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Waiting on Wednesday: Invictus by Ryan Graudin

Posted May 17, 2017 by Emily in WoW / 3 Comments

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Waiting on Wednesday: Invictus by Ryan GraudinInvictus by Ryan Graudin
on September 26th 2017
Genres: Sci Fi
Pages: 464
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Time flies when you're plundering history.
Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far's birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he's ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past. But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far's very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.
In this heart-stopping adventure, Ryan Graudin has created a fast-paced world that defies time and space.

The synopsis AND the author have me chomping at the bit for this book. I loved Graudin’s Wolf by Wolf series which is an alternate history WWII story. Invictus includes time-traveling, plundering pirates, and a mysterious girl that has life-changing knowledge (anyone smell romance, because I do!) The synopsis mentions the Titanic and I’m interested to see how real history mixes with Graudin’s imagination again. Her writing is superb and her ideas are always original. This September release can’t come soon enough for me!

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The Alchemists of Loom Read Along

Posted May 8, 2017 by Emily in Events and Features, interview / 0 Comments

Chapters scheduled for read along: 1-3

I’m celebrating the release of Elise Kova’s new book with a read along for The Alchemists of loom. I loved this book. It’s gritty and steampunky and literally everything I want from a fantasy. You can check out my review.

The Alchemists of Loom Read AlongThe Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova
Series: Loom Saga #1
Published by Keymaster Press on January 10th 2017
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 395
Format: hardcover
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Her vengeance. His vision.
Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds’ resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn’t a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer turned thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.
Cvareh would do anything to see his sister usurp the Dragon King and sit on the throne. His family’s house has endured the shame of being the lowest rung in the Dragons’ society for far too long. The Alchemist Guild, down on Loom, may just hold the key to putting his kin in power, if Cvareh can get to them before the Dragon King’s assassins.
When Ari stumbles upon a wounded Cvareh, she sees an opportunity to slaughter an enemy and make a profit off his corpse. But the Dragon sees an opportunity to navigate Loom with the best person to get him where he wants to go.
He offers her the one thing Ari can’t refuse: A wish of her greatest desire, if she brings him to the Alchemists of Loom.

I’m thrilled today to have a chance to interview Elise about this book. I hope you will enjoy hearing about her thought process when she wrote it as much as I did.

We get to meet Ari in these chapters and she has a very interesting pastime. Have you ever stolen something? (even accidentally)

Stolen something? Other than the hearts of men and women around the globe? (I AM TOTALLY KIDDING)

One thing that I can remember… I made a friend at a martial arts studio I was going to in college and she was also into anime. She lent me her DVD of the live action adaptation of NANA and I held onto it forever because I was busy with school and just never got around to watching it. She ended up moving away and I found it in my drawer a few weeks later. I wasn’t able to get it back to her in time… The worst part? I still haven’t watched it!

Ari never intended to become a thief. If you weren’t an author, what would you want to do?

Before I was an author I worked at a Fortune 500 tech company in marketing, which was actually the focus of my MBA degree. So, if I wasn’t an author I’d likely be back in corporate America and in marketing.

If I could have a dream job? I’d likely be an artist. I’ve always loved drawing, painting, and graphic design.

What character do you feel is more you, Ari or Cvareh?

It’s hard to say… I love tea and wine, which is something I share with Cvareh. However, while I really appreciate fashion, I’m absolutely terrible at it. My more serious and logical sides align with Arianna. I guess it depends on my mood?

Did you base the geography of Loom on anywhere in particular?

A few places…

When I was young my mother and I went on a road trip through the mid-west and stopped to tour the caves in the Black Hills and Badlands of South Dekota. This, combined with the catacombs in Rome, inspired a lot of the Underground in Ter.4.

San Francisco gave a lot of inspiration to both Loom… Everything from the old steamships in the Maritime National Historical Park, to the Embarcadero, to Alcatraz as a floating prison, the beautiful woodwork of the Temple in Hays Valley, even the overall elements of art deco architecture found throughout the city.

Sonoma County, CA, also was inspiration for the isle of Ruana on Nova… Really, a lot of where I’ve traveled and spent time has given inspiration to different parts that make up the whole of the world.

COMING SOON

You want to preorder this book!

The Alchemists of Loom Read AlongThe Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova
Series: Loom Saga #2
Published by Keymaster Press on July 11th 2017
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 488
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Cvareh returns home to his sky world of Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with trust -- hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova, Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed everything -- and everyone – she once loved. But before Ari can complete her campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh.
While Nova is embroiled in blood sport and political games, the rebels on Loom prepare for an all-out assault on their Dragon oppressors. Florence unexpectedly finds herself at the forefront of change, as her unique blend of skills -- and quick-shooting accuracy -- makes her a force to be reckoned with. For the future of her world, she vows vengeance against the Dragons.
Before the rebellion can rise, though, the Guilds must fall.

About the Author

Elise Kova has always had a profound love of fantastical worlds. Somehow, she managed to focus on the real world long enough to graduate with a Master’s in Business Administration before crawling back under her favorite writing blanket to conceptualize her next magic system. She currently lives in St. Petersburg, Florida, and when she is not writing can be found playing video games, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She is the USA Today bestselling author of the Air Awakens Series as well as the Loom Saga.

