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MTMC Tour: On Thin Ice

Posted March 3, 2019 by Emily in Blog Tour, Events and Features / 2 Comments

MTMC Tour: On Thin Ice

MTMC Tour: On Thin IceOn Thin Ice by Julie Cross
Series: Juniper Falls #3
Published by Entangled: Teen on February 26, 2019
Genres: romance, Young Adult
Pages: 340
Format: Paperback
Source: the publisher
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four-stars

Brooke Parker never expected to find herself in the tiny town of Juniper Falls, Minnesota. Of course, she also never expected to lose her dad. Or for her mom to lose herself. Brooke feels like she’s losing it…until she finds Juniper Falls hockey. Juniper Falls girls’ hockey, that is.

Jake Hammond, current prince of Juniper Falls, captain of the hockey team, and player with the best chance of scoring it big, is on top of the world. Until one hazing ritual gone wrong lands him injured, sitting on the sidelines, and―shocking even to him―finding himself enjoying his “punishment” as assistant coach for the girls’ team.

As Jake and Brooke grow closer, he finds the quiet new girl is hiding a persona full of life, ideas, and experiences bigger and broader than anything he’s ever known. But to Jake, hockey’s never just been a game. It’s his whole life. And leveraging the game for a shot at their future might be more than he can give.

Each book in the Juniper Falls series is STANDALONE:* Off the Ice* Breaking the Ice* On Thin Ice

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I’m not usually one for YA Romances, but this one is the exception to the rule. I loved this book! I read it in one sitting. I just couldn’t put it down. I thought this book was sweet and slow and perfect. Plus I loved how the author tackled hazing. It was sensitive and realistic.

I feel like a whole new genre has opened up for me. I’ve always stuck with fantasies but I loved this book so much, I’ve already ordered the first 2 from amazon. I’m going to devour those too.

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About the Author

Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin’s Press). She’s also the author of Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, and many more to come!

Julie lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She’s a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA. She’s a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres.

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Giveaway

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Warrior of the Wild and Interview with Trisha Levenseller

Posted February 24, 2019 by Emily in Events and Features, interview / 0 Comments

Warrior of the Wild and Interview with Trisha Levenseller

Warrior of the Wild and Interview with Trisha LevensellerWarrior of the Wild by Tricia Levenseller
Published by Feiwel & Friends on February 26, 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Historical
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source: the publisher
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four-half-stars

How do you kill a god?

As her father's chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: to win back her honour, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying.

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Interview

I read an article all about your love of Pirates and the journey that you went on to get Daughter of the Pirate King published. Was the publication journey of Warrior of the Wild similar or different than your last duology?

It was very different! Since I was already an established author, I didn’t have to write the whole book before attempting to sell it. I only had to write the first three chapters and a complete synopsis. The idea went to the same publisher that did Pirate King. By this point, I have a strong relationship with my editor and we get to work together on concept ideas and whatnot. I love that the process is more collaborative now and I have an advocate already in my publishing house!
I love YA but I also am a huge horror fan and I’ve read everything by Stephen King. What’s a genre or a type of book that we might be surprised that you love?

I love adult historical romance and a good adult paranormal romance. I actually have an idea for an adult paranormal romance that I might like to write someday! We’ll see…

Warrior of the Wild has 3 main characters. Rasmira, Iric and Soren. I felt closest to Iric because I can be a little bit of a stick in the mud and a worrywart. Who did you identify with the most and why?

Haha. Iric is my favorite. He was definitely the most fun to write! I definitely identify the most with Rasmira. There were so many times when I felt like I had to prove myself, times when I lacked the confidence to do things I knew I was good at, and times when I felt I had to have the acceptance of those around me in order to feel good about myself. Rasmira’s journey is loosely based on my own in high school/college. 

Did you have a playlist on when you were writing Warrior of the Wild? What song was at the top of the list?

I actually don’t listen to music when I write! It distracts me.

Is there a scene or a quote from Warrior of the Wild that is your favorite? Please share it!

“A man who finds his masculinity threatened by a powerful woman is no man at all. You want someone who lifts you up, not tries to bring you down.” —Soren

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About the Author

Tricia Levenseller is the author of the Daughter of the Pirate King duology and forthcoming standalone, Warrior of the Wild. She likes to describe her books as young adult alternate–world historical fantasies with heavy romantic subplots.

