Nerd Blast: The Girl With More Than One Heart by Laura Geringer Bass

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Hello Readers!

Today I’ve got an exciting nerd blast for you!

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The Girl With More Than One Heart

by Laura Geringer Bass

Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 3 – 7
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (April 17, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1419728822
ISBN-13: 978-1419728822


There are times we all feel we need more than one heart to get through. When Briana’s father dies, she imagines she has a new heart growing inside her. It speaks to her in her Dad’s voice. Some of its commands are mysterious.

Find Her! it says. Be Your Own!

How can Briana “be her own” when her grieving mother needs her to take care of her demanding little brother all the time? When all her grandpa can do is tell stories instead of being the “rock” she needs? When her not-so-normal home life leaves no time to pursue her dream of writing for the school literary magazine? When the first blush of a new romance threatens to be nipped in the bud? Forced by the loss of her favorite parent to see all that was once familiar with new eyes, Briana draws on her own imagination, originality, and tender loving heart to discover a surprising path through the storm.



The day my father’s heart stopped, I discovered an extra heart deep in my belly, below my right rib. It talked to me. I wasn’t crazy. Before that day, I had just one heart that never said a word.

My little brother, Aaron, was kind of crazy, I guess, but everything in our house was what my grandpa Ben liked to call “under control.” At least I always knew what to expect.

Aaron and I had two parents, but really we each had one. Mom was in charge of Aaron. As soon as he was born, she quit her job so she could take care of him. She was his. Grandpa Ben was Aaron’s, too. Dad was mine.

I missed Mom—the mother I remembered from Before Aaron. She used to pick me up every day after school. If my nose was running, she had tissues. She took them from her purse, and they smelled sweet like flowers.

I tried not to pay much attention to Aaron and Mom. I really didn’t need Mom to pick me up from school. I was old enough to walk home with my friends. I played with Peter, my best friend, and Tina, my next-to-best friend, and Reena, who tagged along. They came over to my house almost every day, or I went to theirs. Actually, it wasn’t ever Reena who tagged along. It was me, but I didn’t know it back then.

On weekends, it was harder not to notice Mom and Aaron in their own little bubble, but Dad was more fun than Mom and we had adventures, just the two of us. We’d sneak out of the house without letting Mom and Aaron know where we were going. Mostly, we just went to the movies at the Loews around the corner. Or we rode our bikes in Inwood Park. Or we went swimming at the Y. Or we took the subway to museums like the New York Hall of Science in Queens, the one with the giant yellow slide and the see-through floor and the water wheel in the play-ground. Dad walked on a weird treadmill there once with special sensors in the handlebars. It spat out a crinkly blue slip of paper like the fortune in a cookie. Dad read the paper and looked annoyed. He crumpled it into his fist and shook it at the machine. “What else is new?” he said.

I hopped off my treadmill. It was a twin to Dad’s, but it spat out a red paper. Don’t quit now, it said. Go for pro.

I showed Dad my printout. “What does yours say?” I asked. “I’ll trade you. I like blue better.” He handed his to me in an angry little ball. I rubbed it with my finger to flatten it out. It said: Your heart is working too hard.

“You may as well tell me I’m alive,” said Dad to his machine.

“Mine didn’t say that,” I said. “I’m alive.”

“You may as well tell me I have a family,” he said.

“I do, too,” I pointed out.

“And that I love my family no matter what,” he added, not looking at me. He was still talking to the treadmill. “If you’re human, your heart is working too hard,” he said.

I wondered if my treadmill could tell I didn’t love Mom and Aaron no matter what. I wondered if it knew that when it came to Mom and Aaron, I wasn’t sure I had a heart at all. When Dad was tired, the pale scar on his forehead from when he was a little kid and rode his bike through a glass door bulged a bit, as if a worm had gotten under his skin. It did that now. I wondered if Mom and Dad had been up all night again, talking about Aaron, worrying about him.

“I’m human,” I reminded Dad.

He looked at me then and smiled. “As human as they come,” he said.

“I love you, Dad,” I burst out. I hugged him. I reached up and touched his scar and then his beard gently, the way I’d seen Mom do it. “I’m not so sure about Mom and Aaron. I guess I love them—but not as much.”

