Thursday, November 29, 2018

Book Blitz & Giveaway: Paper Girl by Cindy R. Wilson


Welcome to the Release Week Blitz for

Paper Girl by Cindy R. Wilson

presented by Entangled Teen!

We've got 2 fabulous giveaways available for you at the end of the post!

CONGRATULATIONS, CINDY!


I haven’t left my house in over a year. My doctor says it’s social anxiety, but I know the only things that are safe are made of paper. My room is paper. My world is paper. Everything outside is fire. All it would take is one spark for me to burst into flames. So I stay inside. Where nothing can touch me.

Then my mom hires a tutor. Jackson. This boy I had a crush on before the world became too terrifying to live in. Jackson’s life is the complete opposite of mine, and I can tell he’s got secrets of his own. But he makes me feel things. Makes me want to try again. Makes me want to be brave. I can almost taste the outside world. But so many things could go wrong, and all it takes is one spark for everything I love to disappear…






Cindy lives at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and loves using Colorado towns and cities as inspiration for settings in her stories. She's the mother of three girls, who provide plenty of fodder for her YA novels. Cindy writes speculative fiction and YA fiction, filled with a healthy dose of romance. You'll often find her hiking or listening to any number of playlists while she comes up with her next story idea.





Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Queen To Ashes (Black Dawn #2) by Mallory McCartney





Today Mallory McCartney and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover and an exclusive content for QUEEN TO ASHES, her new Adult Fantasy Romance which releases January 8, 2019! Check out the awesome cover and enter the giveaway!

On to the reveal! 



Title: QUEEN TO ASHES (Black Dawn #2)
Author: Mallory McCartney
Pub. Date: January 8, 2019
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Formats: eBook
Find it: Goodreads

“You lived your entire life feeling like half of you was missing. Fight for the missing part. Fight for this.” 


Emory Fae has abandoned everything she thought she knew about her previous life on Earth. Stepping up to her role as Queen of Kiero she makes a startling sacrifice- feigning her allegiances to Adair Stratton, the man who murdered her parents and casted Kiero into ruin. Emory’s memories slowly piece together, and she soon realizes the Mad King may not be all he seems— and the man who was once best friend, may be fighting beneath the surface. 



With the King’s attention on her, can she buy Black Dawn Rebellion enough time to recuperate their forces? And when the times comes, will she be able to kill Adair, ending his tyranny and rising herself as the rightful Queen? Fighting to hide her secret, Emory navigates the brutal trials of the Mad King, trying not to lose herself in the process. 



Sequel to Black Dawn, now a bestselling series, the sparks are ignited, as Emory learns the cost of freedom, and her title. Will the rebels unite in time? A sinister force has spread across the land, stripping everyone bare- their betrayals, their secrets, their intentions. But above all, what will their decisions cost? By refusing to give in to the darkness, will Emory rise as Queen?


Renegade and Black Dawn will be available in the

following #Vancouver area locations : Chapters Burnaby, Indigo Surrey, Chapters

Coquitlam, Indigo West Vancouver, Indigo Granville (2505 Granville St) and
Indigo Robson (1033 Robson St) in December!

Title: RENEGADE (Black Dawn 0.5)
Author: Mallory McCartney
Pub. Date: July 3, 2018
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Formats: Paperback,
eBook
Pages: 274
Find it: Amazon, B&N,
TBD,
Goodreads

“The time for
Kiero’s reign in prosperity is over.”


Six years before the Black Dawn Rebellion, Adair

Stratton and Emory Fae are following in their parent’s footsteps and living at The Academy, a home for those who are gifted. The pressure to uphold the future
of their parent’s dream falls on them. An outcast and feared by most, Adair longs to break away from the expectations dictating his future. Even if Emory tries to make him see differently. An unexpected group of friends keep him there, but as whispers of unexplained disappearances start reaching from the
capital, Adair starts to doubt The Academy is all it seems.