Initially from a small town in Oregon, Tricia now lives next to the Rocky Mountains with her bossy dog, Rosy. She received her degree in English Language and editing, and she is thrilled that she never has to read a textbook again. When she’s not writing or reading, Tricia enjoys putting together jigsaw puzzles, playing volleyball, playing Overwatch with her siblings, and watching shows while eating extra-buttered popcorn.

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Cover Reveal: Whispers of Shadow and Flame

Cover Reveal: Whispers of Shadow and Flame

Published by St. Martin’s Press Genres: Fantasy Today we have the cover reveal tour for book 2 in L. Penelope’s Earthsinger Chronicles, Whispers of Shadow & Flame. The first book in the series, Song of Blood & Stone, was named one of TIME Magazine’s top 10 fantasy books of 2018! Check out the cover reveal and giveaway below! Title: Whispers of Shadow & Flame (Earthsinger Chronicles, Book 2) Author: L. Penelope Published by: St. Martin’s Press Release Date: October 1, 2019 Genre: Fantasy   Book Description: The cursed will face the gods. They have nothing to lose. “A master class in fantasy world-building.” – TIME Magazine on Song of Blood & Stone The Mantle that separates the kingdoms of Elsira and Lagrimar is about to fall. And life will drastically change for both kingdoms. Born with a deadly magic she cannot control, Kyara is forced to become an assassin. Known as the Poison Flame in the kingdom of Lagrimar, she is notorious and lethal, but secretly seeks freedom from both her untamed power and the blood spell that commands her. She is tasked with capturing the legendary rebel called the Shadowfox, but everything changes when she learns her target’s true identity. Darvyn ol-Tahlyro may be the most powerful Earthsinger in generations, but guilt over those he couldn’t save tortures him daily. He isn’t sure he can trust the mysterious […]

Posted February 21, 2019 by Emily in Cover Reveal, Events and Features / 0 Comments
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FFBC Tour: You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman

FFBC Tour: You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman

You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman Published by Sourcebooks Fire on March 5, 2019 Genres: Contemporary Pages: 288 Format: ebook Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Senior Ariel Stone is the perfect college applicant: first chair violin, dedicated community volunteer, and expected valedictorian. He works hard – really hard – to make his life look effortless. A failed Calculus quiz is not part of that plan. Not when he’s number one. Not when his peers can smell weakness like a freshman’s body spray. Figuring a few all-nighters will preserve his class rank, Ariel throws himself into studying. His friends will understand if he skips a few plans, and he can sleep when he graduates. Except Ariel’s grade continues to slide. Reluctantly, he gets a tutor. Amir and Ariel have never gotten along, but Amir excels in Calculus, and Ariel is out of options. Ariel may not like Calc, but he might like Amir. Except adding a new relationship to his long list of commitments may just push him past his limit. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. This was such a fantastic, light contemporary! After reading mostly fantasy, it’s sometimes a relief to read a book about daily life. I was torn though. I […]

Posted February 12, 2019 by Emily in Blog Tour, Events and Features / 3 Comments
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Cowboy Wolf Trouble by Kait Ballenger

Cowboy Wolf Trouble by Kait Ballenger

Cowboy Wolf Trouble by Kait Ballenger Series: Seven Range Shifters #1 Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on January 1, 2019 Genres: paranormal, Urban Fantasy, romance Pages: 384 Buy on Amazon Goodreads Seven shifter clans call the Montana mountains home. But a new evil will stop at nothing to tear their world apart. For centuries, the shifters that roam Big Sky country have honored a pact to keep the peace. Even bad-boy rancher Wes Calhoun, former leader of a renegade pack, has given up his violent ways and sworn loyalty to the Grey Wolves. But his dark past keeps catching up with him… Human rancher Naomi Evans cares only about saving the ranch that was her father’s legacy. Until a clash with Wes opens up a whole new world—a supernatural world on the verge of war—and Naomi, her ranch, and the sexy cowboy wolf stealing her heart are smack dab in the middle of it. If you know me, you should know I have a secret addiction to both shifter urban fantasy and cowboy romances. I think I like them because I adore long series where you get to know the characters in a town and see them grow and change over time. Some of my favorite series are 20 books long! That’s why, when I saw this title, I flipped! This book seems like it hits the sweet spot. Cowboys […]

