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YA Review- My Butterfly by Laura Miller

25 Jun, 2013 by in My Butterfly, Romance, YA contemporary Leave a comment

My Butterfly 
by Laura Miller
Paperback 355 pages
Published June 11, 2013
by Createspace 
ISBN 1481089854
Series: Butterfly Weends #2
Genre: YA
Contemporary, Romance
Book Source: author
4.5 stars

Summary from Goodreads: From the national bestselling novel Butterfly Weeds comes the other side of the story…
About the man behind the song.

Will Stephens doesn’t chase dreams outside of his small, Missouri town. He’s perfectly happy with his high school sweetheart in his arms, his guitar and his quiet, summer nights. But life for Will is about to change. He’s about to find out what it’s like to chase a dream—one he has loved since he first laid eyes on her.

A firefighter by day and a musician by night, Will balances his dangerous career with his weekend gigs, but his mind is never far from Julia Lang. They said their goodbyes years ago, but Will now hopes a song from their past will help Julia stop and remember a life they once shared together. His only fear is that he’s waited too long to get his song to her ears.


Review: Every once in a while a good old fashioned small town romance comes along and reminds you of the slow burning love of country life. Having not read book one in this series, Butterfly Weeds, I wasn’t sure of the other side of this story but I loved and understood every bit of book two.  Julia ad Will are childhood friends, playing in front of the local store and trying to steal rides on a tractor, but they lose track of each other until she waltzes back in to his High School and takes his heart back by storm. She’s the daughter of money, a track star and a future law student who wants to fulfill her career aspirations. Will on the other hand, is a small town boy with his roots deep in the Missouri soil. He’s not in a hurry to leave or to change his career choice as a fireman just because Julia thinks it’s too dangerous. He has the voice of an angel and a persistence that finally catches his butterfly. But she has a mind of her own and wings to fly away. Will’s life is now haunted by her face, her tough and so many memories they’ve wound together. Can Julia ever find her way back home, back to him?

My Butterfly tugged at my heart and made me long for a simpler time and place. It is a sweet, down to earth tale of love lost and the efforts to rekindle it. I enjoyed the slow, steady pace and the home spun characters that could very well be someone you know. I am definitely going to check out book one now that I’ve had a feel for Laura Miller’s writing. You’ll want to keep some tissues close at hand for the epilogue!

Content: Clean, no sex or violence, a few minor swear words.



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About the author: Laura Miller was born in the Missouri River Bottoms in Berger, Mo., but grew up in New Haven, Mo., and attended the University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou). While in college, Laura was a 400-meter and 600-yard runner on the University’s track and field team. She later graduated from Mizzou with a degree in newsprint journalism and spent years as a newspaper reporter, covering government and business news, before starting to write fiction.

Laura spent some time in San Diego, Calif., and Charleston, S.C., before moving back to the Midwest in 2011. She now lives in Columbia, Mo., with her husband, a TV meteorologist and former Mizzou 800-meter runner.
Laura’s debut novel, Butterfly Weeds, hit the Amazon Best-Seller’s List in October 2012, while her latest novel, My Butterfly released in June 2013. When she’s not working on her next book, Laura can be found chasing after her latest obsession, her one-year-old nephew, or lost in a good book.

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IN LIGHT OF RECENT EVENTS by Amy Klinger Tour and Giveaway

24 Mar, 2022 by in Uncategorized 1 comment

Fire and Ice is today’s stop on the IN LIGHT OF RECENT EVENTS by Amy Klinger Tour.

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book, be sure to check out all the details below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a $10 Amazon GC courtesy of Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, check out the giveaway info below.

 

About The Book:

Title: IN LIGHT OF RECENT EVENTS

Author: Amy Klinger

Pub. Date: March 22, 2022

Publisher: The Story Plant

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 336

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&NiBooks, TBD, Bookshop.org

In the 1990s American workplace, survival of the fittest is sometimes less about clawing your way to the top than developing good camouflage. And Audrey Rohmer is doing her very best to blend in as an undistinguished middle manager. Uninspired by her job and uneasy about her father’s new marriage, Audrey coasts through the work week leaning on her “partner in apathy” – an admin assistant named Pooter – to keep her relationship with the married head of her department from becoming water cooler gossip.


But when an old family friend-turned-Hollywood-superstar crashes on her doorstep in the midst of a publicity crisis, Audrey’s under-the-radar status quo gets upended, and the writing may literally be on the bathroom wall that secrets will find a way out.


Equally acerbic and heartfelt, In Light of Recent Events is both an endlessly engaging piece of storytelling and a fascinating commentary on workplaces, families, and fame. 

Reviews:

“I really enjoyed IN LIGHT OF RECENT EVENTS. It’s a fast, fun, emotionally engaging novel about friendship, family, and the day-to-day horrors of middle management. Amy Klinger gives us a delightful cast of characters to relate to, laugh with, and, ultimately, root for.” — Matthew Norman, author of DOMESTIC VIOLETS

“With a wit as precise as an edge of a carefully cut diamond, In Light of Recent Events navigates universal workplace intrigues in this thoughtful story about love, friendship, and growing up.” — Jane Ward, author of In the Aftermath

 

Excerpt: 

My interest in other lives was not kinky, just curious. Seeking out those everyday moments of poignancy or grace, silliness and tenderness, explosive scenes like the shattered window or quiet moments like someone slowly turning the blinds closed for the night.

