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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

February 9th, 2016 Bridget Posted in Blog Tour 3 Comments »

nicole Castroman author photoI am so excited to be apart of the blog tour for Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman. This is the story of Edward Teach, the man that became the infamous Blackbeard. Personally, I have a slight obsession with pirates so when I saw the cover reveal and synopsis for this story months ago I just knew I had to read it! Luckily I got an early copy and guys it is AMAZING!!! I literally picked it up and stayed up until the wee hours of the night finishing it because it was that good. If you want to read my full review click here (but rest assured it is just me flailing about how much you need to read this)!!! Blackhearts hits shelves today so make sure to pick up a copy!

For my stop today I was supposed to come up with a few guest post ideas and Nicole would pick one to answer. I came up with five ideas and to my surprise and delight Nicole decided to answer four of the topics I suggested. So my post turned into more of an interview but it is awesome and I think you guys are going to love it (there is a hot picture of Edward)! Also, at the end of the post there is a fantastic giveaway for 1 finished copy of Blackhearts!

About Nicole: 

Nicole was lucky enough to come with her very own best friend…she has a twin sister who can read her mind and finish her sentences for her.

At the age of 13, she went to Europe for the first time and it changed her life. She loves learning about different people, languages and cultures and speaks fluent German. She knows enough Spanish to get herself into trouble and can still read the Cyrillic alphabet from when she studied Russian.

She received her B.A. from Brigham Young University and has lived in Germany, Austria and two different places called Georgia. One is located on the Black Sea. The other is the state of Georgia where she now lives with her handsome husband and two beautiful children who continue to amaze her.

You can find Nicole around the web here: Website | Twitter | Facebook

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DFT: I imagine you had to do a fair amount of research to write Blackhearts and I would love to know more about the original Blackbeard.What were some unique things you learned about him while you were doing your research?

Nicole: I learned that Blackbeard most likely came from a wealthy family, because he could read and write. At the time, only the well-to-do were educated.

Despite all of the theories and tales about him, there is no real evidence that he ever killed anyone, until the last battle that ultimately took his life. Unlike other pirates at the time, he didn’t torture or murder his victims. He didn’t have to resort to violence, when people gave him what he wanted. Blackbeard built up his persona. He created a demonic appearance by attaching burning hemp ropes beneath his hat. He was also large in stature, much larger than most men at the time. Can you imagine if you saw some large figure coming at you, with smoke wafting around him? I’d probably hand over my jewelry or gold as well.

Some reports say that he was quite charismatic. I believe that, especially because out of all the pirates, Blackbeard is the most notorious. He’s the one most people think of when they think of actual swashbucklers.

The name of his flag ship was the Queen Anne’s Revenge.

DFT: I love the fashion you featured in your book. That time era had some interesting outfits and depending on your station it determined what you wore. Both Anne and Edward dress in different to fit stations throughout the story. Can you show us pictures of…

Anne as a maid:

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Anne as a daughter of a wealthy merchant:

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Edward as a sailor:

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Nicole: JUST KIDDING!! This is not Teach as a sailor. I picture an outfit more like this:

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Edward as the son of a wealthy merchant:

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DFT: I have a slight obsession with pirates and there are so many legends and stories that feature pirates. Besides Blackbeard what are some of your favorite pirate legends/stories?

Nicole: I think William Kidd is a fascinating character. He started out as a privateer with permission from the British crown to seize ships. At some point, the government changed their mind, charged him with piracy and had him hanged. Some evidence that could have proven he was innocent went missing at the time of his trial, only to show up years later. I actually have another book about this, but it needs some work.

DFT: When writing a book there are many edits and sadly stuff has to get deleted. Could you share a deleted scene with us that you were sad to see go?

Nicole: Honestly, I loved revising BLACKHEARTS. For the most part, it stayed the same as when I first drafted it. About ¾ of the way through, I did change some chapters, but I LOVE the changes I made. I don’t have any deleted scenes that I was sad to see go.

