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2017 SerendipiTEA Tour: Shaila Patel

Posted April 17, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway / 0 Comments

2017 SerendipiTEA Tour: Shaila Patel

2017 SerendipiTEA Tour: Shaila PatelSoulmated by Shaila Patel
Series: Joining of Souls #1
Published by Month9Books on January 24th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, romance, Fantasy
Pages: 300
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Two souls. One Fate.
Eighteen-year-old Liam Whelan, an Irish royal empath, has been searching for his elusive soulmate. The rare union will cement his family's standing in empath politics and afford the couple legendary powers, while also making them targets of those seeking to oust them.
Laxshmi Kapadia, an Indian-American high school student from a traditional family, faces her mother's ultimatum: Graduate early and go to medical school, or commit to an arranged marriage.
When Liam moves next door to Laxshmi, he’s immediately and inexplicably drawn to her. In Liam, Laxshmi envisions a future with the freedom to follow her heart.
Liam's father isn't convinced Laxshmi is "The One" and Laxshmi's mother won't even let her talk to their handsome new neighbor. Will Liam and Laxshmi defy expectations and embrace a shared destiny? Or is the risk of choosing one's own fate too great a price for the soulmated?

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As an unabashed lover of all things happily-ever-after, Shaila Patel writes from her home in the Carolinas and dreams up all sorts of stories with epilogues. A member of the Romance Writers of America, she’s a pharmacist by training, a medical office manager by day, and a writer by night. Her debut, SOULMATED, won the 2015 Chanticleer Book Reviews’ Paranormal Awards for Young Adults, and is part of her Joining of Souls Series. She loves traveling, craft beer, tea, and reading a good book in a cozy window seat—but she’ll read anywhere. You might even find her sneaking in a few paragraphs at a red light, or connecting with other readers online.

To learn more, visit her website at www.shailapatelauthor.com or find her online.

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Description of my tea

My Soulmated inspired tea is a blend of the Assam that’s found in Irish Breakfast Tea and Indian chai spices: cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and whole peppercorn. There’s even a bit of lemongrass thrown in—something my parents used to add to their chai while I was growing up.

A little bit about my book

Liam Whelan, an Irish empath prince, is being forced by his parents to find his empath soul mate. The rare and legendary union would solidify his family’s political standing, but Liam couldn’t care less. When they move to Cary, NC, Liam meets and falls for Laxshmi Kapadia, an Indian-American girl who is not an empath. Now Liam has to decide just what he’ll sacrifice to be with her if he can’t prove she’s The One, and Laxshmi has to decide just what she’ll do to defy her overprotective and traditional mother’s expectations in order to follow her heart.

How my tea fits into my book world

My Irish breakfast tea with chai spices is the perfect representation of my hero and heroine, Liam and Laxshmi.

A little about your tea life

I’m a creature of habit! I have a green tea with chai spices every morning with breakfast, but I also have other favorites like Moroccan Mint (gunpowder tea with spearmint), jasmine, Irish Breakfast (of course!), and my mom’s milky chai with loads of ginger—especially when I’m feeling under the weather. One of my favorite gifts EVER is a plug-in mug warmer that I use while drinking tea and reading (or writing!).

What I’m giving away

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April 1stThe Regal Critiques: JM Sullivan with THE WANDERLAND CHRONICLES

April 2ndOhana Reads: Leah Henderson with ONE SHADOW ON THE WALL

April 3rdYA and Wine: KM Robinson with GOLDEN

April 4thThe Book Traveler: Faith Boughan with CINDERELLA NECROMANCER

April 5thYA Wednesdays: Linsey Miller with A MASK OF SHADOWS

April 6thBibliobibuli YA: Leslie Hauser with CHASING EVELINE

April 7thRattle the Pages: Gwen C. Katz with RATTLE THE STARS

April 9thPirates and Pixie Dust: Amber Duell with FRAGILE CHAOS

April 10thlollipopsbooks: Abby J. Reed with WHEN PLANETS FALL

April 11thSimplyAllyTea: Carrie Ann DiRisio with BROODING YA’S HERO GUIDE

April 12Bookish Fan Girl: Amanda Hanson with SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL

April 13thFor the Sake of Reading: Rosalyn Eves with BLOOD ROSE REBELLION

April 14thRedd’s Reads: Meg Eden with POST HIGH-SCHOOL REALITY QUEST

April 15thTales of the Ravenous Reader: Kristin L. Gray with VILONIA BEEBE TAKES CHARGE

April 16thLittle red bookshelf: Chelsea Sedoti with THE HUNDRED LIES OF LIZZIE LOVETT

April 17thEmily Reads Everything: Shaila Patel with SOULMATED

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Tour Cage of Darkness Review + Giveaway

Posted April 13, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review, Special Feature / 1 Comment

Tour Cage of Darkness Review + Giveaway

Tour Cage of Darkness Review + GiveawayCage of Darkness by Jennifer Anne Davis
Published by Reign Publishing on April 4th, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 219
Format: ebook
Source: the publisher
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five-stars

While traveling to Fren, Allyssa and Odar are hijacked by a ruthless assassin who divulges a stunning secret that changes everything.
Trying to come to terms with this newfound revelation, Allyssa is taken to Russek and delivered into the hands of a malicious and twisted royal family. She finds herself an unwilling pawn in a risky political game that will either end with her death or the annihilation of her beloved kingdom. Unsure of where the lies end and the truth begins, she must survive the brutal family and escape the fortified castle, all the while coming to grips with her feelings for Odar.
In a kingdom filled with darkness, Allyssa enters a game where one wrong move means death, secrets hide around each corner, and it will take every ounce of cunning she has to survive.

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’ve been waiting for this book for over a year.

Cage of Deceit ended in a cliff hanger. While it was the perfect ending for the book, it also made for a very long, hard wait. Cage of Darkness is the culmination of all that waiting and it was well worth it. This book was perfection. I loved the first book but Cage of Darkness was 10 times better. It was interesting, exciting and surprising. Jennifer Anne Davis took everything I loved about Cage of Deceit and amplified it or subverted it in Cage of Darkness turning it into something totally new and exciting.

***SPOILERS FOR BOOK 1 AHEAD***

I have yet to figure out how to review a sequel without spoiling the first book. Things have happened and book two is the continuation of those things.

The book opens right where Cage of Deceit ended. Princess Allyssa and Prince Odar are in the clutches of the evil assassin who is hell bent on dragging them to Russek. From there, things only get worse. Everything has been revealed to Allyssa. While she is initially pissed, she gets over it quickly. They have more pressing concernsOne of my absolute favorite things about Cage of Deceit was all of Allyssa and Odar’s bickering. This book has none of that, but it does have some sweet scenes. I like Allyssa and Odar almost as much as a couple as I did when they were at odds. Almost.

Thankfully, Cage of Darkness has a lot more going for it than just a kickass, adventuring princess and some sarcastic one liners. Where I found Cage of Deceit comfortingly predictable, Cage of Darkness is surprising. There were a lot of things that I just didn’t see coming. I love that! It’s also quite a bit bleaker than Cage of Deceit. This is definitely a good thing! The worse off things become, the more satisfying it is when the author turns things around. There are high stakes and that’s important. Finally, there’s some depth to Allyssa in this book. She struggles. As a princess, she’s used to everything always going her way and that isn’t necessarily true anymore. There’s a lot of adjustment that happens and it’s fun to watch.

Cage of Darkness has new characters, terrifying villains and intrigue. Everything I want in a fantasy novel.

About the Author

 

Jennifer Anne Davis is the award-winning author of the bestselling TRUE REIGN series. After graduating from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential, she married her high school sweetheart. Jennifer is currently a full-time writer and mother of three highly energetic children. Her days are spent living in imaginary worlds and fueling her own kids’ creativity.

