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Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

April 25th, 2016 Bridget Posted in Blog Tour 7 Comments »

THE STAR TOUCHED QUEEN

I am so excited today to be taking part in the blog tour for The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi! This is a gorgeous young adult fantasy that was inspired by the Hades and Persephone story. I was able to read an early copy of this one and trust me when I say you need to read this! The writing is phenomenal and the romance was awesome! If you want to know my full thoughts about it make sure to read my review here!

For today, I have a wonderful guest post from Roshani about her publishing story and any advice she has for aspiring authors. I am personally not an in any way shape or form hoping to ever be an author, but I loved this post because I feel like the things Roshani discussed are true to many other aspects in life besides just writing. Also, I know many people that are aspiring authors and I believe her story will give hope to many people that are hoping to someday be published! After reading the amazing guest post don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a finished copy of The Star Touched Queen!!!

RoshaniAbout Roshani:

Roshani Chokshi comes from a small town in Georgia where she collected a Southern accent, but does not use it unless under duress. She grew up in a blue house with a perpetually napping bear-dog. At Emory University, she dabbled with journalism, attended some classes in pajamas, forgot to buy winter boots and majored in 14th century British literature. She spent a year after graduation working and traveling and writing. After that, she started law school at the University of Georgia where she’s learning a new kind of storytelling.

You can visit Roshani around the web here: Website | Twitter

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Roshani Chokshi’s Publishing Story:

Can you tell us your publishing story and give some advice to other aspiring authors who are hoping to get published!

I started telling people I was writing a book in NINTH GRADE. I would frantically scribble Twilight fanfic (in public places no less, so that people would feel bound to inquire what I was doing with such hellish fervor) and announce to anyone who cared to listen (read: my mom) that I was writing a book.

…that book sucked.

So did the next one. And the one after that. But that made zero difference to me. I queried them with infinite zeal. My query letters were peppered with horrible things like “Dear Agent, YOU want this book. It’s the next big thing.” Or, as time trudged onward, “Dear Agent: there’s no vampires in this one! LOL!”

I got all form rejections.

In college, my ego had thwacked me upside the head enough times that I no longer told people I was writing a book. I would frantically type in the caverns of the University library and hope/pray that no one would see the crap I was writing. I would query those projects too. Sometimes I even got a nice letter. (You’d be surprised how much of a difference following the instructions on a literary agency’s website can be).

Senior year, I had a degree in 14th century British literature and not much else. My family panicked. I panicked. Which meant one thing: time to go to law school. I spent the year after graduation working in a freezing tax law office. I was really lucky because there were huge chunks out of the day where things had hit a lull or where I had already done my LSAT prep for the day. So I started writing. I know it sounds corny, but I wrote from my heart. I wrote something that was close and personal with zero agenda of it ever being published. I wrote it because I had to.

That story was The Star-Touched Queen. I wrote it fairly quickly, from October 2013-April 2014. I had tons of critique partners and beta-readers, which I highly recommend. And then in April, I started querying. Things seemed different this time. I had actual REQUESTS for a change! In August 2014, I signed with my brilliant agent (Thao Le). I thought I had finally made it. I was over the freaking moon. And then submission happened…

We were on submission from October until March. In between that time, we were roundly (but kindly) rejected. There were too many “not quite there” rejections that in February, we decided to do one last major revision. That revision tore my brain apart. It was awful. It was starting right back over, cutting characters, changing tenses, changing the entire POV…but in the end it was worth it. As I revised, I saw that I had slowly unearthed the story I had been trying to tell and too many things (mostly adverbs and pretty sentences) kept getting in the way. On March 18th — a Wednesday around 1:30 p.m.— I got the most frantic email from my agent. I ran out of class. And lo and behold, we had an offer.

Publishing was a long and tortuous road. To all you aspiring writers, it’s been said before and I’ll say it again: keep trying. With every book, you get better. Through all of this, never lose sight of the person you’re writing for: you. Because even after you sign the deal and lose your head in numbers and ratings and reviews, the only person you will ever answer to is yourself. So, devour books. Write like your heart hangs in the balance. And be kind. Not just to others, but also to yourself.