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Tour Schedule

Week One:

2/1/2016- Mundie Moms – Interview

2/2/2016- Beauty and the Bookshelf – Review

2/3/2016- My Friends Are Fiction – Guest Post

2/4/2016- Brittany’s Book Rambles – Review

2/5/2016- Two Chicks on Books – Interview

Week Two:

2/8/2016- Fiktshun – Review

2/9/2016- Dark Faerie Tales – Guest Post

2/10/2016- A Reader Under The Sea  Review

2/11/2016- A Perfection Called Books  Interview

2/12/2016- Lili’s Reflections – Review

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One winner will receive a signed finished copy of Blackhearts!
(US Only)

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Available February 9, 2016 by Simon Pulse

About this Book:

Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.

Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

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Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway: Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan

February 8th, 2016 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour 6 Comments »

Sophie Jordan“Fantasy” February continues with Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan! Her new novel is about a world that has been thrust into darkness for the last seventeen years. Please check out the intense excerpt below. It is from the POV of Fowler, the male lead in Reign of Shadows. This YA high fantasy novel will be released on February 9, 2016 from HarperTeen.

A huge thank you to Sophie for today’s giveaway! One lucky reader will win a $50 Amazon GC and signed copies of Reign of Shadows, Firelight & Uninvited! This contest is open to U.S. addresses only.

About Sophie:

Sophie Jordan grew up in the Texas hill country where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she’s also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Avon historical romances. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she’s not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows. Sophie also writes paranormal romances under the name Sharie Kohler.

You can visit Sophie around the web here: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Want to read more from Sophie Jordan?

Firelight Vanish HiddenForeplay Tease WildUninvited UnleashedReign of ShadowsSins of a Wicked Duke In Scandal They Wed Wicked Nights With a LoverWicked in Your Arms Lessons from a Scandalous B... The Earl in My Bed How to Lose a Bride in One ...Once Upon a Wedding Night Too Wicked to Tame One Night With You Surrender to MeA Good Debutante's Guide to... An Heiress For All Seasons All the Ways to Ruin a RogueAll Chained Up Hell Breaks Loose

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Reign of Shadows

Excerpt

(From Fowler’s POV)

“Do you hear that?” Luna’s voice rippled over the chilled stillness, a current swimming in the breathing dark. Her question was the first time she had spoken to me in hours and only a thin thread of sound.

I froze in place and listened, already knowing to trust her ears over my own.

There was nothing at first, simply the rush of blood in my ears and a solitary bat chirping in the far distance. Then I heard it. Them. A low, intermittent rumble of voices, ebbing and increasing and then disappearing altogether.

“They’re . . . people.” Her voice shook a little and I knew that she would have been less nervous had they been dwellers.

I peered into the dark. There were no torches. No flickering fire through the trees. But we were headed straight for them. Or they were headed in our direction. Either way, everything inside me tensed.

I squinted into the opaque air. We could try to skirt them, give them a wide berth, but there was always the possibility that they had their own scouts ferreting the perimeter of their group. Especially if they were soldiers. That was common protocol.

Normally, I would investigate to verify who—or what—was out there. Constant awareness is what kept me alive this long, but I wasn’t functioning under normal circumstances anymore. I had Luna to consider.

“Maybe they’re friendly,” she offered, breaking into the quiet of my thoughts.

I shook my head, tension knotting my shoulders as I stared ahead into the cold ink of dark. A quick glance upward revealed the thick tangle of branches obscuring the moon’s glow. That was being hopeful. She didn’t fully understand. Aside from soldiers, she thought the dwellers were the worst thing out here. She thought everyone else was like us, survivors banding together for a like purpose—to further our existence. She would understand in time.

“Stay here,” I commanded, unloading my pack and adjusting the quiver at my back.

Her shoulders squared, and that rounded little chin of hers went up. I could tell she wanted to argue. Or simply ignore my instructions and follow me. Just like the boy, Donnan. An ugly feeling swept through me at that reminder, and my movements became more jerky.

