Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Book Blitz: Crescent Calling by Axelle Chandler


Crescent Calling
Axelle Chandler
(The Crescent Witch Chronicles #1)
Publication date: August 9th 2017
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy

Skye Williams is an ordinary woman, living an ordinary life.
Or so she thought.
When she receives news of her estranged mother’s death, she must go to Ireland to claim her inheritance, but when she arrives in the tiny village of Derrydun, she isn’t prepared for what she finds nestled amongst the rolling hills of the Emerald Isle.
Lumped with a funeral, her mother’s crystal shop, a moody goth girl for an employee, and a crumbling cottage with horrible floral curtains, selling up and getting out sounds like a great plan, but everything and everyone seems determined to keep her from going home.
Skye doesn’t want any part of her mother’s life or the people of Derrydun until she sees the hot Irishman she’s been crushing on turn into a fox.
More absurdly, he tells her her dead mother was a witch who battled evil fairies, there’s magical trees growing in the centre of the village, there’s a parallel universe where the fair folk live, and she’s meant to be the last defense of the magical peoples of Ireland.
Turns out Skye Williams was never an ordinary woman. Not by a long shot.
She’s the last Crescent Witch and has a destiny to fulfil.
Whether she likes it or not.

The Crescent Witch Chronicles is a series stuffed full of Irish charm, myth and mayhem. Come on an adventure fraught with danger and forbidden romance…and the ultimate battle to save magic before it’s gone forever.
EXCERPT:
That night, as Buddy kept me company, I fell asleep to the sound of wind howling through the trees outside. Plagued with dreams of wolves, I tossed and turned until I slipped into a deep slumber.
When dawn finally broke, I was covered in a thin sheen of sweat, and my head was stuffed with cotton wool. I’d slept but not really. A heavy burden was over my heart, and my body had become twisted in the quilt, my feet trapped.
Ugh, I was all hot and sticky. I kicked, trying to shift the uncomfortable weight and turned over, but it didn’t budge. Lifting my head, my eyes cracked open, sleep still clogging my head. That was when I saw a lump at the end of the bed. A very large, man-shaped lump.
Now completely awake, I screamed, scrambling up the bed. It was Boone. A very naked Boone.
He started, his head shooting up, and when he saw me, he rolled and fell off the end of the bed, hitting the floor with a thud. Scrambling to his feet, his face turned a deep shade of crimson.
“Oh, shit,” he cursed, covering his junk with his hands. “Oh, cac.”
Cac?” I yelled. “I’ll give you bloody Irish cac!
Grabbing the lamp on the bedside table, I pushed up onto my knees and swung it with all my might. The plug popped out of the wall, and the shade barely missed Boone’s face, but the cord came around and whipped him directly on his bare ass.
He howled in pain and retreated across the room.
Pervert!” I shrieked.
“Let me explain,” he said, holding up his hands and leaving nothing to the imagination.
“Explain? What’s there to explain?” I shouted, trying not to look at his you-know-what. “You were asleep on the end of my bed…naked!” I swung the lamp at him again, barely missing his head. “You’re still standing there. I can see your meat and two veg!
“Oh, cac,” he said again. “I didn’t mean for you to find out this way…”
“Find out what? That you’re a pervert, who sneaks into women’s homes butt naked?”

Author Bio:
Axelle Chandler is an Australian Urban Fantasy author. She lives in the western suburbs of Melbourne dreaming up nail biting stories featuring bad-ass witches, hunky shape shifters and devious monsters. She likes chocolate, cat memes and video games. When she’s not writing, she likes to think of what she’s writing next.

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Saturday, 5 August 2017

The Reader Diaries #14: Camping and Smiling


Hi guys! It feels like I have not talked to you in a long long time. I like to write these little and personal posts about a bit of my life, struggles and successes. Maybe lately I am not writing as much of these posts as I should.
I hate to tell you this but this is a pre-written post - as I am writing this it is the 30th of June, in the early hours of the morning. Today I am going away for a week and I won't have access to internet, computers and hardly my phone. As you may know, if you have been following me for some time, I am a scout. This year is the year of the "23rd CNE’S NATIONAL SCOUT JAMBOREE" - CNE stands for "Corpo Nacional de Escutas" (roughly translates to "National Scouts Body") - and I am going. I am really happy to go and I know that the experiences I am going to live will be unique and amazing.
Resultado de imagem para acanac 2017 logo
ACANAC is the Portuguese name for the event.