He didn’t correct me. He didn’t say, “Of course you love Mom and Aaron.” He gathered me in his arms and squeezed me tight. He said, “I love you, too, Beautiful.”

Copyright © 2018 by Laura Geringer Bass



“Bass tackles some heavy issues—having a sibling with a disability, losing a parent suddenly and at a young age, and coping with a parent’s depression—but she manages to do it with grace and empathy.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“In this tenderhearted tale, Bass (Sign of the Qin) conveys the complex, conflicting emotions that arise in a family facing the unexpected death of a parent . . . It’s an emotionally nuanced exploration of grief and resilience.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Bass excels in portraying the family members, their relationships, and how they shift when one person is no longer there . . . A heartfelt story of loss, grief, and healing.” ―Booklist

“Bass balances the coming-of-age narrative with a grief journey that sensitively and realistically shows how friendships and family relationships change after a tragedy.” ―School Library Journal

“Readers struggling with responsibility for younger siblings might especially relate to this.” ―The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Throughout The Girl with More Than One Heart, Briana reflects on happier days with her late father . . . and those memories propel her to find her own way, to “be her own” (as her second heart tells her) and embrace her new life.” ―BookPage

Laura Geringer Bass


As publisher of the award winning imprint, Laura Geringer Books, editor, story advisor, teacher and writer, Laura Geringer Bass has collaborated with many celebrated authors and artists in the field of children’s books. She has worked with numerous publishing houses and entertainment studios including HarperCollins, Simon and Schuster, Scholastic, Houghton Mifflin, Hyperion/Disney, Dreamworks, Fox, and CBS. She develops picture books, illustrated novels and YAs in partnership with Shannon Associates LLC a global talent agency representing over 200 writers and artists worldwide. She teaches writing workshops privately and at the JCC and is a faculty member of New York Writer’s Workshop (NYWW), an instructor for Prison Writes serving teens at risk through New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services’ Close to Home program (ACS), and a mentor for Girls Write Now. Laura is the author of twenty books for children including the bestselling A THREE HAT DAY, an ALA Notable Book illustrated by Arnold Lobel, a Top Ten featured selection on LeVar Burton’s Reading Rainbow. Her YA fantasy, SIGN OF THE QIN, an ALA Best Book was shortlisted for the Printz award. MYTH MEN, her popular series of graphic novels was adapted by CBS as an animated TV show. Her love of story informs her service on the board of First Book, a non-profit organization that has delivered over 150 million books into the hands of children in need. Her new novel for middle graders, THE GIRL WITH MORE THAN ONE HEART, is due out from Abrams on April 17, 2018.


TWITTER:  @LauraGeringer

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Blog Tour: The Selkie Of San Fransisco by Todd Calgi Gallicano


Hello Readers!

Today I have an awesome book tour and giveaway for you!

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Author: Todd Calgi Gallicano

Pub. Date: June 19, 2018

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 400

Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, iBooks, TBD

In the thrilling sequel to Guardians of the Gryphon’s Claw, an epic adventure novel that “is sure to keep lovers of Rick Riordan running to the shelves,” Sam London dives headlong into his second case involving a selkie, a mysterious girl, and an ominous new threat to the mythical and human worlds ( School Library Journal )!

Sam London didn’t mean to uncover an ancient secret, but when he found out that mythical creatures are real and living in our national parks, he became the newest recruit to the Department of Mythical Wildlife. Ever since, the middle schooler has been anxiously awaiting the call for his next case . . . and it finally arrives with the brazen appearance of a selkie in San Francisco Bay.

Along with Dr. Vance Vantana and the guardian Tashi, Sam pursues the selkie, who has taken a peculiar interest in fashion’s newest “it” girl and social media star, Pearl Eklund. But the closer he gets, the more questions emerge about Pearl’s mysterious connection to the mythical world. Is she the long-lost hope for an entire civilization or the harbinger of its doom? It’s up to Sam to find out the truth, and fast. . . . The fate of humanity hangs in the balance.

Praise for Guardians of the Gryphon’s Claw, Book One:

“A death-defying, globe-spanning adventure, packed with creatures out of folklore and myth.” –Publishers Weekly

“So original and exciting. This is the best fantasy-adventure novel I have read in some time.” –Martin Olson, New York Times bestselling author of The Adventure Time Encyclopaedia


About Todd:

Todd Calgi Gallicano is the author of “Guardians of the Gryphon’s Claw,” the first case in the Sam London Adventure series from the Files of the Department of Mythical Wildlife. A graduate of New York University’s School of Film and Television, Todd began his career in the film industry, before venturing into the world of books when he was provided secret files from the Department of Mythical Wildlife’s archives.

