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Blog Tour & Giveaway: First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy

July 21st, 2017 Bridget Posted in Blog Tour 2 Comments »

Alexandra SirowyPlease welcome author Alexandra Sirowy to the blog today! She has stopped by to answer a few questions about her most recently book First We Were IV! This is an intense YA thriller about a group of kids who create a secret society that leads to Revenge and Death! This novel will be released on July 25, 2017 from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers!

At the end of this post, enter for your chance to win 1 signed hard cover copy of FIRST WE WERE IV, Fujuifilm instax mini 9 Polaroid camera in smoky white (& film) like the one in the book! Strand of gold stars FIRST WE WERE IV swag (temporary tattoos & bookmarks), and a Evie Set Designed Tote Bag!!!

About Alexandra:

Alexandra Sirowy is the author of the young adult thrillers THE CREEPING and THE TELLING. Alexandra attended a women’s college for her undergraduate work in International Relations and later received her graduate degree in International Studies with an emphasis on the Middle East. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and exploring the foothills and woods near the Northern California home she and her husband share with their dog.

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

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Dark Faerie Tales: First up can you tell us about First We Were IV and where you got the inspiration to write it?

Alexandra: FIRST WE WERE IV is YA thriller in the vein of PRETTY LITTLE LIARS meets FIGHT CLUB. It’s about four best friends who invent a secret society and try to use it to get justice for an unsolved murder in their California coastal town, until justice turns to revenge, secrets unravel, others want in, a rebellion is sparked, and the secret society gets beyond out of control, ultimately costing one of the friends their life.

Opening with the arrival of the police, evidence of an accident or murder, and the statement “First we were four. Now we are three,” the story jumps back to relate how their secret society got so out of control, leaving the mystery of what happens to one of them (and to which one) to pull you through the book.

The inciting spark for FIRST WE WERE IV came from a few places, some easy to pinpoint and some just dark corners of my imagination that are hard to trace. Here’s one that’s easy to trace.

I was at an outdoor market in Vietnam a few years ago, and I came across this little wooden statue. It’s a carving of a woman, about eight inches tall, with her eyes closed and her palms tented. There’s a big starburst rising from her back, stars engraved on her cloak, and a few words in Latin scratched into her base just below a crescent moon. She’s a complete mystery – origins unknown. The woman selling her didn’t speak English and I didn’t speak Vietnamese so I couldn’t even ask how she came to have such an unusual statue.

I brought her home with me and she sat on my writing desk for a couple of years, smiling this dangerous smile at me, daring me to tell her story. In FWWIV, Graham’s mom brings home a similar mysterious idol for him from the Mekong Delta, and she becomes a part of the four friends’ secret society and the history they invent.

Dark Faerie Tales: Out of the four main characters in the book who did you relate to the most?

Alexandra: Izzie, Viv, Graham, and Harry really came alive for me as I was writing FWWIV. They exist in my mind as real people do. I felt their heartbreak at the end of the book (and yep, I ugly cried while writing and editing it). Even though I think all four are relatable in the way they love one another, get caught up in something bigger than them, and want to belong, I will admit that I relate the most to Graham.

Graham doesn’t fit in with his peers in about a million different ways, and yet, in Izzie, Viv, and Harry, he found soul mates. He’s curious, a bookworm, mischievous, and cares deeply for his three best friends. He makes a lot of mistakes and tries to be brave and good but sometimes falls short.

I think we all have a little Izzie, Viv, Harry, and Graham in us.

Dark Faerie Tales: Are any of your characters based off real people from your life or are they all a figment of your imagination?

Alexandra: They are one hundred percent from my head. I wish I had an Izzie, Viv, Harry, and Graham in my life! With that said, their extremely close bond is a dynamic I’ve witnessed in real life. We moved around a ton when I was in school, so I always felt a bit like the odd-girl out. But there were a few groups of friends I remember in high school that were that tight-knit. The kind of kids who grew up next door and shared every adventure and memory.

Dark Faerie Tales: If First We Were IV was ever turned into a movie who do you imagine playing the roles of your characters?

Alexandra: Izzie: Haley Lu Richardson

Viv: Medalion Rahimi

Graham: Logan Miller

Harry: Tyler Posey

Dark Faerie Tales: The editing process can be pretty brutal at times and you generally have to cut a lot of scenes from your story. If you can without spoiling anything will you share a deleted scene/line with us?

