Monday, March 18, 2019

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Right Girl Wrong Timing (Offsides #3) by Natalie Decker

Right Girl, Wrong Timing
Natalie Decker
(Offsides, #3)
Published by: Swoon Romance
Publication date: March 12th 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Adaline Frost’s life officially sucks. Now that her BFF has found her true love, Addy is constantly stuck being the third wheel. On top of that, she hasn’t started her junior project yet, so her advisor pairs her up with what could only be described as the “Reject Breakfast Club.” Instead of the weirdo and the troublemaker, Addy is forced to work with two stoners, a popular girl, and her crush, Austin Reed, the jock who broke her heart.

Austin Reed is sick of being labeled “dumb jock.” If he doesn’t get an A on this project, he can kiss his future goodbye. Austin thought he’d gotten lucky being partners with the very nerdy Adaline Frost, but boy was he wrong. Addy jumps down his throat about his being late and calls him names like “manwhore” on the daily. She has no idea Austin works before and after school in order to help his mom with the bills. Yeah, he’s made mistakes and has had lots of girlfriends, but he doesn’t need Adaline Frost to remind him of it every time he sees her.

Can Austin and Addy ever be a thing?

Right Girl Wrong Timing is book 3 in the Offsides series by Natalie Decker.

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I’m about to go forward and talk to her, but I divert from that plan as soon as I see Greg stepping up next to her. He’s blocking her from my view with his douchiness.

She said they weren’t dating at the dance. That was weeks ago, so why the hell is he still hanging around her? Why are his fingers clasping wisps of her hair? He shouldn’t be touching her.

This feeling is not sitting right with me at all. Fact is, I’ve never been jealous. Have I been a little envious of the people who go here recently? Maybe. I mean, a few months ago I used to be just like them. New clothes, shoes, going to parties, not having a care in the world. Then my mom lost her awesome job at the hospital due to cuts, Dad left, and shit just went downhill. Now, I have to make sure my mom and I don’t get kicked out of the dump we live in or have anything shut off because of the lack of funds. I’ve never been jealous of a guy dating a girl I was interested in, though. Until Adaline, and I swear this is going to be a problem. It’s already cost me my childhood home. I can’t afford to lose any more.

My fingernails dig into my palm as my hands ball into fists at my sides while I watch Adaline tip back her head and laugh. I need to get a grip. I’m losing it. This shouldn’t bother me. In fact, I shouldn’t even give a shit that they’re hanging out. Adaline and I can’t be anything.

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Author Bio:

Natalie Decker is the author of RIVAL LOVE series and the Scandalous Boys series. She loves oceans, sunsets, sand between her toes, and carefree days. Her imagination is always going, which some find odd. But she believes in seeing the world in a different light at all times. Her first passion for writing started at age twelve when she had to write a poem for English class. However, seventh grade wasn't her favorite time and books were her source of comfort. She took all college prep classes in High school, and attended the University of Akron. Although she studied Mathematics she never lost her passion for writing or her comfort in books. She's a mean cook in the kitchen, loves her family and friends and her awesome dog infinity times infinity. If she's not writing, reading, traveling, hanging out with her family and friends, then she's off having an adventure. Because Natalie believes in a saying: Your life is your own journey, so make it amazing!

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Delilah Dirk Graphic Novel Series by Tony Cliff

Book Blurb:

DELILAH DIRK AND THE TURKISH LIEUTENANT (Delilah Dirk #1) by Tony Cliff

Pub. Date: August 27, 2013

Publisher: First Second

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 176

Lovable ne'er-do-well Delilah Dirk has travelled to Japan, Indonesia, France, and even the New World. Using the skills she's picked up on the way, Delilah's adventures continue as she plots to rob a rich and corrupt Sultan in Constantinople. With the aid of her flying boat and her newfound friend, Selim, she evades the Sultan's guards, leaves angry pirates in the dust, and fights her way through the countryside. For Delilah, one adventure leads to the next in this thrilling and funny installment in her exciting life.

A little bit Tintin, a little bit Indiana Jones, Delilah Dirk is a great pick for any reader looking for a smart and foolhardy heroine... and globetrotting adventures.