Despite pressure from the news media and government, Mr. Gallicano remains tightlipped when it comes to questions about the DMW and his sources within the secret organization. He encourages fans of Sam London to learn more about mythical creatures and to visit and support our nation’s majestic National Parks.

When he’s not hammering out the next Sam London novel on his 1938 Royal Deluxe typewriter, Mr. Gallicano enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter. He resides with his family in North Carolina, where he is constantly on the lookout for gargoyles, chupacabras and other nefarious creatures.

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Review: I loved the Percy Jackson vibes from this book, and despite not finishing the first book yet I was able to read it just fine. (there were refreshers so I wasn’t completely in the dark) I also loved the files throughout and at the end of the book.

I have to say my favorite character in this book is Pearl because she’s famous and rich yet kind which is refreshing since most of the time rich kids in books act snobby and entitled. There was a lot of character growth for Pearl though I can’t say too much without spoiling. Tashi is a close second just because she’s awesome, and of course Sam.

I liked the creativity in these books a lot, instead of mythology from one culture there are dozens and to top it off we have our classics. (Bigfoot, Nessie, Yeti) The book was fast paced, well written, and didn’t lag at all, I was kept thoroughly entertained throughout the book and the ending completely destroyed me! *Sobs internally* I’m ready for book 3!

Rating: 5 Stars! *And 2 thumbs up*

Recommendation: For Percy Jackson fans ages 8 and up

FTC DISCLAIMER: I received this book in exchange for an honest review


Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE SELKIE OF SAN FRANCISCO, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

6/18/2018- Twirling Book Princess- Excerpt

6/19/2018-  HYPERLINK “” \t “_blank” BookHounds YA- Excerpt

6/20/2018-  HYPERLINK “” \t “_blank” RhythmicBooktrovert- Review

6/21/2018- Just Commonly- Review

6/22/2018- Confessions of a YA Reader- Excerpt

Week Two:

6/25/2018- Books a Plenty Book Reviews- Review

6/26/2018- Christen Krumm- Excerpt

6/27/2018- Little Red Reads- Review

6/28/2018- Two points of interest- Review

6/29/2018- A Dream Within A Dream- Excerpt

I hope you enjoyed!

Between The Sea And Stars by Chantal Gadoury

Hello Readers!

I am so excited that BETWEEN THE SEA AND STARS by Chantal Gadoury is available now and that I get to share the news!


If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Chantal Gadoury, be sure to check out all the details below.


This blitz also includes a pre-order giveaway courtesy of Chantal. So if you’d like a chance to win, check out the giveaway info below.

About The Book:



Author: Chantal


Pub. Date: June

19, 2018

Publisher: The

Parliament House

Formats: Paperback,


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A Magical


A Girl Who

Dreamed Of Something More…


Lena, a Merrow girl, lives in the Skagerrak sea with her father, Carrick and

her brother, Javelin who tells her of the legend of the Merrow Queen murdered

by her human lover when greed takes over. But what’s worth spilling the queen’s

blood? Gifted from Poseidon, himself, a magic shell gives any human the ability

to control both land and sea.


When Javelin is called to join a clan of Merrow soldiers bent on protecting

their waters from human invasion, Lena resists Merrow law and ventures to the

shore with no choice but to swim to land.


With newfound legs, Lena is whisked away on a new adventure with new friends

and new trouble. Everyone seems to want something from her as intrigue lurks

around every corner.


Trying her best to hide who she is and remain safe from the dangers of the

human world, will Lena finally find where she belongs, or will she be swept

into a strong and stormy current by lust, greed, and jealousy?


“Tell me the legend of the Skagerrak queen.”


Javelin lifted a brow. “It’s hardly a legend, Lena,” he said. “It’s

barely been a decade.” His voice was easy, unbothered by the possibility of

being overheard. They were alone in this place. There was no need to whisper or

scold or shush. Still, he groaned. “I’ve told that one a thousand times. You

should know it by heart. Aren’t you tired of it yet?”