“I’m going with you—”

“No. I’m not Sivo or Perla for you to twist and manipulate. Out here, I’m in charge.” The hard fall of my words made her back away, stopping only when she collided with a tree.

I sighed. “If you stay here, you’ll be safe,” I said, my voice softer. I stared down at my hands a long moment before looking back up at her. Skepticism was writ all over her features.

“I’ll move faster knowing you are here waiting safely.” It irritated me that I felt the need to prove myself sincere.

She brought her arms up to hug herself. “Are you coming back?” Doubt tinged her voice. “Tell me the truth.”

I told myself distrust was normal. Good even. I blew out a breath and squeezed my eyes shut for a moment before opening them again. The slightest quiver to her bottom lip revealed she wasn’t as unaffected as she pretended to be leaning there against the tree.

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I gestured to my pack as though she could see it there in the dirt by her feet. “I’m leaving my supplies.”

She nodded stiffly, but didn’t appear to fully accept my explanation as proof enough that I would be coming back.

I started to leave, walked several feet, but the image of her face—the big dark eyes—burned an imprint onto my mind. I knew that visual would follow me, and I didn’t need that. Not when I needed a clear head.

With a muffled curse, I whipped back around. She was scared and not totally convinced I would be returning for her. What if I was gone longer than she expected and she took it into her head to leave?

Several strides put me back in front of her. My heart thumped hard in my chest. Even though she was taller than a good many women, I still looked down at her.

Resolve fueled me. I reached for her, taking her face firmly in both my hands, fixing her unseeing stare on me. She jumped a little at the contact but didn’t pull away.

This close, the freckles spattering her nose and cheeks were clearly visible—a collection of brown dots of varying sizes, all several shades lighter than her dark hair.

Trapped in my hands, staring sightlessly up, she seemed so vulnerable. A single budding lily in a world of night. One clap of my hands and she would be crushed, her light snuffed out.

“I will not abandon you, Luna.” It was the reassurance she had asked for before, but I had been unable to say the words then. “Ever,” I added.

It didn’t mean she would never get hurt. It didn’t mean either one of us would make it, but if something happened to her it would not be because I had failed her. I would never do that. Not again.

Her lips parted in the slightest gasp. She blinked, looking as startled as I felt at my avowal.

“Do you understand?” I slipped my fingers deeper into her hair, cradling the back of her skull. “You believe me?”

Her shock at my promise was palpable.

And there was my own awareness of her slighter body so close to mine. Her fragrance filled my nose. I felt alive for the first time in a long time. My skin prickled and pulled tight, sensitive even to the slightest gust of air. There was no part of me that didn’t feel.

If she touched me, I might come apart. My stomach pitched and turned, hoping she did. Hoping she didn’t.

She was a girl who somehow managed to smell good and fresh in a world of stinking rot. It was not a situation I would have chosen for myself, but here I was.

She nodded and those lips of hers—so loose and soft and appealing—grabbed all of my attention. I gave in and dropped my forehead against hers. I breathed in deeply, filling my lungs with her.

My blood pumped thickly through my veins. She sucked in a breath, her only reaction to our sudden closeness.

My lips rested at the corner of her mouth, not quite touching. I only needed to turn slightly, and our mouths would meet…

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Tour Schedule

Week One:

2/1/2016- Supernatural Snark  Interview

2/2/2016- Good Choice Reading – Excerpt

2/3/2016- Seeing Double In Neverland – Review

2/4/2016- NightlyReading – Review

2/5/2016- Fangirlish – Interview

Week Two:

2/8/2016- Dark Faerie Tales – Excerpt

2/9/2016- Unabridged Bookshelf – Review

2/10/2016- Bibliojunkies – Review

2/11/2016- Two Chicks on Books  Interview

2/12/2016- Fiktshun – Review

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This contest is provided by Sophie Jordan & RockStar Blog Tours!

One lucky reader will win a $50 Amazon GC and signed copies of Reign of Shadows, Firelight & Uninvited!
(US only)

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Available February 9, 2016 from HarperTeen

About this Book:

Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

With lush writing and a star–crossed romance, Reign of Shadows is Sophie Jordan at her best.