This week has been a rollercoaster of getting things ready, buying supplies, loading trucks and packing bags. This is the kind of week when I am most thankful for audiobooks and positivity. Besides all of this craziness this week I have passed my theoric driving test and I have received my final grade on a subject that I took an exam on in order to raise my grade and I went from a 10 to a 16 (the span is from 0 to 20). So it has been kind of a happy week.
Right this minute I have finally put everything away and I am in my pyjamas in bed. I cannot sleep. I am anxious, excited, thrilled and scared at the same time. I already know that I will be spending three days on a walk only with my other three scouts friends that are going with me. I really miss being out, enjoying nature. What I do not miss is sweating and having muscle pains.
I am sneakily taking a book with me to read on the bus ride (I really should not since my bag is already filled to the brink and very very heavy). I am also hopeful that I'll be able to read when I have some down time (if I have some down time). Well, I have to think happy thoughts, this will be a very good week in terms of the path to achieve my fitness goals.
In other news, I have created an Instagram account for this blog. It doesn't have a lot of content but I believe that with time I'll get there. You can also get a glimpse of my life in the Stories! I'll leave you two photos I have taken below (I know they're not centered but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to do that).


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Please follow and leave some feedback! For an added bonus here are some snippets of this week:

Translation: "My bed was invaded"
This is my cat "Fofa" (which literally means "soft") she is very cute and fluffy.

Here is the mess I made and my packed bags.
Thank you for going along with me on this journey that is life!
Love, Ana☼

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Release Blitz: A Beautiful Kind of Hope by Cathy Johns

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TITLE: A Beautiful Kind Of Hope
SERIES: A Beautiful Kind Of Series #1
AUTHOR: Cathy Johns
RELEASE DATE: August 1st
COVER DESIGN: JC Clarke



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BLURB: 
I have lived my life without distraction, building a name and an empire in this competitive world, becoming a billionaire as I stayed true to my late mother’s wishes. But all that changed the moment I laid my eyes on her…
Butterfly; that’s what they called her. The woman I couldn’t tear my eyes from as she captivated the crowd, swaying her curvy hips, her nude lingerie leaving nothing to the imagination. The one woman who made me want to break a few wrists when they tried to touch her beautiful mocha skin.
I didn’t know her, and all it took was one taste of her intoxicating scent and I knew I’d never get enough of her.
I needed her in my life to be that ray of sunshine.
To be my beautiful kind of hope.

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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Blog Tour | Guest Post: Blight by Alexandra Duncan


Title: BLIGHT
Author: Alexandra Duncan
Pub. Date: August 1, 2017
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 400
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Find it:  AmazonBarnes&NobleiBooksTBDGoodreads

