one full more danger, scheming, blood shed and love. The story picks up where Loom finished with Arianna and Cvareh off to Nova, and Florence staying down on Loom. With this, the book was much quicker to get into than Loom

What we get to experience while reading is more of the visual imagery with being on Nova that grabbed me to read Elise's Air Awakens series. I tried to savor every page with the dialogue, descriptions and plot that doesn't make you want to stop reading.

While there are 5 different points of view going on, it doesn't hinder the story and some chapters can help clarify what is happening or going to happen throughout the book.

This book definitely gives more history about Arianna and how she became the White Wraith but her personality also shines out in this one. During the first book, you don't see much of the true Arianna, where in this book its her true self that makes her persevere.

The romance aspect of the story added as a bit of a distraction, both for the character and me as a reader. This part also added to the physical relationship between Cva and Ari. With having a headstrong character such as Arianna, you know that she won't accept love to happen without a fight, and Cva knows it. What I want to thank Elise for is how she made Arianna bisexual. This isn't something that you see in every fantasy novel, and for that thank you for making something I identify with so normal.

I want to talk about Florence. When her points of view came up in the beginning, I wasn't sure what to think. When you finish Loom, you see that Ari and Florence aren't talking and I was worried that Florence was going to get stuck and be unsure of where to go after Ari leaves her on Loom. But what we see is much more than that, she excels and learns and moves towards a cause that is going to change the course of Loom and Nova.

A lot more happens in this story than Loom, which is what also makes it a quicker read. I can't wait for everyone to read this fantastic book. I'm also not ready for it to end when the last book comes out in December

Tour Schedule:

Week One:
7/3/2017- Quite The Novel Idea- Interview
7/4/2017- Once Upon A TwilightReview
7/5/2017- Wishful EndingsGuest Post
7/6/2017- Emily Reads EverythingReview
7/7/2017- Two Chicks on BooksInterview

Week Two:
7/10/2017- Lost in Ever After- Review
7/11/2017- Always MeExcerpt
7/12/2017- The Book NutReview
7/13/2017- YA and Wine- Interview
7/14/2017- NovelKnight Review

About the Author
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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 upcoming Loom Saga (Keymaster, 2017).


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Friday, 30 June 2017

The Color Project Donut Shop

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Title: The Color Project
Author: Sierra Abrams
Release Date: July 18, 2017
Publisher: Gatekeeper Press
Bernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn't want anyone to know: her name. That is, until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project.

Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her.

When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee's summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds—is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

For fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson, THE COLOR PROJECT is a story about the three great loves of life—family, friendship, and romance—and the bonds that withstand tragedy.

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Who doesn't love donuts?!

For those who haven't had the opportunity to read this great book, donuts are a big part of the story. Levi introduces Bee to an amazing donut shop that instantly becomes an essential comfort spot for our cute couple.

So I wanted to bring what Bee and Levi would be if they became a donut!

When I think of Levi, I think of him at the time that Bee first met him. This was at the mechanics shop. So I think of Jelly Donuts, as what we see at the mechanics shop doesn't 100% match what you see on the outside at that time.

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The more we learn about Levi, we learn about the amazing not for profit organization that he runs, so naturally I think about Rainbow Donuts!

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Oh Bee, I loved her so much! Instantly, I thought of a S'more Donut, as there's various aspects of her and whether you look at them together or separately they're beautiful.

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About the Author
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At 7 years old, Sierra Abrams decided that one day she would publish a book. For over a decade, in between exploring other career options, she kept coming back to that very first dream. Now her life consists of writing books of all kinds... Kissing books, angsty books, killing books, whimsical books, and sometimes books that are all of the above. When she's not writing, you can find her reading, traveling, consuming sushi, or daydreaming about Henry Cavill.
Links: Website - Twitter - Instagram - Goodreads
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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

This is How it Happened Book Blast

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Paula Stokes is giving away a copy of her newest contemporary novel, THIS IS HOW IT HAPPENED, a story that Kirkus Reviews called “a sobering exploration of absolution.”
When Genevieve Grace wakes up from a coma, she can’t remember the car crash that injured her and killed her boyfriend Dallas, a YouTube star who had just released his first album. Genevieve knows she was there, and that there was another driver, a man named Brad Freeman, who everyone assumes is guilty. But as she slowly pieces together the night of the accident, Genevieve is hit with a sickening sense of dread—that maybe she had something to do with what happened.

As the internet rages against Brad Freeman, condemning him in a brutal trial by social media, Genevieve escapes to her father’s house, where she can hide from reporters and spend the summer volunteering in beautiful Zion National Park. But she quickly realizes that she can’t run away from the accident, or the terrible aftermath of it all.

Incredibly thought-provoking and beautifully told, Paula Stokes’s story will compel readers to examine the consequences of making mistakes in a world where the internet is always watching…and judging.