An unexpected visit ignites new tensions as the

roguish king from across the Black Sea, Tadeas Maher of the Shattered Isles, and his heir, Marquis Maher sail to Kiero. Notorious for their pirating and wrath- for the first time in years, they demand the Fae’s listen to their proposition for a new treaty, holding the news of Nei’s father’s abrupt death over them. Caught in the middle of politics- Adair and Emory, with the help of their best friends Brokk and Memphis search for the one thing that matters most- finding out the truth.


In this gripping prequel to Black Dawn, their world is tipped upside down as unlikely alliances are made. War ravages through Kiero and is torn apart by acclaimed Kings. Through the throes of betrayal, lies, hidden magic and love, Adair is faced with a life changing decision- to fight or to bow to the darkness within him.

Title: BLACK DAWN (Black Dawn #1)
Author: Mallory McCartney
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Pages: 352
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: Amazon, B&N, TBD,
Goodreads


Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and bringing Emory back she will discover she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne. With both men being darkly woven in her st Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King. Some things are better left in the shadows.



Mallory McCartney is the author of the bestselling Black Dawn series. She currently lives in Sarnia, Ontario with her husband and their three dachshunds Link, Lola and Leonard. When she isn’t working on her next novel or reading, she can be found day dreaming about fantasy worlds and hiking. Other favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.




Giveaway Details:

One lucky winner will receive an eBook

of QUEEN TO ASHES, International.


Sunday, November 25, 2018

Challenge: The 2019 #LETSREADINDIE Reading Challenge


The sign-ups are open! This challenge has been one of my favorites to participate in so far this year. I have discovered so many incredible books and have found some new insta-buy authors. I couldn't have had a better year reading-wise because of this challenge. I am so excited to take part again in 2019 and discover even more new book loves!



This challenge is hosted by As Told By TinaSign up for this challenge here

Goal: 50+ Books - Master

Rules for this challenge:
~ Challenge runs from January 1 through December 31, 2019 and you can sign-up anytime.
~ All books must be indie or published by an indie publisher.
~ All formats and all genres count!
~ Re-reads allowed and books can be used for other challenges!
~ You do NOT have to be a blogger to participate.
~ Optional hashtag is #LetsReadIndie19


I will be adding more challenges to my 2019 Challenge Page as I sign up!



Will you be participating in any reading challenges in 2019? Do you enjoy reading indie titles? If not, why do you stick to mainstream books?

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Challenge: 2019 New Release Challenge Sign Up!


It's that time of year again! Time to think about all of the reading challenges that we want to participate in during 2019. I admit that I am a make-a-list sort of person. So while creating a TBR for next year and making a list of challenges that I'd like to participate in and can be daunting, it is also exciting! Here's the first challenge that I will be taking part in next year.


This challenge is hosted by (un) Conventional Bookworms. This year I want to focus more on backlist titles, but I don't want to miss out on some of my most anticipated new releases. This challenge should help me stay on track with those. Sign up for this challenge here.

Goal: 1-30 Books - New Release Newbie

Rules for this challenge:
~ Books have to be released and reviewed in 2019.
~ Books can be used in other challenges.
~ The minimum length to qualify is 100 pages (in any format).
~ Sign-ups will be open until September 1, 2019.
~ You do NOT have to be a blogger to participate!
~ Optional Twitter tag: #2019NewReleaseChallenge

I will be adding more challenges to my 2019 Challenge Page as I sign up!

Will you be participating in any reading challenges in 2019? Do you read more new releases or more backlist titles?

Monday, November 19, 2018

Book Blitz & Giveaway: Dark Arts and a Daiquiri (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #2) by Annette Marie



Title: Dark Arts and a Daiquiri 
Series: The Guild Codex: Spellbound #2
Author: Annette Marie

Publication date: November 16, 2018
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy




When I found myself facing down the scariest black-magic felon in the city, practically daring him to abduct me, I had to wonder exactly how I ended up here.