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My Review:

5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Graphic Novel, Historical, Hysterical, Suspense--

I was so entertained my Mr. Selim, Delilah's unwilling companion. The conversation between the two was hysterical and his random daydreams were so detailed and ridiculous I could not help but be rooting for him. I also loved how gender roles were switches in this story, Delilah was this amazing, competent, confident warrior woman and Selim was a mind mannered, hesitant, inadvertent sidekick who stayed out of the fray and made the best cup of tea (which I too can appreciate in a man). They were the best example of opposites making a good team, the planner and the impulsive doer. I do have some questions about the Great Space Goose though...

I loved all the mischief and adventures that Delilah purposefully and inadvertently got into. The entire graphic novel was a non stop adventure of what Delilah was capable of, and her skills really were legendary! I found it interesting and very unique that the story was narrated by Mr. Selim but focused on the mayhem he was involved in through Delilah- it was kind of like a journal of her adventures but told by another.

I had never heard of this graphic novel series before I saw this blog tour but I am so happy I discovered it. Delilah Dirk was the best mix of action/adventure, humor and history, ending up with a captivating story that I loved and I would easily recommend it to any and everyone. I can't wait to continue the adventure with the ridiculous and impressive Delilah and I wonder at what other traveling companions she acquires along the way!

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Book Blurb:

DELILAH DIRK AND THE KINGS SHILLING (Delilah Dirk #2)by Tony Cliff

Pub. Date: March 8, 2016

Publisher: First Second

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 272

Globetrotting troublemaker Delilah Dirk and her loyal friend Selim are just minding their own business, peacefully raiding castles and traipsing across enemy lines, when they attract the unwanted attention of the English Army. Before they know it, Delilah and Selim have gotten themselves accused of espionage against the British crown!

Delilah will do whatever it takes to clear her good name, be it sneaking, skirmishing, or even sword fighting... But can she bring herself to wear a pretty dress and have a nice cup of tea with her mother? Delilah Dirk may be defeated at last. By tulle...in Tony Cliff's Delilah Dirk and the King's Shilling.

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Book Blurb:

DELILAH DIRK AND THE PILLARS OF HERCULES (Delilah Dirk #3) by Tony Cliff

Pub. Date: August 7, 2018

Publisher: First Second

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 249

Having survived a close shave in England, where she was falsely accused of spying for the French, Delilah has set out with her companion Selim for more agreeable adventures in central Asia. But when she stumbles on an artifact that may be a clue about the location of the legendary third pillar of Hercules, Delilah and Selim are drawn back to Europe on an Indiana-Jones-style archeological caper that pits her against a ruthless enemy . . . and forces her to team up with the most unlikely partner of all time: her sworn enemy, Jason Merrick, the man who framed her for espionage!

From vast forgotten underground cities to an elaborate and shocking double-cross, Delilah Dirk and the Pillars of Hercules brings all the drama and excitement that fans of the series crave.

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Author Bio:

Tony Cliff – a life-long resident of Vancouver, British Columbia – began his comics work as a contributor to the Flight series of anthologies. His first major published work, Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant, is a NYT Bestseller, a Publishers' Weekly Best of 2013, and was nominated for Eisner, Shuster, and Harvey awards. Delilah Dirk and the Third Pillar of Hercules will be the third book in the series, following 2016's similarly well-received The King's Shilling. He is strongly opposed to bios that conclude with one quirky attempt at humour.

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Week One:

3/8/2019- Character Madness and MusingsInterview

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  Week Two:

3/11/2019- Eli to the nthReview

3/12/2019- Lifestyle Of MeReview

3/13/2019- Novel NoviceReview

3/14/2019- A Dream Within A DreamExcerpt

3/15/2019- The Layaway DragonReview

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  Week Three:

3/18/2019- Smada's Book SmackReview

3/19/2019- BookHounds YAExcerpt

3/20/2019- Adventures Thru WonderlandReview

3/21/2019- Christen Krumm, WriterReview

3/22/2019- Bibliobibuli YAInterview

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  Week Four:

3/25/2019- Kelly P's BlogExcerpt

3/26/2019- HauntedbybooksReview

3/27/2019- Lone Tree ReviewsExcerpt

3/28/2019- Twirling Book PrincessExcerpt

3/29/2019- Lisa-Queen of RandomSpotlight

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Blog Blitz & Giveaway: Immerse by Tobie Easton

Immerse
Tobie Easton
(Mer Chronicles, #3)
Published by: Month9Books
Publication date: March 19th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Immerse is the spellbinding and breathless final installment of the Mer Chronicles series where descendants of the Little Mermaid must face deadly magic, shifting alliances, and the dangers of forbidden love.