Alexandra: I’m so glad you asked this question! After I’m done drafting and editing, I’m usually left with tens and tens of pages of cut scenes or orphan lines I never found a perfect home for. The lines below were a part of my favorite scene in the whole book, when Izzie and one of her best friends Graham begin to realize that their invention, their secret society, is truly powerful and is taking on a life of its own. So imagine: a dark night, a full moon, a bunch of high school seniors up on a giant boulder on the outskirts of an apple orchard, and two best friends, Izzie and Graham, with blood on their hands, down below, looking up.

“None of this is real,” I said, more to myself than anyone.

“They think it’s real,” Graham said. He pointed at the initiates. Radiant in white. Alive

against the landscape’s abyss. “Tell me the difference.”

I couldn’t. There was none. He was right. I frightened myself knowing it. There was a vanishing gap between pretend and reality. We’d made it disappear.

Dark Faerie Tales: All of your books so far have been thrillers/mysteries. Do you ever want to write a different genre or do you plan to stick to this one for the time being?

Alexandra: I’m currently writing a young adult dark fantasy. The inspiration for the book hit me a couple of years ago as I was writing my second thriller. I usually let an idea rattle around my head for a while until it becomes this undeniable urge, burning me at both ends, and then I know it’s a book ready to be written. On days when I need to work on something different, I’m writing a fourth thriller for young adults and am also playing around with a concept for an adult thriller.


Tour Schedule:

Week 1:

July 10:  Bookish Lifestyles – Review + Tote Design
July 11:  Brittany’s Book Rambles – Guest Post
July 12:  Emily Reads Everything – Review
July 13:  Biscotto’s Books – Moodboard
July 14:  Forever Lost in Literature – Review

Week 2: 

July 17:  My Friends Are Fiction – Guest Post
July 18:  Literary Legionnaire – Review
July 19:  The Reader and the Chef – Review
July 20:  Novel Novice – Guest Post
July 21:  Dark Faerie Tales – Interview

Week 3:

July 24:  YA and Wine – Review + Guest Post
July 25:  YA Book Central – Spotlight
July 26:  Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Review
July 27:  A Perfection Called Books – Guest Post



This contest is provided by Alexandra Sirowy!!!

One lucky reader will win a signed hard cover copy of First We Were IV, Fujuifilm instax mini 9 Polaroid camera in smoky white (& film) like the one in the book! Strand of gold stars FIRST WE WERE IV swag (temporary tattoos & bookmarks), and a Evie Seo Designed Tote Bag
(US & Canada)


Available July 25, 2017 from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

About this Book:

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.

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Release Day & Excerpt: Burning to Ride by Michele De Winton

July 11th, 2017 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour Comments Off on Release Day & Excerpt: Burning to Ride by Michele De Winton

Happy Release Day to Michele De Winton for Burning to Ride! This sexy 2-in-1 set features Burned by Lust and Burned by Blackmail – previously released as individual titles. Welcome to the gritty biker world of the Raising Hellfire MC series! As of this publishing, this set is on sale for $1.99 so act fast! Then next month check out the sequel Ride Me Right! It will be released on August 8, 2017 from Swerve/St. Martin’s. Check out the excerpt below from Burned by Blackmail, the second of the two novels in Burning to Ride!

About Michele:

Being a writer was not what Michele was supposed to be when she ‘grew up’. But then neither was being a dancer! It’s no wonder a little sparkle of the stage is often in her work. Living in in New Zealand with her husband and two small boys after traveling a plenty, she writes from an office where the sound of the tapping keyboard is the only distraction. Okay, that’s a lie. Those boys are noisy, and busy, and into everything, but then, what boys ain’t She finds wine very useful for tempering reality, and chocolate helps too, especially when it’s mixed with alcohol.

Michele likes her heroines smart and sassy. Girls can do anything right? But the heroes have to be a match as well, so you can count on men who know just how to make a woman melt. And she always kisses and tells. Come distract her on Twitter (@MicheledeWinton), Facebook or on her website.

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

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Burned by Blackmail – Bonus Scene – ©2017 Michele de Winton

“I can’t believe you thought this was a good idea,” Briony hissed.

“I never said I thought this was a good idea. But the invitation had your name on it so it’d be rude if you didn’t show. Michael Hardy owns half of downtown L.A. and it’s his party. I need his investment in so put your snark in a box and act nice.” Cole Knight kept his eyes studiously on the red carpet flowing down the ostentatious hallway rather than looking at the woman next to him. Looking at her had been what had gotten him into this mess in the first place. Okay, not just looking. Looking didn’t feel half as good as what they’d shared. But right now, with her in the thinnest slip of pale blue silk he’d ever encountered, just looking at her was enough to make him want to pull her into a side room and see if the miniscule straps holding up her slip would melt under his fingers.

