Five Reasons Why You Should Read The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

Hello My Pretties and happy 1st day of August!

Today I’m shaking things up and bringing you 5 reasons why you should read one of my top favorite books I read this summer.

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The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

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Hardcover, 500 pages

Published July 18th 2017 by Simon Pulse

 

5 Reasons To Read “The Last Magician” By Lisa Maxwell
1. A BEAUTIFUL cover
I mean, look at it…
2. An awesome cast of characters (Dolph, Esta, and Jianyu are my favorites)
3. A unique magic system (take the quiz at thelastmagician.com to find out yours!)
4. Mystery, heists, and betrayals! The plot is epic!
5. Fantastic Quotes (the one shown below is my favorite)
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There they are! I hope you check it out!
Have a nice day!
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Nerd Blast: Emma In The Night by Wendy Walker

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Emma in the Night
 
SYNOPSIS
 

From the bestselling author of All Is Not Forgotten comes a thriller about two missing sisters, a twisted family, and what happens when one girl comes back…

One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.

 
Praise for EMMA IN THE  NIGHT

“Twisty…a thriller that keeps readers guessing.” —The New York Times

“In this searing psychological thriller…Walker’s portrayal of the ways in which a narcissistic, self-involved mother can affect her children deepens the plot as it builds to a shocking finale.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“A tense thriller explores the bond between sisters and family dynamics that give new meaning to the term ‘dysfunctional’…This thriller aims right for the heart and never lets go.” —Kirkus, Starred Review

“Both twisted and twisty, this smart psychological thriller sets a new standard for unreliable narrators.” —Booklist, Starred Review


Wendy Walker
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Wendy Walker is a former family law attorney in Fairfield County, Connecticut who began writing while at home raising her three sons. She published two novels with St. Martin’s Press and edited multiple compilations for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series before writing her debut psychological thriller, All is Not Forgotten. Her second thriller, Emma In The Night, will be released August 8, 2017.

Wendy earned her J. D., magna cum laude, at the Georgetown University Law Center where she was awarded the American Jurisprudence award for her performance in Contracts and Advanced Criminal Procedure. She received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Brown University and attended The London School of Economics and Political Science as part of her undergraduate studies.

Prior to her legal career, Wendy was a financial analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co., in the mergers and acquisitions group. She has also volunteered at the ACLU, Connecticut Legal Services and Figure Skating in Harlem where she served on the Board of Directors for over twelve years.

Wendy is currently writing her third thriller while managing a busy household.

 
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– 2 Winners will receive a Signed Copy of EMMA IN THE NIGHT by Wendy Walker.

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ENDS: AUGUST 24, 2018

Step Into Magic Release Week Blitz

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I am so excited that STEP INTO MAGIC by Day Leitao is available now and that I get to share the news!

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

This blitz also includes a giveaway for 2 paperbacks of Day’s books, courtesy ofDay and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in theKingSumo at the bottom of this post.

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About the Book:

Title: STEP INTO MAGIC

Author: Day Leitao

Pub. Date: July 30, 2018

Publisher: Day Leitao

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 278

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

Not special. Not chosen. But she’s got magical shoes.


14-year old Karina doesn’t know what she wants, but knows what she’s found—fascinating silver shoes. Fascinating, dangerous, and potentially evil. On the upside, they do bring cool visitors. When a princess invites her to go to Whyland, of course she accepts. There’s that little “let’s destroy the shoes” detail she’s not crazy about, but hey, free trip. Alternate world. Got it?

Perhaps not. Whyland is nothing like she expected. Karina finds herself stuck in a kingdom she doesn’t understand, with no clue on who to trust. Before saving anyone, she’d better save herself—if she figures out how.

For 16-year-old Cayla, destroying the shoes is her much-wanted chance to prove her worth to her father, the king, and gain freedom. It might also be her chance to see Darian after more than one year apart. Does he still like her? Did he ever? But these are not the only questions she finds an answer for. Soon she realizes that all her learning and fighting skills are no match for the truths she’s about to face.

Step into Magic is a fun YA fantasy adventure. If you like books with friendships between girls, subtle romance, and some mystery, get Step into Magic now.

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About Day:

Day was born in Brazil and has always loved to write stories. She has a Master’s in English Literature and lives in Montreal, Canada, with her son.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will win 2 paperbacks of Day’s books

The giveaway will be open until August 20th at 12:00 a.m. Eastern.

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What I’m Reading Wednesday

Hello Readers!

Today I have a quick reading update for you.

1. Isle Of Blood And Stone by Makiia Lucier

Synopsis: Ulises asked, “How can I look at these maps, see this riddle, and do nothing? They are my brothers.”

Elias reached across the table and flicked aside two shells with a fingertip. The map curled into itself. “It’s bound to be a goose chase. You know that?”

“Or a treasure hunt,” Ulises countered, “and you’ve always been good at those.”

