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February 25, 2020

THE SECRET BROKERS by Alexandrea Weis - Tour & Promo Events Sign-up!


THE SECRET BROKERS
by Alexandrea Weis
Genre: Adult
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Release date: April 7th, 2020

THE DARKER THE SECRET,
THE HIGHER THE PRICE. 

Dallas August runs a dangerous business—an organization of elite spies for hire.

The secrets trade.

Nothing is off limits, and no price is too high.

When asked to uncover what recluse Gwen Marsh knows about a Mafia kingpin’s death, Dallas poses as a bodyguard to get close to his target, but the stubborn Asian beauty wants nothing to do with him. As the FBI and the Mafia close in, danger drives them together, but can he protect Gwen, or will Dallas be the one risking everything to discover what she is really hiding?

Dallas August is about to find out how dangerous life can be as one of the Secret Brokers.

Once you are in, there is no turning back.


April 6th - 17th
- Reviews
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SINGLE PROMOTIONAL EVENTS

The Secret Brokers COUNTDOWN BLASTS
We will be sharing teasers as a countdown to release day (April 7th) for THE SECRET BROKERS! They will be sized for Instagram but you can share on any platform. A Rafflecopter will be prepared for you to share your links as entries, with a new entry option added as each date comes around.
March 10th - one month away
March 17th - three weeks away
March 24th - two weeks away
March 31st - one week away


THE SECRET BROKERS RELEASE BLAST: April 7th

HTML content will be provided for bloggers, but you can share her release on any platform. You will be able to submit your links as extra entries for the giveaway.


Twitter & Instagram Blast: April 9th

Teasers will be provided to share on Twitter & Instagram. You will be able to submit your links as extra entries for the giveaway.




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February 12, 2020

Review: The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne


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The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne
Hardcover: 400 pages
Published: February 4th 2020 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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Engagement season is in the air. Eighteen-year-old Princess Leonie “Leo” Kolburg, heir to a faded European spaceship, only has one thing on her mind: which lucky bachelor can save her family from financial ruin?

But when Leo’s childhood friend and first love Elliot returns as the captain of a successful whiskey ship, everything changes. Elliot was the one that got away, the boy Leo’s family deemed to be unsuitable for marriage. Now, he’s the biggest catch of the season and he seems determined to make Leo’s life miserable. But old habits die hard, and as Leo navigates the glittering balls of the Valg Season, she finds herself falling for her first love in a game of love, lies, and past regrets.





HOLY COVER LUST.

How a person feels about The Stars We Steal will likely depend entirely on what they expect going into it.

Sci-fi? Yes...but not heavy. Very light, actually. Just enough that it plays a role, but not enough to really make it FEEL like sci-fi.

Romance? Yes...but not heavy. Again, very light. The romance is the central theme of the story, but in a lot of ways it is a bit fluffy. Given the fact that it is ultimately the focus of the story - not the sci-fi aspects, not the politics, but the romance - I would personally prefer it be a bit more fleshed out.

Character driven? Yes. A rich group of main characters that you can't help but love...and hate. However I do feel the secondary characters fell a bit flat and could have used a bit more development, given the massive role they play in the outcome of the story.

Ultimately, I enjoyed The Stars We Steal. I think elements of it could have used more attention, but at the end of the day it was a quick and cute read that I would recommend...as long as you don't go in expecting anything heavy.

Cover: 5 | Characters: 3 | Plot: 3 | Pace: 3 | Creativity: 3



January 29, 2020

Review: The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller



Hardcover, 336 pages
Publication: February 25th 2020 
By: Feiwel and Friends


Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:

1) Woo the Shadow King.2) Marry him.3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.

No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it.

But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen—all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen? 




 I don't even know where to start with this review. I am a huge fan of Trisha Levenseller! She has not let me down with any of her novels and this one by far is my favorite.

Levenseller was able to create two characters who are evil, but lovable at the same time. Both main characters are practically villains in their own way, but yet I could not help myself but root for the both of them. I am also a huge lover of a slow burn romance, which the author did a great job with in this novel. They go from strangers to best friends to lovers-- and I loved every minute of it! They truly were perfect for each other.

I found myself torn with all types of emotions while reading. In one chapter I knew what Alessandra was doing/did is wrong, but I loved her for it. I actually questioned my sanity! What is wrong with me that I am rooting for this girl and loving every sneaky little thing she is doing? LOL! I couldn't help myself. I also loved how ruthless the Shadow King can be, but soft at the same time. The fact that the author can bring that out in me by just a couple of words is a 5 STAR all the way!! Love her writing and will FOREVER be a fan.

I completely lost myself in this book and it has been a long time that I've been able to read a book from beginning to end. THE SHADOW KING has brought out my passion for reading again. I am so happy I was able to snag a copy. It is definitely a MUST-READ for 2020! A Good Choice for Reading! 5 HUGE Stars from me!



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October 23, 2019

To Kill A Curse by Jennifer Jenkins Blog Tour + Giveaway!





About the Book:
Title: TO KILL A CURSE (A Lingering Sea Novel Book 1)
Author: Jennifer Jenkins
Pub. Date: October 24, 2019
Publisher: Flying Unicorn Press
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 350
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindleB&NiBooksKoboTBD

Would you touch the one you loved, even if it might kill them? 