“Don’t touch that. Or that,” he said as Briony’s fingers reached for a stupidly expensive ornament. “This might only be Michael’s city crash pad but it’s worth more than three times what your hotel is.”

“Please don’t tell me you’re going to be a whiny little bitch all night.” Briony snapped.

Cole snorted. “I guess there’s a first time for everything, but being called a whiny little bitch? Can’t say I had that on my list of possibilities.” He finally made eye contact with the woman next to him and Briony Wilde raised a sharp eyebrow that spoke as much about her biker background as it did about her attitude. In her eyes he saw the miles she’d eaten up as she drove across country on her Harley. In her eyes he saw the dark and dangerous lessons she’d learned from years of running a biker bar. “That look isn’t helping,” he said.

She huffed out a sigh. “What look? You mean my resting bitch face?”

“Nothing resting about it,” he growled. “But if you could smile it might help convince people that you’re happy to be wearing a stack of diamonds on your finger rather than being pissed you had to lower your standards from a Harley no-hoper to me.”

“They might think you’re a real man for finding yourself a woman who stands up for herself.”

“If you say so.”

Taking Briony to his first fundraiser since he’d moved to L.A. wasn’t only a bad idea, it was probably his worst idea ever. Except of course the one that ended with a ring Briony’s finger and a stack of paperwork that said if he didn’t go through with this farce of an engagement she’d show the world a sex tape with him mouthing off about his competitors. Then hello defamation case.

“Game face on, Wilde,” he said, as they walked down the hall toward the ballroom where the other guests would be waiting. “Here we go.”

“Michael, Paul, Jeremy, Juliette, Fiona, Harry, Margaret, Jen, Sean.”

Startled, Cole stole a glance at Briony and found her face set in concentration as she muttered the list of names under her breath. She’s nervous. The idea that she was taking this seriously, that she’d paid attention to the names of people attending and was trying to memorize them shocked him as much as seeing her in the blue silk dress in the first place. The dress had stolen his breath. That she actually gave a shit about getting through this night without it turning into a total cluster-fuck made his body hot. All over.

All the snark, all the mouthing off, was it just a defense mechanism? “Just go full L.A. and call everyone Darling.”

She gave him a death stare and he found his face twitching towards a smile. When she looked at him like that, all hot chocolate eyes and her mess of thick, wavy brown hair, she was two parts temptress and ten parts challenge. And he had always liked a challenge.

“Darlings, so glad you could make it. God that dress is gorgeous.” An actual Housewife of Hollywood stood at the entrance to the huge ballroom.

“You’re too kind,” Briony gushed in some sort of posh pastiche. “Cole didn’t think I should get it because he can’t keep his eyes off my ass in this silk. He says it’s too distracting to get work done.”

The woman’s laughter rang out like a peal of tiny crystal bells. “Oh dear. Well I guess being a suitable companion is a skill in itself, isn’t it?”

Cole saw Briony’s mouth twitch into a sneer but she hid it when he squeezed her elbow, hard. Holy hell this is going to be a long night.

Safely inside without Briony saying anything else awkward, Cole took a deep breath. The room was full of L.A.s biggest investors, developers and influencers. His development was in full construction mode but if he wanted to fill the shops, penthouses and restaurants when it was finished, he needed these people greedy to have a slice of his pie. “I know my pop thinks butter wouldn’t melt in that pretty mouth of yours and if you prove him right and get those women eating out of your hand then I’ll buy you a new kitchen for your bar. But if you get overwhelmed and need out, give me a signal.”

“You mean like tap my nose three times?”

“That’ll do.”

He turned as she tugged on his arm. “I thought you were kidding. A signal? Really? You can’t be serious.”

“Have you ever known me not to be serious? Some of them,” he waved at an assortment of heavily jeweled and botoxed women in a corner, “would like nothing more than for you to spill your drink down that gorgeous dress. Or better still, come back from the ladies with it tucked into your panties.”

“I’m not wearing any panties.”

He closed his eyes in a long blink. “You did not just say that out loud.” The mental picture of her creamy ass, naked under the silk, did nothing to settle his already racing blood, and Cole had to fight hard to stop the rush of heat to his groin making him groan.

“I have to say, for a guy who wants this to go well, you’re not doing a very good job of calming me the fuck down.”

There it was again. Cole’s eyes snapped open and he remembered she was nervous. Very nervous. It was easy to forget under all her big talk. “Just keep things light and lose the fake posh accent. And try not to mouth off like you did with Juliette back there.”