Nineteen-year-old Elias is a royal explorer, a skilled mapmaker, and the new king of del Mar’s oldest friend. Soon he will embark on the adventure of a lifetime, an expedition past the Strait of Cain and into uncharted waters. Nothing stands in his way…until a long-ago tragedy creeps back into the light, threatening all he holds dear.

The people of St. John del Mar have never recovered from the loss of their boy princes, kidnapped eighteen years ago, both presumed dead. But when two maps surface, each bearing the same hidden riddle, troubling questions arise. What really happened to the young heirs? And why do the maps appear to be drawn by Lord Antoni, Elias’s father, who vanished on that same fateful day? With the king’s beautiful cousin by his side—whether he wants her there or not—Elias will race to solve the riddle of the princes. He will have to use his wits and guard his back. Because some truths are better left buried…and an unknown enemy stalks his every turn.

2. The Cobalt Prince by Mark Seigel

Synopsis: 5 Worlds. 3 Unlikely Heroes. 1 Epic Battle for the Galaxy!

Oona Lee surprised everyone–including herself–when she lit the first beacon to save the Five Worlds from extinction. Can she light the other four beacons in time? Next stop, Toki! On the blue planet, Oona must face the sister who left her and bring to light the Cobalt Prince’s dark secrets. Meanwhile, An Tzu is fading away as his mysterious illness gets worse. Will it stop him from joining the fight? Or will his unique magic be just what the team needs? And Jax Amboy is a hero on the starball field, but in a moment of real danger, will he risk everything to save his friends?

Oona must rely on some surprising new allies in order to stop a terrible plot from unfolding and continue her quest across the 5 WORLDS!

3. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

Synopsis: Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship traveling to a new planet, on a mission to establish a second home for humanity amongst the stars. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J.

Their only communication with each other is via email – and due to the distance between them, their messages take months to transmit across space. And yet Romy finds herself falling in love.

But what does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean?

Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone . . .

Well, that’s it for today folks!

 

 

Cover Reveal: The Mer Queen’s Daughter by Melanie McFarlane

Hello Readers!

Today I’m revealing the cover for The Mer Queen’s Daughter by Melanie McFarlane and it is gorgeous!

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preorder link: https://www.amazon.com/Mer-Queens-Daughter-Descendants-Book-ebook/dp/B07FLH6JYK

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From her home in the land of living skies, Melanie McFarlane writes dark stories from the past, present, and future to show the human spirit can persevere even in the darkest of times. Connect with Melanie at www.melaniemcfarlane.com for free short stories and swag. t
From her home in the land of living skies, Melanie McFarlane writes dark stories from the past, present, and future to show the human spirit can persevere even in the darkest of times. Connect with Melanie at www.melaniemcfarlane.com for free short stories and swag.

Melanie McFarlane
YA author of dark stories from the past, present, and future.
Urban Fantasy | Dystopian | Paranormal | Thriller

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THE MER QUEEN’S DAUGHTER

Melanie McFarlane

CHAPTER ONE SAMPLER

Seth Reid held his breath as he watched his friend Matt disappear into the deep, dark water. They were only at the small town’s public pool, but just the thought of not being able to touch the bottom of the deep end made Seth queasy. Holding his breath, Seth counted—one…two…three… By the time he got to ten Seth’s brain flooded with panic. What if Matt never emerged? What if he needed help?

Seth scrambled to stand, searching the opposite edge of the pool for the lifeguard. But before he could get to his feet, Matt finally burst through the surface right in front of him.

“Gotcha!” Matt said, bursting into laughter as he splashed Seth. Seth quickly exhaled as he blocked himself from the onslaught. “Come on; get in the pool with me.”

Seth shook his head, grabbing at a triangular amulet that he wore around his neck. He never took off that necklace. Ever. It carried a special talisman he’d been given in the winter and it was more important than anything else he owned.

Matt began an explanation of why Seth should attempt a triple back dive into the town’s pool. Everyone who was close to him knew that Seth had a long time fear of the deep end of the pool. But Matt had only known Seth for a few weeks, shortly after Seth moved here from the city with his family. They’d moved here after the school year ended, to be closer to his Grandpa Reid. Though they still hadn’t found their own place, Grandpa Reid didn’t seem to mind having company at the farm.

But before Matt finished, he stopped talking as his attention focused on something behind Seth. Seth dropped his talisman the moment he saw what had grabbed Matt’s attention—a tall figure wearing a dark hoodie had appeared at patio chairs behind them.Seth watched as a pale hand appeared from within one of the long sleeves, as the owner reached up and removed the hood. Long white-blonde hair appeared, spilling over the dark hoodie and hiding its owner’s face. Seth straightened himself up at the edge of the pool, suddenly conscious of his hunched posture.

“Stare much?” Matt said, splashing water at Seth as he pushed himself backward in the water and floated away.

Seth rubbed his arm absentmindedlyand forgot about the girl for a momentas his arm began to itch around its darkened scar. That scar reminded him of an adventure he’d had last December, one that seemed so far away he wondered if it had all been a dream.