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Mardi Gras Blog Parade: The Dragons by Delphina Henley

February 4th, 2016 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour No Comments »

Supernatural Chronicles Blog Tour

We are so excited to bring you the Mardi Gras Blog Parade for The Supernatural Chronicles! The Supernatural Chronicles is a fantastic box set with stories from ten different authors each celebrating a distinct supernatural creature! This is the Supernatural Chronicles: The New Orleans Collection. The Tour goes from February 1st-February 10th with different authors and content each day of the tour! Make sure you check out each stop along the way and enter to win the 1 of 10 Mystery Boxes!! See why everyone is talking about #DYNAMIS, and stop by The Supernatural Chronicles Facebook Discussion Group!

DelphinaPlease welcome author Delphina Henley! Today we are focusing on Dragons! Check out her guest post below on how glass is magic.

About Delphina Henley:

Delphina has been writing since she can remember and has always had a love of the paranormal. She is an avid reader and a self-proclaimed shifter crack addict. Delphina currently lives in the Midwest with her husband and four kids.

Delphina loves to connect with fans.

You can visit Delphina around the web here: Website | Twitter Facebook | Instagram

Want to read more from Delphina Henley?

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Glass is Magic

I have been asked by quite a few people why glass was such a huge part of my Dragons story line and my answer is always the same: Glass is Magic.

I can still remember the first time I heard how glass was made. I was absolutely, positively sure it was magic. There was no way someone could actually take something like sand and make it so incredibly beautiful without magic. As an adult, I was lucky enough to see Vienna artisans creating the most magnificent pieces of art. I knew then and there that my childhood belief that glass was magic was true.

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Glass craftsman using blowtorch to shape a jar

When I was in kindergarten, I was walking on the shore of Lake Michigan with my family for the first time and found a piece of sea glass. Once again, I was amazed. A broken and discarded bottle had became what I called “a jewel” all by the simple act of nature. I still am as amazed by this as I was a small child. There is something just amazing about it.

Glass is my magic in real life. What is yours?

~Delphina

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Supernatural Chronicles The Dragons

About Supernatural Chronicles: THE DRAGONS:

Adeen has always known she was destined to save her people, the dragons, thanks to a visit from a princess when she was a small child. That one visit changed everything. Fearing the crumbling of the veil that protects the dragons, her clan took away her childhood and made training her top priority.

Now, no longer a child, Adeen is again visited by her princess and receives her task. She must make the trek to New Orleans to save her people. Her solo mission doesn’t stay that way long, and she is soon joined by an ancient fae, a not-so-extinct extinct phoenix, and a super hot dragon — who happens to be her fated mate. The mission is nothing like what she had prepared for, nor is it what she expected. This mission will take more than just skill. It will take a great sacrifice. Is Adeen ready to give up everything she just found?

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Don’t Miss Each of the Individual Supernatural Chronicles!

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Supernatural Chronicles: The Skinwalkers by Lila Felix

Supernatural Chronicles: The Wolves by Kristie Cook

Supernatural Chronicles: The Vampires by Brenda Pandos

Supernatural Chronicles: The Dragons by Delphina Henley

Supernatural Chronicles: The Succubi by Julia Crane

Supernatural Chronicles: The Witches by Jamie Magee

Supernatural Chronicles: The Necromancers by Morgan Wylie

Supernatural Chronicles: The Cupids by Kallie Ross

Supernatural Chronicles: The Asgardians by S.T. Bende

Supernatural Chronicles: The Noir by Rebecca Ethington

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Mardi Gras Blog Parade Schedule