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Read the first four chapters HERE

Paula is giving away a second finished copy of This is How it Happened with this book blast on Instagram. Check her home feed (@pstokesbooks) for another chance to win. Both contests are international. Both contests end on July 7, 2017.
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Monday, 12 June 2017

The Librarian Blog Tour - Interview & Giveaway



Title: THE LIBRARIAN
Author: Christy Sloat
Pub. Date: June 17, 2017
Publisher: CHBB Publishing
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 230
Find it: Amazon, B&N 
He’s from 1892 England, she’s in a small library in 2017. And that's just the start of their troubles.

Emme never meant to stay in Maine. She'd come only to find a librarian for her Gram's library, a custodian for the collection of mysterious books she'd promised to protect. On a dark, wintery night, alone in the library, she takes her first glance into one of the antique novels and finds herself transported to 1892 England staring into the eyes of handsome and dashing hero Jack Ridgewell. As each chapter passes she learns you can truly fall in love with a character in a book, that book boyfriends are real and Emme must choose between the real world, and his.


When the last page is read he's gone and Emme feels the cold loneliness of lost love. Will she find Jack again, or will their love be forever lost? The answer lies within the pages…


What made you want to write a time travel love story?
It was a few years ago, at a signing in New Jersey. I was signing at this great little book store right on the beach.  There was something about this library that called to me and screamed, ‘Write a book about me.’ It was so home-like and I envisioned the librarian who would work there and what her purpose would be. That’s where I came up with the basis of the library itself. But on the drive home I came up with the thought of that librarian traveling through books to be with the man she loves. We all obsess over book-boyfriends, but let’s take it a step-further and have the gateway be a book.  There was never any doubt that the romance in this book would be epic.
When creating Emme and Jack, what sort of traits stuck out about them in the writing process?
Emme’s bravery to take on the task of caring for her gram’s library was something I couldn’t let go of. She doesn’t want to but she’s completely selfless for a bit. I mean, she does have that selfish nature that we all have. She is also a good friend. She’s faithful and smart; more than she gives herself credit for.
Jack is strong in his beliefs and he never lets go of what he wants in life, even when his father wants to change him. He’s also immensely selfless when it comes to Emme and their future together. He’s literally willing to let go of everything to make it work with her.
If you were to travel back in time based on the clothing worn, where would you go?
Oh! That’s a great question. I’m extremely picky about my clothes on a comfort level so I would not go back to Jack’s time-period because they wear corsets. I couldn’t go back to medieval times because that’s too much clothing to wear and my luck I’d be a scullery maid.
I think I’d pick 1920’s. The women are so elegant and beautiful. I could rock a flapper dress for certain.
What was the hardest part about writing The Librarian?
The timeline between Jack’s world and Emme’s world was extremely important, so it wasn’t easy keeping track of how Jack should talk during certain scenes and how Emme should speak. I had to carefully comb over those areas to make sure it was correct. Also the end was hard to write. If you read it, you’ll see why. It was gut-wrenching for me.
When deciding what year Emme traveled back to, what were some of the deciding factors?
How men treated women back then was a big factor. They were so romantic and courtship was a huge deal. They might have stolen kisses, but they didn’t do anything that would be looked down on. I wanted Emme to be treated like gold. I also loved the fashion of dress, for the men. They were so dapper. I also thought it would be funny to see Emme in a swimsuit. Boy was that scene fun to write. 


Blog Tour Schedule
Week One:
6/12/2017- Lost in Ever AfterInterview
6/13/2017- Melissa's Eclectic BookshelfReview
6/14/2017- Fire and IceExcerpt
6/15/2017- MEREADALOTReview
6/16/2017- YA and Wine- Interview

Week Two:
6/19/2017- NerdophilesReview
6/20/2017- BookHounds YAGuest Post
6/21/2017- Kindle and MeReview
6/22/2017- Two Chicks on BooksInterview
6/23/2017- Page Turners BlogReview

About the Author
I am Southern California native, now living in New Jersey! How did that happen? I am married and have  two beautiful little girls who love to read just like Mommy. I have had a passion for books since I was a little girl and an imagination for just as long. I hope my books can inspire others to read and to write too.

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

End of the School Year Celebration

Hey guys! I know you're probably wondering where I've been, but schools been a crazy time this month. I am in the process of writing exams and wrapping up a few things. During this time I'm also trying to find a summer job. Such fun times I tell you...

Onto more exciting things that doesn't include exams or staring at textbooks hours on end. I recently reached out to a small business ownder who runs a monthly subscription box. Her name is Alexis Lampley and she is the owner of NerdyPost!

For those of you who don't know what NerdyPost is, it's a monthly subscription box that has features a fandom each month. Some of the fandoms featured include; Harry Potter, Supernatural, Doctor Who, Star Wars, Disney and Sherlock. In these boxes include specially designed items, most of the items are handmade from Alexis, but she partners up with other designers . Each box always has an 8.5" x 11" high quality poster, a sticker, a double-sided bookmark and a postcard that each subscriber can colour in, along with some other fandom related items.  I've been a subscriber since October and I loved everything that I've gotten. 