An icy voice, with a hint of a northern accent, broke Seth’s train of thought.“Cool tatt.”

Seth looked up and saw the pale girl standing next to him. Her hoodie was gone, and she was wearing a deep blue swimsuit that contrasted her flawless pale skin. Her dark blue eyes, outline by dark and full lashes, bore into his. A smile broke apart her round lips, revealing perfectly-lined teeth.

Seth covered his scar with the palm of his hand and mumbled, “Thanks.” He looked away and saw Matt giving him a thumbs-up from across the pool. Seth’scheeks began to burn.

The girl slid into the water next to Seth, dunking herself below the surface. Seth leaned forward, watching as her white hair drifted above her head like a halo.The locks of hair mesmerized Seth, making his heartbeat faster until that was all he could hear. There was something about the girl—something so familiar, yet so foreign. He was drawn to her, unable to tear away his gaze, his heartbeat getting louder and louder—

She broke the surface, her hair whisking away from her face as beads of water shone from her skin. Grabbing the edge of the pool next to him, she introduced herself. “My name is Osma.”

His mouth dropped open and he looked around, but no one was near. Why was she talking to him?

“Do you have a name?” she asked.

He nodded, snapping his mouth shut so he could form a word. “Seth. That’s my name.” Ohmygod, he thought. I sound like a dork.

“It’s nice to meet you, Seth.” Osma lifted her hand from the water and reached toward him. But before he could reach out to shake her hand, Seth felt two hands push him from behind.

“Sink or swim!” Matt called from behind him, as Seth fell into the water. He scrambled to stay above the surface, not caring that Osma would see he couldn’t swim. Gasping for air, Seth reached for the edge of the pool and pulled himself back to safety.

“You jerk,” he yelled at Matt, as he choked out the gulp of chlorinated water he’d swallowed.

“Wow,” Matt said, looking sheepish. “You really can’t swim. Sorry, dude. I thought you were just pulling my leg.”

“I don’t joke around,” Seth grumbled, pulling himself out of the pool. Once out, he looked over his shoulder for Osma, but she wasn’t in the water.

“Looks like she doesn’t joke around either,” Matt said, hitting Seth in the arm and pointing to the gate. Osma tossed a towel on a nearby chair, grabbed her hoodie, and slipped through the gate.

***

Seth and his siblings, Marin and Jared lounged in their Grandpa’s basement on old sturdy furniture upholstered with scenes of nature and wildlife. His siblings were two years older and twins, though they had little in common. Jared loved to submerse himself in books, while Marin loved to act like she was in charge. But one thing Seth had learned since last winter was that he needed them both.

“How was everyone’s day?” Marin asked.

“Still uneventful,” Jared said matter-of-factly from his perch on the old sofa where he was reading a thick book about dragons.

“Nothing will ever beat last year!” she said. “The Four Worlds of Life, the Crystals, and all the people we met!”

“You mean Emery,” Seth teased.

“I mean everyone,” Marin said, her face flushing bright red.

Back to the Crossroads–would that ever happen? Last year, during winter break, Seth had snuck outside onto the roof of the little shed they had out back. He liked to go there and watch for failing stars, something he used to do with hisdad. While Seth was outside, hundreds of stars had fallen from the sky at once. He’d hurried back into his bedroom and found Belvedere, a quirky shapeshifter, who’d sought his help to save another world.

But now there was Osma, the new girl. Maybe he could get to know her and forget all about the Crossroads.

“Who’s ready for crokinole?” Grandpa Reid called from the top of the basement stairs. “I hope you’ve brought some competition with you this year.”

“I’m in!” Seth said, jumping over the back of the sofa and sliding into a seat at the games table. Grandpa Reid was a farmer who loved to carve wood on the side. The basement shelves were lined with not only his wooden creations, but also game boards and pieces. Seth had been playing crokinole every summer since as long as he could remember.

“Why don’t you ever play with this awesome checkers board?” Marin asked, running her hand along the board’s bi-colored surface. Seth had been present when his grandpa made that board—he’d even been allowed to pull the vice tight to hold each wooden piece together when it was assembled.

“Because crokinole is where it’s at,” Seth said. “It takes more than just brains.”

Grandpa Reid nodded. “That’s right. You have to have physical dexterity as well.”

“Well, I’m going to go get Mom and practice driving one last time before my exam tomorrow,” Marin said, climbing the basement stairs. “Wish me luck.”

Once the basement door had closed, Jared grunted. “She needs more than luck. The other day she swerved into the wrong lane!”

Grandpa Reid chuckled as he shot a crokinole disc onto the board. “Give her time. We’re all terrible drivers in the beginning.”

“Not like he’d know,” Seth said to his grandpa. “Jared has no interest in learning how to drive.” Seth shot a disc, knocking his grandpa’s piece off the board.

“It’s not that I won’t learn one day,” Jared said, rolling his eyes. “What’s the point of learning now when I can just get Marin to drive me around like my own personal chauffeur?”