It all started when I accidentally landed a job as a bartender—but not at a bar. At aguild, populated by mages, sorcerers, alchemists, witches, and psychics. Good thing this lame-o human is adaptable, right?

Then my favorite guild members—three sexy, powerful, and intermittently charming mages—asked for my help. Did they want access to my encyclopedic knowledge of cocktails? Oh no. They wanted to wrap me up in a pretty ribbon and plunk me in the crosshairs of a murderous rogue to lure him out of hiding.

So that’s what we did. And that’s why I’m here. About to be kidnapped. Oh, and our grand plan for safely capturing said murderous rogue? Yeah, that completely fell apart about two minutes ago.

Why did I agree to this again?

Note: The three mages are definitely sexy, but this series isn’t a reverse harem. It’s 100% fun, sassy, fast-paced urban fantasy.


Tori has no problem getting herself into trouble in every book in the Guild Codex series, but each one is a complete adventure—no cliffhanger endings.


THE GUILD CODEX: SPELLBOUND


Three Mages and a Margarita (#1)

Dark Arts and a Daiquiri (#2)

Two Witches and a Whiskey (#3)




Check out my review for Dark Arts and a Daiquiri here!




“This is really nice,” I gushed, unconcerned by the apartment’s lackluster finishes. Beggars couldn’t be choosers, and having spent the last ten months sleeping on my brother’s sofa, I was ready to overlook anything less than holes in the walls.

Which, unfortunately, had been included in all the apartments we’d viewed so far, along with complimentary mold, cockroaches, and suspicious odors. That wasn’t including the batshit crazy landlords. Did normal people not dabble in real estate investment, or did all the well-adjusted landlords have tenants already?

“It’s clean,” Sin observed. “Running water. Heat. Wait, does it have heat? It’s cold in here.”

“Well, it is a basement.” I flapped my printout. “It says all utilities are included in the rent. How sweet is that?”

Sin wrinkled her nose suspiciously. “It’s too cheap. There’s got to be something wrong with it.”

“Maybe there’s a hobo living in the crawlspace.” I pointed at a half-height door tucked in a corner of the living room. “That’s a crawlspace, right?”

We crossed the room and I crouched at the door, Sin leaning over my shoulder. I pulled it open. Inside was nothing but impenetrable darkness.

“Use your phone’s flashlight,” Sin suggested. “There must be a light switch or—”

Chill air whispered over my skin and all the hair on my body stood on end—then arctic wind blasted me in the face.

I recoiled, crashing into Sin’s legs. She landed on her ass as the wind howled out of the crawlspace, whipping dust through the room. My printouts went flying and we scrambled backward on our butts with the papers spiraling toward the ceiling.

The darkness in the crawlspace leaked out from the doorway and pooled on the floor like ink. Shadows writhed and something pale materialized in the threshold—a skeletal woman on her hands and knees, toothless mouth gaping, empty eye sockets dribbling black blood.

I took one look at the moaning specter and screamed like the sissy girl that I am.

Sin let out her own terrified shriek as the ghostly woman dragged herself out of the crawlspace, her long hair trailing on the floor. She stretched a hand toward us, blackened fingers curled like claws, and icy gusts lashed at our faces. Still screaming, Sin grabbed my arm, her fingernails digging into my skin. Sharp pain cut through my panic.

I jammed my hand into my pocket and whipped out my trump card—yes, a literal card.

My trusty Queen of Spades was more than it appeared: a sorcerer’s artifact embedded with a spell that reflected magic. Was there any magic here to rebound? I had no idea. Would it work on a ghost? Also no idea. I wasn’t a sorcerer. I was a crime-of-convenience thief and I had only the vaguest notion how to use the card.

But it was the lone magical defense I had, so I thrust it at the phantom and shouted, “Ori repercutio!”

The air rippled and the gale-force wind reversed direction. It slammed into the woman, flinging her back into the crawlspace. Her head hit the door frame with a whack.

“Ow!” she squeaked.