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Cover Reveal: The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova

Cover Reveal: The Dragons of Nova by Elise Kova

Today Elise Kova and Rockstar Book Tours are revealing the cover for THE DRAGONS OF NOVA, which releases July 11, 2017! Check out the gorgeous cover and enter to win assigned ARC of the book!! I was lucky enough to see this cover months ago when Elise came to Houston and I’ve been waiting so anxiously for the day that I could share it with you. I love this cover! It’s creepy and otherworldly and perfectly fits with the feeling of Alchemists of Loom. I just can’t wait to read this next installment! On to the reveal!       Title: THE DRAGONS OF NOVA (Loom Saga #2) Author: Elise Kova Pub. Date: July 11, 2017 Publisher: Keymaster Press Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook Pages: 488 Find it: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Goodreads Cvareh returns home to his sky world of Nova with the genius crafter Arianna as his temperamental guest. The mercurial inventor possesses all the Xin family needs to turn the tides of a centuries-old power struggle, but the secrets she harbors must be earned with trust — hard to come by for Ari, especially when it comes to Dragons. On Nova, Ari finds herself closer to exacting vengeance against the traitor who killed everything — and everyone – she once loved. But before Ari can complete her campaign of revenge, the Crimson Court exposes her shadowed past and reveals something even more dangerous sparking between her and Cvareh. While Nova is embroiled in […]

Posted May 4, 2017 by Emily in Events and Features / 1 Comment
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#Bookstgram Roundup May 2017

#Bookstgram Roundup May 2017

I haven’t done a #Bookstagram Roundup for a few months. I’ve been finding it hard to do…. well, pretty much everything. However, I love #bookstagram because it’s easy to check out a few pictures in a spare moment and it doesn’t seem like taking a picture should take as much time as blogging. Of course, this is misleading cause you can spend hours setting up the perfect shot! Which challenges are you doing this month? #bookishearworms hosted by @liveandbreathwords @martha_lostinpages #bookloversapril17 hosted by @fantasybooksrus @alyazialovesbooks @awesamreads @thebookiebee @sophthereader #maasmay17 hosted by @lulumoonowlbooks @avoiding_reality_ #nbrchallenge hosted by @the.nocturnal.readers.box #rfabmay17 hosted by @reviews_from_a_bookworm #yamatters hosted by @centreyouthlit #aamay17 hosted by @alyssathebookgirl @pagesofamber #alliwantformayisabook hosted by @beautyandthebeastlybooks @honeydukesbooks @moriahchavis @autmnmaryreads

Posted April 28, 2017 by Emily in Events and Features / 0 Comments
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Cover Reveal: The Farmer’s War by Elise Kova

Cover Reveal: The Farmer’s War by Elise Kova

Lieutenant Craig Youngly has only ever wanted one thing in his life — to join the illustrious Golden Guard. In pursuit of his goals, he has found himself protege to Raylynn Westwind, notable Guard member and favorite of Prince Baldair. He has fought for two years in the sweltering North and now prepares to embark on a mission on behalf of the Guard that could secure his long-sought membership. It’s the opportunity Craig has been waiting for, until Raylynn’s attention turns toward another swordsman, Daniel Taffl. Daniel has always been a man of modest aspirations. As a farmer’s son from the East, he seeks a soldier’s wage to support a future for the woman of his dreams when he returns from the front lines. It isn’t until he’s conscripted into Craig’s mission that he learns his sword-craft has caught the eyes of the powers above him. Craig sees his mission as an opportunity to impress the guard and exert his authority over Daniel. Daniel sees it merely as the chance to secure a more financially stable future. Their goals seem too simple to go awry. But, in the perilous jungles of the North, luck is something both men find to be in short supply. THE FARMERS WAR is the final installment in the Golde Guard Trilogy, prequel stories to the AIR AWAKENS SERIES: Book One, THE CROWN’S DOG Book […]

Posted April 24, 2017 by Emily in Events and Features / 0 Comments
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Waiting on Wednesday: Invictus by Ryan Graudin

Waiting on Wednesday: Invictus by Ryan Graudin

The synopsis AND the author have me chomping at the bit for this book. I loved Graudin’s Wolf by Wolf series which is an alternate history WWII story. Invictus includes time-traveling, plundering pirates, and a mysterious girl that has life-changing knowledge (anyone smell romance, because I do!) The synopsis mentions the Titanic and I’m interested to see how real history mixes with Graudin’s imagination again. Her writing is superb and her ideas are always original. This September release can’t come soon enough for me!