Website: http://jenniferannedavis.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJenniferAnneDavis

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorJennifer

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authorjennifer/

Author GoodReads Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6466369.Jennifer_Anne_Davis

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April 3rd

Books, Dreams, Life – Book Highlight & Giveaway

Reading for the Stars and Moon – Review & Giveaway

April 4th

She Dreams in Fiction – Teaser & Giveaway

Desert Divas Book Addiction – Review & Giveaway

Mundie Moms – Review & Giveaway

April 5th

A Leisure Moment – Review & Giveaway

Fishing for Books – http://libraryofbooksblog.wordpress.com – Excerpt & Giveaway

Jrsbookreviews  – Review & Giveaway

April 6th

A Dream Within A Dream – Teaser & Giveaway

Books of Love  – Review & Giveaway

BA Harding :: Writer – http://www.baharding.com – Excerpt & Giveaway

April 7th

Avid Reader – http://avdreader.wordpress.com – Teaser & Giveaway

The Genre Minx Book Reviews – http://www.thegenreminx.com – Review & Giveaway

A Backwards Story – http://abackwardsstory.blogspot.com – Review & Giveaway

April 10th

Gizmos Reviews – http://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com – Review & Giveaway

Wishful Endings – http://www.wishfulendings.com/ – Excerpt & Giveaway

Book Briefs – http://bookbriefs.net – Review & Giveaway

April 11th

NovelKnight – http://novelknight.com – Review & Giveaway

Taylor Fenner’s Bookish World – http://taylorfenner.blogspot.com – Review & Giveaway

U.S. – Brazil Book Review – http://www.usbrazilbookreview.blogspot.com – Excerpt & Giveaway

April 12th

Kindle and Me – www.kindleandme.com – Review & Giveaway

Tales of a Ravenous Reader – http://talesoftheravenousreader.com – Excerpt

Lovely Reads Publishing – http://serenityslovelyreads.blogspot.com/ – Review & Giveaway

April 13th

Zach’s YA Reviews – http://www.zachsyareviews.com – Review & Giveaway

Emily Reads Everything – www.emilyreadseverything.com – Review & Giveaway

Positively Book Crazy (PBC) – http://www.positivelybookcrazy.com – Excerpt & Giveaway

April 14th

The Lovely Books – http://thelovelybooksbookblog.blogspot.com – Review & Giveaway

Reader Girls – http://www.readergirlsblog.com – Review & Giveaway

Bookwyrming Thoughts – http://www.bookwyrmingthoughts.com – Review & Giveaway

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First We Were IV

First We Were IV

First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on July 25th 2017 Genres: Thriller, Young Adult Pages: 448 Format: Paperback Source: the author Buy on Amazon Goodreads It started for pranks, fun, and forever memories.A secret society – for the four of us. The rules: Never lie. Never tell. Love each other.We made the pledge and danced under the blood moon on the meteorite in the orchard. In the spot we found the dead girl five years earlier. And discovered the ancient drawings way before that. Nothing could break the four of us apart – I thought.But then, others wanted in. Our seaside town had secrets. History.We wanted revenge.We broke the rules. We lied. We told. We loved each other too much, not enough, and in ways we weren’t supposed to. Our invention ratcheted out of control.What started as a secret society, ended as justice. Revenge. Death. Rebellion. I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Fancast This is my first time doing a fancast. It was a challenge for me, but I ended up really enjoying it. I hope you enjoy my picks and I’d love to hear if you agree or disagree! Graham Graham is described as strawberry […]

Posted April 3, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Special Feature / 1 Comment
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Rockstar tour Review: Hearts and Other Body Parts