Sin’s scream cut off. In unison, we launched to our feet. We weren’t screaming anymore, but I for one was even more freaked out. The woman was too solid to be a ghost, but holy freaking shit, that body did not belong to a living being—papery skin clinging to bones, empty sockets for eyes, stringy hair down to her knees.

The ghost woman sprang up, raising her hands like claws. “Begone from this place,” she moaned. “Begooooone … or else!”

I tilted my head toward Sin, not daring to take my eyes off the not-a-ghost. “Hey, Sin. Is that … a vampire?”

“No.” She pulled a handful of vials with colorful liquid contents out of her purse. “Not even close.”

Selecting a bottle, she dropped the others back into her bag and unscrewed the top. A hideous smell like burnt iron singed my nose.

“No!” the woman shrieked—except she didn’t sound like a woman anymore. Her voice was two octaves higher and painfully nasal. “Don’t!”

Sin held out the bottle threateningly. “Show us your real form or I’ll drench you!”

“Noooo! Go away!” The woman stomped her foot. “Stupid humans! This is my house!”

Raising her hand higher, Sin started to tip the bottle.

“Uuuuugh. Fine.” The woman threw her hands up—and her body melted. It lost solidity and shrank, then reformed into something new.

The creature was dark green with skin the waxy texture of pine needles. Even with twigs sprouting off its large head in place of hair, it barely reached my waist, and a mixture of spruce branches and pine cones hid its torso. Thin arms and legs stuck out of the twiggy mess, its hands and feet comically oversized.

Its eyes, narrowed angrily, dominated its face, the crystalline green irises unnaturally bright and entirely lacking pupils—just giant green orbs.

The creature pointed an accusing finger at us. “This is my house! Leave or I’ll turn you into bean sprouts!”

I cleared my throat. “Okay, not a vampire,” I said to Sin. “What is it?” “This,” Sin replied grimly, “is a faery.”


Annette Marie is the author of Amazon best-selling YA urban fantasy series Steel & Stone, its prequel trilogy Spell Weaver, and romantic fantasy trilogy Red Winter. Her first love is fantasy, but fast-paced adventures and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it's not quite that bad) with her husband and their furry minion of darkness—sorry, cat—Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Review: Dark Arts and a Daiquiri (The Guild Codex: Spellbound #2) by Annette Marie

Title: Dark Arts and a Daiquiri
Series: The Guild Codex: Spellbound #2
Author: Annette Marie
Publisher: Dark Owl Fantasy Inc.
Published: November 16, 2018
Pages: 264
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Source: ARC from author


When I found myself facing down the scariest black-magic felon in the city, practically daring him to abduct me, I had to wonder exactly how I ended up here.

It all started when I accidentally landed a job as a bartender—but not at a bar. At a guild, populated by mages, sorcerers, alchemists, witches, and psychics. Good thing this lame-o human is adaptable, right?

Then my favorite guild members—three sexy, powerful, and intermittently charming mages—asked for my help. Did they want access to my encyclopedic knowledge of cocktails? Oh no. They wanted to wrap me up in a pretty ribbon and plunk me in the crosshairs of a murderous rogue to lure him out of hiding.

So that's what we did. And that's why I'm here. About to be kidnapped. Oh, and our grand plan for safely capturing said murderous rogue? Yeah, that completely fell apart about two minutes ago.

Why did I agree to this again?


Goodreads | Amazon

FREE with Kindle Unlimited!



MY REVIEW
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS. Read at your own risk.

I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the author. My opinions are my own.

Sitting down to a brand new book by Annette Marie is the best feeling in the world. I can hardly put into words the feeling of comfort mixed with excitement that washes over me when I settle in because I know from the get-go that the experience is going to tip the scales with every second of reading rapture. Simply put, her books give me the best feeling in the world! I know before I even start that it is going to rock my socks off so there is no hesitation or wariness that can sometimes come before reading a new book. 