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The Star Touched Queen Blog Tour

Week One:

4/25/2016- Dark Faerie Tales – Guest Post

4/26/2016- Fiction Fare – Review

4/27/2016- Once Upon a Twilight – Interview

4/28/2016- Pandora’s Books – Review

4/29/2016- Two Chicks on Books – Interview

Week Two:

5/2/2016- BookHounds YA – Review

5/3/2016- The Eater of Books! – Guest Post

5/4/2016- Mary Had a Little Book Blog – Review

5/5/2016- Brittany’s Book Rambles – Interview

5/6/2016- Storybook Slayers – Review

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This contest is provided by St. Martin’s Griffin!

Two lucky winners will win a finished copy of The Star Touched Queen!!!
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The Star-Touched Queen

Available April 26, 2016 by St. Martin’s Griffin

About this Book:

Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets — thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most. . .including herself.

A lush and vivid story that is steeped in Indian folklore and mythology. The Star-Touched Queen is a novel that no reader will soon forget.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Emerge by Tobie Easton

April 14th, 2016 Bridget Posted in Blog Tour 3 Comments »

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Today we are taking part in the blog tour for Emerge by Tobie Easton! I just finished reading this one last week and it was so freaking adorable. I loved how it incorporated the tale of The Little Mermaid and I think fans of that story will really love this one. It is a light read that was fun, and one of those stories both old and young will really enjoy! If you want to know my full thoughts on the book check out my full review in the post below! Emerge will be releasing on April 19th from Month 9 Books so you have a few days to wait but make sure to add it to your TBR pile if you are a mermaid fan!

After checking out my awesome review you should make sure to enter to win a copy of Emerge for yourself and there is a kindle fire up for grabs as well!!!

Tobie EastonAbout Tobie:

Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she’s grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, Tobie hosts book clubs for tweens and teens. She and her very kissable husband enjoy traveling the globe and fostering packs of rescue puppies. Learn more about Tobie and her upcoming books at www.TobieEaston.com.

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

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This contest is provided by Month 9 Books and Tobie Easton!

One lucky winner will get an Amazon Fire Tablet (US Only)

One lucky winner will win Emerge stickers and bookmarks, one set of mermaid flash tattoos, a seashell necklace, and a signed paperback of Emerge (US Only)

Three lucky winners will win an ebook copy of Emerge!
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Emerge

Available April 19, 2016 from Month9Books

About this Book:

Lia Nautilus may be a Mermaid, but she’s never lived in the ocean. Ever since the infamous Little Mermaid unleashed a curse that stripped Mer of their immortality, war has ravaged the Seven Seas.

So Lia has grown up in a secret community of land-dwelling Mer hidden among Malibu’s seaside mansions. Her biggest problems are surviving P.E. and keeping her feelings for Clay Ericson in check. Sure, he’s gorgeous in that cocky, leather jacket sort of way and makes her feel like there’s a school of fish swimming in her stomach, but getting involved with a human could put Lia’s entire community at risk. So it’s for the best that he’s dating that new girl, right?

That is, until Lia finds out she isn’t the only one at school keeping a potentially deadly secret. And this new girl? Her eyes are dead set on Clay, who doesn’t realize the danger he’s in. If Lia hopes to save him, she’ll have to get closer to Clay than ever. Lia’s parents would totally flip if they found out she was falling for a human boy, but the more time she spends with Clay, the harder it is for Lia to deny her feelings. After making a horrible mistake, Lia will risk everything to stop Clay from falling in love with the wrong girl.

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Tsar’s Guard Parade & Giveaway: The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

April 12th, 2016 Bridget Posted in Blog Tour Comments Off on Tsar’s Guard Parade & Giveaway: The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

Evelyn Skye head shot high resToday I have a special treat for you! We are participating in the Tsar’s Guard Parade which is the street team for The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye! I got to read an early copy of this one and guys it is amazing!!! If you like magic, adventure, romance and imperial Russian then you should definitely be picking this one up! My full review for the book will be posting on the blog very soon!

For my post today we were asked to come up with something that represented The Crown’s Game and I decided to put together a few photo’s that I felt captured one of my favorite moments in the book! Also, after you check out my amazing post there is an international giveaway for an ARC of The Crowns Game, so make sure to enter that!