Though not a skill most human resource professionals would actively seek in an employee, I found that the ability to likewise sit quietly and observe in the workplace provided a subtle advantage that seemed evolutionary in nature. Because really, at its most basic, an office (such as the one in which I worked) was a living demonstration of the pack mentality, whereby every interaction was filtered through the lens of perceived status. And status—whether bestowed by one’s title, office size, or number of subordinates—mattered. When you took the time to look and listen before exposing yourself in a meeting or at the nearly empty coffee pot in the break room, you were better able to navigate the complex social maze of cubicles. This applied to the go-getters as much as the coasters. I fell into the latter category.

Pseudo-voyeur, coaster, technically single young woman with a slight case of ennui and an undersized sense of ambition, this was me circa 1996. And it only mildly troubled me. After all, the vast majority of the world’s population led quiet, not particularly remarkable lives. Odds were, I would never be a Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes winner, but it was just as unlikely that I would be struck by lightning.

What I hadn’t counted on was the kung-fu kick of coincidence. The chance encounter. That notorious butterfly effect that sets in motion a series of actions and reactions that make complacency a joke. Or at the very least, irrelevant.

Regardless, at that time, as long as I had a reliable paycheck that afforded me a comfortable home and the ability to take a nice vacation once a year, I found little to complain about, and even less to strive toward.

 

About Amy Klinger:

Amy Klinger is a fiction writer and essayist, a freelance copywriter and message strategist. She is also an amateur baker, a mediocre mountain biker, and whatever the opposite of “handyman” is. Amy has an MFA from University of Utah and lives with her family in Vermont where she is currently working on her next novel. Visit AmyKlinger.com for blog posts and other updates.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card courtesy of Rockstar Book Tours, International.


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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

3/14/2022BookHoundsGuest Post/IG Post
3/15/2022#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee BlogGuest Post
3/16/2022Lady HawkeyeExcerpt/IG Post
3/17/2022Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post 
3/18/2022@jaimerockstarbooktoursIG Post

Week Two:

3/21/2022Rajiv’s ReviewsReview/IG Post
3/22/2022The Girl Who ReadsReview
3/23/2022boozybook blogReview/IG Post
3/24/2022Fire and IceReview
3/25/2022The Reading Wordsmith Review/IG Post

Week Three:

3/28/2022Ravenz ReviewzReview/IG Post
3/29/2022Lifestyle of MeReview
3/30/2022Excuse Me, I’m ReadingReview
3/31/2022@jypsylynn Review
4/1/2022Two Points of InterestReview

Week Four:

4/4/2022onemoreexclamationReview/IG Post
4/5/2022@coffeesipsandreadsReview
4/6/2022pickagoodbookReview/IG Post
4/7/2022The Momma SpotReview
4/8/2022MomfluensterReview
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FRACTURED PATH by J.C. Cervantes Tour and Giveaway

11 Jul, 2022 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the FRACTURED PATH by J.C. Cervantes Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About The Book:

Title: FRACTURED PATH (The Mirror #3)

Author: J.C. Cervantes

Pub. Date: July 19, 2022

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 384

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, B&N TBD, Bookshop.org

Can dreams come true when you’re living with a family curse?

1965—San Francisco, California

The 1960s are bursting with music and movement and love in San Francisco, perfect for a budding artist like Blake. Unfortunately, the art world is not welcoming to people of her gender or her multi-racial heritage, making it tough to land an internship that could put her on the map. That, plus the fact that Blake’s family has been notoriously riddled with bad luck, makes her feel like she can’t catch a break. Things only get worse when Blake starts to have ominous, confusing visions that grow stronger and more frequent, prompting Blake’s aunt and uncle to tell her about a long-lost family heirloom that could be the key to everything

Fueled by the ambiguous clues in her visions, Blake sets out on a journey through the city to retrieve her ancestors’ legendary mirror. But Blake is not the only one looking for it. Soon she must attempt to unleash her own dormant powers . . . or else risk all she holds dear.

Fractured Path is the third book in the YA fairy-tale quartet, following one family—and the curse that plagues it—over several generations.

Haven’t read the first 2 book in THE MIRROR QUARTET? Get them now!

 

 

 

About J. C. Cervantes:

J. C. Cervantes (www.jccervantes.com) is the New York Times best-selling author of The Storm Runner, which Booklist called “a rip-roaring adventure” in a starred review. Her first novel, Tortilla Sun, was a 2010 New Voices pick by the American Booksellers Association and was named to Bank Street’s 2011 Best Book List. Jen grew up in San Diego and was fascinated by stories about Maya gods and magic. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter: @jencerv, and Instagram: #authorjcervantes.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of FRACTURED PATH, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

7/1/2022

Ya Books Central

Excerpt/IG Post

7/2/2022

Sadie’s Spotlight

Excerpt/IG Post

Week Two:

7/3/2022

BookHounds YA

Excerpt/IG Post

7/4/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Excerpt

7/5/2022

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt

7/6/2022

@jaimerockstarbooktours

IG Post

7/7/2022

Lady Hawkeye

Excerpt/IG Post

7/8/2022

Rajiv’s Reviews

Review/IG Post

7/9/2022

The Moon Phoenix

Review/IG Post

Week Three:

7/10/2022

Stacialovestoread

Review/IG Post

7/11/2022

Fire and Ice

Review

7/12/2022

GryffindorBookishNerd

IG Review

7/13/2022

Lifestyle of Me

Review

7/14/2022

Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Review

7/15/2022

Eye-Rolling Demigod’s Book Blog

Review/IG Post

7/16/2022

More Books Please blog

Review/IG Post

Week Four:

7/17/2022

Kait Plus Books

Review/IG Post/TikTok Post

7/18/2022

beersbooksandboos

Review/IG Post

7/19/2022

The Chatty Bookworm

TikTok Review/IG Post

7/20/2022

pluvioreads

Review/IG Post/TikTok Post

7/21/2022

History from a Woman’s Perspective

Review

7/22/2022

A Backwards Story

Review/IG Post

7/23/2022

The Momma Spot

Review/IG Post

Week Five:

7/24/2022

A Bookish Dream

Review/IG Post

7/25/2022

hodophile_z

IG Review

7/26/2022

onemused

IG Review

7/27/2022

@drewsim12

IG Review/TikTok Post

7/28/2022

Books and Zebras

IG Review

7/29/2022

@lexijava

Review/IG Post

7/30/2022

Two Points of Interest

Review

Week Six:

7/31/2022

popthebutterfly

Review/IG Post/TikTok Post


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RISE OF THE SNAKE GODDESS by Jenny Elder Moke Tour and Giveaway

17 Jun, 2022 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the RISE OF THE SNAKE GODDESS by Jenny Elder Moke Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About the Book:

Title: RISE OF THE SNAKE GODDESS (Samantha Knox #2)

Author: Jenny Elder Moke

Pub. Date: June 7, 2022

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 320

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindle, AudibleB&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org

Samantha Knox is back for another adventure in this 1920s female-driven mystery-adventure series!

Sam Knox’s second adventure takes her to the island of Crete, just off the coast of Greece, where she discovers the ancient Snake Goddess’s golden girdle in the depths of a cave shrine that has been buried for decades. After having been belittled by her archaeology professor throughout her first college semester, Sam knows this triumph will prove her worth in the field, but before she can take credit for the find, the girdle is stolen and the island is hit with a series of earthquakes that don’t feel quite geological.

Soon Sam, Bennett and Jo are embroiled in a wild hunt―one that takes them to tiny island shops, a glamorous auction party and a near fiery death―to find the girdle before someone can use it to raise an ancient goddess from her slumber. The final battle features gryphons, a labyrinth, the minotaur of legend and lots of snakes. Lots.

Reviews:

“Another action-packed, romance and mythology filled mystery…Themes of wealth, power, and chauvinism are skillfully woven throughout the story while readers are provided with a cast of characters they will easily find themselves rooting for!”―School Library Connection

“Billed as the heir apparent to Indiana Jones, Samantha is a witty and wise adventurer, and it feels as though Moke is building towards an eventual greater purpose for her heroine.”―Booklist

“Jenny Elder Moke has done it again! Witty banter, ancient mysteries, thrilling action, and a mix of clever and dubious characters will keep you up all night in book two of the Samantha Knox series. A fantastic adventure!”―Jennifer Lynn Alvarez, author of Lies Like Wildfire

“Sam’s response to misogyny and classism propels the book’s action but also, in the deft hands of the author, provides readers with insights into the complexities of identity, self-awareness, and right action. While never becoming preachy, the book also thoughtfully explores issues related to the ethics of the acquisition and ownership of antiquities…Another satisfying supernatural adventure featuring an intrepid solver of puzzles.”―Kirkus Reviews

“Ahead of her time and a force to be reckoned with, Samantha Knox is the female Indiana Jones we’ve long been waiting for! You haven’t lived until you’ve read a Samantha Knox novel.”―Jen Calonita, New York Times best-selling author of the A Twisted Tale series

 


 

 

About  Jenny Elder Moke:

Jenny Elder Moke writes young adult fiction in an attempt to recapture the shining infinity of youth. Her debut novel, Hood, was a Junior Library Guild Selection, a Mayor’s Book Club selection, and received critical acclaim.

When she is not writing, she’s gathering story ideas from her daily adventures with her two irredeemable rapscallions and honing her ninja skills as a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Jenny lives in Denver, CO with her husband and two children.

 

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of RISE OF THE SNAKE GODDESS, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

6/1/2022

YABooksCentral

Excerpt

6/2/2022

@simplybeccamee

IG Review

6/3/2022

Just Another Teen Reading Books

Review/IG Post

6/4/2022

Review Thick And Thin

Review/IG Post

Week Two:

6/5/2022

A Court of Coffee and Books

Review/IG Post

6/6/2022

Karen Dee’s Book Reviews

Review/IG Post

6/7/2022

Book-Keeping

Review/IG Post

6/8/2022

More Books Please blog

Review/IG Post

6/9/2022

Lisa Loves Literature

Review/IG Post

6/10/2022

@wraithreads

TikTok Review/IG Post

6/11/2022

DB’S Guide to the Galaxy

Review

Week Three:

6/12/2022

@drewsim12

IG Review/TikTiok Review

6/13/2022

Read With Serena

Review/IG Post

6/14/2022

@ReadsReaders

YouTube Review/IG Post/TikTok Post

6/15/2022

Star-Crossed Book Blog

Review/IG Post

6/16/2022

popthebutterfly

Review/IG Post/TikTok Post

6/17/2022

Fire and Ice

Review/IG Post

6/18/2022

@coffeesipsandreads

Review/IG Post

Week Four:

6/19/2022

beersbooksandboos

Review/IG Post/TikTok Post

6/20/2022

The Real World According To Sam

Review/IG Post

6/21/2022

@jacleomik33 The Page Ladies

IG Post Review

6/22/2022

The Reading Devil

Review/IG Post

6/23/2022

Emmiepooh2

IG Review

6/24/2022

The Girl Who Reads

Review/IG Post

6/25/2022

Lifestyle of Me

Review

Week Five:

6/26/2022

Two Points of Interest

Review

6/27/2022

The Momma Spot

Review/IG Post

6/28/2022

BookBriefs

Review/IG Post

6/29/2022

Library of Alexandria Archives

Review/IG Post

6/30/2022

onemused

Review/IG Post


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THE PEN THIEF AND THE CHAMBER OF POWER by Tasha Madison Tour

14 Jun, 2022 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THE PEN THIEF AND THE CHAMBER OF POWER by Tasha Madison Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About the Book:

Title: THE PEN THIEF AND THE CHAMBER OF POWER (The Pen Thief Series #2)

Author: Tasha Madison

Pub. Date: June 7, 2022

Publisher: Author Academy Elite

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Pages: 232

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org

Chosen to Protect. Destined to Defend.

Arnie Schmidt has survived high school bullying and crushing heartbreak. Now, he must confront his deepest fear … the truth about his mysterious powers that may change his life and future forever.

Meanwhile, brutal forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on destroying him. To defeat them, Arnie must find the strength to trust himself and those closest to him while undertaking a desperate quest to distinguish fact from fiction.

Deep in the archives of the Fellowship of Guardians-where long-awaited answers slumber-Arnie gains the insight he needs to navigate the unknown. But, the improbable thrusts him into a labyrinth of secrets, unexpected adventures, and a fight to escape an imminent danger. As his world shatters, he must delve into the depths of his power and encourage the abilities of others if he is going to conquer old wounds long enough to survive.

Can Arnie embrace his destiny before ancient shadows ruin the promise of a hidden prophecy?


Haven’t started the PEN THIEF Series yet? Grab Book 1, The Pen Thief and the Orbit of Uncertainty now!

 

 

About Tasha Madison:

TASHA MADISON is an award-winning author, speaker, and coach who helps those overwhelmed by life’s challenges, disappointments, and traumas to harness their strengths so they can gain clarity on how to conquer their fears, achieve their goals, and live their best life. In the past twenty years, she has helped countless people to become the hero of their own lives with customized programming tailored to maximize transformational results.

Some Professional Accomplishments:​

  • CEO of Hero Academy, LLC
  • Creator of the Hero Blueprint©
  • Earned a Juris Doctor in Business Law, an MBA, and a BA in Communication
  • Earned a Certificate in International Commercial Arbitration
  • Ronald E. McNair Scholar
  • Published Global Award-winning Author
  • Editing Ninja
  • International Speaker on Leadership, Mindset, Personal Growth, and Authorship
  • Selected by Yahoo! Finance as one of the Top 5 Female Mindset Coaches Transforming Lives in 2021

 

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a finished copy of THE PEN THIEF AND THE CHAMBER OF POWER & a swag box, US Only.

1 winner will receive an eBook of THE PEN THIEF AND THE CHAMBER OF POWER & a digital swag box, International.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

6/6/2022

Lady Hawkeye

Excerpt 1/IG Post

6/6/2022

Sadie’s Spotlight

Excerpt 2/IG Post

6/7/2022

BookHounds YA

Excerpt 3/IG Post

6/7/2022

Ya Books Central

Excerpt 4

6/8/2022

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt 5

6/8/2022

The Momma Spot

Excerpt 6

6/9/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Excerpt 7

6/9/2022

Jenguerdy

IG Spotlight

6/10/2022

beersbooksandboos

Review/IG Post/TikTok Post

6/10/2022

@jaimerockstarbooktours

IG Spotlight

Week Two:

6/13/2022

More Books Please blog

Review/IG Post

6/13/2022

Rajiv’s Reviews

Review/IG Post

6/14/2022

Review Thick And Thin

Review/IG Post

6/14/2022

Fire and Ice

Review

6/15/2022

Living in a Bookworld

IG Review

6/15/2022

@enjoyingbooksagain

Review/IG Post

6/16/2022

popthebutterfly

Review/IG Post/TikTok Post

6/16/2022

Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Review

6/17/2022

Nagma | TakeALookAtMyBookshelf

IG Review

6/17/2022

@allyluvsbooksalatte

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SHATTERED MIDNIGHT by Dhonielle Clayton Tour and Giveaway

26 Jan, 2022 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the SHATTERED MIDNIGHT by Dhonielle Clayton Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours.

 

About The Book:

Title: SHATTERED MIDNIGHT (The Mirror #2)

Author: Dhonielle Clayton

Pub. Date: January 18, 2022

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 304

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle,  AudibleB&NiBooks, KoboTBD, Bookshop.org

The Mirror: Shattered Midnight is the second novel in the innovative four-book fairy-tale series written by Julie C. Dao, Dhonielle Clayton, J.C. Cervantes, and L. L. McKinney, following one family over several generations, and the curse that plagues it.