“You can’t just let the women in your life do everything for you,” Grandpa Reid said.

“Marin is not a woman.” Jared gagged.

The mention of women made Seth think of Osma again. Was she the same age as him, or close to Marin and Jared’s age? She was taller than Seth, but he was overdue for a growth spurt, having ended grade eight as the shortest boy in his class.

“Boreas to Seth,” Jared joked.

“Boreas?” Grandpa Reid asked.

Jared ignored Grandpa Reid’s question.“Weren’t you listening to a word I said?”

“Oh, sorry,” Seth said, focusing back on his crokinole discs.

Jared set his book down on the back of the sofa. “What’s gotten you?”

“No one,” Seth said.

Jared’s mouth dropped open. “No one?”He shifted himself on the sofa, so that he was facing Seth and Grandpa Reid. “What do you mean no one? Who did you meet? Is it a girl?”

The crokinole discs suddenly felt warm in Seth’s sweaty palms. “There was just this new girl at the pool.”

“A girl?” Grandpa Reid asked.

“Yes.” Seth nodded. “A girl. But it’s not what you think. It’s not like I’ve met her before, but it’s as if I know her somehow. Does that make sense? There’s this—”

“Attraction?” Jared offered.

“No!” Seth narrowed his eyes at this brother. “It’s not that. I mean yeah she is pretty and all—”

“Ah-ha!” Grandpa Reid called out loud. His last shot had ricocheted off two of Seth’s pieces, knocking them out of the high score area and putting his own in the center. “I win!”

“That’s not fair!” Seth banged his fist on the table. “I wasn’t paying attention.” The table vibrated and Grandpa Reid raised a brow.

“Calm down, Seth,” Jared warned. “You know you have to watch your temper.”

“Well maybe if you weren’t being stupid and bugging me about girls,” Seth shot back.

“Hey now.” Grandpa Reid stood from the table. “We don’t call each other stupid in this house. Maybe that’s enough crokinole for tonight.”

“I’m sorry,” Seth grumbled.

Jared was right; he did need to calm down. He’d been losing his temper a lot since his dad died a year and a half ago. But now, whenever his temper got out of control things happened. It had started in the four worlds and had slowly gotten worse over the last year.

“Let’s go for a walk,” Grandpa Reid said. “That always helps me.”

Outside the farmhouse, the yard consisted of an old barn, Quonset, and some grain bins. Beyond the home quarter, the land inclined as it ran into the foothills. On the opposite side it stretched out flat and far, in the direction of town.

“Are those grain bins full?” Seth asked.

“No son. I took a break from farming when we lost your dad. Last year I rented out the land to a neighbor and did the same this year. I guess you could call it semi-retirement. Before you four came, it was just me and my cows.”

Grandpa Reid stopped in front of the barn, and rested against the wooden fence that acted as a corral for the cows. Seth did the same and focused on the cows. A few were lying down, while others stood there, staring back at him. At the opposite end of the corral, a brown cow rubbed its side against the fence.

Grandpa Reid cleared his throat. “I know it’s been hard for you without your dad.”

A knot formed in Seth’s throat as he tried to swallow. His palms began to sweat again, so he let go of the fence and fidgeted with his talisman.

“I should have been there for you more over the last year,” Grandpa continued. “Your mom told me you had some problems at school, and, well—what I’m trying to say is—I’m sorry.”

“That’s fine,” Seth mumbled.

Grandpa cleared his throat again. “So that temper of yours, well, I want you to know that I was just like you when I was a kid.”

Seth lifted his eyebrows. “You were?”

Grandpa Reid nodded. “Sure was. It tookall my momma’s energy, to get me to calm down sometimes. Finally she just started kicking me out of the house, and told me not to come back until I had cooled.” A chuckle escaped his lips, thatmade his shoulders shake. “I found so much freedom and lots to do outside of that little farmhouse that I eventually made it a habit of exploring this land every day.”

“You grew up here?”

“Sure did. And I want you to know that you can explore around here any time you need to.”

Before Seth could reply, a loud whompcame from the other side of the corral. There, the cow who’d been scratching its back on the fence, had knocked a section loose.

“Betsy!” Grandpa yelled as he ducked through the boards of the fence. “Just wait here, Seth.”

Seth noticed Betsy was starting to slowly make her way out of the pen through the new opening. “I’ll go round the other side,” Seth called out, as he started to run around the other side of the barn.

“No, don’t worry,” Grandpa Reid called after him. “I’ve got it.”

Seth ignored his Grandpa and ran around the barn. The least he could do was help herd Betsy back into the pen. As he rounded the barn, he found a small graveyard of old farm machinery, where weeds and dust had climbed up over the wheels as if they were reclaiming each piece as part of the land.

But there, in the center, was a blackened tractor. The windshield was missing, having blown out a year and half ago. The frame sat like a broken skeleton of what it once was, charred by the fire that had taken Seth’s father’s life.

