February 20, 2018

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Tombs by Deborah Schaumberg -- Guest Post




Welcome to Day #2 of The Tombs Blog Tour!

To celebrate the release of The Tombs on February 20th (TODAY!), blogs across the web are featuring exclusive content from Deborah Schaumberg and 10 chances to win a finished copy and a custom bookmark handmade by the author!



The Falcon and The Tombs


Seraphine is one of my favorite characters in The Tombs, and she's a Peregrine falcon! Avery is given responsibility for her when her falconer-owner dies. Taking care of Seraphine helps Avery cope with loss her mother to the Tombs asylum and moving to the tenements of Vinegar Hill. Anyone who's ever had a pet can understand the special bond between a human and an animal, but people have asked me, "Why a falcon?"

I grew up with birds. We had a Mynah bird, parakeets, cockatiels, and a talking Quaker Parrot. (Not all at the same time of course! :) So I love birds, and I wanted it to be a somewhat wild pet, one that is free to fly away but chooses to stay with her. While doing research, I discovered that Peregrine falcons actually nest atop the bridges of New York and that decided it!

Then I learned what fascinating birds Peregrine falcons are, and what it means to be a falconer. The Peregrine is one of the world's fastest birds. They can reach 200 mph in a dive! And look how beautiful they are!

I spoke with a genuine Master Falconer, Mike Dupuy, who started the Pennsylvania Falconry Association. He helped me understand what "the art and sport of falconry" is all about. There are only about 4,500 falconers in the United States because it takes a serious level of dedication. If you want to become a falconer you must have a sponsor, like Mike. Once you are accepted as an apprentice, and trap your own wild bird, it will still take at least seven years before you are considered a Master Falconer. 


Birds of prey are housed in a "mews" or hawk-house where they have plenty of room to fly and places to perch. And every time the falconer releases the bird to hunt, the birds have the choice of returning back to the wild or not. In the picture below you can read about some of the equipment needed to work with a bird of prey. The leather hood that covers their eyes calms them down and simulates nighttime. Avery uses one of these to calm Seraphine on more than one occasion in the book. I don't want to give anything away but the relationship between Avery and Seraphine is very special. Seraphine follows Avery on her way to work every day and quite possibly saves her life. 





There is a Peregrine falcon webcam on top of the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York. Check it out - www.newnybridge.com/falcon-camera/. You can also go to Mike Dupuy's website to learn more about birds of prey - www.mikedupuyfalconry.com or Instagram @mikedupuyfalconry


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Blog Tour Schedule:

February 19th — BookhoundsYA
February 20th — Good Choice Reading
February 21st — Book Briefs
February 22nd — Crossroad Reviews
February 23rd — Novel Novice

February 26th — A Dream Within A Dream
February 27th — Positively Book Crazy
February 28th —Reading Teen
March 1st — Page Turners
March 2nd — Mundie Moms


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New York, 1882. A dark, forbidding city, and no place for a girl with unexplainable powers.

Sixteen-year-old Avery Kohl pines for the life she had before her mother was taken. She fears the mysterious men in crow masks who locked her mother in the Tombs asylum for being able to see what others couldn't. Avery denies the signs in herself, focusing instead on her shifts at the ironworks factory and keeping her inventor father out of trouble. Other than secondhand tales of adventure from her best friend, Khan, an ex-slave, and caring for her falcon, Seraphine, Avery spends her days struggling to survive.

Like her mother's, Avery's powers refuse to be contained. When she causes a bizarre explosion at the factory, she has no choice but to run from her lies, straight into the darkest corners of the city. Avery must embrace her abilities and learn to wield their power--or join her mother in the cavernous horrors of the Tombs. And the Tombs has secrets of its own:  strange experiments are being performed on 'patients'...and no one knows why.

Deborah Schaumberg's gripping debut melds history and fantasy, taking readers on a breathless trip across a teeming turn-of-the-century New York, and asks the question: Where can you hide in a city that wants you buried?





About the Author:




Deborah Schaumberg was born in Brooklyn, not far from where her novel The Tombs takes place. She grew up renovating dilapidated old houses with her family. She and her father would walk the rooms, floor by floor, making up stories about the inhabitants that were filled with dark secrets, monsters, and, of course, ghosts. Deborah is a writer and an artist whose work always has an element of fantasy to it, and since she also studied architecture, settings are equally important. It was on a trek to the Annapurna Sanctuary in Nepal that she imagined a girl with the ability to see energy, and the seed of The Tombs was planted. She collects old bottles, and her favorite holiday is, you guessed it, Halloween. Deborah lives with her family and two dogs in Maryland, just outside DC. Visit her at www.deborahschaumberg.com.










  • One (1) winner will receive a finished copy of The Tombs and a custom bookmark handmade by Deborah Schaumberg
  • US only!
  • Giveaway ends Sunday, February 25th.
  • Giveaway is sponsored by Media Masters Publicity.



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February 19, 2018

Review: Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes (Blog Tour)






Immortal Reign
by Morgan Rhodes


IMMORTAL REIGN (#6)
As two lethal elemental gods set out to destroy Mytica, sworn enemies must become allies in the final fight to save the kingdoms.

Jonas continues to willfully defy his destiny, but the consequences of plotting his own course are drastic. As the fight for Mytica rages on, he must decide just how much more he's willing to sacrifice.

