Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Wicked Saints Blog Tour - Interview

Title: Assured Destruction Series: Assured Destruction #1 Author: Michael F. Stewart Release Date: March 22, 2013 Publisher: Non Sequitur Press Review Copy: From publisher in exchange of honest review
A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.

“Prepare for a snow-frosted, blood-drenched fairy tale where the monsters steal your heart and love ends up being the nightmare.” - Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen

Wicked Saints is a lush, brutal, compelling fantasy that is dark, deep, and bloody—absolutely riveting! With a boy who is both man and monster, mysterious saints with uncertain motives, and a girl filled with holy magic who is just beginning to understand the full reaches of her power, this gothic jewel of a story will sink its visceral iron claws into you, never letting go until you’ve turned the last page. And truthfully, not even then -the explosive ending will haunt you for days! ” - Robin LaFevers, New York Times bestselling author of the His Fair Assassin trilogy 

How did the story come to you?
I was playing Skyrim. It was not particularly dramatic. It’s not even a facetious story I was literally playing Skyrim and thought ‘huh, neat, I should write a book.’ It of course ended up being a much longer labor of love, but it came from humble beginnings.

Having been a fan of this book for a while now I am curious to know, what songs would associate with Serefin, Nadya and Malachiasz? Also as a concerned reader, I am worried about Malachiasz and how dirty he is all the time! Make him clean!
HE BATHES I SWEAR. But this is a fun one! A lot of Wicked Saints was inspired by metal music (black metal and doom metal especially), but hilariously, the songs I deeply associate with the characters aren’t metal (except for Serefin’s, in this case).

Serefin has never had a lot of music that my brain would associate with him, except for one song: 
Justice for Saint Mary by Diablo Swing Orchestra.

For Nadya, Той, хто рятує імена by Vivienne Mort, a Russian artist.

And Malachiasz is Burn Out by Black Lab.

Like any fantasy novel, research is an important aspect of writing the genre. What areas of research were the most challenging, easiest, entertaining and mundane?
I’m an academic at heart, research is my favorite part of the process. There are a very particular set of challenges when you’re researching a culture that has a language you’re not fluent in, so I was limited to only English resources and I had to be careful in finding resources that weren’t too Western in lens. I found reading rote history texts tedious, so while I did, I tended to focus more on folklore and fairytales from the particular countries instead. Especially because I’m writing fantasy, the atmosphere needs to be right but I’m not sweating any tiny details!  

About the Author

EMILY A. DUNCAN works as a youth services librarian. She received a Master’s degree in library science from Kent State University, which mostly taught her how to find obscure Slavic folklore texts through interlibrary loan systems. When not reading or writing, she enjoys playing copious amounts of video games and dungeons and dragons. Wicked Saints is her first book. She lives in Ohio.

Links: Website - Twitter - Instagram - Tumblr 

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Mad Magic Blog Tour - Interview and Giveaway

Author: Nicole Conway
Pub. Date: November 14, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books
Pages: 300
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

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Mad Magic is a beautifully dark and rich Young Adult fantasy from Nicole Conway, bestselling author of the Dragonrider Chronicles.

Josie Barton is a high school student living in terror. Invisible creatures torment her everywhere she goes, constantly getting her into trouble at school, and even haunting her apartment. But just when Josie thinks things couldn’t get any worse... she meets the guy from across the hall.

Zeph Clemmont is a changeling with enemies in all the worst places, fighting to undo a curse that threatens to end his life. Survival means he will have to swallow his pride and trust Josie with all his darkest secrets.

With the help of a gun-slinging shaman and the enigmatic Prince of Nightmares, Zeph and Josie are only a heartbeat away from defeating one of the most diabolical faerie villains their world has ever known.

1) What was it like transitioning from writing about dragons to writing about faeries?
It’s probably very telling to my short, utterly random attention span, but swapping over from dragons to fae wasn’t that hard for me. The challenge was more on making sure I played up the parts that put this book in the YA category once it was clear that was where it needed to be. I normally write for a younger audience, so I was afraid to break some of the usual “rules” I had gotten comfortable with when it came to violence, action, romance, etc.

2) How did this story come to you?
Well, it began with a character – as most of my stories do. Zeph came first, and from that his story evolved and grew, incorporating new people and places until Mad Magic was born. Eldrick was actually the last to be developed because I originally intended for him to be a villain. He had other plans, though!

3) What’s some writing advice that you’ve always kept with you?
The best advice I’ve ever gotten actually came from the Queen of Vampires herself, Anne Rice. I got to interview her for a project in college and I asked her this same question. She told me “always be writing something,” which is something that sort of surprised me. I’d always been working on story after story, so I didn’t realize that was a problem for other upstarting authors. But it’s wonderful advice. Publishers and agents don’t just want the golden egg – they want the goose. So finish one book and start the next. Write something every day. You never know which story will be your golden egg!

4) What is your writing process?
Chaos, mostly. It usually takes me a month to write a book, if life allows. I have a toddler so that can get derailed quickly. But if I’m left undisturbed, I turn out around 5-7k words a day. I usually write up full character profiles, draw maps, and have a solid world built before I begin. Sometimes I plot, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I plot and then immediately ditch that plot when the story hits a stride. It’s always different from story to story.

5) What’s your favourite winter activity?
Sleeping? Hah! Actually, I love cooking. Winter means lots of family get togethers and opportunities to cook good food. I express my love via food hugs!

About the Author
My name is Ashley "Nicole" Conway. I'm originally from North Alabama and attended Auburn University where I earned a BA in English with a concentration in Classics & Mythology. I'm happily married and have one son, Ethan.  I also have a cat, Mr. Darcy, and a dog named Phoebe.

Writing has been a passion of mine since childhood, and to be able to do it as a full-time career is something I take as a great blessing and honor. My heart is in children's literature, specifically middle-grade and young adult fantasy. I'm best known for my MG/YA fantasy series THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, which is published by Month9Books. The second series, THE DRAGONRIDER LEGACY, just launched this fall!

My other works in include MAD MAGIC (2017), THE DISTANCE BETWEEN STARS (2017), SCALES (tbd), and SHATTERBEAST (tbd).

I am represented by Fran Black of Literary Counsel.

Look for my books on and at your local Barnes & Noble Bookstores!

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Monday, 10 July 2017

The Dragons of Nova Blog Tour - Review & Giveaway

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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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