Grandpa Reid appeared on the other side of the barn. He looked from Seth, to the tractor, and back again. “I’m sorry, I didn’t want you to see this. I was going to have it hauled to a salvage yard before you all got here, but then I got busy with calving and forgot about it.”

Seth slowly walked towards the tractor. “Sometimes I forget about it,” Seth said, unable to tear his eyes away from the broken machinery. “Sometimes I think it was all a dream.”

“I know, son.” Grandpa Reid said coming up to him. He put his hand on Seth’s shoulder and nodded. “I do too.”

“But then I wake up,” Seth said. “There’s no pretending in real life.”

“Let’s call the scrap yard this weekend.” Grandpa Reid squeezed his shoulder. “We’ll get this hauled away and start fresh. Sound good?”

Seth nodded. He wasn’t thinking of the tractor any longer. He was thinking of the Four Worlds. He knew that’s where his father’s killer was, locked up in a dungeon in the Lake of Lost Souls. He only wished he could tell Grandpa Reid that his dad’s death wasn’t an accident.

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Blog Tour: Arrowheart by Rebecca Sky

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Hello Book Nerds!

Today I have a lovely book tour for ya and at the end a giveaway!

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About the Book:

Title: ARROWHEART

Author: Rebecca Sky

Pub. Date: June 14, 2018

Publisher: Hodder

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 384

Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, TBD

Kiss the boys and make them cry…


The gods are gone. 

The people have forgotten them. 

But sixteen-year-old Rachel Patel can’t forget – the gods control her life, or more specifically, her love life.


Being a Hedoness, one of a strong group of women descended from Greek God Eros, makes true love impossible for Rachel. She wields the power of that magical golden arrow, and with it, the promise to take the will of any boy she kisses. But the last thing Rachel wants is to force someone to love her . . .


When seventeen-year-old Benjamin Blake’s disappearance links back to theHedonesses, Rachel’s world collides with his, and her biggest fear becomes a terrifying reality. She’s falling for him – a messy, magnetic, arrow-over-feet type of fall.


Rachel distances herself, struggling to resist the growing attraction, but when he gives up his dream to help her evade arrest, distance becomes an insurmountable task. With the police hot on their trail, Rachel soon realizes there are darker forces hunting them – a group of mortals recruited by the gods who will stop at nothing to preserve the power of the Hedonesses – not to mention Eros himself, who is desperate to reverse the curse . . .


Rachel must learn to do what noHedoness has done before – to resist her gift – or she’ll turn the person she’s grown to love into a shadow of himself … for ever.

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About Rebecca:

After graduating high-school, Rebecca Sky set out on a five-year, 24 Country exploration to find herself. She slept in a hammock in the Amazon Jungle, skinny-dipped off the West African Coast, atebalut and climbed the chocolate hills in the Philippines, and fell in love in Cuba (then again in Brazil, and a final time to a Rocker from Canada). Rebeccareturned home to the West Coast captivated by the world and ready for another adventure.

So she did what every wanderer does when standing still—began writing. Her work has since garnered over 20 million reads on Wattpad, and she’s had the opportunity to partner with some really great brands. She was featured in The New York Times and The Boston Globe, (check out those articles here). Her debut Arrowheart, book one in THE LOVE CURSE series is published by Hodder Children’s Books a division of Hachette Book Group.

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*Review to come*

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Giveaway Details:

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

7/16/2018-  HYPERLINK “http://www.bookhoundsya.net/&#8221; \t “_blank” BookHounds YA- Interview

7/16/2018- Writer of Wrongs- Excerpt

 

7/17/2018-  HYPERLINK “http://coffeecocktailsandbooks.com/&#8221; \t “_blank” CoffeeCocktailsandBooksBlog- Review

7/17/2018- For the Love of KidLit- Guest Post

 

7/18/2018- Do You Dog-ear?- Review

7/18/2018- Fall Into Books- Excerpt

 

7/19/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings- Review

7/19/2018- The Cover Contessa- Interview

 

7/20/2018- Wonder Struck- Review

7/20/2018- The Cozy Reading Corner- Guest Post

 

Week Two:

7/23/2018- Lauren is Reading- Review

7/23/2018-  HYPERLINK “https://rhythmicbooknerd.wordpress.com/&#8221; \t “_blank” Rhythmicbooktrovert- Review

 

7/24/2018- Nerdophiles- Review

7/24/2018- Christen Krumm- Interview

 

7/25/2018- The Heart of a Book Blogger- Review

7/25/2018- Book-o-Craze- Review

 

7/26/2018- Snark & Squee- Review

7/26/2018- To Be Read- Review

 

7/27/2018- Belle’s Book Blog- Review

7/27/2018- Daily Waffle- Excerpt

 

Week Three:

7/30/2018- Buttons Book Reviews- Review

7/30/2018- The Reading Corner for All- Interview

 

7/31/2018- Adventures in Literature- Review

7/31/2018- Confessions of a YA Reader- Excerpt

 

8/1/2018- The Desert Bibliophile- Review

8/1/2018- Book Dragon Lair- Review

 

8/2/2018- Sincerely Karen Jo- Review

8/2/2018- Don’t Judge, Read- Review

 

8/3/2018- Two points of interest- Review

8/3/2018- Eating Between The Lines- Review

Blog Tour: Scream All Night by Derek Milman

 

SCREAM ALL NIGHTHello Readers!