Lia can’t wait for her parents’ coronation. Now living in the sparkling palace beneath the waves, she sneaks off to Malibu whenever possible to see Clay. Tucked away in an abandoned seaside mansion, Lia and Clay devise a plan to ensure they can stay together forever.

But when an old enemy resurfaces and Lia is restricted to the palace for the safety of all Merkind, she and Clay are ripped apart once more.

She fears not only for Clay, but for her best friend Caspian, who seems to be swimming down a dangerous path. He has invited the conniving Melusine to the coronation ball, convinced she’s capable of change. And no matter how hard Lia fights it, showing up on Caspian’s arm is just the start of Melusine’s insidious return to her life.

With threats Below growing more ominous by the day and a powerful ancient ritual looming, soon the two girls can’t escape each other. As their fates grow increasingly intertwined, Melusine might be the only one who can help Lia find the answers she desperately needs to save everyone she loves and to achieve her happily ever after. But can Lia trust her?

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EXCERPT:

The library doors are my favorite in the castle. Unlike all the other doors, made of sculpted sea glass in colors ranging from pastels to deep jewel tones, the doors to the varellska (Mermese for library) are made of the coated wood of a sunken Victorian ship. Mounted to the frame between the double doors is a handcrafted mermaid from the ship’s prow, her wooden hair blowing around her in carved curls, her face proud. She puts a smile on my own face as I open one of the doors and swim into the room that may hold the answer I need among its secrets.

Shelves stretch up the walls high above my head, each lined with shells of every conceivable size and pattern, from short volumes of poetry in tiny sundial shells to hours-long research tomes in giant diadema shells. Between the shells stand various treasures for decoration: an antique spyglass, a bronze-rimmed compass, an old brass lantern. I inhale the scent of shell polish and whalebone styluses.

I’ve come on the librarian’s day off and have the whole place to myself. I swim up to the highest shelves, where there rests a large, gilded starfish, the symbol of balanced justice. What’s happened to Clay at the hands and fins of Merkind has been anything but just. I’m hoping that means justice is on our side throughout our quest to make him a Merman. I rub the starfish for luck. “Help me find a way,” I murmur into the varellska’s quiet stillness.

Author Bio:

Award-winning author Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she's grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. Her debut novel, Emerge, is a Gold Medal Winner (Young Adult - Sci-Fi/Fantasy) of the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards and is Book 1 in the acclaimed Mer Chronicles series. The trilogy follows the descendants of the Little Mermaid and offers fans a peek into a world where Mermaids aren't just real, but live secretly among us on land.

She and her very kissable husband enjoy traveling the globe and fostering packs of rescue puppies. Tobie loves chocolate chip cookies and Oxford commas. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, Tobie splits her time between Los Angeles and Boston. Learn more about Tobie and her upcoming books on www.TobieEaston.com.

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Blog Tour: Blaize and the Maven by Ellen M. Bard

Book Blurb:

Blaize and the Maven by Ellen Bard

Publisher: Parchment Publishing

Genre: Paranormal romance

Release date: 7 October 2015

Blaize is a powerful but inexperienced energetic. Having only just passed her first Chakra Trial, Manipura, fire, she is sent to Canada to an expert Maven to be trained in her second energy: Ajna, or the mind.

Her Maven is the mysterious and reluctant Cuinn, who has problems of his own - disturbing dreams that appear to show him standing against the destruction of the energetics race. When he discovers that Blaize is part of the prophecy, he knows her training needs to be accelerated - but he’s not prepared for the heat she brings to his normally calm and ordered world.

But both Cuinn and Blaize have secrets of their own, secrets that could destroy their partnership before it’s begun - a partnership that has a far greater importance than they realize.