Rockstar tour Review: Hearts and Other Body Parts

Hearts & Other Body Parts by Ira Bloom Published by Scholastic Press on March 28th 2017 Genres: humor, paranormal, Young Adult Pages: 352 Format: hardcover Source: the publisher Buy on Amazon Goodreads A novel of love and monsters. Sisters Esme, Katy, and Ronnie are smart, talented, and gorgeous, and better yet . . . all three are witches. They have high school wired until the arrival of two new students. The first is Norman, who is almost eight feet tall and appears to be constructed of bolts and mismatched body parts. Despite his intimidating looks, Esme finds herself strangely — almost romantically — drawn to both his oversized brain and oversized heart. The second new arrival is Zack, an impossibly handsome late transfer from the UK who has the girls at school instantly mesmerized. Soon even sensible Esme has forgotten Norman, and all three sisters are in a flat-out hex war to win Zack. But while the magic is flying, only Norman seems to notice that students who wander off alone with Zack end up with crushed bones and memory loss. Or worse, missing entirely. Hearts & Other Body Parts is a wickedly addictive novel about love, monsters, and loyalty. And oh yeah, a Japanese corpse-eating demon cat. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion […]

Posted March 31, 2017 by Emily in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments
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#IndieMas 2016 Day Twelve

#IndieMas 2016 Day Twelve

Author S. Usher Evans created #IndieMas as a way to celebrate her favorite Indie authors. On the twelfth day of #IndieMas my author gave to me Terrifying Books Great Fantasy Series Humorous Romance Diverse Sci Fi Fate Interfering Music and Fairy Tales Three Books Today Favorite Fantasies Thrills and Romance, Pulse Pounding Action,  Two Adventures, And Sci Fi and Fantasy . a Rafflecopter giveaway a Rafflecopter giveaway

Posted December 16, 2016 by Emily in Awesome Indie, Events and Features, Giveaway / 1 Comment
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#IndieMas 2016 Day Eleven

#IndieMas 2016 Day Eleven

Author S. Usher Evans created #IndieMas as a way to celebrate her favorite Indie authors. On the eleventh day of #IndieMas my author gave to me Great Fantasy Series Humorous Romance Diverse Sci Fi Fate Interfering Music and Fairy Tales Three Books Today Favorite Fantasies Thrills and Romance, Pulse Pounding Action,  Two Adventures, And Sci Fi and Fantasy . a Rafflecopter giveaway a Rafflecopter giveaway

Posted December 15, 2016 by Emily in Awesome Indie, Events and Features, Giveaway / 3 Comments
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#IndieMas 2016 Day Ten

#IndieMas 2016 Day Ten

Author S. Usher Evans created #IndieMas as a way to celebrate her favorite Indie authors. On the tenth day of #IndieMas my author gave to me Humorous Romance Diverse Sci Fi Fate Interfering Music and Fairy Tales Three Books Today Favorite Fantasies Thrills and Romance, Pulse Pounding Action,  Two Adventures, And Sci Fi and Fantasy . a Rafflecopter giveaway a Rafflecopter giveaway

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#IndieMas 2016 Day Nine

#IndieMas 2016 Day Nine

Author S. Usher Evans created #IndieMas as a way to celebrate her favorite Indie authors. On the ninth day of #IndieMas my author gave to me Diverse Sci Fi Fate Interfering Music and Fairy Tales Three Books Today Favorite Fantasies Thrills and Romance, Pulse Pounding Action,  Two Adventures, And Sci Fi and Fantasy . a Rafflecopter giveaway a Rafflecopter giveaway

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#IndieMas 2016 Day Eight

#IndieMas 2016 Day Eight

Author S. Usher Evans created #IndieMas as a way to celebrate her favorite Indie authors. On the eighth day of #IndieMas my author gave to me Fate Interfering Music and Fairy Tales Three Books Today Favorite Fantasies Thrills and Romance, Pulse Pounding Action,  Two Adventures, And Sci Fi and Fantasy . a Rafflecopter giveaway a Rafflecopter giveaway

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#IndieMas 2016 Day Seven

#IndieMas 2016 Day Seven

Author S. Usher Evans created #IndieMas as a way to celebrate her favorite Indie authors. On the seventh day of #IndieMas my author gave to me Music and Fairy Tales Three Books Today Favorite Fantasies Thrills and Romance, Pulse Pounding Action,  Two Adventures, And Sci Fi and Fantasy a Rafflecopter giveaway a Rafflecopter giveaway

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