Posted April 19, 2017 by Emily in Events and Features, WoW / 0 Comments
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Cover Reveal: Wildwood by Jadie Jones

Cover Reveal: Wildwood by Jadie Jones

I’m so excited to share this cover with you today! It’s not often that a cover really grabs me. This one I really liked. It also has an intriguing blurb! I’d love to hear about it if this catches your attention. I will be on the lookout for more information about this one in the future. Tanzy Hightower is not crazy. At least that’s what she tells herself. She also tells herself that the shadows stalking her in the woods aren’t living, murderous beings. On the third anniversary of her father’s death, Tanzy revisits the woods and the shadows that took him. She quickly realizes those monsters lurking in the dark now have their sights set on her. Neither Tanzy nor life as she knows it escapes unchanged when she is introduced to a world…unseen. Two strangers seem too willing to help her navigate her new reality: Vanessa Andrews, a doctor’s trophy wife with a southern drawl, and Lucas, a quiet, scarred man with timing that borders on either perfect or suspect. But Tanzy has secrets of her own. Desperate for answers and revenge, Tanzy must put her faith in their hands as her past comes calling and the shadows close in. With wild blood coursing through her veins, will Tanzy’s choices shed light on the shadows of her past, or will they bring forth the darkness within her? Scroll […]

Posted April 11, 2017 by Emily in Events and Features, Special Feature / 0 Comments
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Not so Waiting on Wednesday

I had posted that I was excited about The Black Witch by Laurie Forest. I have been busy. See my recent life update for why and I haven’t been as active on twitter as I have in the past. I had missed a lot of discussion about this book. I appreciate a friend for pointing out all the people who have read this book and found it contains negative racial stereotypes. This is not something I want to promote. Please check out the following threads and posts regarding this book. Not a Half-Breed: My reaction to The Black Witch by Laurie-Ann Forest  reminder that THE BLACK WITCH by laurie forest (harlequin may *17) is racist. spread the word. detailed review: https://t.co/iVnzCqCnSp — another 1 👄s the 💨 (@bookavid) March 15, 2017 Okay I'm going to start a new thread. I'm reading THE BLACK WITCH by Laurie Forest and I've found a lot of bad shit. — Shauna 🖤✨🌙 (@b00kstorebabe) March 12, 2017 If you're an author writing outside your lane do your research properly and get sensitivity readers so harmful rep can be avoided — Tatiana Lee (@_tatilee) March 13, 2017  

Posted March 15, 2017 by Emily in Discussion, WoW / 0 Comments
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March ’17 #Bookstgram Roundup

March ’17 #Bookstgram Roundup

February was a disappointing #bookstagram month for me. I didn’t do very well. I have a lot going on in my life right now outside of the book world, but I hope to redeem myself in March. Wish me luck! #beourbookstagrammer hosted by @emileighlatham #grimdragon hosted by @the_infinite_book_dragon and @grimdark_dad #ampersandmarch17 hosted by @commasandampersands #bibliophilespring hosted by @oasisgirlmd and @brumblewumps.books.and.plush #booksofmarch17 hosted by @missgoldblatt #Marchonbooks hosted by @belinda_missen and @hannahplusbooks #springbookishflowers17 hosted by @spinatale, @mo_the_bookish, @tiff_holme, @tarasbookshelf, @charli_the_book_princess #springintobooks17 hosted by @beautybooks, @noplacelikebooks and @plentifulpages #squeakybookishlibrary hosted by @a_tad_bit_bookish, @thesqueakybookcupboard and @ladyofthelibrary #swoonyfictioncolors hosted by @swoonyboys and @JamieArkin #fanaticalbirdmarch hosted by @littleliterarybird and @fanatical.fantasy #UnityinDiversityMarch hosted by @Giota_the_reader, @pikamikareads, @meiiandbooks, @belleslibraryy, & @salzbookden #BookishMusical hosted by @nomilia @storied.adventures @vixenreads @basement_bookcase & @b00kswithmaps #alliwantformarchisabook hosted by @beautyandthebeastlybooks @meiiandbooks @honeydukesbooks & @autumnmaryreads #marchbooksarelit hosted by @mybookinggreatblog @tinybookfort and @stellabookishart #Marchbookstagram hosted by @readwithmikee and @pagewithaview #novelsatnightmar17 Hosted by @avbooklovers

Posted February 28, 2017 by Emily in Events and Features, Special Feature / 0 Comments
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Event Recap: Elise Kova

Event Recap: Elise Kova

I don’t go to many author events. There’s a variety of reasons for it. I’m shy in groups, I don’t like crowds and I often don’t have anyone to go with me. It’s no fun to go alone. However, I’ve committed myself to go to three different author events in the next three weeks and I’m determined to enjoy them. If the first event is any indication, I’m in for an amazing 3 weeks. It might have even changed my mind about author events entirely. I ran into Elise out front and got a picture of her with her face. She was just excited about seeing the poster in the window as I was! Here is the set up! It looked so professional. I was lucky to grab a seat up front. There were tons of copies of The Alchemists of Loom too.   The signing was amazing because Elise spent the entire time answering questions about both her series. I also got to see a glimpse of the cover of The Dragons of Nova. I will definitely be participating in the cover reveal, if I get the chance.   My copy of The Prince’s Rogue was the first Elise has seen in person! She said she usually orders one for herself but she hadn’t gotten around to it yet. It was fun to watch because she hadn’t thought […]

Posted February 27, 2017 by Emily in Events and Features / 0 Comments
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