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Blog Tour & Giveaway:The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury

May 23rd, 2016 Bridget Posted in Blog Tour 5 Comments »

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I am so excited today to be taking part in the blog tour for The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury! This is the second book in The Sin Eater’s Daughter series and it is a fantastic YA fantasy! First of all, look at how GORGEOUS the cover of this book is (the first book is just as pretty)! Pair that with the amazing characters, swoony romance, and captivating setting, you have a winner in my book. If you haven’t yet had a chance to read this series you must do so ASAP! If you want to read my full review of The Sleeping Prince you can check it out here!

Today I got to interview Errin, the MC in The Sleeping Prince. After reading the great interview make sure to enter the giveaway. There are three finished copies of The Sleeping Prince up for grabs! This contest is open to US addresses only.

MelindaAbout Melinda:

Melinda Salisbury lives by the sea, somewhere in the south of England. As a child she genuinely thought Roald Dahl’s Matilda was her biography, in part helped by her grandfather often mistakenly calling her Matilda, and the local library having a pretty cavalier attitude to the books she borrowed. Sadly she never manifested telekinetic powers. She likes to travel, and have adventures. She also likes medieval castles, non-medieval aquariums, Richard III, and all things Scandinavian. The Sin Eater’s Daughter is her first novel, and will be published by Scholastic in 2015. She is represented by the amazing Claire Wilson at Rogers, Coleridge and White.

She tweets. A lot.

You can visit Melinda around the web here: Website | Twitter | Tumblr

Pinterest | Instagram

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Please welcome the wonderful Errin from The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury!!!!

Dark Faerie Tales: Hi Errin thank you so much for visiting our blog today. For those of us who have not had the pleasure of meeting you yet can you introduce yourself and tell us three unique things about you?

Errin: My name is Errin Vastel, I’m seventeen and I used to live on a farm, just outside a town called Tremayne, which was the second city in my country, Tregellan. Now I live in a hovel surrounded by maniacs. That’s quite unique. Not a lot of seventeen year old girls say good morning to murderers at the communal well every day. Other unique things… I bonded with my best friend – actually, my now only friend – when he asked me to make poisons for him. So he turned me into a drug dealer, really. That doesn’t happen often, surely? Oh, and I’ve never seen his face. I turned criminal for someone whose face I couldn’t point out in a crowd. I am a very unique girl.

DFT: You are rather talented with the art of apothecary but your training was not complete. What is your favorite potion to make? Which one do you find the most difficult to put together?

Errin: There is a lovely elixir, containing violets and lavender, which I like because it smells incredible as it heats. You just add them to goat’s milk with a little salt and honey, maybe some rosemary. It’s a really simple potion, mostly cosmetic in use, but I always liked making it. It’s not my favourite, though.

I like making poisons more though. I know I’m not supposed to say that, but I do. They’re also the most difficult, because it would be very easy to accidentally kill myself while I was making them. Once, I was making an oleander potion for Silas and I remembered to make it outdoors, but didn’t think to check the direction the wind was blowing in and stood downwind of it. I was very, very sick for the next couple of days. Oleander is like that. It can kill you in a lot of different ways. After Master Pendie told me he knew of a man who’d died after eating venison, because the deer had accidentally eaten oleander bark, I stopped eating meat for a while.

DFT: For the last few months you have had to take care of your very sick mother all by yourself. I know this has been very difficult for you but I really admire that you gave up so much for your family. If given the chance what is the one thing you would change about your past?

Errin: My father dying. I can literally pinpoint the exact moment that everything in my life went to hell in a handcart as being the day my father died.

DFT: I know you don’t own a lot of possessions and times have been difficult for you lately. What is the one thing you own that you treasure above anything else?

Errin: I want to say Mama’s story book. But not anymore. It used to mean everything to me, to us, it was my childhood and my family wrapped up in pages. But now… No. Now I don’t care for it at all.