“Come on,” Lena urged him. “It’s my favorite. Tell me again.”


He rolled his eyes, but his mouth curved into a grin. “Fine.” His scooped

a clam shell out of the sand and began sliding the sharp side of a rock against

its grain. “The queen fell in love with a human man,” he began, his strong

fingers holding the clam firmly in place. “Every full moon, she used her magic

to travel ashore to see him.”


Lena settled onto her elbows, relishing the smooth sound of her brother’s

voice as he recited the tale.

A dreamy smile spread over her lips.


“I wonder how she met him,” she murmured softly, tilting her chin up and

letting her lashes flutter shut.


“Likely the same way any merrow meets a human,” Javelin teased.

“Shipwrecked during one of Poseidon’s storms. She should have drowned him



“But she couldn’t!” Lena’s eyes pinged open. “For he was devilishly

handsome, even soaking wet. The most handsome man she’d ever seen.”


“Devilish is right,” Javelin allowed. “Whether he was handsome or not,

I’ll let your imagination decide.”


“Oh, he was.” Lena was smiling widely now. “He was, perhaps, the most

beautiful human man in existence, and desperately enraptured by the queen. Each

full moon, he waited for her, pacing the beach like a madman. And when she

would emerge from the sea, he’d run hip-deep to meet her, unable to spend one

more moment apart. He’d wrap his muscular arms around her—”


“For Poseidon’s sake, Lena.”


“And they’d dance together,” she pressed on, giggling, “as only humans

can do. They’d dance and dance the hours away, bathed in starlight, humming

songs into one another’s ears.”


“Until one night. . .” Javelin prompted smugly, and Lena rolled her eyes.


“Until one night,” she sighed, “something overcame the queen’s lover.



“Human greed,” Javelin corrected. “Human nature. It was only a matter of



She glared at him, but didn’t interrupt as he continued. This was the

best and the worst part of the tale, and Javelin—damn him, was good at telling

it. And he knew.


“That night, the queen swam toward the surface, impatient as ever she

was. Ready to be rid of her tail. Ready to be human again. Her magic was a gift

from Poseidon himself, contained in a delicate shell which she wore around her

neck on a gold chain. It gave her the ability to explore the shore, and to

control the storms and seas.”


Lena leaned in.


“As she swam, the queen began to change. Faint sobs faltered over her

blue-scaled lips—cries of pain, lost to the rushing lull of the waves and the

urgent beating of her fins. Swiftly, her tail separated into two perfectly

shaped legs, and she rose out of the sea.”


“Don’t leave out the good parts,” Lena whispered. She knew her brother

would skim over the romance just to annoy her.


Javelin gave her a pointed look. Then he grinned. “The moon was high that

night,” he said, lowering his voice to a hush for effect. “The land was

illuminated by an eerie, silver glow. Beneath its light, the queen’s new flesh

was creamy and soft. Her hair became one with the wind, and her body shivered

against a violent, uproarious breeze. Perhaps it was a warning from the gods,

but the queen didn’t see it as such. The human lands were cold, suffering a

new, frigid season, but her heart remained warm. She smiled, though her

transition had been agony, when she heard the sound of water splashing and saw

her beloved moving toward her through the shallows.


“She sang his name as he brushed chaste kisses against her neck, and

relaxed fully against him, trusting him completely. She was blind to the wicked

yearning which had wrapped around his heart. Which made his body tense, which

crushed his lungs till he could hardly breathe. He wanted her shell, for he’d

discovered what powers were locked inside that delicate charm. Powers gifted to

whomsoever possessed it. His fingers dipped to her throat, caressing the shell

which had allowed her to return to him, again and again. The queen eyed him

strangely, and he dropped his hands to her waist, tugging her against him,

kissing her deeply.”


Lena sighed, and Javelin smirked.


“She was a fool,” he said.


“She was in love,” Lena amended.


“She was both,” he conceded. “And that foolish love consumed her.

Deceived her. Seduced her. Clouded her eyes, so love was all she could see. But

that fateful eve, her beloved’s affection was not what it seemed. He’d seduced

himself too, with all the prospects of what might be. His own love had been

replaced by a lust for riches unknown. For control of the land and sea.”


Lena winced, for she knew what came next.