February 1st

2 Girls & Their Kindles– Interview

Becky on Books– Playlist

I Read Indie– Interview

Love. Life. Read– Playlist

Southern Vixens Book Obsessions– Interview

February 2nd

JeanzBookReadNReview– Interview

Lacey’s Love of Literature– Guest Post

Zoe Forward, Author– Excerpt

The WordSmithe– Interview

Luna Book Adventures– Guest Post

February 3rd

Reads All the Books– Excerpt 1

NightWolf Book Blog– Excerpt 2

A Book a Day Keeps the Boredom At Bay– Guest Post

Fundinmental– Excerpt 1

The Paisley Reader– Excerpt 2

February 4th

Dark Faerie Tales– Guest Post

Write for Your Life– Guest Post

TSK TSK What to Read– Guest Post

Pages abound– Guest Post

I Dream of Books– Guest Post

Stalking Shelves– Guest Post

February 5th

Alpha Fangirl Book Blog– Excerpt 1

Extreme Bookaholic’s– Excerpt 2

Love Affair With Fiction– Interview

SnoopyDoo’s Book Reviews– Excerpt 1

Shelf_Life– Excerpt 2

February 6th

What I’m Reading– Excerpt

Renee Entress’s Blog– Introduction Vlog

Nicole’s Book Musings– Witches Vlog

Only One More Page– Excerpt

SweepstakingDreams.com– Playlist Vlog

February 7th

Cover2Cover– Excerpt

Musings of a Writer– Interview

Reading Addict– Guest Post

Romancing the Readers– Excerpt

the cynikal kat– Interview

February 8th

Evermore Books– Excerpt

Barbara Book Blog– Playlist

KatyaRath– Guest Post

Teatime and Books– Interview

T&L Book Reviews– Dream Cast

February 9th

BookCrushin– Excerpt

Jax’s Book Magic– Interview

Alpha Book Club– Excerpt

Zach’s YA Reviews– Interview

There for You Editing– Excerpt

February 10th

Collector of book boyfriends– Interview

Wickedcoolflight– Guest Post

Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents– Excerpt

Grownupfangirl / oh the book feels- Interview

The Phantom Paragrapher– Guest Post

Mama Reads Hazel Sleeps– Excerpt

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Ten lucky readers will win a Mystery Gift Set!

Mystery Boxes Teaser

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About this Collection:

Beneath the brow of Bourbon and French architecture, the iris of New Orleans swirls with flecks of worlds and beings unknown to mankind. Come with us as we chronicle their journey—each supernatural race must hunt for an offering in hopes of saving their own. Skinwalkers, Wolves, Vampires, Dragons, Succubi, Witches, Necromancers, Cupids, and Asgardians are all in danger of losing control as an uprising darkness threatens to rip the veil that protects them all from the great beyond.

Ten original novellas, following each supernatural race as they fight an elusive enemy, are written by New Adult authors Lila Felix, Kristie Cook, Brenda Pandos, Delphina Henley, Julia Crane, Jamie Magee, Morgan Wylie, Kallie Ross, S.T. Bende, and Rebecca Ethington. Come join them for the hunt and discover hidden treasures inside.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers

February 3rd, 2016 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour 2 Comments »

Sarah AhiersDark Faerie Tales continues “Fantasy” February with a look at the young adult fantasy novel Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers. Assassin’s Heart is a YA fantasy novel set in a world were Assassin’s are emissaries of a god and ghosts hunt for bodies at night. Want to know more? Check out my review below this post or by clicking here. This novel was released on February 2, 2016 from HarperTeen.

One winner will receive a finished copy of Assassin’s Heart and some swag (bookmarks, postcards)! This contest is US only. Enter at the end of this post.

About Sarah:

Sarah Ahiers is working towards an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults and lives in Minnesota with three dogs and a house full of critters. She has a collection of steampunk hats and when she’s not writing she fills her time with good games, good food, good friends and good family.

Sarah writes Young Adult and Middle Grade novels and occasionally dabbles in Picture Books. Fantasy is her favorite genre, though she sometimes can be found playing around with Horror and other things that go bump in the night.

Sarah’s debut novel, ASSASSIN’S HEART (HarperTeen, February 2nd, 2016) is a Young Adult Fantasy. In the Kingdom of Lovero, where families of assassins lawfully kill people for the right price, seventeen-year-old Oleander “Lea” Saldana sets out on a path of vengeance against the most powerful assassin family of all.