Today I have an excerpt and a giveaway for you!

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About the Book:

Title: SCREAM ALL NIGHT

Author: Derek Milman

Pub. Date: July 24, 2018

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 400

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonAudibleB&NiBooksTBD

A darkly hilarious contemporary realistic young adult novel about growing up and finding your place in the world, perfect for fans of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and Running With Scissors.


Dario Heyward knows one thing: He’s never going back to Moldavia Studios, the iconic castle that served as the set, studio, and home to the cast and crew of dozens of cult classic B-horror movies. It’s been three years since Dario’s even seen the place, after getting legally emancipated from his father, the infamous director of Moldavia’s creature features.


But then Dario’s brother invites him home to a mysterious ceremony involving his father and a tribute to his first film—The Curse of the Mummy’s Tongue. Dario swears his homecoming will be a one-time visit. A way for him to get closure on his past—and reunite with Hayley, his first love and costar of Zombie Children of the Harvest Sun, a production fraught with real-life tragedy—and say good-bye for good. But the unthinkable happens—Dario gets sucked back into the twisted world of Moldavia and the horrors, both real and imagined, he’s left there.


With only months to rescue the sinking studio and everyone who has built their lives there, Dario must confront the demons of his past—and the uncertainties of his future. But can he escape the place that’s haunted him his whole life?

 

Derek

About Derek:

Derek Milman was born in New York City, but grew up in Westchester, NY, where he wrote and published a successful underground humor magazine that caught the attention of the New York Times, who wrote a profile on him at the age of 14.

Derek studied English, Creative Writing, and Theater at Northwestern University. He began his career as a playwright (his first play was staged in New York City when he was just out of college), andearned an MFA in acting at the Yale School of Drama.

Derek has performed on stages across the country, and appeared in numerous TV shows and films, working with two Academy Award winning film directors.

Scream All Night is Derek’s debut YA novel. He currently lives in Brooklyn where he is hard at work on his next book.

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Excerpt

Chapter 1: Return to Moldavia

Slightly before dinner, Keenan House, the group home where I live, gets a call that my homosexual exorcism is scheduled to take place next Thursday at four.

“But I’m not homosexual. And I’m not possessed,” I say to Len, my counselor.

“You sure?” says Len. He cracks open a PBR and takes a long, gurgling sip.

“Bet you’re both,” says my roommate, Jude, lacing up his boxing gloves.

“Actually,” says Len, belching, softly punching his gut, “I think it’s your brother calling.”

Oren. Of course.

Late-afternoon sunlight smears across the cinder-block walls through broken, yellowed blinds. I throw down my graphic novel, which I was actually half enjoying, and roll out of my sagging lower bunk with a groan. I walk down the hall and grab the phone.

“Why are you calling me?”

“’Cause I know you have lots of homo demons inside you,” says Oren, stifling one of his loud, chirpy laughs. “And I thought maybe it was time for a devil cleanse.”

“Uh-huh.” I hear projected voices in the background—like announcements on a PA or something. “Where are you?”

“Hospital.”

“What?”

“We’re burying Dad next week. Funeral is Thursday.”

“Dad died?”

“No, no.”

My dad has been slowly dying for forty years. Emphysema, hairy cell leukemia, diabetes, arthritis; it’s like he just went shopping one day for chronic diseases and never made any returns. More recently, he’s been sliding into dementia.

Thing is, this might really be it. The doctors are pretty sure. “He has two weeks max,” says Oren.

“Sh**.” I bite my thumbnail—an old nervous habit instantaneously reborn. I’m suddenly terrified that my family, who I was legally emancipated from three years ago, might be planning something deeply, morbidly insane. But it’s not as bad as all that.

Just a live funeral.

“A what?” The phone slips out of my hands. I juggle it back to my ear.

“Dad’s final wish was to be buried alive,” says Oren.

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Tour Schedule:
Week One:
7/16/2018- Sweet Southern Home– Excerpt
7/16/2018- YA Books Central– Interview
7/17/2018- BookHounds YA– Guest Post
7/17/2018- Always Me– Excerpt
7/18/2018- A Dream Within A Dream– Review
7/18/2018- Wonder Struck– Review
7/19/2018- Confessions of a YA Reader– Review
7/19/2018- Moonlight Rendezvous– Review
7/20/2018- Kat’s Books– Review
7/20/2018- Rhythmicbooktrovert– Review
Week Two:
7/23/2018- The Clever Reader– Review
7/23/2018- Smada’s Book Smack– Review
7/24/2018- Lisa Loves Literature– Interview
7/24/2018- THE BOOK NUT– Review
7/25/2018- A Gingerly Review– Review
7/25/2018- Two Chicks on Books– Excerpt
7/26/2018- Daily Waffle– Interview
7/26/2018- Don’t Judge, Read– Interview
7/27/2018- Two Points of Interest– Spotlight
7/27/2018- Book-Keeping– Review

 

What I’m Reading Wednesday

Hello Readers!