“He pressed his mouth against the queen’s skin, whispering sweet words,

distracting her. She was smiling as he sent a knife into her back. Smiling,

even as her eyes went wide with shock.”


Lena shuddered, picturing it. A joyful mouth, frozen in place. Bulging,

horrified eyes going dim.


“The queen’s lover twisted his blade, releasing her cold merrow blood to

the sand. He reached for the shell, yanking on its golden chain. But in the

last throes of breath, the queen resisted him and threw the shell into the

crashing waves, bidding Poseidon to wash it away.


“With a promised curse on his lips, her lover trailed back into the

night, determined to one day possess the world between the sea and stars, and

all who dwell beneath the earth, in the ocean’s depths. Our people.” He glanced

sidelong at Lena, his meaning clear. “The merrows.”


“And the queen. . .” Lena murmured, though she already knew how the tale

would end.


“He left her to dissolve into sea foam. She was washed away forever by

the waves.”


Lena released a long breath and gazed at her hands, trying to imagine

what it would be like to watch herself slowly disappear; what heartache and

betrayal the queen must have felt in her last moments. She knew this was a

gruesome tale, but a part of her thought the better parts, the magic and

romance, were worth the gruesome bits.


“What do you think it would be like, to walk?” she wondered aloud. “Would

it be like having two tails?”


“I don’t know,” Javelin chuckled. “I suppose it might be.”


“Where do you think the shell is now?”


Javelin shrugged. From a stony shelf above his head, he retrieved a slim,

wooden railing he’d found in a ship a few days before and carefully tied his

sharpened clamshell to its jagged end.

Lena smiled, realizing he’d made her a hunting spear.


“Poseidon is said to have hidden the shell before the human lover, or any

human, could steal it. It could be anywhere.”


“If you could go to the surface, would you?”


Javelin pinched his lips together and didn’t speak. It was a silent

reprimand. He knew how Lena longed to break through the waves, to see the human

world with her own eyes, to know the uses of all the odd objects they’d

collected over the years. But the laws of the sea were strict, and the king’s

leniency had all but vanished in recent years.


Any merrow caught peeking at the shore was punished. Some were even

struck down by Poseidon and reduced to sea foam, just like the queen.


“This is where we belong, Lena,” Javelin said softly, firmly.


“But how do you know?” She swirled upright and swam along the edge of the

grotto, brushing her fingertips over cups and spoons and heaps of sodden

fabric. Over small chests and tarnished, palm-sized figurines and other

mysterious, unnamed things. “Haven’t you ever wondered what it would be like,

to live on the land? To live among them? To be one of them?”


“Not as much as you have, I can see.”


She groaned, and sank to her brother’s side, resting her head on his

shoulder. “It can’t be as bad as everyone believes. Humans can’t all be the

same. We’re not all the same,” she reasoned quietly.

About Chantal:


Amazon Best

Selling Author, Chantal Gadoury, is a 2011 graduate from Susquehanna University

with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing. Since graduation, she has

published “The Songs in Our Hearts” with 48Fourteen Publishing, and

“Allerleirauh” with Parliament House Press, with future titles to follow.

Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues with

that love of writing today. Writing novels for Chantal has become a life-long

dream come true! When she’s not writing, she enjoys painting, drinking lots of

DD Iced Coffee, and watching Disney classics. Chantal lives in Muncy,

Pennsylvania with her Mom, Sister and furry-‘brother’ (aka, puppy) Taran.

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A Mermaid-Themed

Tumbler, Notebook, Nail Filer, Face Mask, Hand Sanitizer, Handcream, Makeup

Bag, Popsocket and an autographed 

Paperback of “Between the Sea and Stars.”


Any format of this book will qualify: E-Book or Paperback.

It can be purchased at any retailer; Amazon, Kobo, B&N,

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Blog Tour: Cinderella’s Inferno by F. M. Boughan



Title: CINDERELLA’S INFERNO (Cinderella, Necromancer #2)
Author: F.M. Boughan
Pub. Date: May 28, 2018
Publisher: Month9Books
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Pages: 324
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonB&NiBooksTBD

Purity cannot abide the darkness.