Zora Broussard has arrived in New Orleans with not much more than a bag of clothes, a beautiful voice, and a pair of enchanted red shoes. Running from a tragic accident caused by her magic, Zora wants nothing more than to blend in, as well as to avoid her overbearing aunt and mean-spirited cousins. Music becomes Zora’s only means of escape, yet she wonders if she should give it all up to remove the powers that make her a target, especially as a Black woman in the South.

But when Zora gets the chance to perform in a prominent jazz club, she meets a sweet white pianist named Phillip with magic of his own, including a strange mirror that foretells their future together. Falling into a forbidden love, Zora and Phillip must keep their relationship a secret. And soon the two discover the complicated connection between their respective families, a connection that could lead to catastrophe for them both. In the era of segregation and speakeasies, Zora must change her destiny and fight for the one she loves . . . or risk losing everything. 

 



Grab Book 1, BROKEN WISH now!


REVIEW: So much to love about this book! Rich details about New Orleans during prohibition– speakeasies, jazz music, beignets, debutante balls and Chicago gangs. You feel as if you are transported to the time and place described. It’s magical. The protagonist. is a strong black young woman with a gift for singing and a mind of her own. Her suitor Phillip is the epitome of a gentleman, protecting her at every turn. The time period is rife with racial tension and prejudice–black and white couples are prohibited by law from marrying. Love wins and is the most important element between Zora and Phillip.The strong family lines and family history pieces as well as the theme of loyalty stood out to me. I also enjoyed how the two women navigate their place in society with their natural talents. This is a tale of familial magic, curses and the hope of a new start. I can’t wait for book three in the series. Book two can be read as a standalone. Thanks so much to Disney Hyperion and Rockstar Book Tours for the complimentary copy for review. All views are my own. Content and trigger warnings: one swear word, moderate violence, domestic abuse, racism.


About Dhonielle:

Dhonielle Clayton is a New York Times Bestselling author of The Belles series, the coauthor of the Tiny Pretty Things duology which debuts as a Netflix original series soon, and the author of the forthcoming MG fantasy series The Marvellers. She hails from the Washington, D.C. suburbs on the Maryland side. She taught secondary school for several years, and is a former elementary and middle school librarian. She is COO of the non-profit We Need Diverse Books, and co-founder of CAKE Literary, a creative kitchen whipping up decadent—and decidedly diverse—literary confections for middle grade, young adult, and women’s fiction readers. She’s an avid traveler, and always on the hunt for magic and mischief. 

 

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of SHATTERED MIDNIGHT, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

1/1/2022

YA Books Central

Excerpt

Week Two:

1/2/2022

Simplybeccamee

Review

1/3/2022

The Bookwyrm’s Den

Review

1/4/2022

Kait Plus Books

Review

1/5/2022

Emelie’s Books

Review

1/6/2022

Rajiv’s Reviews

Review

1/7/2022

More Books Please blog

Review

1/8/2022

Cocoa With Books

Review

Week Three:

1/9/2022

Bri’s Book Nook

Review

1/10/2022

@enjoyingbooksagain

Review

1/11/2022

Sometimes Leelynn Reads

Review

1/12/2022

Locks, Hooks and Books

Review

1/13/2022

@moonlight_rendezvous

Review

1/14/2022

@bookisheclectic

Review

1/15/2022

Lexijava_Bookish

Review

Week Four:

1/16/2022

@jypsylynn

Review

1/17/2022

History From A Woman’s Perspective

Review

1/18/2022

The Momma Spot

Review

1/19/2022

thecaffeinated.reader

Review

1/20/2022

onemused

Review

1/21/2022

Lifestyle of Me

Review

1/22/2022

Stuck in the Stacks

Review

Week Five:

1/23/2022

A Bookish Dream

Review

1/24/2022

@drewsim12

Review

1/25/2022

coffeebooksandmascara

Review

1/26/2022

Fire and Ice

Review

1/27/2022

Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Review

1/28/2022

@abackwardsstory

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1/29/2022

BookBriefs

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Week Six:

1/30/2022

Momfluenster

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1/31/2022

Popthebutterfly Reads

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THE THROWBACK LIST by Lily Anderson Tour and Giveaway

29 Oct, 2021 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THE THROWBACK LIST by Lily Anderson Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About the Book:

Title: THE THROWBACK LIST

Author: Lily Anderson

Pub. Date: October 5, 2021

Publisher:  Hyperion Avenue

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 400

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindle, Audible, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org

Welcome to Sandy Point, Oregon: a sleepy beach town that’s home to a giant anchor statue, a sometimes-karaoke-bar, and Frosty’s questionably legendary Sunday Sundae Surprise. A town Jo, Autumn, and Bianca thought they’d left far behind when they graduated high school, finally moving on to greener pastures than the midway point for tourists heading to the Goonies house. But life seldom goes according to plan.

Bianca Boria-Birdy, former prom queen and valedictorian, has always been an overachiever. As she juggles managing the family tattoo parlor, caring for her grandmother, and adjusting to a new marriage, Bianca’s schedule becomes stricter than ever, with no room for disruption. What she really needs is a vacation, but not even Bianca Boria-Birdy can achieve the impossible.

Autumn Kelly used to be an actress. Now she teaches drama at Sandy Point High. She may have had to kiss her movie-star dreams goodbye, but molding the next generation of performers has given her life meaning in a whole new way. Until the sudden reappearance of her ex-best friend throws everything off-balance.