About 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.

Visit Evelyn around the web here: Website | TwitterFacebook | Tumblr | Instagram

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Because I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone I’m not going to go into much detail on what happens in the book but just imagine a vintage city getting a very colorful makeover!!!

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Aren’t they beautiful??? This was just one of many amazing moments in the story and it was so hard for me to pick just one but if you are interested I pinned a few other photos on a Pinterest board here!

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This contest is provided by Evelyn Skye!

One lucky winner will win an ARC of  The Crown’s Game!!!
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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: Fear My Mortality by Everly Frost

April 6th, 2016 Bridget Posted in Blog Tour 1 Comment »

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Today we are taking part in the blog tour for Fear My Mortality by Everly Frost and I couldn’t be more excited. Not only did I love this book, Everly is also a total sweetheart! I was able to work with her during the Fifty Shades of Book Boys Event and she was so nice! I was so excited to pick up a copy of Fear My Mortality and I was not disappointed! It is a fast-paced adventure with an interesting premise and a very unique twist on immortality! To read my full review check out the post below!

After checking out my awesome review you should make sure to enter to win a copy of Fear My Mortality for yourself at the end of this post!

About Everly:

Everly Frost wrote her first story when she was nine. She grew up in a country town, lived for a little while in Japan, and worked for several years in Canberra, Australia’s capital city. Now, Everly lives in Brisbane, Australia, with her husband and two children. She doesn’t speak Japanese so often anymore, has left the cold Canberra winters behind, but has never stopped writing.

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

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Five lucky winners will win an ebook copy of Fear My Mortality!
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Fear My Mortality

Available April 5, 2016 by Month9Books

About this Book:

The future is bright for 16-year-old Ava Holland and the residents of Evereach. They don’t have to worry about old age or even getting sick. In their world, humans regenerate, heal, and live for hundreds of years. Mortality isn’t something to fear. Disease has been all but eradicated. Everything changes when Ava watches her brother die and he doesn’t regenerate. Ava’s genetics are called into question by the government, scientists, extremists, and Ava herself. Could her genes hold the answer to mortality? Is she an anomaly or something to be feared? Determined not to become anyone’s guinea pig, Ava doesn’t stick around to find out. She wants answers too, but the only person who can help her is 17-year-old Michael Bradley, the boy who killed her brother. If either of them have even the slightest chance of survival, they must find the genetic keys hidden in Ava’s DNA before it’s too late.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Requiem Red by Brynn Chapman

April 5th, 2016 Bridget Posted in Blog Tour Comments Off on Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Requiem Red by Brynn Chapman

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I am so excited to be participating in the blog tour for The Requiem Red by Brynn Chapman! This was an action packed story that will leave you reeling after you finish. With the adorable romance, creepy setting, and fun characters, this is sure to be a hit with all thriller fans! I tend to steer clear of scary books because they usually aren’t my thing but I am so glad I gave this one a try! It was intriguing, romantic, and just a great read! If you want to check out my full review click on the link here!

After checking out my awesome review make sure to enter the fantastic international giveaway for 5 copies of The Requiem Red by Brynn Chapman!

Brynn ChapmanAbout Brynn:

Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love—not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger’s syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society’s downtrodden. In fiction, she’s a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters. She also writes non-fiction and lectures on the subjects of autism and sensory integration and is a medical contributor to online journal The Age of Autism.

You can visit Brynn around the Web here:  Website | Blog

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The Requiem Red

Available April 5, 2016 from Month9Books

About this Book:

Patient Twenty-nine.

A monster roams the halls of Soothing Hills Asylum. Three girls dead. 29 is endowed with the curse…or gift of perception. She hears messages in music, sees lyrics in paintings. And the corn. A lifetime asylum resident, the orchestral corn music is the only constant in her life.

Mason, a new, kind orderly, sees 29 as a woman, not a lunatic. And as his belief in her grows, so does her self- confidence. That perhaps she might escape, might see the outside world.

But the monster has other plans. The missing girls share one common thread…each was twenty-nine’s cell mate.

Will she be next?

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