It’s been two years since Ellison defeated her stepsisters and sent her evil stepmother back into the Abyss.
Though she’s learning to control her dark magic and has spent time traveling with Prince William and bringing peace to the kingdom, one fact remains. She is a necromancer and he is a paladin of light. And so, the king refuses to give his blessing for them to marry.
To appease his father, William has begun to avoid her. But when even her younger brother Edward grows distant, Ellison learns her mother’s spirit has been visiting Edward in secret, threatening to overwhelm him with her own loneliness and longing. When Ellison accidentally touches her mother’s spirit, her tainted touch condemns her mother’s spirit to eternal damnation.
Ellison resolves to descend into hell to save her mother’s soul and bring her physical body back to the world of the living. William hopes this good deed will bring Ellison into favor and finally allow them to be wed.
But the journey through hell is fraught with peril. Temptations abound and the demons Ellison sent back to the Abyss are thirsty for revenge.

Evil cannot be defeated without sacrifice—but when that sacrifice means choosing between the ones Ellison loves and her very own life, how far is she willing to go to make her family whole again?


About F.M. Boughan:
F.M. Boughan is a bibliophile, a writer, and an unabashed parrot enthusiast. She can often be found writing in local coffee shops, namely because it’s hard to concentrate with a cat lying on the keyboard and a small, colorful parrot screaming into her ear. Her work is somewhat dark, somewhat violent, somewhat hopeful, and always contains a hint of magic.
You can follow Faith on Twitter (@FaithBoughan) for plenty of flailing about food (she likes to cook!), TV shows (she watches too many), and world dance (did you know she’s been performing & instructing in Bollywood-style dance for over 8 years?).
Or catch her on Facebook where she just might post pictures of her adorable cat & bird… among other things.
F.M. Boughan is represented by Bill Contardi of Brandt & Hochman.



Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card.
Tour Schedule:
Week One:
6/11/2018- Dorky Girl and Skeletor– Excerpt
6/11/2018- Writer of Wrongs– Review Review will be posted on Monday June 25th
6/12/2018- Book Briefs– Interview
6/12/2018- Book-o-Craze– Spotlight
6/13/2018- For the Lover of Books– Review
6/13/2018- Books a Plenty Book Reviews– Spotlight
6/14/2018- Lauren is Reading– Review
6/14/2018- A Gingerly Review– Excerpt
6/15/2018- Book-Keeping– Guest Post
6/15/2018- RhythmicBooktrovert– Spotlight
Week Two:
6/18/2018- Zach’s YA Reviews– Review
6/18/2018- Rattle the Stars– Spotlight
6/19/2018- Bluestocking Bookworm– Review
6/19/2018- A Dream Within A Dream– Excerpt
6/20/2018- books are love– Review
6/20/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings– Excerpt
6/21/2018- Blushing Bibliophile– Review
6/21/2018- Two Chicks on Books– Interview
6/22/2018- Bookroomreviews– Guest Post
6/22/2018- Tales of the Ravenous Reader– Guest Post
I hope you enjoyed!

Blog Tour: Dive Smack by Demetra Brodsky


Hello Readers!

Today I have a thrilling (pun intended) book tour for you!



Dive Smack
by Demetra Brodsky
Publisher: TorTeen
Release Date: June 19, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Theo Mackey only remembers one thing for certain about the fire that destroyed his
home: he lit the match.
Sure, it was an accident. But the blaze killed his mom and set his dad on a path to
self-destruction. Everything else about that fateful night is full of gaping holes in
Theo’s mind, for good reason. Maybe it’s better that way. As captain of the Ellis Hol-
low Diving Team, with straight A’s and solid friends, he’s only one semester away
from securing a scholarship, and leaving his past behind.
But when a family history project gets assigned at school, new memories come rush-
ing to the surface, memories that make him question what he really knows about his
family, the night of the fire, and if he can trust anyone—including himself.
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Demetra Brodsky is an award-winning graphic designer & art director turned writer.
She has a B.F.A from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and lives in
Southern California with her family of four and two lovable rescue dogs. Dive Smack,
her debut novel, is dedicated to Pumpkin, the monarch butterfly she once saved from
the brink of death. Once you read the book, you’ll understand why. She is a first gen-
eration Greek-American and a member of International Thriller Writers. Dive Smack
is a 2018 Junior Library Guild Selection.

Review: This one was a doozy!