“You call that mouthing off?” Her eyes widened again. “Shit, I’m screwed. I thought that was keeping it light.”

Cole rubbed at his face. “Less talk about your magnificent ass, which they will all be green with jealousy over, and more talk about…I don’t know, their pets and children.”

Getting left alone had to happen, but Briony wasn’t quite ready for it to be so early on in the evening. When Cole was whisked away by some L.A. darling or other, she found herself surrounded by the Housewives of Hollywood, unaccompanied and exposed to their overly whitened teeth and polished nails. Pets and children, you can do this. But the women around her had no intention of letting her off that easily.

“So, Briony is it? Are you and Cole both new to L.A.?”

“Oh no, I grew up here.”

The women’s face’s all lit up with the potential for gossip and Briony had to fight the urge to stuff her fist into her mouth. Idiot.

“Really? I’m surprised we haven’t met before. Where did you go to school?”

Think. Fast. “I was home-schooled. My father had a bunch of tutors live in with us.” It wasn’t exactly a lie. She hadn’t gone to school much growing up, and the Hell’s boys had taught her more about life than any of the English and math classes she’d bothered to go to.

“Oh perfect.”

Pets and children. “What about you ladies. Any of you home-school your kids?”

The false eyelashes of Housewives of Hollywood suddenly stood out stark and black as their faces paled in concert.

“Only joking, I mean that’s what nannies are for right,” Briony said with as bright a smile as she could manage.

The Housewives lost their look of panic and Briony let out the breath she’d been holding. She scanned the room for Cole and saw him deep in earnest conversation with two men in matching black tuxedos. He wasn’t going to thank her for busting into that little pow-wow.

Turned out she didn’t need an escape route.

“I need to powder my nose. Ladies?” The lady of the house, Juliette, chirruped and a chorus of the Housewives of Hollywood agreed with her before they all trailed away. The remaining few dissipated round the room and Briony breathed a sigh of relief. One on one she could deal with, but all of them, in a pack? It was only a matter of time before she told one of them to get her overly primped head out of her overly bleached asshole and the whole night would come tumbling down.

Conscious that she was standing conspicuously by herself in a room where that was frowned upon, Briony headed for the buffet. It was tucked into the corner of the room and if she went to the very end of the long table she was almost out of sight.

Holy Not-Hotdogs.

On the table in front of her were at least thirty different variations of fabulousness, none of which she could identify. She tried one. “Ohmigod yum.” A caramelized date and raspberry taste was balanced by some crunchy chocolate and nut coating that was going to haunt her desert craving dreams for ever.


Briony looked down and just about burst out laughing. “Well screw me sideways, hey there little guy.” Bending, she petted the tiny bundle of fluff at her feet. He seemed to enjoy it, too much. Then—oh no he wasn’t. The little fluff-myster started humping her leg, vigorously. Just managing to hold back her mirth, Briony scooped up the bundle of fur. It licked her hand. Turning its collar over and reading the name she finally lost out to the snort that had been threatening to explode out of her mouth all night. “Butch? Seriously? If you think you’re butch then you need to get out more.”

It sniffed at her hand. “Hungry huh?” The tiny grey stub of a tail wiggled enthusiastically. Briony picked up an appetizer at random. “What’s this one.” Holding the dog with one hand, Briony put another morsel into her mouth. “Ugg, caviar roll. Here you might like it.”

Butch licked the remnants of the fishy treat off her fingers and then turned its doleful eyes up to her, clearly asking for more.

“Yep. We’re both stuck here. Might as well see what we can do to enjoy ourselves hey?”

For the next ten minutes, Briony tried all the nibbles on the table and indulged the dog’s gargantuan appetite, but was careful not to give it any chocolate.

The dog hickuped and Briony laughed before putting it down. It scampered under the table and she missed it immediately.

“Hey there Butchywoochywoowoo.”

Her snort this time was half laugh, half choke and Briony had to put a hand to her face to make sure the egg-roll she’d partially chewed didn’t come out her nose. A man straightened, the dog now in his arms and gave her a quizzical look.

“Sorry,” she managed when she was able to speak again. “Butchywoochywoowoo was just too…”

His face broke into a grin. “I know. It’s a terrible name, my wife’s fault. She thought it was ironic. I’m not sure she knows what that means.” The man at the end of the table was the least ironic looking person Briony had ever met. Sleek black tuxedo, perfectly groomed grey hair, a glint in his faded blue eyes as he stood, tall and imposing in front of her.

She walked out of the shadows down the table to where the man and dog stood. “He’s adorable,” she said, and for the first time that evening, meant it.