Jo Freeman has it all together. With a cool job in Silicon Valley, connections at the trendiest fitness studios, and a down payment on her dream condo, she’s well on her way to reaching every one of her goals before thirty. Or she was, before she got fired and landed right back home with her parents and teenage sister.


When Jo finds an old bucket list in her childhood bedroom, it sets the three women on a path that brings them closer to one another with each task. And it just might lead to a life none of them could have planned.

Praise for The Throwback List
“Witty and fiercely relatable. Lily Anderson writes about what it’s like to realize you’re totally failing at this adulting thing and how it makes you turn to that one, special, friend who always knew you best. A fun, funny, and surprisingly emotional look at  how friendship evolves but always endures.”—Sarah Watson, author of Most Likely and creator of The Bold Type

 

 

About Lily Anderson:

Lily Anderson is the author of The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You; Not Now, Not Ever; and Undead Girl Gang. A former school librarian, she is deeply devoted to Shakespeare, fairy tales, and podcasts. Somewhere in Northern California, she is having strong opinions on musical theater. Find her online at www.mslilyanderson.com.

 

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon | BookBub

 



Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE THROWBACK LIST, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/1/2021

brittreadsalattebooks

Excerpt & IG Post

10/2/2021

Amani’s Honest Reviews

Excerpt

Week Two:

10/3/2021

Rajiv’s Reviews

Review

10/4/2021

The Pages In-Between

Review

10/5/2021

BookHounds

Excerpt

10/6/2021

@curlygrannylovestoread

Review

10/7/2021

Lexijava_Bookish

Review

10/8/2021

The Book Review Crew

Review

10/9/2021

Cocoa With Books

Review

Week Three:

10/10/2021

Kait Plus Books

Review

10/11/2021

@bookisheclectic

Review

10/12/2021

Sometimes Leelynn Reads

Review

10/13/2021

More Books Please blog

Review

10/14/2021

A Bookish Dream

Review

10/15/2021

@enjoyingbooksagain

Review

10/16/2021

My Fictional Oasis

Review

Week Four:

10/17/2021

Zainey Laney

Review

10/18/2021

@moonlight_rendezvous

Review

10/19/2021

@jypsylynn

Review

10/20/2021

The Momma Spot

Review

10/21/2021

The Phantom Paragrapher

Review

10/22/2021

coffeebooksandmascara

Review

10/23/2021

Lifestyle of Me

Review

Week Five:

10/24/2021

Perusewithcoffee

Review

10/25/2021

Pagesofyellow

Review

10/26/2021

cindysloveofbooks

Review

10/27/2021

Popthebutterfly Reads

Review

10/28/2021

two points of interest

Review

10/29/2021

Fire and Ice

Review

10/30/2021

BookBriefs

Review

Week Six:

10/31/2021

Phannie the Ginger Bookworm

Review


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A REBEL IN AUSCHWITZ by Jack Fairweather Tour and Giveaway

11 Oct, 2021 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

Fire and Ice is today’s stop on the A REBEL IN AUSCHWITZ by Jack Fairweather Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About the Book:

Title: A REBEL IN AUSCHWITZ: The True Story of the Resistance Hero who Fought the Nazis from Inside the Camp

Author: Jack Fairweather

Pub. Date: October 19, 2021

Publisher:  Scholastic Focus

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 352

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Audible, B&N, iBooks (audiobook), Kobo (audiobook), TBD, Bookshop.org

With exclusive access to previously hidden diaries, family and camp survivor accounts, and recently declassified files, critically acclaimed and award-winning journalist Jack Fairweather brilliantly portrays the remarkable man who volunteered to face the unknown in the name of truth and country. This extraordinary and eye-opening account of the Holocaust invites us all to bear witness.


Occupied Warsaw, Summer 1940:

Witold Pilecki, a Polish underground operative, accepted a mission to uncover the fate of thousands interned at a new concentration camp, report on Nazi crimes, raise a secret army, and stage an uprising. The name of the camp — Auschwitz.

Over the next two and half years, and under the cruellest of conditions, Pilecki’s underground sabotaged facilities, assassinated Nazi officers, and gathered evidence of terrifying abuse and mass murder. But as he pieced together the horrifying Nazi plans to exterminate Europe’s Jews, Pilecki realized he would have to risk his men, his life, and his family to warn the West before all was lost. To do so meant attempting the impossible — but first he would have to escape from Auschwitz itself…

Praise for The Volunteer (adult edition):

“This is a story that has long deserved a robust, faithful telling, and [Fairweather] has delivered it.” — Wall Street Journal

“An extraordinary story.” — The Times

* “A forceful narrative with unstoppable reading momentum, Fairweather has created an insightful biography of a covert war hero and an extraordinary contribution to the history of the Holocaust.” — Booklist, starred review

“Witold Pilecki is one of the great — perhaps the greatest — unsung heroes of the second world war… Jack Fairweather’s meticulous and insightful book is likely to be the definitive version of this extraordinary life.” — Economist

 

Review: What a timely piece by Jack Fairweather and Scholastic Press. Never has it been more important than today to study the history of the Holocaust and the extreme views which led up to Auschwitz. The author highlights a covert, undercover war hero who works from the inside to take down the Nazi regime. Full of historic photos, maps and rich information, this is a book that could be used in a classroom to tell a relatively unknown story about a man who risk everything. It highlights Poland and the Soviet involvement as well, which adds layers to the backstory. Overall, though the content is hard to digest, it is necessary to learn. Thank you for the advanced copy along with a chance to herald an unsung hero Pilecki.