It’s time for WIRW which is a quick update on what I’m reading for this week. So without further ado let’s begin!

1. Prodigy Prince by Natasha Sapienza

Synopsis: At seventeen, all Prince Nuelle had ever known was safety and peace while living in the Supreme Palace of Zephoris. But one night, his older brother, Tane, defies their father by traveling to a cursed land. Now Nuelle holds the signet-ring and carries more responsibility than even Tane bore. Thrust from the palace and sent to a knight-building academy, Nuelle must discover his purpose for the entire kingdom’s sake. From his place of banishment, Prince Antikai has been exacting revenge through fear and rebellions. Nuelle has the potential to defeat him, but he needs the help of a powerful book called the Acumen and six gifted youths. Summoned by Antikai, shape-shifting beasts and other enemies hunt Nuelle and the Acumen. If either is destroyed, the faithful citizens in Zephoris will perish, and darkness will rule forever.

2. Meg: A Novel Of Deep Terror by Steve Alten

Synopsis: Carcharodon megalodon – apex predator of all time, the most fearsome creature that ever lived – a 70-foot, 60,000 pound Great White Shark. Hundreds of 7-inch serrated teeth filled jaws that could swallow an elephant whole. It could sense its prey miles away, inhaling its scent as it registered the beat of its fluttering heart, and if you ever came close enough to see the monster . . . it was already too late. For Navy deep-sea submersible pilot Jonas Taylor, it nearly was too late. Years ago, on a top-secret dive seven miles down into the Mariana Trench, Jonas came face to face with an ancient monster everyone believed extinct. Having barely escaped with his life, Jonas must prove to the world that Meg still exists. When an opportunity to return to the trench presents itself, he takes it, intent on returning topside with a 7-inch white tooth! But man’s presence in this unexplored domain releases one of the sharks from its purgatory, and now Jonas is the only one who can stop it.

3. Racing Manhattan by Terence Blacker

Synopsis: n a cheering and relatable story of adversity overcome, an outcast teen coaxes a defiant Thoroughbred back into the thrill of competition.

Alone in the world, Jay Barton is a teenage misfit with nothing much going for her besides an extraordinary talent for understanding racehorses and riding them like a pro. When, in a desperate attempt to escape her shifty, opportunistic uncle, she leaves home to work in a racing stable, Jay forms a bond with a beautiful gray mare named Manhattan — brilliant, misunderstood, dangerous, and heading for racing’s scrap heap. Recognizing a fellow misfit, Jay fights to give Manhattan one last opportunity to show that she’s the champion she was born to be. Together they face a world of prejudice and cruelty, fighting back the only way they know how — by becoming the best.

4. Ace Of Shades by Amanda Foody

Synopsis: Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.

 

So basically my whole week is booked, better get crackin’!

What are you currently reading?

I hope you enjoyed and have a nice day!

 

Book Blitz: Like Never And Always by Ann Aquirre

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I am so excited that LIKE NEVER AND ALWAYS by Ann Aguirre is available now and that I get to share the news!

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

This blitz also includes a giveaway for aKindle Oasis & 5 finished copies of the book, courtesy of Ann and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

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About the Book:

Title: LIKE NEVER AND ALWAYS

Author: Ann Aguirre

Pub. Date: July 17, 2018

Publisher: Tor Teen

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 336

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

On a hot summer night, a screech of brakes and shattering glass changes two lives forever.


Liv wakes in the hospital, confused when they call her Morgan. She assumes it’s a case of mistaken identity, yet when the bandages come off, it’s not her face in the mirror anymore. It’s her best friend Morgan’s.


Morgan always seemed to have the perfect life, yet Liv must navigate endlessly disturbing secrets of the criminal and murderous variety—and a romance that feels like a betrayal. Torn between the boy she loved as Liv and the boy she’s grown to love as Morgan, Liv still has to survive Morgan’s last request.

Excerpt

“Just let this be the second secret you keep for me,” I say then. “Thanks for not telling Nathan, by the way.”

Clay leans his arm along the door frame, tilting his head slightly out the open window as if he needs the air. “You couldn’t pay me to talk to that jack*** lately.”

“You two fighting?”

“No. He’s just . . . Nathan.” He hesitates. “I wasn’t going to tell you this . . .”

“What?” Anything that could divert me from my precarious situation, even momentarily, seems like a welcome distraction.

“He brought a girl home last night.” From his tone he expects this to destroy me.