“I know,” the man said conspiratorially. “I pretend that he’s a pain in the ass, and he is, aren’t you?” he chucked the dog under its chin. “But look at that little face.”

Briony smiled. “I won’t tell anyone.”

“Good. Any of these fuckers find out that a Schnoodle can turn me into a walking pile of mush at fifty paces and they’ll use it against me in a heartbeat.”

“A what now?”

He grinned, clearly enjoying their banter. “Schnoodle. Don’t ask. My wife wants a Yorkipoo next but that’s a step too far for me.”

Briony threw her head back and laughed, properly. God it felt good. But now that she was back on public display at the other end of the buffet she was aware that faces turned in their direction. A few too many for her liking.

“We haven’t met before have we?” He put out a hand. “I’d remember a laugh like that. I’m Michael.”

“Briony,” she said, shaking his hand. “I’m told I’m a loud mouth.”

“So am I,” he said and gave her a wink. “Heads up, wife alert.”

Briony looked up and saw Juliette, Head Housewife, wafting over to them, probably prompted by Briony’s cackle. “You’re that Michael?”

He raised an eyebrow at her and grinned.

“Darling, I see you’ve met Cole’s new fiancé,” Juliette said in her sing song way.

“Cole’s new woman? Huh. That fits actually,” Michael said. “Congratulations.”

“Yes. Quite.” Juliette’s face made it clear that she didn’t think it fit at all. “I need to introduce you to someone,” Juliette said, pointedly jerking her head across the room. “I’ll take Butch, thank you.” She grabbed the tiny dog and snuggled him into her rather miraculous cleavage. But she must have squeezed him too tight as the tiny dog gave a yelp and then…Butch let loose a long stream of vomit. All down Juliette’s dress.

The whole room went silent. Instantly, Cole was at Briony’s side.

“Holy mother of gross.” Briony couldn’t help herself.

Michael roared with laughter and Juliette gave him a stare that would have killed a lesser man at ten paces, but the billionaire didn’t even blink.

“What did you do to him?” Juliette said to Briony. Every word was laced with venom and Briony felt the room’s eyes digging under her skin looking for a place to hook in and enjoy the spectacle.

“I’m so sorry. I guess maybe he overate? I didn’t know dogs liked caviar but this little guy sure does.” Briony said, trying her best to ignore Cole’s dark glare.

Michael dissolved into laughter again and Juliette stamped her foot. “You let her feed him caviar?” Juliette’s voice rose to reach glass shattering heights.

“Butch is fine. Look at him, no harm done,” Michael said and Briony sent him a silent thank you and a quick smile.

The dog started sniffing at the vomit on Juliette’s dress as if he was about to lick it and she gave a little shriek before batting him away with her free hand.

Cole stepped forward. “Briony really is sorry. Please let me send you a new dress tomorrow.” He took Juliette’s spare hand and squeezed it, ignoring the fact that she had dog vomit down her cleavage. Juliette’s face calmed and her mouth settled back into its vaguely pissed off pout. “Thank you. At least someone around here has manners. Now if you’ll all excuse me, I’ll go and change.”

Briony had given Cole the nickname Slick when she first met him. Now it seemed like she’d got it just right.

Michael slapped Cole on the back. “Juliette has plenty of dresses. Buy one for your new fiancé instead. Thanks for coming.” He walked off and Briony felt Cole’s grip on her arm tighten.

Time to go.” Cole’s voice was quiet, dangerous.

“Michael said it was okay,” she whispered at Cole as they fled down the corridor.

“Of course he did, what else do you think he’d say in front of all those people?”


“Indeed. But if you could stop talking, at least till we get to the car, I think we’ll all be better off, don’t you?”

Just then Cole’s phone pinged and he reached into his inner jacket pocket for it as the valet brought the car round.

“Ha.” His face suddenly lifted and when he looked at Briony, Cole’s eyes had their touch of viper green on display. “I take it all back. Seems like I might owe you that kitchen after all.” He turned his phone to show Briony the screen. It was a text from Michael:

Got yourself a firecracker there boy. haven’t laughed that much in ages. keep her. and if your development allows dogs, put me down for a penthouse suite.


Available July 11, 2017 from Swerve/St. Martin’s

About this Book:

Welcome to the gritty biker world of the Raising Hellfire MC series where these L.A. bikers drink hard, drive fast, and dig deep for love.

“De Winton brings the sass and the smexy as Cole and Briony burn up the sheets in this must read biker romance.” — USA Today bestselling author Amy Andrews

This sexy 2-in-1 set features Burned by Lust and Burned by Blackmail – previously released as individual titles.