When an agribusiness facility producing genetically engineered food releases a deadly toxin into the environment, seventeen-year-old Tempest Torres races to deliver the cure before time runs out.
From the author of the acclaimed American Booksellers Association’s Indies Introduce pick Salvage, which was called “Brilliant, feminist science fiction” by Stephanie Perkins, the internationally bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss. This stand-alone action-adventure story is perfect for fans of Oryx and Crake and The House of the Scorpion.Seventeen-year-old Tempest Torres has lived on the AgraStar farm north of Atlanta, Georgia, since she was found outside its gates at the age of five. Now she’s part of the security force guarding the fence and watching for scavengers—people who would rather steal genetically engineered food from the Company than work for it. When a group of such rebels accidentally sets off an explosion in the research compound, it releases into the air a blight that kills every living thing in its path—including humans. With blight-resistant seeds in her pocket, Tempest teams up with a scavenger boy named Alder and runs for help. But when they finally arrive at AgraStar headquarters, they discover that there’s an even bigger plot behind the blight—and it’s up to them to stop it from happening again.Inspired by current environmental issues, specifically the genetic adjustment of seeds to resist blight and the risks of not allowing natural seed diversity, this is an action-adventure story that is Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake meets Nancy Farmer’s House of the Scorpion.
Guest Post
Blight exists because of a dare. In 2011, two writer friends and I challenged each other to write a novel over the course of the summer. Two of us lived in the same town, and the third would be visiting near the middle of August, so we made her arrival our deadline. All of us had sold short stories before, but none of us had sold a novel. It was our very own mini-NaNoWriMo but spread over two and a half months.
I was nervous, because my two co-conspirators were more accomplished and experienced than I was. Did I even belong in the same “writer” category as the two of them? My first novel, Salvage, was in the hands of an agent who had requested a full manuscript read, and I was both incredibly excited and full of anxiety about this turn of events. I might have an agent soon! And having an agent would mean being one step closer to my book being published, i.e achieving one of my lifelong goals. I needed a distraction.
Writing something that isn’t under contract and has no expectations attached is a special pleasure. The book is entirely yours at that point - a playground for your brain. That summer, I put anything I wanted down on the page. I could tweak it, align it, and improve it later. Throughout the summer, we checked in regularly with each other, but we also blogged about the challenge. It would be one thing to let down two friends at the end of the project, but for the whole internet to know your shame was far, far worse, and therefore far, far more motivating.
In mid-August, we met at one friend’s apartment to critique each other’s work, talk about our envy of Neil Gaiman, and eat ice cream. None of us had quite finished a novel, but we each had significant chunks of one. I had the first 20,000 words of Blight, and because I tend to discover my character and the nuances of my plot during the writing process (a nicer way of saying I’m a pantser), I had a much better idea of what I was writing. My friends gave encouragement and suggestions, which ultimately changed the trajectory of the book and made it more focused on the Southeastern US as a setting. I did the same, and discovered that I didn’t need to be worried about whether or not I was a “real writer.” Writers are defined by what they do - write - not how many books or stories they’ve sold. I was fully engaged in that process - writing, applying criticism, and trying to improve my craft. That alone meant I was a real writer.
Six years later, I have three published novels, including Blight. I have a fourth in the works. One of my friends who took part in that summer’s challenge also had the book she began come out this year. It’s The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, by Theodora Goss. It joins her novella, The Thorn and the Blossom, her collection of short stories, In the Forest of Forgetting, and dozens of poems and short stories. The third in our trio, Nathan Ballingrud, won the Shirley Jackson Award for his 2013 short story collection, North American Lake Monsters, and is working on his second collection.

The challenge that ended with Blight is one of the most helpful, productive exercises I’ve engaged in as a writer. Writing sometimes seems like an individual endeavour, but I’ve found I wouldn’t be anywhere without friends and colleagues like these.

About Alexandra Duncan

Alexandra Duncan is a writer and librarian. Her first novel, Salvage, was published April 1, 2014, by Greenwillow Books. Her short fiction has appeared in several Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy anthologies and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. She loves anything that gets her hands dirty – pie-baking, leatherworking, gardening, drawing, and rolling sushi. She lives with her husband and two monstrous, furry cats in the mountains of Western North Carolina.
You can visit her online at http://alexandra-duncan.com/

Giveaway Details:
1 winner will receive a signed hardcover of BLIGHT, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:
Week One:
7/24/2017- Savings in SecondsReview
7/25/2017- The Autumn BookshelfInterview
7/26/2017- Wandering Bark BooksExcerpt
7/27/2017- A Dream Within A DreamReview
7/28/2017- Two Chicks on Books- Interview

Week Two:
7/31/2017- Buried Under BooksReview
8/1/2017- The Bewitched ReaderGuest Post
8/2/2017- Here's to Happy EndingsReview
8/4/2017- YABooksCentralReview

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Cover Real: The Trade (The Clans 2) by Elizabeth Knox

Book Summary:
Anton
When I was assigned the job to find out who exactly orchestrated the hit on Mariana Petran, I jumped at the opportunity. To attack the queen of the clans is an attack against us all. I was to find the man who ordered it – and I did. I also found myself a feisty redhead; something I considered a cherry on top of the sundae as I headed to her hometown to destroy the man responsible for it all.
So, there I was, delivering a bloody and violent end to the scum that betrayed us when the door opens, and in walks my feisty redhead; Natasha.
Natasha
I came home from a wild night out with the girls and found my uncle bloodied and bruised, with a gun held to the back of his head. The man holding the gun – my boyfriend, Anton.
I never thought that I would be begging for his life – doing anything that I could to save him. But he’s my family. He’s the only link I have left to my mother.
Anton didn’t tell me he was in the Romanian Mob – but I never confessed I was the niece of a head clan member, or anything about my father, but we’ll get to that later.
Anton named his price. I didn’t understand why, what he could possibly find valuable with taking the niece of Clan Constantin – especially when he already had me.
I accepted the terms, the trade. I’d do anything to save my uncle, even if that meant sacrificing myself. Anton promised me that he wouldn’t kill my uncle, like a dumb girl I assumed that meant my uncle would live.
Anton may not have pulled the trigger, but make no mistake – he killed my uncle. The loving man I’d learned to care about over the past few weeks turned into something feral – I didn’t even know the man I was falling in love with. I waited for my father, and prayed he would come for me. They didn’t even know the girl they were taking. They were clueless
 