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DFT: You have an older brother that you love but he has made some interesting choices that has made your life more difficult. But I imagine he has also brought a lot of joy into your life as well. What is one of your favorite childhood memories with Lief?

Errin: Lief is Lief. He’s not perfect. I think his heart was in the right place when he went to Lormere. I believe that. It’s classic him, though, rushing off without thinking about the impact, or the consequences. He’s clever, but he’s so focused on achieving what he wants he lets everything else fall away. But he can be kind too. Once, when we were kids, I found a nest of baby rats in the barn, I think our cat had killed their parents. I would have been six, perhaps seven, so Lief would have been eight. I decided to care for these rats and bring them up, even though I knew Mama and Papa would hate it. And Lief told me, over and over that they were going to die, and that I would get in trouble. But as he was telling me, he was also helping me steal milk to give them, and bits of cloth for blankets. He helped me, despite everything. And when they died, and I cried, he helped me bury them. He’s an idiot. But he’s my idiot.

DFT: So I have to ask a couple questions about Silas because he is kind of dreamy!!! Your relationship with him has been very up and down. Out of all your time spent with him what has been your favorite moment?

Errin: That’s private. And possibly hasn’t actually happened outside of my head. But it’s very private.

DFT: Silas is a very secretive person and I don’t want to spoil anything, but what do you think is his best quality?

Errin: He’s honorable. I mean, I hate that in him, but it is his best quality.

DFT: The Sleeping Prince is someone you fear but there is more to him than you initially thought. Do you think there is any good left in him?

Errin: He cuts off people’s heads and impales them on spikes on the wall of his castle. And I’m pretty sure he killed my brother. I’m going to go with ‘No’.

DFT: The ending of your story was quite the cliffhanger and I’m pretty much dying to know what happens next. Is there any way you can give us a few hints as to what we can expect in the last book?

Errin: Pain. Death. Horror. Fear. I want a happy ending, that’s what’s supposed to happen in fairy tales. I can’t see how the happy ending is going to be mine, though.

Quick Fire Questions (Favorites):

Food? Anything right now. Beggars cannot be choosers.

Fairytale? Hilarious. Next question. 

Season? Spring.

Flower? Violets.

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Tour Schedule

Week One:

5/23/2016- Dark Faerie Tales – Interview

5/24/2016- Addicted Readers – Review

5/25/2016- Two Chicks on Books  Interview

5/26/2016- Once Upon a Twilight – Review

5/27/2016- Fiktshun – Guest Post

Week Two:

5/30/2016- My Friends Are Fiction – Review

5/31/2016- Adventures of a Book Junkie – Guest Post

6/1/2016- The Broke and the Bookish – Review

6/2/2016- Fiction Fare  Interview

6/3/2016- Mundie Moms  Review

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About this Book:

Return to the darkly beautiful world of The Sin Eater’s Daughter with a sequel that will leave you awed, terrified . . . and desperate for more.

Ever since her brother Lief disappeared, Errin’s life has gone from bad to worse. Not only must she care for her sick mother, she has to scrape together rent money by selling illegal herbal cures. But none of that compares to the threat of the vengeful Sleeping Prince whom the Queen just awoke from his enchanted sleep.

When her village is evacuated as part of the war against the Sleeping Prince, Errin is left desperate and homeless. The only person she can turn to is the mysterious Silas, a young man who buys deadly poisons from Errin, but won’t reveal why he needs them. Silas promises to help her, but when he vanishes, Errin must journey across a kingdom on the brink of war to seek another way to save her mother and herself. But what she finds shatters everything she believed about her world, and with the Sleeping Prince drawing nearer, Errin must make a heartbreaking choice that could affect the whole kingdom.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Charged by Jay Crownover

May 21st, 2016 Bridget Posted in Blog Tour 1 Comment »

We are super excited to be taking part in the review/excerpt tour for Charged by Jay Crownover! This is the second book in her Saints of Denver series. I am a huge fan of Jay Crownover’s books. I have loved everything I have read by her and Charged was no exception. This is one of those stories I feel like everyone can relate to in some way. Its got sexy romance, great drama, and an inspirational message. If you can’t tell I loved this and if your interested you can check out my full review in the post below this one. Like everything else Jay writes, it was amazing and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!