In Burned by Lust, Biker, Hard Corban, is set to take over the Raising Hellfire MC and doesn’t have love on his agenda. But Lee Delevinge, a raven-haired burlesque dancer running from her past, is set on burning up his heart. When their fling takes a serious turn, could they have the relationship they both crave?

In Burned by Blackmail, Briony Wilde is desperate to save her biker bar from a millionaire developer. When Cole Knight walks into her bar, all green eyes and sharp suit, she allows herself a little distraction, only to find he’s behind the development that threatens everything she holds dear. Solution? Blackmail him into an engagement. Obviously. After such a shaky start, could their relationship have any chance of changing from a forced arrangement to something real?

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Available August 8, 2017 from Swerve/St. Martin’s

About this Book:

Bike mechanic Lucy Black is running out of luck. With an attitude louder than a Harley engine, her mouth is always getting her in trouble and she’s been fired, again. Desperate for money to send home to support her kid sister, Lucy takes a housekeeping job at Wilde Hotel, the adopted home of the Raising Hellfire MC. After a steamy moonlit encounter with a dark stranger, Lucy is horrified to find out he’s her new boss so she’s more determined than ever to make her hotel stay brief.

Jake “The Iceman” Slade is drowning in guilt and can’t give himself a break. A tragic accident on set made him step away from his job as a real life action hero in the film lots of Hollywood. Now he’s reluctantly agreed to run his half-sister’s hotel, Wilde’s, while she’s away, trying to keep it—and himself—from going under. Lucy is the kind of trouble he can’t afford, but can’t seem to resist. But with an equally troubled past, will Lucy be the fire to melt his frozen heart?

Ride Me Right is a sexy, emotionally intense read that will take readers on the ride of their lives.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Once and For All by Sarah Dessen

June 16th, 2017 Bridget Posted in Blog Tour 6 Comments »

I’m so excited to be participating in the blog tour for Once and For All by Sarah Dessen today. This is an adorable YA contemporary that features a girl whose mother is a wedding planner! Today for my post I have decided it would be really fun to feature some of the things you need when it comes to planning a wedding. I, of course, have included some fun photos so make sure to check out my post below.  This novel was released on June 6, 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers/Penguin Teen.

Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of Once and for All by Sarah Dessen (ARV: $19.99 each). NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on May 29, 2017 and 12:00 AM on June 26, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about June 30, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

About Sarah:

Sarah Dessen is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels for teens, which have received numerous awards and rave reviews, and have sold millions of copies worldwide. She is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association.  Sarah lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, with her husband, Jay, and their daughter, Sasha Clementine.

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

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There is so much that goes into planning a wedding and I thought it would be fun to make a small list and take a photo shoot of some things you will need for a wedding.

First you have to find the right person you want to spend the rest of your life with!

Next you have to pick out what colors you plan to use for your wedding.

Next its times to pick where you plan to get married!

Next you must find the perfect wedding dress!

You must find the perfect invitations, the perfect ring, and the perfect refreshments to serve at the reception!!!

I know this isn’t everything you would need for a wedding but at least it would be a good start!!! What is your favorite things about a wedding????



Week One:

May 29 – Lost in Lit – Bookish Wedding Ideas

May 30 – The Young Folks – Top 10 Reasons to Read OAFA

May 31 – Icey Books – OAFA Spotlight

June 1 – Andi’s ABCs – OAFA Inspired Wedding Invites

June 2 – The YA Book Traveler – Bookish Wedding DIY


Week Two:

June 5 – Alexa Loves Books – OAFA Playlist

June 6 – The Perpetual Page-Turner – Author Q&A

June 7 – Ex Libris – Review

June 8 – Pop! Goes the Reader – OAFA Inspired Wallpaper

June 9 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – On Planning an Intimate (Fun!) Wedding


Week Three:

June 12 – The Fandom

June 13 – Booksthetics

June 14 – Once Upon a Twilight – Review

June 15 – Bibliophile Gathering – Review

June 16 – Dark Faerie Tales – OAFA Inspired Photoshoot


Week Four:

June 19 – A Page With A View – Quiz: Which Dessen Character Are You?

June 20 – Bookworm Everlasting – Review & Photograph

June 21 – Fiction Fare – Favorite Quotes from OAFA

June 22 – ButterMyBooks – Review

June 23 – YA Bibliophile – Character Easter Eggs in OAFA



This contest is provided by Viking Books for Young Readers/Penguin!

Five lucky reader’s will win a copy of Once and For All!