Recently, I caught up with Alexis to talk about the company, her journey and future plans!


1) What made you fall in love with calligraphy?

I honestly have loved lettering all my life. I love the way letters are formed and the artfulness of it. I loved writing in cursive and fancy old school calligraphy growing up and then as I leaned toward graphic design in high school and college, I always found myself getting frustrated with how fonts played (or rather, didn't play well) together and ended up incorporating a lot of drawn type. It wasn't until after college that I realized what I was doing was a thing unto itself, and once I realized that, I really dove in. But it's been a lifelong love of letterforms themselves and every shape they take.

2) What made you want to start NerdyPost?

I had just quit my 9-5 to stay home with my daughter more and needed some kind of small income, which I was struggling to create through Etsy (which I sucked at) when I was asked to contribute a bookmark to The Bookish Box. I had offhandedly mentioned a few times in the months prior to that how I would love to create my own book box with a more art and fandom lean, but didn't think I had what it took to run something so complicated and massive, so I brushed it off. This seemed the perfect compromise. But then my husband and I started talking and we realized I could make a fandom art box without a book and for relatively low price for customers even internationally (which was important to me since so many of my bookstagram friends were international) if I did all the designs myself. I wanted to share my love of fandoms and my artwork in a way that would reach more people, and I thought there was this big open space in the sub box market for bookish artwork and heck, why couldn't it be me who filled it? It would potentially be better for cost/purchasing purposes than Etsy was. So it made sense. And I thought the longer I waited to start it, the more potential there would be for someone else to jump in. So with my husband's help and encouragement, I went for it. It took us a few months to get everything into place, but then it just took off and hasn't slowed down since!

3) What is the best part of the whole box making process?

Oh, man. That's a tough one. I love that I can work *with* my ADD instead of against it, and form my design hours to take advantage of that. I love the time of month where I just soak up whatever theme I'm on and start coming up with ideas. It's such a creative part of the process. And then when the items arrive on my doorstep. It's always fun and a little scary because there's the potential for something to have been printed wrong or to exceed your expectations when going from screen to print. Plus it's like Christmas because I get so many packages!
4) Are there any particular artists or designers you'd like to work with?

There are SO many. I pull inspiration from everything and I'd love the ability to showcase some of my most inspiring artists. I can't even begin to list all of the people I want to work with. But if I follow them, there's a good chance I'd be happy to have them contribute.

5) What are some items you'd like to have in future boxes?

I would love to be able to add cooler prints with foil and cutouts. Mugs and totes and stuff like that, but we run into weight issues there, so that kind of stuff is what we are opening our Nerdy Store section to potentially include in the future. I'm really pumped about the washi tape and want to include more of that. I've got some cool stuff coming up that is different than I've done before that I hope people like. Branching out a bit more than when we started but I like to try and keep things fresh while also delivering on the staple items that make us reliable and consistent, too. It's a delicate balance.

Bonus Question: can you hint to any upcoming box themes?

If you follow all my accounts you start to notice a pattern on my obsessions or things I'm focusing on or reading more of. Generally that means I'm "studying" and making sure I've got the best possible quotes. Sometimes it won't lead to a box, but sometimes it does. There are a couple themes I'm dying to do but I'm nervous they won't have the following we need to keep business up. I'm scared for the day I say "this is one of my top five fandoms we are doing next month" and like 700 people skip it and we lose money and can't pay our bills! (Lol) so those might end up being one time boxes so we can judge the interest better.

Bonus Bonus Question: Have you thought of doing a Hamilton box?


Hamilton falls under that exact category I just mentioned. There are so many great quotes so it definitely stirs my creativity and makes me want to do one, but I don't know how big the fandom really is. So, yes, I have thought of it. But I am hesitant about it holding its own on the rotation.

I apologize this is being shared with short noticed but I want to give one lucky US/Canadian reader a box as my gift to you! The reason for this being short notice is that May's box theme is...
May Nerdy Post and Nerdy Tees theme reveal! Subscribe now through April 30 for this box/shirt! Link in the bio ••• Also listen, if you don't know what I wrote or can't read it, please be kind about it in the comments. I know everyone's take on letters is different and sometimes what comes naturally for me as reading a certain way doesn't read the same way for others, but that's perfectly okay and common so just don't be rude about it, okay? I don't mind explaining it if you need me to. Just be kind. Kindness gets you so much farther. ••• #hyperlapse #Handmadefont #thedailytype #typegang #typedesign #handtype #lettering #handlettering #lettered #handlettered #letters #letteringvideo #typography #calligraphy #moderncalligraphy #sarahjmaas #acomaf #acotar #bookish #throneofglass #cursive #letteringlove #typematters
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