Below we have an excerpt and giveaway so make sure to check both of those out! One lucky winner will get a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble GC and a signed copy of Built!

DSC02158-EditAbout Jay:

Being native Coloradan is a source of pride if you ask Jay.  She loves all the things her home has to offer, and that is why she set her books in this familiar place. Writing about what she knows is why her stories feature plenty of rock and roll and body modification.

Jay has been a bartender since she was in college, spending over forty hours a week watching interactions between men and women.  This 9 to 5 job offered great insights into relationships – how they start and how they evolve in a social setting.

This cutting-edge author likes to write New Adult novels because she remembers being in her early twenties and thinking she had it all figured out, only to be proven wrong time and time again.  When she looks back, she see’s that those years defined who she is today, and, good or bad, those decisions ultimately set her current path.

You can visit Jay around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

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Quaid

I tapped the edge of my thumb on the black-and-white mug shot photo and couldn’t stop the grin from tugging at my mouth.

She tried to fire me.

She was five-foot-nothing, a lifetime younger than me, had multicolored hair that had seen better days, wild eyes that couldn’t decide if they wanted to be green, gold, or brown, while dressed in convict orange and obviously scared out of her ever loving mind, yet she still tried to fire me. If it had been any of my other clients—the cop accused of sexual battery, the frat boy accused of manslaughter over a bet on a football game gone wrong, the middle school teacher accused of pedophilia and having an inappropriate relationship with several of her students, or the pro football player accused of domestic abuse—I would have tipped my proverbial hat, wished them luck while I cut my losses, and walked away without a backward glance. People always committed crimes. People always needed a good defense, so it wasn’t like I was hurting for clients, but there was something about the girl. Something about the defiant tilt of her chin and the raw desperation in her tone when she begged me not to call her father.

I don’t want your help. I don’t want anything from you.” She sounded like she meant it when she said it, but I figured she was too young and too scared to know exactly what she wanted or needed. Regardless, it was still refreshing to hear.

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Everyone always wanted something from me and my help was usually the least of it.

I tapped the picture again, wondering why I found it so easy to believe that she really hadn’t been a part of the boyfriend’s plan to rob the bar. She wasn’t anyone’s idea of a model citizen and she had the shady track record to prove it. She was too young, and frankly too adorable, to have a file this thick. From what I could see, she had a set of parents always willing to ride to the rescue when she got herself into trouble. She looked like some kind of colorful woodland fairy from a Disney movie with her odd hair and delicate features. None of it added up, but the sincerity in her tone when she said she would never have gone with the boyfriend if she knew his intent and the fear in her eyes when I mentioned her father seemed genuine.

I learned long ago to treat everyone like they were guilty of whatever it was I was paid to defend them against. I didn’t want to know the truth. I didn’t want to know the circumstances. I wanted my clients to listen to me and let me do my job as I tried to convince the rest of the world they were innocent, regardless if they were or not. But this girl with her faded, rose colored hair and turbulent eyes oozed innocence through the cracks of a very guilty façade.

Because I was intrigued and actually believed the girl might be innocent, I wasn’t going to let her fire me. I was going to call her father and hope that he would help me keep her out of the slammer while I figured out how to plea bargain her charges down or get them dismissed altogether. Again, because a cop was involved in the robbery and because the boyfriend, junkie or not, was offering up a pretty plausible explanation for Avett’s involvement in the crime, nothing was a slam dunk, yet. I was going to help her whether she wanted me to or not.

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One lucky winner will get a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble GC and signed copy of Built!