Although the beginning was slow it really picked up from the middle on, there was a whole bunch of lies and secrets and plots which kept me turning the pages so I could get to the bottom of the mystery. The profanity was a bit too much for me and I can’t say I liked the romance (I’m more plot driven) but the story made up for it.

Theo’s abilities were interesting and added a cool paranormal twist to the story. I ended up liking Theo’s character, and the supporting characters had depth which added to the book’s entertainment for me. My favorite characters would be Belly, Theo, and GP. (in that order) I also liked that the author explained the different dives and scores and on the chapter headers there are diving terms which helped me understand the sport more.

I didn’t see the ending coming AT ALL and this book was just so crazy but I ended up really liking it.

Rating: 4 Stars!

(I was between 3.5 and 4)

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Book Review: The Crowns Of Croswald by D.E. Night

Hello Book Nerds!

Today I’ll be reviewing The Crowns Of Croswald by D.E. Night


Title: The Crowns Of Croswald

Author: D.E. Night

Publisher: Stories Untold Press

Synopsis: In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret…

For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic––and her life––is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.

Review: I loved the whimsical vibe from the book and the dinkuses were adorable!

Ivy was really likeable and I loved her relationship with Humboldt. (you can’t get any better than a tiny dragon folks!) While it took about 60 pages or so to really get into it I found I couldn’t put it down once it got really good, there’s such a magical feel to the writing and story and I loved it.

The magic school setting was my favorite part about the book and the scrivenist concepts were intriguing. I loved the plot and the characters were mostly likeable, the ending was wrapped up nicely and I can’t wait for the second book.

I think this was a wonderful middle grade debut and I highly recommend it!

Rating: 5 Stars!

Recommendation: For fans of magic schools and little dragons ages 8 and up

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I hope you enjoyed this review and have a nice day!





Blog Tour: Golden Skies by Juan Zapata

Author: Juan Zapata
Pub. Date: June 12, 2018
Publisher: Owl Hollow Press
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 320
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon
A man-god and his army of religious zealots swarmed the South nine years ago. As a child, Malik watched severed heads falling, blood spurting onto concrete, and his dear grandfather run through by a black sword.

But there’s peace…somewhere. At least that’s what Malik tells himself as his body is ripped apart by whips at a religious conversion camp. That’s what his best friend whispers as he frantically creates new force jetpacks to rescue Malik.

Yet when war bursts through the skies, and the sky troopers, assassins, and heroes fall—when the world comes crashing down—Malik Zzoha stands strong amidst the sands, infidel of the state number one.

Golden Skies is the first book in the The New Order trilogy.
*Author pic to come*
About Juan:
​I’m a presidential scholar, residential assistant, and senior at Alabama Agricultural & Mechanical University. I endeavor to become a police officer and join a federal agency in the future.
​When I’m not writing I like to play For Honor and pretend I’m a knight, laughing with happiness at my victories and then almost having aneurisms when defeated. Challenge me to a duel anytime 😀
Giveaway Details:
1 winner will receive a finished copy of GOLDEN SKIES, US Only.
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Tour Schedule:
Week One:
6/11/2018- Mythical Books– Guest Post
6/12/2018- Kati’s Bookaholic Rambling Reviews– Excerpt
6/13/2018- RhythmicBooktrovert– Spotlight
6/14/2018- BookHounds– Interview
6/15/2018- FUONLYKNEW– Spotlight
Week Two:
6/18/2018- Book-o-Craze– Excerpt
6/19/2018- Two Chicks on Books– Interview
6/20/2018- Parajunkee– Excerpt
6/21/2018- Sincerely Karen Jo– Excerpt
6/22/2018- Jaime’s World– Spotlight


Nerd Blast: Surface Tension by Mike Mullin

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Hello Readers!

Today I have a nerd blast for you!

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After witnessing an act of domestic terrorism while training on his bike, Jake is found near death, with a serious head injury and unable to remember the plane crash or the aftermath that landed him in the hospital.

A terrorist leader’s teenage daughter, Betsy, is sent to kill Jake and eliminate him as a possible witness. When Jake’s mother blames his head injury for his tales of attempted murder, he has to rely on his girlfriend, Laurissa, to help him escape the killers and the law enforcement agents convinced that Jake himself had a role in the crash.

Mike Mullin, author of the Ashfall series, delivers a gripping story with memorable characters and all-too-real scenarios.