 

About Jack Fairweather:

Jack Fairweather is a former war reporter in Iraq and Afghanistan and the author of A War of Choice and The Good War. The adult edition that tells this story is titled The Volunteer: The True Story of the Resistance Hero Who Infiltrated Auschwitz, which was named winner of the Costa Award and a #1 Sunday Times bestseller. Jack has served as the Daily Telegraph’s Baghdad bureau chief, and as a video journalist for the Washington Post in Afghanistan. His war coverage has won a British Press Award and an Overseas Press Club award citation.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Amazon | BookBub

 

Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of A REBEL IN AUSCHWITZ, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

10/11/2021

Fire and Ice

Review

10/11/2021

BookHounds ya

Excerpt

10/12/2021

Lexijava_Bookish/Lexijava

Review

10/12/2021

@minnesota_mailer

IG Post

10/13/2021

@curlygrannylovestoread

Review

10/13/2021

Pick a good book

Excerpt

10/14/2021

Jazzy Book Reviews

Review

10/14/2021

Nerdophiles

Review

10/15/2021

Books Are Magic Too

Review

10/15/2021

Lifestyle of Me

Review

Week Two:

10/18/2021

Locks, Hooks and Books

Review

10/18/2021

Nikki’s Book reviews

Review

10/19/2021

Books and Kats

Excerpt

10/19/2021

Simply Daniel Radcliffe

Review

10/20/2021

@coffeebooksandmascara

Review

10/20/2021

Readingmurakami

Review

10/21/2021

The Momma Spot

Excerpt

10/21/2021

Coffee and Wander Book Reviews

Review

10/22/2021

Popthebutterfly Reads

Review

10/22/2021

@jypsylynn

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TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT by Morgan Matson Tour and Giveaway

09 May, 2021 by in Uncategorized Leave a comment

 

TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT by Morgan Matson Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours.

 

About The Book:

Title: TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT

Author: Morgan Matson

Pub. Date: May 4, 2021

Publisher:  Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers

Pages: 416

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, AudibleB&NiBooksKobo, TBD, Bookshop.org

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off meets Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist in this romp through the city that never sleeps from the New York Times bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone.

Two girls. One night. Zero phones.

Kat and Stevie—best friends, theater kids, polar opposites—have snuck away from the suburbs to spend a night in New York City. They have it all planned out. They’ll see a play, eat at the city’s hottest restaurant, and have the best. Night. Ever. What could go wrong?

Well. Kind of a lot?

They’re barely off the train before they’re dealing with destroyed phones, family drama, and unexpected Pomeranians. Over the next few hours, they’ll have to grapple with old flames, terrible theater, and unhelpful cab drivers. But there are also cute boys to kiss, parties to crash, dry cleaning to deliver (don’t ask), and the world’s best museum to explore.

Over the course of a wild night in the city that never sleeps, both Kat and Stevie will get a wake-up call about their friendship, their choices…and finally discover what they really want for their future.

That is, assuming they can make it to Grand Central before the clock strikes midnight.

 


REVIEW: NYC? Yes, please! This book gave me anxiety! There was so much going on with three plotlines running conscutively and things kept getting crazier and crazier. Imagine being stuck in the city, lost, limping and unprepared. Kat and Stevie are off on a birthday adventure without telling their parents…from Connecticut to Manhattan. Two theatre friends since 9th grade who are waiting for the list to be posted for casting of their last Senior play–King Lear. Throw in a pomeranian who chases rollerbladers, fancy parties, the Met and a proposal in Central Park and call it a night! I loved the side characters, especially the dry cleaning delivery guy and the Canadian. A fun but loaded YA contemp with SOOO many plot twists and turns. You will truly enjoy the New York details if you’e ever visited. Fun but exhausting with just the right coming of age realtizations to wrap it up. Thanks for the advanced reader tour copy Simon and Schuster! Content and trigger warnings: “F” word, sneaking out, shooting scene, lies to parents, drinking, kissing.

 

About Morgan:

Morgan Matson is a New York Times bestselling author. She received her MFA in writing for children from the New School and was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start author for her first book, Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, which was also recognized as an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults. Her second book, Second Chance Summer, won the California State Book Award. She lives in Los Angeles. Visit her at MorganMatson.com.


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Giveaway Details:

4 winners will receive a finished copy of TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

4/26/2021

For the Love of KidLit

Excerpt

4/27/2021

PopTheButterfly

Review

4/28/2021

The Book Nut : A Book Lovers Guide

Review

4/29/2021

Do You Dog-ear?