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Available May 24, 2016 by William Morrow Paperbacks

About this Book:

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Marked Men books comes the second installment in the Saints of Denver series featuring a bad girl and a by the book attorney who could be her salvation…or her ruin.

Avett Walker and Quaid Jackson’s worlds have no reason to collide. Ever. Quaid is a high powered criminal attorney as slick as he is handsome. Avett is a pink-haired troublemaker with a bad attitude and a history of picking the wrong men.

When Avett lands in a sea of hot water because of one terrible mistake, the only person who can get her out of it is the insanely sexy lawyer. The last thing on earth she wants to do is rely on the no-nonsense attorney who thinks of her as nothing more than a nuisance. He literally has her fate in his hands. Yet there is something about him that makes her want to convince him to loosen his tie and have a little fun…with her.

Quaid never takes on clients like the impulsive young woman with a Technicolor dye job. She could stand to learn a hard lesson or two, but something about her guileless hazel eyes intrigues him. Still, he’s determined to keep their relationship strictly business. But doing so is becoming more impossible with each day he spends with her.

As they work side-by-side, they’ll have to figure out a way to get along and keep their hands off each other—because the chemistry between them is beyond charged.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Rise by Jennifer Anne Davis

May 19th, 2016 Bridget Posted in Blog Tour 2 Comments »

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I am so excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Rise by Jennifer Anne Davis! This is an epic high fantasy and you guys, I literally devoured it. When I sat down to read it I was just planning to get a feel for it so I could come up with some good guest post ideas for this tour, and the next thing I know I am finished with it! If that doesn’t make you want to pick this up then maybe my raving review will, you can read it here!

As I said earlier, I needed to come up with some guest post ideas and instead of just answering one of my suggestions the author answered several, so you are in for a real treat with my post today! After reading my amazing post there is an international giveaway for 5 digital copies of Rise so make sure you enter to win because this is a book you don’t want to miss!!!

Jennifer Anne DavisAbout Jennifer:

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.

You can find Jennifer around the web here: Website | Twitter | Facebook | TumblrPinterest | Instagram | YouTube

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DFT: I love Vidars “tree house” do you have any pictures that look like what you imagine it being like or where did you get the inspiration to create his home?

You have to check out my Pinterest board for this book!!! It has some amazing visuals. https://www.pinterest.com/authorjennifer/rise-book-1-order-of-the-krigers/

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This is similar to what I picture in my head. I’m not sure where the idea came from. When I was writing this book, I wanted Vidar to live somewhere safe in the forest. A cave seemed dull, dark, and boring. The idea of being up in the trees fascinates me, so I decided to have him live in a tree house!

DFT: I love that each one of the Krigers has a weapon they use to control their power. What are the 12 weapons and how did you decide which weapons to choose. Do you have any photos that inspired the weapons you choose?

I knew I wanted each weapon to be different. I started searching the internet for ideas and this is what I came up with: (I’ve listed a picture of the weapon, which Kriger uses that weapon, and then that weapon’s symbol)

Longsword

Longsword / Andreas / control

Dagger

Dagger / Harald / strength

Pike

Pike / Gunner / unity

Spear

Spear / Reidar / direction

Throwing Axe

Throwing axe / Henrik / power

Broadsword

Broadsword / Oddvar / endurance

Javelin

Javelin / Jorgen / knowledge

Misericorde

Misericorde / Marius / leadership

Seax

Seax / Tor / precision

Short Bow

Short bow / Stein / speed

Bo Staff

Bo staff / Kaia / choice

Crossbow

Crossbow / Geir / perseverance

 

DFT: I know during the editing process can be brutal and at times you have to cut out scenes that you really wished you could have kept! If it’s possible without spoiling anything will you share a deleted scene with us?

The editing process was grueling! I think I changed the beginning twenty times. I can’t tell you how many times I rewrite Rise. However, there is only one scene that ended up being deleted. It’s not very exciting, but here it is:

 

“Don’t move,” Anders whispered.