This book felt so different from Three Mages and a Margarita, but it was no less entrancing. There were two thoughts that took precedence in my mind after I finished this book. The first thought that I had was that this book felt so much darker than Three Mages and a Margarita did. With a title like Dark Arts and a Daiquiri, I suppose I should have seen it coming. There is not as much humor in this book as there was in the previous book, but that isn't to say that our heroine isn't as sassy as always. The darker feel doesn't detract from the story at all though. If anything, I enjoyed seeing things from this side of the spectrum. The second thought that was racing through my mind was that our handsome trio of mages was oddly absent for the majority of the story. We see them in the beginning and at the end, but the largest chunk of the story occurs while Tori is apart from our favorite mages. At first, I was curious about this. I had been aching for the past month and a half since finishing Three Mages and a Margarita to see Tori thick as thieves and getting into trouble with her three mages. And perhaps even see them all explore the blurred romantic lines a bit. At first, I was praying to all possible deities that my three mages would get more face time. Then I was introduced to an intriguing new male character that dominated the better part of the story and I was smitten. I have no idea if he is a love interest and I don't care. I loved everything about him and I can only hope that we get more of him in future books. So in short, Annette Marie shocked our senses by adding another delectable male into the mix and I loved every moment of it!

This book had another self-contained plot which I really enjoyed. The story is fast-paced without feeling rushed. I loved the suspense and picking up little bits and pieces of information that I can only imagine is foreshadowing for future books. 

The world-building is well done. It is largely built off of the world-building in Three Mages and a Margarita, but there was a lot of additional information included in this book about the world that kept things interesting. Annette Marie always has very atmospheric storytelling and this book is no exception to that. I especially felt rooted in the story when Tori was in the mountains. 

The characters that we got to know in Three Mages and a Margarita were just as marvelous in this book as the last one. Annette Marie has such impressive skill with writing great chemistry between characters. I am always impressed with her characters and how they interact with each other. She writes the kind of characters that give you the major feels. The kind of characters that stick with you and don't let up. In this book, I very much enjoyed the addition of new characters. Zak's character was delightful and I totally fell in love with him. I loved his progression in the story and how Tori got to know him throughout the book. Nadine was a sweet character and I hope that Tori sees her again. 

There was honestly not much romance in this book, but in the end, I was okay with that. There is enough slow-burn romantic tension to make things interesting. Aaron's interest in Tori is still there and Tori got a couple of kisses from him along the way. Kai made a curious comment to Tori about taking her out on a date which had me pondering and squealing inside. And I am not sure if Zak's character will become a romantic interest at any point in the series, but I can only hope so. I think that adding him into that mix would really spice things up. At this point, I still don't know what I am shipping. Maybe all of them. Haha. I thought that I had it pegged down to Aaron then Ezra, but Zak may give Ezra a run for his money. Who knows?

Overall, this is another impressive story from Annette Marie. She never ceases to amaze me with her passionate, fluid storytelling and her unforgettable characters. Her stories always stay with me long after I've finished the last page. Her stories are ones that I always come back to with a smile on my face. I have already read this book twice! I can't recommend this book enough, and if you haven't started the series yet then grab Three Mages and a Margarita and sink into one of Annette Marie's captivating worlds. And if you haven't tried any of her other book series then I highly recommend those as well. Once you try one of her books you will become a committed fan of her imaginative storytelling. 


Check out my review for Three Mages and a Margarita, the first book in The Guild Codex: Spellbound series!



THIS BOOK CONTRIBUTED TO THESE 2018 READING CHALLENGES
- A Series A Month Challenge
- 2018 New Release Challenge
- Let's Read Indie Challenge
Check out my 2018 Challenge Page to see my progress!


This book had some unexpected plot twists that I certainly didn't see coming. What are some of your favorite books that have interesting plot twists?

Review: Broken Love (Blinded Love #2) by Stacey Marie Brown

Title: Broken Love
Series: Blinded Love #2
Author: Stacey Marie Brown
Publisher: Stacey Marie Brown
Published: November 14, 2018
Pages: 313
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: ARC 

Life shattered my bones, now it wants to break my heart.