Will they learn to trust each other before it’s too late?

The first in a captivating series of romance and magic, family and loyalty, love and power.

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He reached for her, and with nowhere to go, her back against the dressing table, she couldn’t dodge him without looking like a child. But he only took her hand in his.

“We’re connected now, Blaize.”

“I know.” His hand felt cool, dry, and comforting. She wasn’t sure whether to wrench hers away or to grab him with her other hand and pull him in tight.

“It’s more than just the Maven-Adherent connection.”

“Sexual attraction’s a powerful connection, true.” She refused to give an inch.

He moved a little closer. Too close. “It’s more than that, Blaize.”

His breath rifled through her hair. His scent was musky and male, and she felt light-headed. To hell with it. She’d made her intentions clear. If he wanted to pine for a relationship, that was his problem. And anger made for heat. And she was in her element in hot weather.

She licked her lips, and looked up at him. She slowly reached to put a hand on his hip. His hair, messy as always, cast shadows on his face in the dim evening light of the room, and his eyes, almost lost in darkness, fixed on hers. Her hand slipped around to his lower back and dipped to touch the skin underneath his black chinos. He took an audible breath. His hands went to her head, cradling it in his hands. She shivered as one of his hands cupped her neck and drew it towards him.

She was transfixed. Hypnotised. Her nerve endings were on fire with anticipation. His body lined itself up against hers. He leaned down towards her mouth, and she closed her eyes and tilted her face up, ready. It was going to be a wild ride.

He dropped a light kiss on her mouth … and then, nothing. She opened her eyes in confusion. He’d gone. She heard him call back up the stairs, “We will talk, Blaize.” The front door shut and the lock snicked behind him.

She was still in the same place minutes later after his footsteps had died away.

What the fuck?

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My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Mystery, Romance, Supernatural, Suspense, Witches--

Blaize has been waiting for this day for the last five years while she trained, the day she would pass her Practitioner Trial and be given the status of Practitioner. But after passing the test instead of the time off to figure out her life and freely use her fire gift, she is instead shipped off to a new Maven to work on her next gift- a Maven who has no interest in training a new student. What Blaize does not know, is that she is part of a prophesy that could cost her as well as her whole society their lives.

I will admit that I know nothing about Chakras except that different bodies regions have different chakras and each is to serve a different purpose and interaction. The magic system in this story is based off chakras, powering each kind of magic that the practitioner uses. I liked how the dominant magic that a person had also inspired certain personality traits which makes me question which came first- the personality spawns the power or the power creates the personality. The way the user could manipulate the magic was really fun, each gift had uses and strengths and I liked how they could be combined to create something better. It was a really unique magical system I have never seen before and not it has peaked an interesting in learning about chakras.

Ok, so I feel like a little bit of an idiot that I did not realize this was a romance. Keep in mind, that is no issue with me since I believe almost all books could use a dollop of romance to keep things interesting, but for some reason the synopsis just not lead me to the conclusion Blaize and the Maven was a romance. And boy was this the tension filled, slow burn kind where every encounter with the two made me want to keep reading or scream to kiss already! The animosity that was between the two from their first encounter was transformed into the best kind of sexual chemistry and I loved it!

I really loved that while this is the first book in the series and the underlying villain is still out their plotting, the romance aspect of the story was resolved in the best of ways.I feel like this was the perfect blend of magic, action, danger and romance. I was reading about the other books in the series after I finished this story, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the next book features another group of main characters (both of which I love from this story!) to find love and kick evil in the ass.

I am reviewing a complimentary copy of this title.

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Book Blurb:

Caught at the centre of a dramatic prophecy, the safety that Tierra has wrapped around herself for the last few decades of her long life has been shattered. On top of that, her long-standing crush on her best friend has turned into something she can no longer ignore. Always happier looking after others, she finds she needs to step out of her comfort zone, and fast. She’s a Master in both her energies - if she can just remember how to use them.

Fintan loves the thrill of danger, risk and battle. But the prophecy doesn’t just include him, it includes his friends - the only people he calls family. He’s ready to fight to protect them, but what he isn’t ready for is for the idea of Tierra in danger.

