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Blog Tour & Excerpt: The Bound by K.A. Linde

October 29th, 2016 Bridget Posted in Blog Tour Comments Off on Blog Tour & Excerpt: The Bound by K.A. Linde

K A LindeDark Faerie Tales is so excited to be taking part in the blog tour for The Bound by K.A. Linde. This is the second book in The Ascension series and it is a young adult high fantasy! I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this title and suffice to say, I LOVED it! You can read my full raving review of The Affiliate here and my review of The Bound in the post following this one! If you are a high fantasy fan then this is one you should definitely pick up! For our post today we have a great excerpt, so make sure to check it out along with my review!

About K.A.:

USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde is the author of The Affiliate, the first book in the Ascension Series. As a military brat, she traveled the world with her family, imaginary friends, and ever-increasing supply of books. She has spent much of her life dreaming up new worlds and characters and forcing them into uncomfortable, usually life-threatening scenarios. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a masters degree in political science, she began spending every waking hour putting those characters onto paper.

When not writing, she spends her time dancing, collecting paperbacks in the hopes of filling a Beauty and the Beast style library one day, traveling to visit her friends who live all over the country, and still reading anything she can get her hands on. She currently resides in North Carolina with her husband and two puppies, Lucy and Riker, where she is hard at work on her next novel.

You can visit K.A. around the web here: Website | Facebook | Twitter

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Staggering down the hallway, she didn’t even look up when she heard her name.

“Hmm?” she asked.

“Cyrene, there you are!”

Someone grabbed her shoulders, and she tipped her head to look up into the most beautiful face. She smiled and felt a renewed burst of energy flow through her.

“Hey,” she whispered.

“Hey,” he said, threading his fingers through hers. A shiver ran up her back. He glanced around the empty hallway and then tugged her away from the main corridors. She turned a corner, and he pressed her back into a darkened alcove. His mouth was only inches from hers.

Her exhaustion was wearing off from the excitement of being with him.

“I was really worried about you,” he breathed.

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“You don’t have to worry about me,” she said, trapped in his gaze. She teetered on her tiptoes and nearly brushed their lips together. Her heart was racing ahead of her. This felt almost better than reaching for her magic. Definitely better than moving one drop of water at a time all day.

“You’re wrong.” Then, he softly dropped his mouth down on hers. His lips were tender and slow as they caressed hers. “I will always worry for your safety.”

Cyrene’s cheeks heated, and she sighed, leaning back against the hard stone of the alcove. “I didn’t mean to worry you.”

His hands pushed up through her hair and tilted her head back up to look at him. She closed her eyes and sighed. She was so tired, and just the feel of his fingers was lulling her to sleep.

“That feels good.”

His mouth found hers, and despite her exhaustion, she pushed back against his lips with more force. She refused to let the fact that she was tired get in the way of her time with him.

“Whoa,” he said, pulling back from her. He rested his forehead against hers, and she could tell he was breathing heavily. “As much as I want this, and I do, I want to make sure you’re okay. This didn’t scare you away?”

She shook her head. “This, most certainly, does not scare me.” Then, she kissed him again for good measure.

He laughed. “Good. Because I’ve been wanting to kiss you since I first met you.”

“You have not!” she insisted.

“Are you kidding? A gorgeous, feisty woman who wasn’t afraid to put me in my place the first time she met me? I mostly certainly have.”

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Available October 25, 2015 from K.A. Linde

About this Book:

Cyrene Strohm is a Queen’s Affiliate, a high-ranking official of the court of Byern, with power and privilege to spare. But she’s also a keeper of dangerous secrets: like the fact that she holds the heart of the King, and that she possesses magic in a world where magic no longer exists.

Determined to discover what this means and how to use her newfound abilities, Cyrene sets off for the distant land of Eleysia. An island nation where Affiliates are strictly forbidden from entering.

But the journey is perilous, and the destination may mean utter ruin, as Cyrene comes to learn that everything she’s been told her whole life – about her court, her homeland, and even herself—are bound in a beautiful lie.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Roseblood by A.G. Howard

October 27th, 2016 Bridget Posted in Blog Tour 22 Comments »

TODAY IS OUR STOP FOR THE BLOG TOUR FOR ROSEBLOOD BY A.G. HOWARD!!!!! If you can’t tell I am really excited about today’s post! I am a HUGE fan of Anita’s writing and I have a serious obsession with phantom of the opera so this book is pretty much a dream come true :)!!! I have no doubt that it is going to be amazing just like all of Anita’s other books have been! I plan to read and review it very soon so keep your eyes out for my review soon!