I froze and scanned the surrounding area.

“Do you see it?” he asked. I shook my head. “In the forest to your left is a hjort.”

About twenty feet away, between the trees, stood a beautiful creature with large antlers protruding from its head. Its powerfully built body was coated with short brown hair with white dots speckling its hind legs. Its ears twitched, sensing us watching it.

“You don’t plan to kill it, do you?”

“No,” Anders replied. “We don’t need it for food. There are plenty of smaller creatures around to sustain us.”

The hjort leaned its head down, munching on the grass. Anders and I silently crept away, not wanting to frighten the animal.

 

DFT: List ten things that we might not know about Kaia

1 – She hates eating bread

2 – She wishes she was stronger (physically)

3 – She misses her mother even though she doesn’t remember her

4 – She’s always known there was something different about her

5 – She afraid to admit her feelings for a certain man because admitting them makes them real

6 – She wishes she wasn’t always a tomboy

7 – Being around a lot of people scares her

8 – She wishes she was stronger (mentally)

9 – She hates to cry

10 – She has thought about running away from Vidar and Anders

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Blog Tour Schedule:

Week 1:

May 16, 2016 – Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post

May 16, 2016 – Books Direct – Guest Post

May 16, 2016 – Hidden Worlds Books – Review

May 17, 2016 – A Backwards Story – Review

May 17, 2016 – Books Are My Fandom – Guest Post

May 17, 2016 – BooksChatter – Interview

May 18, 2016 – Once Upon A Twilight – Review

May 18, 2016 – A Book Addict’s Bookshelves – Guest Post

May 19, 2016 – Dark Faerie Tales – Guest Post

May 19, 2016 – Books of Love – Review

May 20, 2016 – BookHounds YA – Interview

May 20, 2016 – Kimber Leigh Writes – Guest Post

May 20, 2016 – Kindle and Me – Review

Week 2:

May 23, 2016 – Bookwyrming Thoughts – Review

May 24, 2016 – Emily Reads Everything – Review

May 24, 2016 – The Best Books Ever – Review

May 25, 2016 – The Alchemy of Ink – Review

May 25, 2016 – Diana’s Book Reviews – Guest Post

May 26, 2016 – FLYL?F Book Reviews – Review

May 26, 2016 – WS Momma Readers Nook – Guest Post

May 26, 2016 – Book-Keeping – Review

May 27, 2016 – Mama Bear Reads – Review

May 27, 2016 – Chapter by Chapter – Interview

May 28, 2016 – jrsbookreviews – Review

May 28, 2016 – Bookaholic Banter – Review

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The people of Nelebek live in fear of persecution from the evil Morlet, who reigns with a dark and destructive magic. The kingdom’s only hope lies with the Order of the Krigers—twelve warriors with mysterious powers linked to magical weapons.

For over a century, Morlet has been annihilating the Order, picking them off one by one. Eleven Krigers have been hunted down, tortured, and imprisoned in his dungeon. Now, only one remains.

Sixteen-year-old Kaia survives by keeping her head down and minding her own business. But when she finds herself in the middle of a public execution where the mysterious Morlet is in attendance, an odd compulsion she can’t resist comes over her.

Kaia looks into Morlet’s eyes.

Soon, an ancient power awakens and Kaia can no more blend into the scenery. Will she heed the call of the Krigers or will Morlet’s dark magic destroy the last of the Order?

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

May 9th, 2016 Bridget Posted in Blog Tour Comments Off on Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

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Today I am so excited to be taking part in the blog tour for The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye! We are the first stop of the tour and I can tell you right now that you are going to want to follow along for the whole tour. Evelyn put together some amazing posts and you don’t want to miss any of them! My post today is all about what it would be like if the characters from The Crown’s Game were to create an online dating profile! I loved the post and it is very insightful!