Mullin’s premise is riveting and timely . . . a strong action story that touches lightly on topics of grave complexity. ―Publishers Weekly

[A] popcorn action flick. ―Kirkus Reviews

[A] fast-paced thriller. . . there is something of Hitchcock in the narrative, with a blend between The Man Who Knew Too Much, North by Northwest, and Rear Window, and the story…is gripping and frightening. ―VOYA

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Mike Mullin’s first job was scraping the gum off the undersides of desks at his high school. From there, things went steadily downhill. He almost got fired by the owner of a bookstore due to his poor taste in earrings. He worked at a place that showed slides of poopy diapers during lunch (it did cut down on the cafeteria budget). The hazing process at the next company included eating live termites raised by the resident entomologist, so that didn’t last long either. For a while Mike juggled bottles at a wine shop, sometimes to disastrous effect. Oh, and then there was the job where swarms of wasps occasionally tried to chase him off ladders. So he’s really glad this writing thing seems to be working out.

Mike holds a black belt in Songahm Taekwondo. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and her three cats. His debut novel, Ashfall, was named one of the top five young adult novels of 2011 by National Public Radio, a Best Teen Book of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews, and a New Voices selection by the American Booksellers Association. He is represented by Kate Testerman of kt literary.


TWITTER:  @Mike_Mullin

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– 3 Winners will receive a Copy of SURFACE TENSION by Mike Mullin.

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Spotlight: Royal Thief by Laura Kehoe

Hello Readers!

Today I have an exciting book spotlight for you!

I mean look at the cover y’all I’m drooling!

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War rages in Alwyn. A group of rebel fighters, who call themselves the Resistance, fight tirelessly against their cruel, bloodthirsty king. With their lives and the very future of Alwyn in the balance, neither side is willing to surrender without a fight.

As far as Amara is concerned, King Osric and the Resistance can continue fighting one another until they both drop dead, as long as they keep her out of it. Unfortunately, a miscalculation lands her right in the middle of the bloody, dangerous battle for the throne. All she wants to do is get out of this in one piece. But every decision she makes pushes her further into the war. One way or another, she will have to choose a side.

Amara is willing to sell her services to the highest bidder, but she quickly realizes every decision she makes comes at a high cost. How far is she willing to go to keep her pockets full?

P.S. Miss Kehoe is getting ready to publish the sequel in July!

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Laura is a fantasy author, currently living in Washington State. She is thrilled to share her debut novel, Royal Thief, with the world. If you enjoy Royal Thief, please check out her website,, where you can find more information about this and other upcoming books.

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Cover Reveal: Birth Of Chaos by Elise Kova and Lynn Larsh

Hello Readers!

Today I have a quick cover reveal for you!

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Title: Birth of Chaos (Wish Quartet, #3)

Publication Date: June 28, 2018

Author: Elise Kova

Publisher: Silver Wing Press

Genre(s): New-Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance



A new wish is pushing the weary members of the Society to their breaking points. But as Jo’s complex relationship with their leader reveals dangerous truths about who she truly is, and was, her priorities quickly change. Now, she seeks to expose the enemy lurking in their midst, but it may already be too late to thwart an ancient goddess bent on stealing Jo’s power and destroying everything she loves.

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(NOTE: The book is FREE to Kindle Unlimited subscribers. Readers who don’t have a Kindle can send proof of purchase from Amazon to to get a “read anywhere” link when the book is out.)

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Elise Kova is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air Awakens series, Loom Saga, and Wish Quartet.

In her past lives, she has graduated from an MBA program, lived in Japan for a bit, and worked for a Fortune 500 technology company. However, she finds herself much happier in her current reincarnation as full-time author. When not writing, she can usually be found playing video games, drawing, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She’s happy to call Saint Petersburg, Florida, her home, but is always looking forward to her next trip.



Lynn Larsh considers herself to be a serial hobby-dabbler. She got a bachelors degree in music (which she used for all of four months), studied aerial acrobatics and classical piano for many years, worked briefly as a stunt woman in a Wild West stunt show (it’s a long story), and eventually settled down into the bar tending business in St. Petersberg, FL. When she’s not acting as a purveyor of fine libations, you can find her diving head first into her newest venture as a New Adult author, or simply writing Voltron fan fiction on Archive of Our Own.


I hope you enjoyed!