A mysterious teenager seems to have the key to some of the prophecy’s secrets. Tierra is a lot better suited than Fintan to coaxing the information out of the frightened girl - but that’s going to put her smack in the middle of the fight.

Is Tierra brave enough to put herself front and centre in the conflict?

And is Fintan hero enough to let her?

Tierra and the Warrior is the second in The Energetics Series, where love and loyalty must stand strong against vengeance and danger. Click to buy it now!

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Author Bio:

I’m a fiction author who writes paranormal romance, full of enchantment, intrigue, action and romance. My writing blends my background in psychology and my experiences travelling the world with a love of magic, fantasy and a (mostly!) happy ending.

I’m a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, and continue to work as an international management consultant. Over the last 15 years I’ve worked in countries across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, including China, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.

I also write non-fiction, and recently, with UK publisher Watkins, launched ‘This is for you: A Creative Toolkit for Better Self-Care’, under the name Ellen M. Bard (http://ellenbard.com/this-is-for-you/ ).

My passion for other lands and cultures helps inform my writing, as does my desire to try new things – from art classes to Krav Maga, the self-defence system.

I’m a passionate and dedicated reader myself, working through between 80-100 books a year – read my reviews on goodreads here.

Born in the UK, I currently live in an apartment nest in Bangkok with my Fox, where I (almost!) never have to feel the cold.

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Review: Brutal Curse by Casey L. Bond

Book Blurb:

Prince Carden of Tierney lost his home, family, and claim to the throne in one fell swoop when he rebelled against his father for a cause he knew was right. Instead of wallowing in despair, he embarks on a new journey, starting a new life on the Southern Isle. When he finds himself caught in a web woven by the famously ruthless fae queen, Coeur, he insults her and she vows to teach him the most difficult and heart-breaking lesson he will ever learn: that humans are incapable of love, and that hearts are beastly things.

Arabella wasn’t really living, she was existing and surviving as best she could. A chance encounter with Carden changes everything for her, but the deadly game he’s dragged her into might cost her life.

Still, she agrees to play. The rules the fae queen gives them are vague, and it’s obvious there are things Queen Coeur isn’t telling them. She’s sure of it. But what she does know is that together, she and Carden must pass a series of tests and trials. If they fail, game over. But if they succeed, she just might be able to restore her family and carve out the life she’s always envisioned.

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My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Another-World, Faeries, Fairytale, Mystery, Romance, Retelling, Royal-Court, Supernatural, Suspense--

Arabella has had enough of her life of starvation and abuse at her alcoholic father's hands, so when her brother returns home from a hunting trip, she decides to leave with him. While out in the forest, she finds a white rabbit that leads her into the middle of a "game"- a game only the dark Queen of the Fey can find entertaining. Her partner in the game is Carden, a former prince and current wanderer, who get's cursed to turn to a beast. Together they must survive five days of the game, a game which has no rules and purpose is to end their lives.

I recently found the book Glamour of Midnight by Casey and I really liked what she did with her magical world, created loosely based on a fairytale and the machinations of the Fey. When I saw that she had a new fairytale retelling coming out, I knew it was only a matter of time until we met. Add in the fact the cover is so incredibly gorgeous and my grabby hands needed to take it, there was no doubt I was going to read Brutal Curse. I love that each book she creates is a standalone story, so you can pick any of her fairytale versions and know you have a complete adventure.

"Hearts are beastly things..."

I love fairytale retellings and this one was the best I have encountered, a mix of Alice in Wonderland meets Beauty and the Beast- with some nasty Fey antics added for flavor. I was highly entertained with the twists and turns that Casey wove through the story, the way she completely reworked two separate stories which I am very familiar with and turned them into something new and even more magical, and with a dark twists that the Fey brought out. I was delighted when I would find a bread crumb from one of the original stories and discover the new way it would play out- the White Rabbit and his obsession with time made much more sense in this tale...The Queen really does love saying "off with their heads"!

As per the norm, with Casey, I have learned that darkness is also mixed in her stories- but you must have balance, so with the darkness was the sweetest of light. Overall this was a great new story that had familiar elements but with the best of spins and a sweet soulmate romance that prevailed!I can't wait to read whatever terrible, wonderful tale Casey wants to craft next.