For my post today Anita tells us all about how the ridiculously amazing cover came to be and some of the other options that were considered! After the fantastic guest post there are two giveaways you can enter one is for a finished hardcover of Roseblood and the other is for a gorgeous signed poster so make sure you enter both giveaways!!!

AG HowardAbout A.G. Howard:

A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.

When she’s not writing, A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.

You can visit A.G. around the web here:

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Welcome to stop #4 on the RoseBlood virtual tour!

Today, I wanted to share the evolution of RoseBlood‘s stunning cover (created by Maria Middleton & Nathalia Suellen) by giving you a behind-the-scenes look at the first three mockups.

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Mockup #1 was an attempt to capture the mystery and romantic elements of the book. But it had a 1950’s romance/Nancy Drew vibe, and the story is so much more than that. It’s musical, atmospheric, eerie, dramatic, and magical. Not to mention, contemporary. The first mockup felt flat and static, and didn’t capture any of the latter elements.

In mockup #2, the contemporary drama and musical flowing atmosphere were captured perfectly. As was the magic and eeriness. But the panoramic-stage scene felt a little too distant from my other book covers, and my publisher wanted to keep that close-up aspect so Splintered fans would know it was by the same author just by looking. So, we traded that one for a more Splintery-feel with the final mockup.

Mockup #3 almost had it all, but needed some tweaking still. We had to lose some of the roses, especially the ones in Rune’s hair. Her eyes were too blue and needed to be deepened to green. And the mask looked rather mechanical, resulting in an android/sci-fi nuance. So we whitened and cracked the mask to make it more Phantom-ly, incorporated an eerie blue mist to the background (to make Rune’s green eyes stand out and add a theatrical element). Then we let the thorny vines take the stage … all the way to the back of the cover and the red curtains set slightly off-kilter to represent the eerie twists and turns of the read.

All of it came together splendidly, as you can see in the hardback’s book jacket, revealed for the first time today:
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If you click on the jacket to enlarge it, you can even get a peek at an excerpt from inside the book.

Hope you enjoyed this insider’s glimpse into the making of an amazing cover! Before you leave, be sure to enter the rafflecopters below for a chance to win a hardback that will be sporting that beautiful jacket (domestic).

As for today’s INTL giveaway prize, it’s a signed and personalized panoramic RoseBlood poster (artwork by Nathalia Suellen).

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Good luck to everyone! Tomorrow, we’ll be revealing the entire first chapter of RoseBlood, but we’re going to have some sneaky fun with it. So be sure to join us again for the final stop!

Until then, you can visit PiqueBeyond.Com/Roseblood for more RoseBlood fun!

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Roseblood Tour Schedule

10/24/2016- Mundie Moms– Spotlight

10/24/2016- Stories & Sweeties– Guest Post

10/24/2016- Adventures of a Book Junkie– Review

10/25/2016- Once Upon a Twilight– Spotlight

10/25/2016- Two Chicks on Books– Guest Post

10/26/2016- Tales of the Ravenous Reader– Spotlight

10/26/2016- Seeing Double In Neverland– Guest Post

10/27/2016- BookHounds YA– Review

10/27/2016- Dark Faerie Tales– Guest Post

10/28/2016- Fiktshun– Review

10/28/2016- Bookemoji– Guest Post

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5 winners will receive a hardcover of Roseblood
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One reader will win a signed Panoramic RoseBlood Poster
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Available January 10, 2017 by Amulet Books

About this Book:

In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

October 17th, 2016 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour 20 Comments »

Today we have an excellent giveaway! Book two in the Illuminae File will be released tomorrow on October 18th! Gemina is another non-stop science fiction thriller that you will not be disappointed to read. This is another series that I love to rave about! Check out my review for Illuminae HERE. Plus, check out my review for Gemina under this post or by clicking HERE.