Posted January 21, 2019 by Emily in Events and Features, Spotlight / 0 Comments
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NightChaser by Amanda Bouchet

NightChaser by Amanda Bouchet

Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet Series: Endeavor #1 Published by Sourcebooks on February 28, 2019 Genres: Fantasy, Sci Fi, romance Pages: 416 Buy on Amazon Goodreads Tess Bailey: the galaxy’s Most Wanted. Captain Tess Bailey is in deep trouble. She and her crew are on the run, pursued by a tyrant who’ll take them dead or alive. Tess’s best hope is a tall, dark, and much-too-appealing stranger, Shade Ganavan, who says he can help her. But his motivations are far from clear… Shade Ganavan: arrogance, charm…and that special something that makes you want to kick him. With the dreaded Dark Watch closing in, what Tess and Shade don’t know about each other might get them killed…unless they can set aside their differences and learn to trust each other before it’s too late. This book sounds AWESOME! I’m thrilled to share a short trailer and a giveaway with your today. a Rafflecopter giveaway About the Author Amanda Bouchet grew up in New England where she spent much of her time tromping around in the woods and making up grand adventures in her head. It was inevitable that one day she would start writing them down. Drawing on her Greek heritage for the setting and on her love of all things daring and romantic for the rest, her debut trilogy, The Kingmaker Chronicles, took form. She writes what she loves to read: epic […]

Posted January 18, 2019 by Emily in Giveaway, Special Feature, Spotlight / 0 Comments
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SST Interview: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

SST Interview: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young Published by Wednesday Books on April 24th 2018 Genres: Fantasy Pages: 352 Format: ebook Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads OND ELDR. BREATHE FIRE. Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago. Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family. She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating. Preorder Links: Amazon- US:   https://www.amazon.com/Sky-Deep-Adrienne-Young/dp/1250168457/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1521141342&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=sky+in+th+edeep Barnes and Nobel: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-sky-in-the-deep-adrienne-young/1126974645?ean=9781250168450#/ Interview     Who is your […]

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Feature: Paperless Post

Feature: Paperless Post

I absolutely love to send and receive mail. That’s why I was so excited when Paperless Post asked me to write about their service today. I’ve been really lucky in the past because I’ve had the opportunity to have pen pals in the blogging community. There’s nothing like receiving a pretty letter in the mail! For instance, check out this Pocket Letter from Andi’s ABC’s exchange. Email has always seemed cold and impersonal when it’s compared to a beautiful, handwritten letter. Paperless Post changes all that.  With fun backgrounds, notecards and colors, Paperless Post makes emails just and pretty, fun and personally as a handwritten card.  Check out all these beautiful Thank you card templates! I was provided with credits from Paperless post to try out their service before I shared it with you. I chose Thank you cards because I had received a present from a friend and I really wanted to send her a note to let her know how much I appreciate her. There are so many choices and so many ways to customize your card. The options are endless! I spent way too much time pouring over all the different colors before I finally settled on this beautiful flowered stationary. Even then, I still could change the color of the background. Do you see all the different colors on the left side? That changes the […]

Posted March 30, 2018 by Emily in Events and Features, Special Feature / 0 Comments
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Rockstar Review: Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Rockstar Review: Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff Series: The Illuminae Files #3 Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on March 13th 2018 Genres: Sci Fi, Young Adult Pages: 624 Format: hardcover Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion? Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken. I liked Obsidio. Readers will be familiar with the epistolary style by now. Obsidio adds in flyers and passed notes to the collection of documents that our heroes use to communicate. Katy and Ezra are still on the Mao and they are joined by Nik and Hannah. Now we are introduced to Asha and Rhys who have been stuck on Kerenza during the BeiTech occupation for the last 7 months. Asha and Rhys have an unfortunate history […]

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Rockstar Review: Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey and Krystal Wade

Rockstar Review: Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey and Krystal Wade

Our Dark Stars by Audrey Grey, Krystal Wade on March 6th 2018 Genres: Fantasy, Sci Fi Pages: 316 Format: ebook Source: Netgalley Buy on Amazon Goodreads 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. I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. The description of this book reminded me a little of my […]

Posted March 20, 2018 by Emily in Blog Tour, Events and Features, Giveaway, Review / 1 Comment
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