Antonio, a merchant sailor, has no idea how dangerous Fina Perona is when he rescues her from drowning in the middle of the Lingering Sea. His ship is headed to the home Fina just abandoned, carrying desperately needed payment for her father's prized wine stores. Pirates attack, and as Antonio and Fina escape the clutches of slavery, she steals back her family's small fortune from the pirate captain's quarters. Fina doesn't need Antonio's protection, she's more dangerous than he could ever be, but she needs his experience as a navigator and agrees to give him a cut of the payment in exchange for his help. Returning the money is the only way Fina knows how to atone for inadvertently killing her own brother, but what she doesn't realize is, before Antonio was a sailor, he was a thief. 

While threats of curses, witches, bandits, pirates, and traitors are all very real, Fina and Antonio are the most dangerous players in this story of true love and betrayal. Will they become each other’s demise or salvation as they set out to find redemption and to kill a curse?







Antonio pulled down a simple mask covered in black lace with a red feather fastened to one side. It was definitely not the most ornate, but its simplicity made it striking.

Careful not to touch her, he rested it on her face, tying the black ribbon behind her head to hold it in place. The mask formed to the bridge of her nose perfectly, leaving her mouth and cheeks free of covering, unlike many of the full-faced masks on the wall. 

With his hand at the small of her back, Antonio guided her to the corner of the shop where a mirror with a painted golden frame hung. “Take a look.”

She hadn’t had a mirror in her room at the inn. Seeing herself now, in a new dress and with the mask, she could have been anyone. Her skin had taken on a darker tone from all of her travelling. The dress amplified her figure to the point of making her blush, but the mask… the mask transformed her into someone completely different. Someone she thought—for just one night—she’d like to be.

“An excellent choice,” the white-haired shopkeeper said as he approached them. “Such a pretty face does not need much embellishment.” He handed Antonio a different mask. This one didn’t have the lace or feather, but bore the same shape as Fina’s. “The mask’s partner,” he exclaimed. Antonio tied it on his head and stood behind Fina to look in the mirror.

“They belong together, no?” the old man said.

Fina froze, unable to take her eyes off of Antonio. Unable to see if the shop owner’s words affected him the way they did her.

“Si, Signore.” Antonio cleared his throat. “They do.”







With her degree in History and Secondary Education, Jennifer Jenkins had every intention of teaching teens to love George Washington, the Napoleonic Wars, and Ancient Sparta . . . until the writing began. In addition to her Lingering Sea series, Jennifer is the author of the bestselling Nameless trilogy and Teen Writer’s Guide: Your Road Map to Writing (releasing March 2020). She is a co-founder of Teen Author Boot Camp, and divides her time between reading, taking spontaneous trips, researching random events from the past, and fostering her adrenaline junkie addictions. Learn more at www.authorjenniferjenkins.com






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October 21, 2019

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: The Night Weaver by Monique Snyman


THE NIGHT WEAVER
by Monique Snyman
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Release date: October 15th




SHADOW GROVE IS A PERFECTLY PLEASANT TOWN ...

Shadow Grove isn't a typical town. Bad things happen here. Children disappear, one after the other, and nobody is doing anything about it. Parents don't grieve, missing posters don't line the streets, and the sheriff seems unconcerned.

Seventeen-year-old Rachel Cleary lives on the outskirts of Shadow Grove, next to the creepy forest everyone pretends doesn't exist. Usually the forest is filled with an eerie calm, an unmistakable graveyard solemnity. But the trees have started whispering, forgotten creatures are stirring, and the nights feel darker than ever.

Something is stalking the residents of Shadow Grove, changing them into brain-dead caricatures of themselves. It's up to Rachel to stop the devouring of her hometown before all is destroyed and everyone she loves is forever lost.


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Praise for The Night Weaver

“Stephen King’s It meets Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight in Snyman’s frightening story of horror and fantasy woven together to create a delectable tale of the macabre … romance and action. Snyman’s storytelling will have people lining up for the next book.” ~ School Library Journal

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Going into The Night Weaver, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I love horror, but I haven't read a lot of young adult horror, and the blurb does a good job of keeping us in the dark about what kind of creatures we're dealing with. The blurb doesn't tell you, so I won't either, but I will say that I definitely didn't expect it. 

I really liked these characters and the small town vibe. Who doesn't love small and cozy Stars Hollow-esque town? Where everyone knows everyone, and while they drive each other crazy day by day, at the end of the day they are tight-knit and fight for each other. Throw in a taste of the quick wit and element of danger, and I'm sold!

If I had one criticism it would be the way Dougal's accent is conveyed. While I understand why it was done, it was at times difficult to get a grasp on what he was saying, and having to stop to decipher it was distracting from the overall story.

Ultimately, I really enjoyed this one! I recommend it for fans of the paranormal, fantasy, and horror. I'll be keeping an eye out for the sequel!





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About the Author

Monique Snyman
Monique Snyman’s mind is a confusing bedlam of glitter and death, where candy-coated gore is found in abundance and homicidal unicorns thrive. Sorting out the mess in her head is particularly irksome before she’s ingested a specific amount of coffee, which is equal to half the recommended intake of water for humans per day. When she’s not playing referee to her imaginary friends or trying to overdose on caffeine, she’s doing something with words—be it writing, reading, or fixing all the words.

Monique Snyman lives in Pretoria, South Africa, with her husband and an adorable Chihuahua. She’s the author of MUTI NATION, a horror novel set in South Africa, and the Bram Stoker Award® nominated novel, THE NIGHT WEAVER, which is the first installment in a dark fantasy series for young adults.



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- Bracelet + Keychain (US only)


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