She is represented by Mollie Glick of Foundry Literary & Media.

You can visit Sarah around the web here: Website | BlogTwitter

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Want to read more from Sarah Ahiers?

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Assassin's Heart

Tour Schedule

Week One:

1/25/2016- Adventures of a Book Junkie – Interview

1/26/2016- Brittany’s Book Rambles – Review

1/27/2016- Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews – Guest Post

1/28/2016- The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club – Review

1/29/2016- The Young Folks – Interview

Week Two:

2/1/2016- Cover2Cover – Review

2/2/2016- YaReads – Guest Post

2/3/2016- Dark Faerie Tales – Review

2/4/2016- Storybook Slayers – Interview

2/5/2016- Fiction Fare – Review

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This contest is provided by Rockstar Book Tours & HarperTeen!

One lucky winner will receive a copy of Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers!
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Hi-Res AssassinsHeart HC

Available February 2, 2016 from HarperTeen

About this Book:

In the kingdom of Lovero, nine rival Families of assassins lawfully kill people for a price. As a highly skilled member of one of these powerful clans, seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana has always trusted in the strength of her Family. Until she awakens to find them murdered and her home in flames. The Da Vias, the Saldanas’ biggest enemy, must be responsible—and Lea should have seen it coming. But her secret relationship with the Da Vias’ son, Val, has clouded her otherwise killer instinct—and given the Da Vias more reason than ever to take her Family down.

Racked with guilt and shattered over Val’s probable betrayal, Lea sets out to even the score, with her heart set on retaliation and only one thought clear in her mind: make the Da Vias pay.

With shades of The Godfather and Romeo and Juliet, this richly imagined fantasy from debut author Sarah Ahiers is a story of love, lies, and the ultimate vengeance.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Burn by Elissa Sussman

January 21st, 2016 Bridget Posted in Blog Tour Comments Off on Blog Tour & Giveaway: Burn by Elissa Sussman

Elissa SussmanI am so excited to be taking part in the blog tour for Burn by Elissa Sussman! This is the second book in the Four Sisters Series and it is a fun YA high fantasy series!  I loved Stray which was the first book in the series and you can check out my full review for Stray here! Burn released on January 19, 2016 from Greenwillow Books and my review for the Burn will be posting on the blog soon!

For today’s post I got to do a fun interview with Elanor who is the MC in Burn. There is also a great giveaway for a signed paperback of STRAY and buttons. US Only

About Elissa:

Elissa Sussman is a writer, a reader and a pumpkin pie eater.

Her debut novel, STRAY (Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins), is a YA fantasy about fairy godmothers, magic and food. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and in a previous life managed animators and organized spreadsheets at some of the best animation studios in the world, including Nickelodeon, Disney, Dreamworks and Sony Imageworks. You can see her name in the credits of THE CROODS, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA, THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG and TANGLED.

She currently lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend and their rescue mutt, Basil.

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

Want to read more from Elissa?

Stray Burn

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Interview with Elanor

Dark Faerie Tales: To start things off can you tell us a little bit about yourself and a short synopsis of what happened in the first book in the series?

Elanor: My name is Elanor and I am an Orphan, both in status and allegiance. I live in the West, where the Wicked Queen Josetta has taken control of the part of the kingdom she has renamed the Midlands. I met Aislynn, the former princess/fairy godmother in the forest after she ran away from a royal ball. From what she told me, she had been attacked by man who wanted to take a mirror away from her. Unfortunately, the mirror he wanted was in the hands of another princess, one named Linnea. With the help of Thackery and Brigid, two Orphans that had befriended Aislynn, we decided to get the mirror back from Linnea. Rhys and I intended to assist them until we were ambushed in the forest by Josetta’s huntsmen. After that, we had to part ways, with Aislynn, Thackery and Brigid intent on retrieving the mirror, while Rhys and I returned to the Mountain to tell the others of Josetta’s attack.