Available June 6, 2017 by Viking Books for Young Readers/Penguin

About this Book:

As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, Sarah Dessen’s thirteenth novel, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine.

Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that’s why she’s cynical about happily-ever-after endings, especially since her own first love ended tragically. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm’s length. But Ambrose isn’t about to be discouraged, now that he’s met the one girl he really wants.

Sarah Dessen’s many, many fans will adore her latest, a richly satisfying, enormously entertaining story that has everything—humor, romance, and an ending both happy and imperfect, just like life itself.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

June 2nd, 2017 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour 5 Comments »

Renée AhdiehDark Faerie Tales is honored to be the next stop in the blog tour for Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh. This is a young adult fantasy novel that we are really excited about! Samurai, bandits, ninja? Beautiful cover? I know I can’t wait until I get my hands on a copy. Bridget recently interviewed Renée so please check out the interview below and then don’t forget to enter to win a copy of Flame in the Mist! This novel was released on May 16, 2017 from G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers/Penguin!

Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh (ARV: $17.99 each). NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on May 8, 2017 and 12:00 AM on June 5, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about June 10, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

About Renée:

Renée Ahdieh is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Wrath and the Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger. In her spare time, she likes to dance salsa and collect shoes. She is passionate about all kinds of curry, rescue dogs, and college basketball. The first few years of her life were spent in a high-rise in South Korea; consequently, Renée enjoys having her head in the clouds. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and their tiny overlord of a dog.

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

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Dark Faerie Tales: First up, can you tell us a little bit about Flame in the Mist and where you got the inspiration to write it?

Renée: Absolutely! FLAME IN THE MIST is the story of Mariko, a girl who barely escapes an assassination attempt, then decides to disguise herself as a boy to infiltrate the notorious band of ninja that tried to kill her and learn why they would do it. My inspiration was largely gender-bending stories I loved as a child: Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and—of course—Mulan.

DFT: Mariko is a kick butt heroine (which is my favorite kind) and I love that she takes her destiny into her own hands!!! Out of all of her amazing qualities, which one do you think is her most valuable asset?

Renée: Thank you so much! I would definitely say her intellect is her most valuable asset.

DFT: Flame in the Mist is set in feudal Japan and I think that is just fascinating! What made you decide to set your book during that time and did you have to do much research?

Renée: I love feudal Japan, too! I decided to set my book during that time period because I knew I wanted to bring an East Asian world to life. As a child of mixed race, I didn’t see myself much in books, so it was important to bring different cultures into play in my writing. I absolutely did lots of research—especially when it came to the food!

DFT: If you can without spoiling anything, will you share your favorite line/passage that you wrote in the book?

Renée: “To me, you are magic.”

DFT: This is your second series and I’m curious to know if you enjoyed writing one series more than the other?

Renée: I love them both, for different reasons. Both heroines are strong in multifaceted ways, and these are exactly the types of protagonists I love most. I believe strength of the heart and strength of the mind are just as important as knowing how to wield a sword!

DFT: Luckily this is just the first book in the series, so we will be getting more from this wonderful world! Can you give us any hints as to what will happen in the next book? Any themes you can share?

Renée: I would definitely say the idea of duality is even further explored in the sequel. Also I’m excited to write even more fight scenes and have Mariko invent even more impressive weapons!



Week One:

May 8 – Two Chicks on Books – Author Q&A

May 9 – The Eater of Books! – Mood Board

May 10 – Book Hounds YA – Guest Post

May 11 – YA Book Central – Excerpt

May 12 – A Page With A View – Review + Photos

Week Two:

May 15 – The Young Folks – Guest Post

May 16 – Once Upon a Twilight – Author Q&A

May 17 – The Fandom – Guest Post

May 18 – Alexa Loves Books – Bookish Style File

May 19 – Fiction Fare – Review

Week Three:

May 22 – Brittany’s Book Rambles – Review

May 23 – ButterMyBooks – Review + Photos

May 24 – Mundie Moms – Author Q&A

May 25 – A Perfection Called Books – Review

May 26 – Novel Novice – Flame Pinsperation

Week Four:

May 29 – Twirling Pages – Review + Photos

May 30 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Guest Post

May 31 – Oh the Book Feels – Review

June 1 – Dark Faerie Tales – Author Q&A

June 2 – The Book’s Buzz – Japanese Lesson



This contest is provided by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers/Penguin!

Five lucky reader’s will win a copy of Flame in the Mist!