One lucky reader will win a copy of Gemina at the end of this post! A huge thank you to Random House for this giveaway! This contest is US addresses only.

amie-kaufmanAbout Amie:

Amie Kaufman is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of young adult fiction. Her multi-award winning work has been published in 24 countries, and described as “a game-changer” (Shelf Awareness), “stylistically mesmerising” (Publishers Weekly) and “out-of-this-world awesome” (Kirkus). The Starbound Trilogy, co-authored with Meagan Spooner, began with These Broken Stars. Her latest series, co-authored with Jay Kristoff, began in 2015 with the international bestseller Illuminae. Raised in Australia and Ireland, Amie has degrees in history, literature, law and conflict resolution. She lives in Melbourne with her husband, their rescue dog, and an extremely large personal library.

You can visit Amie around the web here: Website | FacebookTwitter | Tumblr

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Jay Kristoff is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of THE LOTUS WAR, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE. He is the winner of two Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, nominee for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, named multiple times in the Kirkus and Amazon Best Teen Books list and published in over twenty-five countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has approximately 13030 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.He does not believe in happy endings.

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

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One lucky reader will win a copy of Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff!
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Available October 18, 2016 from Knopf Books for Young Readers/Random House

About this Book:

The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Timesbestseller that critics are calling “out-of-this-world awesome.”

Moving to a space station at the edge of the galaxy was always going to be the death of Hanna’s social life. Nobody said it might actually get her killed.

The sci-fi saga that began with the breakout bestseller Illuminaecontinues on board the Jump Station Heimdall, where two new characters will confront the next wave of the BeiTech assault.

Hanna is the station captain’s pampered daughter; Nik the reluctant member of a notorious crime family. But while the pair are struggling with the realities of life aboard the galaxy’s most boring space station, little do they know that Kady Grant and theHypatia are headed right toward Heimdall, carrying news of the Kerenza invasion.

When an elite BeiTech strike team invades the station, Hanna and Nik are thrown together to defend their home. But alien predators are picking off the station residents one by one, and a malfunction in the station’s wormhole means the space-time continuum might be ripped in two before dinner. Soon Hanna and Nik aren’t just fighting for their own survival; the fate of everyone on the Hypatia—and possibly the known universe—is in their hands.

But relax. They’ve totally got this. They hope.

Once again told through a compelling dossier of emails, IMs, classified files, transcripts, and schematics, Gemina raises the stakes of the Illuminae Files, hurling readers into an enthralling new story that will leave them breathless.

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Blog Tour: The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

October 14th, 2016 Kristie Posted in Blog Tour Comments Off on Blog Tour: The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

Marie LuThe final novel in The Young Elites trilogy, The Midnight Star, came out earlier this week on October 11th from G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers/Penguin. Marie Lu has so graciously allowed us to interview Adelina Amouteru! Check out her entertaining interview below.

About Marie:

I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, I was an Art Director at a video game company. Now I shuffle around at home and talk to myself a lot. :)

I graduated from the University of Southern California in ’06 and currently live in LA, where I spend my time stuck on the freeways.

You can visit Marie around the web here: Tumblr | Instagram | Twitter

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Dark Faerie Tales: Hi Adelina, we are excited to have you visit the blog today and answer a few questions for us! To start things off can you introduce yourself and tell us something unique about you?

Adelina: Hello. I’m Adelina Amouteru, the White Wolf, Queen of the Sealands, and I don’t have time for nonsense. Something unique about me….I can create illusions and make people see/feel/hear things that aren’t there.

DFT: At a very young age you were inflicted with the blood fever and it left you scarred and changed forever.  You now have very interesting powers that allow you to create illusions.  What do you feel is the best part about your powers and what is the worst?

Adelina: The best part of my powers is that I can scare the crap out of people I don’t like. Illusions are very useful for revenge and gaining power. The worst? Sometimes it scares the crap out of me, too, when I let it get away from me. But it’s okay. I don’t have a problem.

DFT: I know that the changes you went through both physically and mentally left many scars, but it also made you a stronger person.  If you could give a younger version of you one piece of advice, what would it be and why?

Adelina: I should have attacked sooner than I did, and trusted fewer people.

DFT: You have a younger sister named Violetta who is amazing and really the only person you would do anything for. What is one of your favorite childhood memories spent with Violetta?