And sure, there’s a twinge because before, I thought Nathan and I had a soul-deep connection. Fact is, he’s a little immature, a lot selfish, and I just never noticed. They say love is blind, but I’d say that infatuation is blind, and love is tolerant. When you really love someone, it’s not that you can’t see the flaws; you’re just willing to forgive them.

Belatedly I realize he’s expecting a reply. “I’m not surprised. Nathan is used to getting what he wants just like you’re using to giving things up. Oh, I was going to ask him to drop this off, but since you’re here . . .” I fish in my backpack for his hoodie.

Yes, I’ve been carrying it for like four days. First I hesitated to wash it, but I didn’t want to be a sad girl who’s still smelling her ex’s clothes a month later. Then I didn’t return it because that felt like final acceptance, —superstitious, I know. Over is over, and random articles of clothing don’t change anything.

“You didn’t need to bother with that. I’ve had it forever.”

“All the more reason for you to have it back,” I say.

“Do you need to be this cool about everything?” he bursts out. “I know you have to be scared and hurt—”

“Yeah, I am, all those things. And yes, Ihave to be this way, or I can’t function. Why are you even here anyway?” The pain and frustration cracks my voice, and I really wish I was anywhere else.

“Because I’m worried about you.”

“Then stop. I accepted your decision, now respect mine. It’ll be easier if I don’t have to see you.”

His jaw clenches, showing the force he’s exerting to bite back whatever he wants to say.

Finally he just takes his hoodie but he pauses with his hand on the door. “You know you can call me, right? Even if we’re not together, I’d never let anyone hurt you. One call and I’m there.”

My heart feels like it’ll crack in two, but I’m resolute; I have to be. “I already deleted your number.”

Ann

About Ann:

Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. She likes books, emo music, and action movies. She writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens.

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1 winner will win a Kindle Oasis, US Only.

5 winners will win a finished copy of LIKE NEVER AND ALWAYS, US Only.

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Nerd Blast: Heart Of Mist by Helen Scheuerer

Hello Book Nerds!
Today I have a nerd blast for you and would you look at that cover?! *drools*
Heart of Mist
SYNOPSIS
 

In a realm where toxic mist sweeps the lands and magic is forbidden, all Bleak wants is a cure for her power.

Still grieving the death of her guardian and dangerously self-medicating with alcohol, Bleak is snatched from her home by the Commander of the King’s Army, and summoned to the capital.

But the king isn’t the only one interested in Bleak’s powers.

The leader of an infamous society of warriors, the Valia Kindred, lays claim to her as well, and Bleak finds herself in the middle of a much bigger battle than she anticipated.

Heart of Mist is the gripping first book in The Oremere Chronicles, a fantasy series of epic proportions.

 
Praise for HEART OF MIST
 

“I fell in love with the world Scheuerer has built…” ―Book Series Recaps

“Scheuerer has crafted a vibrant world shrouded in magic, mystery and deadly mist, slowly revealing a back story that has the reader clamouring to know more. Heart of Mist ends on the promise of future adventure, and I for one can’t wait to go!” ―the AU review

“A brilliant, absorbing read – I absolutely loved it. The dark, rich characterisation, the wonderful world building, the breathtaking plot and the beautiful writing make the whole experience a joy from start to finish.” ―Alexandra Nahlous

“Heart of Mist is captivating in its world-building and brilliant character development. Scheuerer is a true master at weaving together magic, mystery, passion and politics in her standout debut.” ―The Literary Casanova 

“Heart of Mist is an incredible fantasy novel: magic, hints of romance, friendship, betrayal, secrets and deeply rooted plot twists abound… A unique fantasy series that I can see easily becoming one of my all-time favourite fantasy novels.” ―The Book Tweeter

“Scheuerer’s tale is intense, filled with details of scenes of action, despair and danger. Well-defined characters will leap off the pages as Bleak and the rest come to life. Scheuerer has done a fabulous job of pulling me into her story and her world. A wonderful fantasy series with a very firm foundation to build upon!” ―Tome Tender

 
Helen Scheuerer
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 

Helen Scheuerer is a YA fantasy author from Sydney, Australia. Heart of Mist is the first book in her high fantasy trilogy, The Oremere Chronicles. It explores themes of identity, belonging, loyalty, addiction, loss, and responsibility.

Helen is also the Founding Editor of Writer’s Edit (www.writersedit.com), an online literary magazine and learning platform for emerging writers. It’s now one of the largest writers’ platforms in the world.

Helen’s love of writing and books led her to pursue a Bachelor of Creative Arts, majoring in Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong and a Masters of Publishing at the University of Sydney.

Helen is now a full-time author living by the beach.

 
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WEBSITE: http://helenscheuerer.com/
TWITTER:  @HelenScheuerer
GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9898249.Helen_Scheuerer
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/helenscheuererauthor/
INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/helenscheuerer/

 

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ENDS: AUGUST 10, 2018
Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter
 

– 1 Winner will receive an Audio Book Copy of HEART OF MIST by Helen Scheuerer

– Winner will receive a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card.