I got to read an early copy of The Crown’s Game and I can tell you right now that this is a book you want to check out! It is fun, magical, romantic and adventurous! I really enjoyed it and if you are interested you can read my full review of it here! After you read the fantastic post make sure to enter the giveaway for a beautiful Crown’s Game inspired necklace!

Evelyn Skye head shot high resAbout Evelyn Skye

Evelyn Skye was once offered a job by the C.I.A., she not-so-secretly wishes she was on “So You Think You Can Dance,” and if you challenge her to a pizza-eating contest, she guarantees she will win. When she isn’t writing, Evelyn can be found chasing her daughter on the playground or sitting on the couch, immersed in a good book and eating way too many cookies. THE CROWN’S GAME is her first novel.

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 Vika, Nikolai and Pasha on OK Cupid

I have done my share of time on dating sites, and I began to wonder, what would Vika, Nikolai, and Pasha’s profiles look like if they were on OK Cupid?

So I decided to find out.

VIKA

Your self-summary

I am a 16-year-old enchantress. I can conjure a snow storm with the snap of my fingers and heal wounded animals’ bones.

What are you doing with your life?

Competing to become the tsar’s Imperial Enchanter. What are you doing with yours?

I’m really good at:

Commanding the elements. And I am probably better at everything than you are. (I’m sorry, were you looking for a modest girl? Keep looking.)

The six things I could never live without:

Father

Magic

Birch woods

Ludmila

Playfulness

Autumn

I spend a lot of time thinking about:

How to destroy the other enchanter

On a typical Friday night I’m:

Working on how to evanesce

You should message me if:

You can keep up with an enchantress. (I doubt you can.)

 

NIKOLAI

Your self-summary

I am, first and foremost, a gentleman. I am also an enchanter who revels in the mechanical aspects of the world.

What are you doing with your life?

Unfortunately, figuring out how to kill another enchanter.

I’m really good at:

Clocks! I love taking them apart and re-using the parts to invent new things. And bridges. I love studying bridges, and I wish I had the space to conjure one. Perhaps I’ll just make one appear across the Neva River?

The six things I could never live without:

Magic

Honor

Pasha, my best friend

Renata, my other best friend

Locks on my door

My top hat (not to mention all the clothes I tailored myself)

I spend a lot of time thinking about:

Why the world is the way it is.

On a typical Friday night I’m:

At a ball at a nobleman’s house, dancing with the debutantes and letting Galina show me off as her “charitable project,” since she took me in from the Kazakh steppe.

You should message me if:

You don’t mind that I might be dead by tomorrow.

 

PASHA

Your self-summary

I am, for better or for worse, the tsesarevich—crown prince—of Russia.

What are you doing with your life?

I’m ostensibly training to be tsar, but mostly, I’m sneaking out of the Winter Palace whenever I can to go hunting or causing other shenanigans with my best friend, Nikolai.

I’m really good at:

Archery, fencing, horseback riding, slipping out of the palace in disguise.

The six things I could never live without:

My sister

My mother

Books

My hidden wardrobe of costumes

Fresh air

Evenings at The Magpie and The Fox (a tavern) with Nikolai

I spend a lot of time thinking about:

Whether I’ll be a good tsar someday

On a typical Friday night I’m:

Playing cards at a Count’s house, or dancing at a ball at a Baron’s, or supping with a prince or ambassador from abroad.

You should message me if:

You’re a political or aristocratic match whom my mother, the tsarina, approves.

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Blog Tour Schedule:

Week One:

5/9/2016- Dark Faerie Tales – Guest Post

5/10/2016- Owl Always Be Reading – Guest Post

5/11/2016- 125Pages – Review

5/12/2016- A Backwards Story – Review

5/13/2016- Two Chicks on Books – Guest Post

Week Two:

5/16/2016- The Reader Lines – Review

5/17/2016- Once Upon a Twilight – Guest Post

5/18/2016- That Artsy Reader Girl – Review

5/19/2016- Supernatural Snark – Guest Post

5/20/2016- Mundie Moms – Review

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contest

This contest is provided by Evelyn Skye!