Lucia knows there's something special about her daughter and she'll do anything to protect her, even if that means facing Kyan alone.

Amara is called back home to Kraeshia. Grandma Cortas has her own plans for Mytica's future. She promises Amara power, revenge, and dominance if she agrees to be part of her scheme.

Magnus and Cleo's love will be put to the ultimate test. Dark magic is causing widespread destruction throughout the kingdom. Enemies across the sea are advancing. And unrest is stirring throughout the land. Is their love strong enough to withstand the outside forces tearing them apart? 





What a great ending to an AMAZING-OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD series!!!!

I am so sad to see it end, but I love how much each character has grown and how much they've changed from page one of FALLING KINGDOMS to the last page of IMMORTAL REIGN. I love this series so, so, soooooo much!

There isn't one book in this series that I did not absolutely love. I started this series hating certain characters and voting for certain love interest and somehow the author derailed all my thoughts and hopes and I ended up loving them all and loving how everything ended for each and everyone of them. I went through every emotion while reading this series. Every time someone asks me for a book series to read I immediately think FALLING KINGDOMS. I am sad that it's over, but there had to be an ending, right?

I love how most, not all, of the characters from book one and on got a happy ending. I am especially happy with Cleo's ending!!

This series sort of reminds me of Game of Thrones. One minute you despise one character, and the next the author redeems them in some way and you end up loving them.

Gosh, I am rambling now.

I will end here (before I give away any spoilers) by saying if you have not started this series you are seriously missing out!!!




5 HUGE STARS!

AVAILABLE TODAY IN ALL BOOKSTORES!








Morgan Rhodes is the New York Times bestselling author of the Falling Kingdoms series and the Falling Kingdoms spin-off series, the Books of Spirits and Thieves. Under another pen name, she's an award winning author of more than two dozen novels. Morgan lives in Southern Ontario, where she's currently hard at work on the next Falling Kingdoms book.





February 06, 2018

A Court of Frost & Starlight by Sarah J. Maas Virtual Signing!



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A companion tale to the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series that takes place several months after the explosive events of A Court of Wings and Ruin.

Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this story bridges the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming novels in the series. Feyre, Rhys and their companions are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated – scars that will have a far-reaching impact on the future of their court.

On Sale May 1, 2018

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February 02, 2018

Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey & Krystal Wade - Blog Tour Invitation!


Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey & Krystal Wade
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction/Fairy Tale Retelling
Publication: March 6th, 2018


While she sleeps, the whole universe changes.

Princess Talia Starchaser has it all. Wealth. Status. Adoring citizens. But on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, she’s forced to publicly betray her best friend, a companion mock she’s had since birth, setting events into motion that lead to the destruction of the humans, and the princess floating through space, a remnant of a time when humans ruled over droids.

One hundred years later, half-mock captain Will Perrault and his ragtag crew discover a device floating in space. When a very human Talia emerges from its depths, Will suspects she’s the key to buying his way back into the regiment he once commanded against the last remaining rebel humans—and the ruling mock queen’s good graces.

Both Talia and Will would rather get space-tossed than trust one another, but with the queen’s forces chasing them across the galaxy and the fate of both worlds hanging in the balance, they’ll forge the unlikeliest of alliances to survive.



March 5th - 16th
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January 30, 2018

#SKYSHOREGIVEAWAY! WIN THESE ARCS!



Hey GCReaders!

We have an awesome giveaway LIVE on instagram that we wanted to tell you all about!

Don't miss out!


Welcome to @GCReading & @Ravenousreader #skyshoregiveaway giveaway! What’s up for grab? Are you sitting down? We are both giving away a copy of #SKYINTHEDEEP by @AdrienneYoungBooks & #BEYONDADARKENEDSHORE by @JessLeake!! Plus, season 1 of @historyvikings! Our first prize winner is also going to win some make-up goodies from @RavenousReader! We both read and absolutely loved both #books! We have paired these two together because they are both very similar, but also very different in so many ways. Both stories are unique and take a journey of their own that will leave you craving more! How to enter: 📚📚We are so excited about these two books that we want to spread the love and share as much about them as possible that every #booklover out there knows about them! Get creative!!! Create your own viking look, draw a viking picture, create a viking #make-up look, ANYTHING! Share your creativity on Instagram and use the hashtag #SKYSHOREGIVEAWAY or tag us in the post! We will be sharing your post and picking our winner from this hashtag and then checking all other entries. 📚📚📚 - Must follow @GCReading, @Ravenousreader, @adrienneyoungbooks, and @jessleake! - Tag some friends in post — share the #love - This giveaway is only open to U.S. & CANADA residents. If you are outside these two countries and do not mind covering your own shipping then feel free to enter! ;) - This giveaway is sponsored by @GCReading & @RavenousReader - Contest ends February 12th! #kindle #bookblogger #bookstagram #book #reader #thevikings #read #mustread #youngadult #giveaway #bookgiveaway #blog #vikinglove
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As of today, we only have TWO entries. All you have to do to enter is come up with some sort of VIKING art. It can be anything from a drawing, painting, make-up look, hairstyle, ANYTHING.

Share your photo on Instagram and tag us or use the hashtag #SKYSHOREGIVEAWAY!

We love the show The Vikings, and absolutely loved SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young & Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake!!! Two books you MUST READ!!!!


GO ENTER NOW!!! We cannot wait to see what you all come up with!!!!