Jaymerson Holloway thought all her grief and pain were behind her. Unfortunately, life has other ideas.

Where stories don’t end happily. 

Where hearts shattered into pieces and love slips through your fingers.

Leaving everything behind to follow her dreams, Jaymerson travels to Italy, where she learns to stand on her own, move on with her life, and open her heart to another. But nothing prepares her for seeing Hunter’s life explode over the TV screen and watching his success, which comes with lots of women wanting a piece of The Haze. Crueler is the agony of seeing him fall in love with another. But that isn’t even the worst of it.

When she returns home and their paths cross, they are no longer the same people. The old animosity they once felt for each other flares the ties between them. Especially when more secrets and truths are uncovered. 

Like moths to flames, their undeniable chemistry continues to pull them to each other and tangle their lives together, even though it will only end in heartbreak and sorrow.


Don’t miss the second installment of the Blinded Love Series, the final story of Jaymerson and Hunter, but don’t despair. Stevie is up next in the third book, Twisted Love.


Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Kobo

MY REVIEW
This review MAY contain SPOILERS. Read at your own risk.

Wow, when I went into this series I had no idea that these books would come to mean so much to me. This book far surpassed the first book, which is saying a lot since it was pretty epic. This book series has pulled out my heart, shattered it, taped it back together, broken it some more, and healed again the way that only a climactic and emotional story can. Contemporary books are usually hit or miss with me. I generally don't care for them but once in a while, I will read one like this series that will blow me away. I am very impressed with this series. 

The plot of this book and this series so far as a whole really blew me away. There is so much drama and so much heartache wrapped inside this series. One of the things that I love best about Brown's books is the incredible plots. She is always creative and clever with the construction of her stories. There will always be plot twists that you will never see coming and wonderful foreshadowing. I get so giddy inside just thinking about reading one of her books because I know that I will be glued to the pages. 

The other thing that I feel is synonymous with Brown's books is her complex character building. The characters in her books are always, always special. They have depth and incredible character growth. This book is no different. I felt so connected to these characters. Like I was living this story with them and through them. I felt everything they felt and experienced everything with them. These characters feel very personal. The character growth in this book, in particular, is astounding when compared to where these characters were in the first book. The chemistry between these characters is so electric and brilliant. When you stop reading you will not want to let these characters go. I still can't stop thinking about them.

The world-building was changed up a bit in this book because the main character lives in Italy for a few years. Even though this is a contemporary, Brown does an excellent job of putting the reader in the character's environments. You will get the small town vibe when the characters are in their hometown, you will feel the magic of Italy when the main character is living there, and you will feel all of the little things in between. 

The romance in this book and this series is absolutely amazing. I mean, there are hardly words to describe it and any that I come up with will pale in comparison to the reality. The romance in this book will make you believe in true love. With all of the drama and obstacles that the main characters have to face and conquer so that they can be together is just plain inspiring. There is so much pain and suffering, but there is also joy and a sense of completeness. My heart was definitely rocked by this love story. 

Overall, this is another fantastic book by Stacey Marie Brown! She never ceased to amaze me with her compelling plots, vibrant characters, and beautiful storytelling. This is a story that will definitely sit on my heart for a long while. This is the kind of story that you will reread for the feels. To experience them again. If you want a shocking and beautiful love story then you'll want to pick up this series. I recommend all of Brown's books. Her storytelling is among my favorites. 

I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. My opinions are my own.



THIS BOOK CONTRIBUTED TO THESE 2018 READING CHALLENGES
- A Series A Month Challenge
- 2018 New Release Challenge
- Contemporary Romance Challenge
- Let's Read Indie Challenge
- Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge
Check out my 2018 Challenge Page to see my progress!


What was the last read that shattered you and then put you back together? Or recommend a good contemporary for me! 
 

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