1 winner will receive a beautiful custom THE CROWN’S GAME necklace (similar to the one in the photo below) made by the lovely Tales of A Ravenous Reader!!
(US ONLY)

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The Crown's Game

Available May 17, 2016 by Balzer + Bray

About this Book:

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love… or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear… the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Girl About Town by A. Shankman & L. L. Sullivan

May 5th, 2016 Bridget Posted in Blog Tour Comments Off on Blog Tour & Giveaway: Girl About Town by A. Shankman & L. L. Sullivan

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Today we are taking part in the blog tour for Girl About Town by Adam Shankman & Laura L. Sullivan! This is a mystery novel set in the roaring twenties! It features two young people that come from very different worlds but through their experiences they eventually meet! Lucille has grown up very poor but as luck would have it she gets an opportunity to not only change her circumstances but that of her whole family. She just has to tell one small lie to the police and her dream of becoming a movie star will become a reality. Freddie grew up filthy rich and you could say he has the world at his fingertips. He will never have to worry about money, he has a beautiful fiancee, and a loving family. His entire world comes crumbling down when he realizes that all his wealth is blood money. As a result he decides to walk away from everything.

I really enjoyed Girl About Town. It was lush, gritty and realistic. To read my full review of the story go here! I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good mystery! Below you can check out the rest of the blog tour schedule and there is also a giveaway for three finished copies of Girl About Town!

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About Adam:

Adam Shankman was born on November 27, 1964 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Adam Michael Shankman. He is known for his work on Hairspray (2007), A Walk to Remember (2002) and Rock of Ages (2012).

Visit Adam around the web here: Twitter 

Want to read more from Adam Shankman?

Laura SullivanAbout Laura:

Laura L. Sullivan is a former newspaper editor, biologist, social worker, and deputy sheriff who writes because storytelling is the easiest way to do everything in the world. She lives on the Florida coast, but her heart is in England.

Visit Laura around the web here: Blog | Facebook

Want to read more from Laura L Sullivan?

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Blog Tour Schedule:

Week 1:

5/2: Gone With the Words – Guest Post

5/3: Live to Read – Review

5/4: Rebelle Reads – Vintage Lookbook

5/5: Dark Faerie Tales – Review

5/6: The Bookkeeper’s Secrets – Graphic Art

Week 2:

5/9: In Wonderland – Review

5/10: Wandering Bark Books – Top 10

5/11: Here’s to Happy Endings – Review

5/12: One Night Book Stand – Q&A

5/13: The Petite Book Blogger – Review

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contest

This contest is provided by Simon & Schuster

Three lucky winners will receive a finished copy of Girl About Town!!!

Girl About Town

Available May 3, 2016 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

About this Book:

Acclaimed film producer/director Adam Shankman and coauthor Laura Sullivan pen a sparkling, witty, romantic mystery inspired by Nick and Nora Charles and Hollywood glamour.

Not too long ago, Lucille O’Malley was living in a tenement in New York. Now she’s Lulu Kelly, Hollywood’s newest It Girl. She may be a star, but she worries that her past will catch up with her. Back in New York she witnessed a Mafia murder, and this glamorous new life in Tinseltown is payment for her silence.

Dashing Freddie van der Waals, the only son of a New York tycoon, was a playboy with the world at his feet. But when he discovered how his corrupt father really made the family fortune, Freddie abandoned his billions and became a vagabond. He travels the country in search of redemption and a new identity, but his father will stop at nothing to bring him home.

When fate brings Lulu and Freddie together, sparks fly—and gunshots follow. Suddenly Lulu finds herself framed for attempted murder. Together, she and Freddie set out to clear her name. But can they escape their pasts and finally find the Hollywood ending they long for?

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