Review

4/30/2021

Book-Keeping

Review

5/1/2021

Kait Plus Books

Review

 Week Two:

5/2/2021

Eli to the nth

Review

5/3/2021

BookInNeverland

Review

5/4/2021

Fictitiouswonderland

Review

5/5/2021

Emelie’s Books

Review

5/6/2021

onemused

Review

5/7/2021

What A Nerd Girl Says

Review

5/8/2021

Not In Jersey

Review

 Week Three:

5/9/2021

Fire and Ice

Review

5/10/2021

Moonlight Rendezvous

Review

5/11/2021

booksaremagictoo

Review

5/12/2021

Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Review

5/13/2021

BookHounds YA

Spotlight

5/14/2021

Midnightbooklover

Review

5/15/2021

I’m Shelfish

Review

 Week Four:

5/16/2021

Book Briefs

Review

5/17/2021

Dazzled by Books

Review

5/18/2021

A Dream Within A Dream

Review

5/19/2021

Books and Zebras @jypsylynn

Review

5/20/2021

Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Review

5/21/2021

fictitious.fox

Review


10 TRUTHS AND A DARE by Ashley Elston Tour and Giveaway

04 May, 2021 by in Uncategorized 1 comment

 

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the 10 TRUTHS AND A DARE by Ashley Elston Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

About the Book:

Title: 10 TRUTHS AND A DARE

Author: Ashley Elston

Pub. Date: May 4, 2021

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 304

Find it: GoodreadsAmazonKindle, AudibleB&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org

This companion to Ashley Elston’s beloved 10 Blind Dates follows Sophie’s high-achieving cousin Olivia as she juggles last-minute P.E. credit, end-of-year parties, and a secret new romance in the chaotic week before graduation.

It’s Senior Party Week, that magical in-between time after classes have ended but before graduation, chock-full of gimmicky theme parties, last-minute bonding, and family traditions. Olivia couldn’t be more ready. Class salutatorian and confident in her future at LSU, she’s poised to sail through to the next phase of her life.

But when the tiny hiccup of an unsigned off-campus P.E. form puts Olivia in danger of not graduating at all, she has one week to set things straight without tipping off her very big and very nosy extended family. Volunteering to help at a local golf tournament should do it, but since Olivia’s mom equipped her phone with a tracking app, there’ll be no hiding the fact that she’s at the golf course instead of all the graduation parties happening at the same time. Unless, that is, she can convince the Fab Four–her ride-or-die cousins and best friends Sophie, Charlie, and Wes–to trade phones with her as they go through the motions of playing Olivia for the week.

 

Praise for 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston:
2020 ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Top Ten Title

2020 Florida Teens Read Book List


“POSITIVELY DELIGHTFUL—all caps—from beginning to end.”—NPR

“This piece-by-piece romance doesn’t need its Christmas theme to sell, but it makes it glitter all the more.”—Booklist

“A fun story of finding love, getting to know yourself, and getting to know your family.”—Kirkus Reviews

“In a funny holiday romance that has Sophie dog-sitting in a hockey rink, watching porn at a drive-in theater, and playing the Virgin Mary in a middle school Nativity, Elston cleverly reflects the family members’ personalities through their choices of dates for Sophie.”—Publishers Weekly

Grab 10 BLIND DATES now!

 

REVIEW: What a perfect book! I found myself chuckling throughout the entire story at the antics Sophie has to go through in attempt to complete her Senior year. I was part of the way through the first few chapter before realizing the characters in 10 Truths and a Dare were carried over from 10 Blind Dates. The evil cousins are back…who could forget? The family dynamic is perfect! It is amazing to see such a strong presence in YA literature. Sophie’s clan all pull together to support one another and are a tight knit hilarious group. You will find yourself smiling as they pull off a switch during grad party week to save the day. There is just so much to love about Leo and the text exchanges in each chapter are genius. One of my favorite reads this year. Pick it up for your Senior.

About Ashley:

Ashley Elston is the author of several novels including: 10 Blind Dates (a Top Ten ALA Quick Pick and the companion to this book), The Rules for Disappearing (a finalist in the Best Young Adult Novel category of the International Thriller Writers Thriller Awards), This Is Our Story, and The Lying Woods. She has a liberal arts degree from Louisiana State University in Shreveport and worked for many years as a wedding photographer before turning her hand to writing. Ashley lives in Shreveport with her husband and three sons. For more information about Ashley and her books, please visit www.ashleyelston.com.

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Giveaway Details:

3 winners will receive a finished copy of 10 TRUTHS AND A DARE, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

5/1/2021

The Book View

Review

Week Two:

5/2/2021

What A Nerd Girl Says

Excerpt

5/3/2021

YA Books Central

Excerpt

5/4/2021

Fire and Ice

Review

5/5/2021

BookHounds YA

Excerpt

5/6/2021

YA Book Nerd

Review

5/7/2021

Lifestyle of Me

Review

5/8/2021

Moonlight Rendezvous

Review

Week Three:

5/9/2021

Jenguerdy

Review

5/10/2021

Ficticiouswonderland

Review

5/11/2021

Book-Keeping

Review

5/12/2021

Amani’s Reviews

Review

5/13/2021

booksaremagictoo

Review

5/14/2021

Eli to the nth

Review

5/15/2021

Emelie’s Books

Review

Week Four:

5/16/2021

Kait Plus Books

Excerpt

5/17/2021

Zainey Laney

Review

5/18/2021

onemused

Review

5/19/2021

Midnightbooklover

Review

5/20/2021

amandainpa

Review

5/21/2021

Geauxgetlit

Review

5/22/2021

two points of interest

Review

Week Five:

5/23/2021

Book Briefs

Review

5/24/2021

Momfluenster

Review

5/25/2021

Star-Crossed Book Blog

Review

5/26/2021

michellemengsbookblog

Review

5/27/2021

Rajiv’s Reviews

Review

5/28/2021

Do You Dog-ear?

Review

5/29/2021

Books and Zebras

Review

Week Six:

5/30/2021

My Fictional Oasis

Review

5/31/2021

Popthebutterfly

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