Adelina: I don’t really want to talk about Violetta right now.

Okay, fine. One childhood memory. She used to braid flowers into my hair and pile these braids into beautiful, elaborate crowns on my head. I have many memories of us sitting in the garden on lazy, sunny afternoons.

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DFT: Enzo is a very driven man and you have an interesting history with him. What do you think is his best quality?

Adelina: You have a knack for asking me about people I don’t wish to discuss.

Enzo is driven, yes, and taught me much of what I know—but his fatal flaw? Underestimating me.

DFT: Magiano is a pretty amazing guy and let’s be honest here — we are all kind of in love with him.  What is the thing you find most attractive about him?

Adelina: He makes me laugh. This is not an easy feat, and anyone who knows me will understand that. But Magiano can pull laughter out of me every time.

DFT: You have had quite an amazing journey and I imagine you learned a great deal along the way.  What do you think is the most important lesson you learned?

Adelina: I thought that gaining my crown would bring me all the happiness and satisfaction I’ve searched for my entire life. This has so far turned out not to be the case.

DFT: Sadly, your story has come to an end, but I imagine you know Marie rather well so I was wondering if you would be able to give us any hints as to what she may be working on next?

Adelina: If I see her in person, I might kill her, so I have no interest in what my tormentor’s planning on doing next. (I did hear something about a book called Warcross, though, releasing next fall. She seems to be having a great deal of “fun” working on it—although what that means for her characters, I would rather not know. You can check out her Pinterest board on it here.)

Quick Fire Questions

DFT: Favorite food?

Adelina: Rose pastries

DFT: Favorite Season?

Adelina: Winter

DFT: Favorite weapon?

Adelina: My own hands

DFT: Favorite color?

Adelina: Silver

DFT: Favorite hobby?

Adelina: Conjuring illusions

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Available October 11, 2016 from G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers/Penguin

About this Book:

The thrilling finale to the New York Times bestselling Young Elites series from “hit factory” Marie Lu.

There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.

Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all that she’s achieved.

Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds when a new danger appears, putting not only Adelina at risk, but every Elite and the very world they live in. In order to save herself and preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

Bestselling author Marie Lu concludes Adelina’s story with this haunting and hypnotizing final installment to the Young Elites series.

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Clanless by Jennifer Jenkins

October 3rd, 2016 Bridget Posted in Blog Tour 1 Comment »

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I can’t tell you how excited I am today to be apart of this blog tour! Today I get to review Clanless, the amazing sequel to Nameless!!! This is one of my all time favorite series and I seriously can’t tell you how much you should all read it!!! It is full of action, romance, suspense, and emotion. If you want to know my full thoughts on the books check out my review for Nameless here and my review for Clanless in the previous post!!! Check out the rest of the blog tour by clicking HERE. There is also a wonderful giveaway at the end of this post so make sure to enter that!!!

About Jennifer

With her degree in History and Secondary Education, Jennifer had every intention of teaching teens to love George Washington and appreciate the finer points of ancient battle stratagem. (Seriously, she’s obsessed with ancient warfare.) However, life had different plans in store when the writing began. As a proud member of Writers Cubed, and a co-founder of the Teen Author Boot Camp, she feels blessed to be able to fulfill both her ambition to work with teens as well as write Young Adult fiction.

Jennifer has three children who are experts at naming her characters, one loving, supportive husband, a dog with little-man syndrome, and three chickens (of whom she is secretly afraid).

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

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One (1) winner will receive a scrabble tile book cover charm!
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Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Nameless & Clanless by Jennifer Jenkins!
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Available October 4, 2016 by Month9Books

About this Book:

Striker Gryphon has lost his position of honor among the Ram, and is now a hunted man. A traitor.

Zo, the object of his affection, was murdered by members of his former clan. To honor her memory, he journeys to the highly secretive Raven “Nest” to warn strangers of their impending demise—though it could cost him more than just his pride.

He doesn’t know that Zo is very much alive and in another part of the region assisting Nameless refugees over a mountain swarming with wild men known as “Clanless.”

As each struggle to make sense of what their lives have become, they fight and claw to reach the Allied Camp, their last hope in bringing peace to the region.

But the road back to one another is treacherous and uncertain. And freedom will come with a price. 

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