Flame in the Mist

Available May 16, 2017 from G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers/Penguin

About this Book:

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis

April 14th, 2017 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour 6 Comments »

2115231_mcginnis_mindyPlease welcome Mindy McGinnis to the blog today! She is here to talk about her new novel Given to the Sea! It is the first novel in the Given Duet series! This young adult fantasy novel was released on April 11, 2017 from Putnam’s Childrens/Penguin. We were so excited to talk to Mindy about her new novel! Please check out our review below and then don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis (ARV: $17.99 each). NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on April 3, 2017 and 12:00 AM on April 24, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about April 26, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

About Mindy:

Mindy McGinnis is an Edgar Award-winning author and assistant teen librarian who lives in Ohio. She graduated from Otterbein University with a degree in English Literature and Religion, and sees nothing wrong with owning nine cats. Two dogs balance things out nicely.

You can visit Mindy around the web here: Website | Pinterest | Twitter

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DFT: Can you start off by telling us a little bit about GIVEN TO THE SEA?

Mindy: GIVEN TO THE SEA is set on an island country that is believed to be the only land that exists. It’s discovered that the seas are rising and aren’t going to stop. Panic ensues.

DFT: Khosa has an interesting destiny and I imagine she was a fun character to write! What do you think is her best attribute? 

Mindy: Her brains! She’s going to save herself (and everyone else) by doing what she does best – figuring something out!

DFT: I always love a hot prince and I think Vincent fits that role rather well! What is one of your favorite things about him? 

Mindy: Honestly? Vincent is totally not my type. But, I can say that I admire his honesty – with himself, and others.

DFT: Dara and Donil are twins and the last of their kind! What is best about them individually and what is best about them as a pair?

Mindy: Great question! Individually, Dara is emotion, raw and seething. Donil is more compassionate. Together, they round each other out and present a better whole.

DFT: Witt is determined to save the people he loves no matter what the consequences are. What do you think is his most endearing quality?  

Mindy: Poor, poor, Witt. (He’s the one I would take, personally). I think the most endearing thing about him is how much suffering he’s willing to take onto his own shoulders for the sake of his people.

DFT: If you can without spoiling anything, will you tell us your favorite scene to write?

Mindy: Anything with Dara. She spins insults faster than I can type them.

DFT: Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe GIVEN TO THE SEA is a standalone. Can you give us any hints as to what you are working on next?

Mindy: Oh, definitely let me correct you :D GIVEN TO THE EARTH will be coming in the Spring of 2018!



Week One:

April 3 – Brittany’s Book Rambles – Author Guest Post

April 4 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Reasons to Read Mindy’s Books

April 5 – Mundie Moms – Review & Favorite Quotes

April 6 – SuperSpaceChick – 5 Reasons to Read Given to the Sea

April 7 – Fiction Fare – Author Q&A

Week Two:

April 10 – Alexa Loves Books – Bookish Style File

April 11 – Good Choice Reading – Author Q&A

April 12 – Oh the Book Feels – Given to the Sea Pinterst Board

April 13 – Bookworm Everlasting – Review

April 14 – Dark Faerie Tales – Author Q&A

Week Three:

April 17 – The Young Folks – Author Q&A

April 18 – Once Upon a Twilight – Review

April 19 – The Hardcover Lover – Given to the Sea Mood Board

April 20 – Bibliophile Gathering – Review

April 21 – YA Wednesdays – Author Guest Post



This contest is provided by Putnam’s Childrens/Penguin!

Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis!


Available April 11, 2017 from Putnam’s Childrens/Penguin

About this Book:

Khosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be fed to the water, her flesh preventing a wave like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But before she’s allowed to dance – an uncontrollable twitching of the limbs that will carry her to the shore in a frenzy – she must produce an heir. Yet the thought of human touch sends shudders down her spine that not even the sound of the tide can match.

Vincent is third in line to inherit his throne, royalty in a kingdom where the old linger and the young inherit only boredom. When Khosa arrives without an heir he knows his father will ensure she fulfills her duty, at whatever cost. Torn between protecting the throne he will someday fill, and the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent’s loyalty is at odds with his heart.

Dara and Donil are the last of the Indiri, a native race whose dwindling magic grows weaker as the island country fades. Animals cease to bear young, creatures of the sea take to the land, and the Pietra – fierce fighters who destroyed the Indiri a generation before – are now marching from their stony shores for the twin’s adopted homeland, Stille.

Witt leads the Pietra, their army the only family he has ever known. The stone shores harbor a secret, a growing threat that will envelop the entire land – and he will conquer every speck of soil to ensure the survival of his people.

The tides are turning in Stille, where royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the rising sea calls for its Given.

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