DFT: You became an orphan at a very young age but you have found a new family with the other orphans. Tasmin has become like a mother to you and Ioan like a brother. What are some of your favorite memories from spending time with Tasmin and Ioan?

Elanor: I always enjoyed being in the kitchen with Tasmin, where it is warm and smells delicious. Ioan, who is older then I am, would help her chop vegetables and he would eat (or give to me) every other piece he chopped. Anyone else would have gotten in trouble, but no one ever stays mad at Ioan for long.

DFT: Over the years you have become quite the warrior. What battle if any do you consider to be your biggest achievement?

Elanor: I was gravely injured in one of my first battles and it took me a long time to recover. When I did, I made sure to repay the huntsmen for my injury in the next battle we fought against them. I fought well, and earned the respect of the other Orphans.

DFT: Your relationship with Queen Josetta is very complicated. For years you were her servant and you spent a lot of time with her. She has done many terrible things but was there ever a time where she showed compassion?

Elanor: My relationship with Josetta is not one I wish to speak about. She is a vile woman who caused the death of my parents and many of my friends. Who could feel compassion for such a monster?

DFT: Matthias is a rather handsome charming guy and the relationship between you two was sweet. What was the first thing that attracted you to him?

Elanor: He smiles very easily. Here in the Mountain, we have experienced so much loss, that it is rare to find someone untouched by such sadness. There are many times I have wondered what it would be like to be someone like him – someone who can smile with no pain in their eyes.

DFT: You have lived with a lot of guilt and regret in your life. If given the chance what is the one thing you would change about your past?

Elanor: As all Orphans know, there is nothing to be gained by regretting the past. We must look to the future, towards a time when we can bring about the end of Josetta’s reign and be free again.

DFT: You have an adorable pet fox named Dagger.  How did you come to have a pet fox?

Elanor: Tasmin discovered her injured in the forest and she was given to me with the hope that I would help nurse her back to health. But in the end, it seems that we managed to rescue each other. She is my dear companion.

DFT: The ending of your story was bitter sweet and left readers hoping for more. Can you give us any clues as to what we can expect in the next book?

Elanor: My role as the storyteller has passed, but I know the next story will follow someone very familiar, while taking you somewhere unfamiliar.

Quick fire questions (which is your favorite)

Favorite food? Tasmin’s fry cakes

Favorite childhood memory? The first time I was allowed through the barrier on my own.

Favorite color? Orange and black (the color of Dagger’s fur)

Favorite hobby? Melting down weapons and remaking them

Favorite weapon? The bow I inherited from my parents

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

1/11/2016- Dazzled by Books – Interview

1/12/2016- Seeing Double In Neverland – Review

1/13/2016- The Eater of Books! – Guest Post

1/14/2016- RhiReading – Review

1/15/2016- Two Chicks on Books – Interview

Week Two:

1/18/2016- Stories & Sweeties – Review

1/19/2016- Fire and Ice – Guest Post

1/20/2016- Owl Always Be Reading – Review

1/21/2016- Dark Faerie Tales – Interview

1/22/2016- Night Owl Book Café – Review

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contest

This contest is provided by Elissa Sussman and Rockstar Book Tours!

One lucky winner will receive a signed paperback of Stray and buttons!
(US Only)

Burn Jkt HC

Available January 19, 2016 from Greenwillow Books

About this Book:

After helping to rescue Princess Aislynn, Elanor has finally rejoined the rebel camp she calls home. Stolen from her parents at a young age and forced into service by the Wicked Queen, Elanor now wants nothing more than to see the queen removed from power. But Elanor has secrets, mistakes she’s spent years trying to forget, and the closer the rebels get to the throne, the harder it is for Elanor to keep her past hidden away.

With fellow rebels on her side—including Princess Aislynn, Thackery, and the handsome and mysterious Matthias—it is time for Elanor to make a decision. Will she protect her secrets? Or risk everything to save the people she loves?

The thrilling companion to Elissa Sussman’s masterful and original fairy tale, Stray, that will appeal to readers of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and fans of Wicked, Into the Woods, and the Disney princess movies.

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