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Friday, 21 July 2017

Cover Reveal: Heir of Zion by Britanny Nicole Lewis


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We are very excited to share with you Bestselling Author Brittany Nicole Lewis’s cover of Heir of Zion, her 2nd book in her Zion Series. Pre-Order is also LIVE.
Author: Brittany Nicole Lewis
Genre: #Ya
Release Date: 1 September, 2017
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Blurb
 "Michael felt like his life ended the day his family left.
In a way, it did. While he struggled to remain composed when he was in the company of others, he allowed his thoughts and anxieties to consume him when he was alone.
Though the life that he had always known had ended, a new one quickly emerged, one that had been suppressed by the Elders for far too long. While Michael struggled to wrap his brain around the information he was learning about his true identity and the community he had grown up in, his heart continuously pulled him toward a young girl and his new found romance, while it simultaneously ached for the family he lost."

About Brittany
Best selling author of Finding Freedom, most well known for her YA series, the Zion series and her works of poetry. Brittany enjoys helping women and teens who suffer from depression and anxiety and she regularly donates copies of her books to ministries.




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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Review: Inception (The Marked #1) by Bianca Scardoni

Author: Bianca Scardoni
Publisher: by Bianca Scardon
Publication Date: 
Source: ebook (bought)
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Summary:

My name is Jemma Blackburn, and I have a secret. I know vampires are real. I watched one murder my father eight months ago, and even though they tried to convince me it didn’t happen—that I’d lost touch with reality due to the trauma, I know what I saw was real.
Hollow Hills is now the place I call home. It was supposed to be my chance at a normal life. My chance to bury my secret and start over. But everyone around me is keeping their own secrets, whispering lies into my ears like promises, and one of them is about to turn my entire world upside down.
I thought I had it all figured out. I thought I had the answers. I thought I knew who I was. The truth is, I didn’t even know the half of it. There's a reason these vampires are still after me. There's a reason they will always hunt me. Because I'm not human.
I'm the devil they fear and the angel they crave.
Only problem is, I don't know it yet.

Review:
Everyone has told Jemma Blackburn that she is crazy. She saw her father be killed by a vampire but no one believed her. They put her in a mental institution and brainwashed her not to believe what she saw, or so they thought. Jemma knows very well what she saw.
Now she must move in with her uncle in his giant home in Hollow Hill, the town her father tried to keep her away from. She has entered a new world and realises that there are some things happening but that no one wants to tell her what's going on. Besides a new home, she now has to go to a new school and one of the girls is constantly treating her very badly because she thinks that Jemma will steal her boyfriend - that she doesn't even know.
Strange things are unfolding in Hollow Hill and, without knowing it, Jemma is in the core of all of it.
I first started reading this book with reluctance, afraid that it would turn out to be another "Twilight" kind of book - not that I do not like Twilight but that genre has passed its prime - but it actually surprised me. In this story, I found a lot of details that make it very relatable to girls - mostly teenage, but still... - it made me relive things that actually happened to me in high school, and I bet that other people who read this book felt the same way.
The thing that stands out the most is the intertwining of reality and myth and religious aspects. Hearing of the concept you would think that it had a big chance of not working but it actually does, what is amazing. Not only does this book satisfy the "relatability" aspect but also the "otherworldly" and "sort-of-divine" one. They work together.
Like everything in life, not everything is perfect but I believe that the following instalments will clarify the not so well explained aspects of the story but, as the writer gains experience the writing will get better. Besides this, all the characters have a deep complexity that may not be very noticeable but you get to know them layer by layer, and not all at once.
This is a good book for everyone who doesn't mind a little guilty-pleasure reading, something that is not too deep but still has some depth and complexity to it. Even if you do not, give it a chance, it may surprise you.